September 2017 Cape Cod Times Roundup

Any observant Jew will tell you that the most pain-in-the-ass chunk of our calendar is the 10 days between the start of Rosh Hashanah, our New Year’s celebration, and the end of Yom Kippur, our Day of Atonement. For me, they translate two weeks of repeated 1.5-hour trips to and from Boston to visit my family, days off spent either at temple services or with my family at large social functions (one of which we put on ourselves), and long, intense work days in between where I have to do in two days all the stories I’d usually have until Thursday afternoon to finish.

I found this particular set of High Holidays, as we call them, so exhausting that when I finally had a day off in Cape Cod, I spent most of it chilling in my house watching TV.

You’ll pardon me for that bit of whining. I recognize that other people face all kinds of other struggles, many of which dwarf mine by a pretty wide margin. I just didn’t have some grand observation about my process or job or industry this month, so figured I’d share a little of what’s been on my mind lately, and up until this week my mind was mostly focused on the holidays.

Anyhoo, here’s everything I wrote in September for the Cape Cod Times.

Cape teams ready to crank it up

Sandwich’s MacFarland commits to Merrimack

Anderson’s penalty kick goal sends Sandwich to season-opening win

WEEK 1 TEAM BY TEAM FOOTBALL SCOUTING REPORTS

Here’s a look at the new head football coaches

Falcons fly away from Cougars in season opener

High school notebook: Abramson siblings among winners in ‘Back to Swing’

Seekonk knocks off defending soccer champ Bourne, 1-0

Former Red Raider Twomey shines for Springfield College

Relentless Red Raiders come out flying, sweep Cougars

Dolphins soar after slow start, topple Sharks

WEEK 2 GAME BY GAME SCOUTING REPORTS

High School Notebook: Red Raiders offer a bit of Bocelli with volleyball

Charged-up Bourne Canalmen face longtime rival Wareham tonight

Quarterback Harrison leads SJP II to rout of Sharks

Field Hockey: Falmouth knocks off previously unbeaten D-Y in ACL showdown

Criser sets D-Y career kill record in win over Falmouth

WEEK 3 HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL SCOUTING REPORTS

State football Hall of Fame coach Ken Owen leads Upper Cape Rams

HS notes: Nauset among teams in Cape Cod National Invite

Dolphins roll over Warriors to Atlantic Coast League win

Boys soccer: Silvestri’s goal sends Sturgis West to big win over rival East

Down two sets, Whalers surge to topple Lions for first win

Dolphins convert second-half chances in shutout of Blue Knights

Goals by Higgins, Olson help Sharks stay undefeated

Wherever needed, D-Y’s versatile Doyle steps right in

WEEK 4 HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL SCOUTING REPORTS

High school notebook: Vineyard set to host 3rd annual invitational

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August 2017 Cape Cod Times Roundup

August is normally a slower month. The Cape Cod Baseball League wraps up in the first half, and the preseason doesn’t start until the final week.

Results don’t really matter during the preseason, so covering scrimmages doesn’t really lend itself to recaps. I instead went to every scrimmage I covered planning to write a feature on someone who played well.

That’s more challenging than it seems. In most cases I had no idea who I’d be writing about until the game was already underway, and while I know many of the big names on the Cape in any given high school sport, I don’t know them all, and there’s no guarantee one of them will do anything noteworthy in the scrimmage or even play.

Turning each scrimmage into a feature tested my creativity and adaptability, two skills critical to being a sports reporter. I don’t think anything I wrote would win an award, but I finished each feature in a good mood, feeling like I’d served our readers with decent local content in a time of the year where that can be harder to come by.

Here’s everything I wrote in August for the Cape Cod Times.

Perry named Monomoy football coach

Toglia, Jenista lead Kettleers past Y-D

Cape League Conversation: Joe Sullivan, Hyannis Harbor Hawks catcher

Cortes blasts out of slump to fuel Red Sox

Cape League Playoffs Scouting Reports

Willowbend honoree Roger Clemens: Debbie is “backbone” of baseball family

Brewster knocks off Cape League’s defending champs

Daniels, Herron lead way in East Division victory

Whitecaps pull even with Firebirds in East

Postgame interview with Brewster’s Julian Infante

Cape League Conversation: Marty Monarch, 1957 Cape League All-Star

Brewster caps a storybook season

High School notebook: Orleans local wins club soccer title

Nauset soccer camp provides tuneup for preseason

Nauset High runners ready for challenging mile run

Tommy Cochary High School Mile: Natick’s Connolly sets meet record; Nauset runners take eighth and 10th

Defending state champion Falmouth begins its preseason work

Mashpee’s Bohnenberger commits to Colgate

Defending state champion Mashpee moving quickly in preseason

High school notebook: Raiders complete HYCC hockey sweep

High school fall preseason opens across state

With a new coach and new system, Nauset football revving up

Barnstable co-captains Curtice, Burbic lead young Red Raiders

Senior Emma Callahan keeps ball rolling for Falmouth field hockey

High school soccer: Nauset soccer looks to defend Clash title

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July 2017 Cape Cod Times Roundup

And just like that, a Cape Cod Baseball League season that always feels a little intimidating at first comes to an end. There were a couple bumps along the way, a couple spats with managers that are par for the course, but for me it was still the overall smoothest, least stressful season of the three I’ve covered so far for the Cape Cod Times.

And now, on to the fall and the return of high school sports!

Here’s everything I wrote in July.

After 25 years, Schiffner to step down as manager

Mystique of ‘The Hill’: Orleans to celebrate 50 years of Eldredge Park in traditional July 4 game against Chatham

Y-D 3, Hyannis 1: Y-D breaks scoring drought, ends skid

Cape League Conversation: Stu Murray, Orleans Firebirds head of marketing

Seven-on-seven passing league underway

Will Toffey makes pro debut with Vermont Lake Monsters

Thirteen local players headed to All-Star Game

Daniel goes with the heat; Whitecaps win

Schreiber’s homer leads Braves to victory

Wareham 2, Brewster 1: Versatile Dodson key in Gatemen’s victory

Duplantis knocks in four as Mariners shut down Red Sox

Cape League Conversation: Katie Carey / Brewster Whitecaps host and board member

Costes homer caps Whitecaps’ comeback win

Cape League: Josh Breaux has five hits in Falmouth’s 9-3 win over Hyannis

Podcast: A Cape League All-Star extravaganza show

Michigan State’s Bechina rises from temp player to power hitter for Falmouth

Firebirds’ Ethan Paul is back and swinging again

Cape League All-Stars: Herron’s 2-run double sends East past West

California connection brings Stanford’s Hoerner, Bubic to Y-D

HS notebook: Blue Knights remember coach Fenton fondly

Three-time defending champ Y-D wins another against Wareham

Whitecaps’ Locey blanks Kettleers

Red Raiders’ youth football camp a mix of learning and enjoyment

Braves snap Firebirds’ five-game win streak

Cape League Conversation: Mike Murray, Falmouth Commodores gameday intern

Brewster 5, Y-D 1: Costes, Dunn have big hits for Whitecaps

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June 2017 Cape Cod Times Roundup

Every high school sports year seems to go faster than the last. It really doesn’t feel like that long ago that I was in Brockton for the South Sectional basketball final, or at Gillette Stadium for the state football championships, or in Shrewsbury for the volleyball finals.

There were certainly plenty of long days and work weeks during the 2016-17 school year. Stress is part of any journalist’s work experience, and for sports that can be doubly so, as much of what we cover ends very close to — and sometimes after — deadlines that often feel too early to really craft a good story. But even as we segue into our Cape Cod Baseball League — now with podcasts! — I find myself missing the sheer variety of day-to-day experiences that come from covering 17 schools who each play as many as eight sports per season.

At the same time, the Cape League shines a spotlight on the region that no high school sport ever could. Just as its athletes try to prove their worth in front of major league scouts each night, the Cape Cod Times’ daily coverage of the nation’s biggest amateur baseball league shows our mettle as a top-tier sports section.

I love covering high school sports. It’s sad to see them end. But I wouldn’t have come here 2.5 years ago if I didn’t want the challenge of covering something as high-profile as the Cape League, and I always relish the opportunity to show my skills on big stages.

Anyway, here’s everything I wrote in June for the Cape Cod Times. It’s the last of my high school coverage for 2016-17, but I can’t wait to see what stories I draw out of this Cape League season.

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May 2017 Cape Cod Times Roundup

Here’s everything I wrote in May for the Cape Cod Times. It was a pretty productive month, but I didn’t come away from this one having learned some big lesson about life, reporting, or something else.

I did run a marathon and then took a week off for vacation, so that was pretty cool.

Mashpee scores 8 times in fifth inning to overwhelm Hull, 8-1

Swift Scoring: Clippers race out to early lead, can secure at least share of ACL title

Upper Cape names Owen head coach

Red Raiders fall behind early but storm back against Dolphins

Mashpee lacrosse captain has scored 196 goals, and she’s just a junior

First-year Sharks pick up third win of season

Brewster ref nabs MIAA award

Nauset drives through rain to victory

Mike Sherman resigns as coach of Nauset football team

School notebook: Bonollo takes over Monomoy field hockey program

Change at Nauset: Sherman resigns as football coach after 2 years

Season Sweep: Playoff-qualified Upper Cape boys slam Southeastern, 10-2

Nickerson, triple play power Sharks past Navigators

Barnstable’s Fowler delivers school-record streak for UMass Boston

Valedictorian DiBona picks UMass Dartmouth

Barnstable’s Francis sets school record, Red Raiders clinch league title

Mashpee outslugs Sturgis East in wild game

DeBettencourt throws shutout as Sandwich opens Showdown with win

Cape players help fuel Wheaton’s trip to Div. III World Series

Local teams prepare for postseason

Pinsonneault balances gymnastics and softball

Cape and islands athletes head for divisional meets

Gilmore, Regis win popular Johnny Kelley Half Marathon

Falmouth Academy scores 18 goals in tourney opener

HS baseball: Mashpee, SJP II are one-two in Div. 4 South

Barnstable High School junior can sing and play ball

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April 2017 Cape Cod Times Roundup

I interviewed Mark Spitz last week. It was kind of a surreal experience.

Spitz is far and away the most famous person I’ve ever interviewed. The sole reason for the interview was that he was speaking at an event organized by the advertising side of the Cape Cod Times.

I knew I wanted to ask him about his high school and club swimming experience, since the Cape has several elite high school and club teams, and I knew I wanted to ask him about how his approach has changed over the years, since the Cape has a large contingent of older readers. But beyond that I went into the interview with no specific angle or feature idea, only some very broad notions of where the interview could go and the hopes some kind of through-line for a feature would emerge later.

I’m still not entirely sure I found a central theme, but the story came out fine. So far as I know the paper didn’t get a bunch of crap from Spitz’s people – he’s the first person I’ve interviewed who has “people” – so I assume he found the interview somewhere between enjoyable and standard.

For the most part I’m happy with how it came out. Hopefully readers liked it.

Here’s that, and everything else I wrote in April.

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March 2017 Cape Cod Times Roundup

March can be a slow time for high school sports. Only a few teams (if any) are left in the playoffs, and no matter how deep a team makes it, there are still 10 mandatory preseason days before spring games can begin.

It can be stressful not immediately knowing what you’re going to cover. But a lack of obvious stories can be a good thing, as it forces you to get creative in what you write about.

I wrote two features on a Barnstable graduate who played for Division III men’s basketball champion Babson College in March. I tracked down multiple former coaches of Molly Bent, a freshman on the UConn women’s basketball team.

I spoke with Upper Cape graduates who’d played for the first Rams football teams for a story on their coach stepping down. I got in touch with dozens of golf courses for a “winter wasn’t that bad” feature and talked to the dad of a Falmouth football and hockey player who died in December over the award he’d created.

All in all, a fairly satisfying month. And with the spring now underway – assuming this stupid rain ever lets up – I’m predicting more satisfaction over the coming months.

Here’s everything I wrote in March for the Cape Cod Times.

Currence scores 20 points as Mariners sink Pirates

Warriors ride strong start to victory in tourney opener

Mashpee’s Landry makes verbal commitment to Franklin Pierce

Boys basketball: Mashpee’s season ended by ORR’s fourth-quarter comeback

No. 9 Sharks cruise into showdown vs. Old Colony

HS notebook: Falmouth’s Duff-Still headed for Westfield State field hockey

Monomoy routs Old Colony, 67-47

Clippers can’t find answers as Tigers blast way to D2 South finals

Monomoy takes on strong and proven Cathedral squad in title game

Sharks take best shot in team’s first sectional final

Monomoy lays groundwork for program

FA’s Earley headed for BC lax team

Centerville’s Bent ready to get taste of NCAAs

High school football: Hernon stepping down at Upper Cape

Cool as Rice: Former Barnstable captain helps Babson return to Final Four

Flippers’ Pinsonneault makes Senior Showcase

Rain, shine or snow, golf goes on

Spring arrives today for sports teams

High school spring season: Defending state champ SJP II Lions among Cape teams with opening-day enthusiasm

Barnstable’s Rice concludes senior year with championship

Seahawks’ Olsen nabs MIAA honor

Falmouth hockey team wins sportsmanship award

Monomoy’s McCullough among 26 new coaches for Cape teams

Mashpee’s Falcon Festivals feature baseball, softball teams

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