EASTHAM — The Nauset Regional High School winter sports season got underway last week with all nine varsity teams in action. Boys and girls basketball and boys and girls hockey all started their seasons under new head coaches.
The boys hockey team is led by former NHLer Connor Brickley, who was head coach of the girls hockey team last year, while his assistant with the Furies, Zach Wells, was elevated to head coach.
Brickley oversaw a pair of wins as the Warriors started the season 2-0 with victories over St. John Paul II and Nantucket. The potent offense routed the Lions 10-1 last Thursday behind dual hat tricks from sophomore forward Logan Poulin and senior forward Cooper McIntire. Each had two assists.
The Warriors followed up the season opening win with a 7-4 triumph over the Whalers on Saturday. Poulin scored four goals, and senior center Cam Connery chipped in with a goal and two assists. The Warriors jumped out to a 6-0 lead before holding on against a spirited Nantucket comeback.
The Cape Cod Furies overcame a one-goal deficit to defeat Pope Francis High School 3-2 in Wells’s head coaching debut on Sunday at Charles Moore Arena. Freshman forward Emily Decker scored the game-winning goal with 2:30 left. Pope Francis took a 2-1 lead at the 6:29 mark in the second period before sophomore forward Sophia Boucher tied the game three minutes later.
The Nauset boys and girls swim teams placed first at the Cape and Islands Relay hosted by Sandwich High School on Saturday. The Warriors won with a combined score of 120 points to edge the Blue Knights, who tallied 111 points. Nantucket High School rounded out the top three.
Senior Tim Johnson set his first school record, posting a 49.57 finish in the 100-yard freestyle while also leading off the 400 freestyle relay.
The mixed 200 backstroke relay team of Johnson, junior Nina Mako, senior Kaitlin Bohannon, and junior Will Crowell broke an 11-year-old Cape and Islands relay record on their way to winning the event by 15 seconds.
Jean Layton is head coach of girls basketball. She was Nauset’s head coach from 2011 until 2013 before stepping aside to become an official. She returned to coaching with the junior varsity team over the last three seasons.
Layton’s Warriors lost 45-36 to Monomoy Regional High School on Friday to open their season. Junior guard Jordyn Streitmatter scored nine of her team-high 10 points for the Warriors after halftime in the loss.
Nauset graduate Kevin Harrigan, meanwhile, takes over for John McCarthy in the boys basketball program where he served as an assistant for the last five seasons. McCarthy’s teams compiled over 100 wins and qualified for the state tournament in eight of his 10 years as head coach.
Boys and girls indoor track, boys and girls basketball, and the swimming teams were all in action on Tuesday, while wrestling was scheduled to start its season at a tri-meet hosted by Northbridge High School on Wednesday.
Thursday, Dec. 15
Girls Hockey: The Cape Cod Furies play Nantucket High School at 4:10 p.m. at Charles Moore Arena in Orleans.
Saturday, Dec. 17
Wrestling: Nauset heads to Foxboro High School for a tournament that starts at 8 a.m.
Girls Basketball: Nauset welcomes Easthampton High School for a 3 p.m. game.
Girls Hockey: The Furies travel to Martha’s Vineyard for a 4:30 p.m. showdown.
Boys Hockey: The boys return to action against Plymouth North at Charles Moore Arena. Faceoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 20
Boys and Girls Indoor Track: The Warriors head to Sandwich High School for a meet at 3 p.m.
Boys and Girls Swimming: Nauset hosts Barnstable High School at Willy’s Gym at 4 p.m.
Boys Basketball: The Warriors travel to Nantucket for a 4:30 p.m. tipoff.
Girls Basketball: Nauset hosts Martha’s Vineyard at 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 21
Girls Hockey: The team faces Bishop Feehan High School at Charles Moore Arena at 6:10 p.m.
Wrestling: The boys travel to Somerset-Berkley for a 7 p.m. match.