By Camie Strojny, sports editor
Winter sports officially wrapped up successful 2020-21 seasons in the Cape & Island League. Girls and Boys Swim & Dive, Girls Basketball, Boys Basketball, Girls Ice Hockey, and Boys Ice Hockey worked hard through this rigorous season. The Nantucket Athletic Department proved to the island once again that they are diligently ensuring safety for all student-athletes.
Overall, all the sports combined participated in 104 games/meets, 74 being varsity and 34 JV. In a little over two months, December 14th through February 27th, a whopping 213 student-athletes completed a winter season while facing the hardships of Covid-19. As Veritas’ timing did not quite match the quick transitioning period from winter sports to Fall II sports, here are the final results of the winter seasons.
Unfortunately, Girls Ice Hockey could not complete their season as an opposing school reported a positive test after Nantucket played them. The team went into quarantine but it was later confirmed the positive test was a false positive. However, this confirmation came too late for Nantucket, and we could not participate in the playoffs. Aside from this, this team made history this season with their first ever program win against Martha’s Vineyard, 5-4, along with their first recorded tie and shutout game. The team finished 1-8-4 overall and 1-8-1 league-wise.
Boys Ice Hockey came out on top this season, winning the semi-finals 3-1 over Saint John Paul II, and then going on to win 3-1 against Dennis-Yarmouth. Varsity finished 12-3-1 overall, and 7-1 in the league, JV team with a record of 3-5. Mr. Maury states in his Athletic Update, “Our boys earned the honors of regular season Lighthouse Division Co-Champions in Boys Ice hockey and Lighthouse Division Tournament Champions in Boys Ice Hockey.”
For the Swim & Dive Team, their season played out differently than other teams with virtual meets. Despite this, no real competitors in the pool beside them did not stop the team from being undefeated, once again. Their final record was 6-0. The girls were first in the Cape & Islands League Meet at 518, second being Nauset with a score of 256. The boys were also first with a score of 300, Sandwich in second at 226. Both the girls (#6) and boys (#8) teams placed within the top 8 at the state level.
The Girls Basketball team proved themselves to be better players as the season progressed. They faced a tough season and underwent a rebuilding season as this year was more about transitioning with the loss of key seniors from last season. Mr. Maury says, “as I noted with the girls ice hockey team, the scoreboard and the record often do not tell the true story of any team.” They finished their season 1-16 overall, and 1-14 in the league.
The Boys Basketball team endured a similar season to the girls. Mr. Maury’s previous quote fits with this team as well. They played hard and to the best of their abilities, the seniors definitely left a solid, disciplined team behind them, as their main goal was to work as a unit. Their overall record finished 7-8, 6-6 for the league. Senior Captain Malique Bodden expressed early in their season after their first loss, “we win as a team, we lose as a team,” and this mindset ignited the team over the course of their season.
Fall II has begun. This in-between season was put in for selected fall teams to play against other schools who could not play in the fall, as Nantucket did intramural. Fall II has been limited to a small capacity of players, including the sports of football, volleyball, and sideline cheerleading, all at a Varsity and JV level. It is a good opportunity, especially for the seniors, to have a close to their fall sport season, instead of the intramurals. Other fall sports were not included in this Fall II season because most teams in Nantucket’s division played an interscholastic season in the fall.