May 2016 Cape Cod Times Roundup

One of my most prolific writing months since joining the Cape Cod Times ended with a regatta in which a photographer cussed me out in public for getting seasick and sitting where the captain of the press boat told me to sit. Apparently I should’ve known this would happen after it happened last year – which this person was clearly still pissed about – and insisted on getting to Nantucket through alternate means so as not to get in her way.

I considered blowing up at her on social media about this later, but I decided against it because a) the person in question and I aren’t Facebook friends, so the likelihood of her ever finding out would be minimal, and b) many of my colleagues and editors at CCT and I are Facebook friends, and they probably wouldn’t think it very professional of me to air dirty laundry in a shameless plea for validation from my friends.

So the first two sentences of this post are all I have to say about the incident. I’d still be pissed about it, I ran my first official half marathon a day later and it went great, and as I type this I’m enjoying a week-long vacation. And feeling angry while on vacation is a waste of a vacation.

Anyway, here’s everything I wrote in May.

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February 2016 Cape Cod Times Roundup

After spending most of last month re-posting (or rewriting) old content, Goose’s Gabs is finally back on track with all of my February 2016 writing from the Cape Cod Times. And what a month it was! I got to cover a state swim meet, which I’d never done before, and then wrote my fifth story in less than a year about a local team winning a state championship when I covered Barnstable at the state gymnastics meet this past Saturday.

What made the gymnastics meet even better was an encounter with the mother of one of the gymnasts. I was put on the CCT “Innovation Team” a couple months ago, which is a small team of content-producers and editors who explore different apps, social media, programs and technologies that might be useful for reporters. In theory, our experiences are actually serving as a test case for the parent company, who’ll then come up with guidelines for papers across the country.

The two big technologies I’ve been playing with lately are Periscope, a streaming app related to Twitter, and SnapChat, the photo-sharing app. I’ve created two SnapChat stories so far – one from swimming, one from gymnastics – and during the gymnastics meet a mother came up to me and complimented the photos I’d taken so far.

It seems that a couple of the gymnasts had seen via Twitter that I would be doing this, spread the word, and most of the team followed the CCT SnapChat account so they could see my photos. Even better, they encouraged their parents and families to sign up as well, I think in a few cases even getting them to download an app they wouldn’t otherwise use.

Sure enough, when I looked at the final numbers, I’d gotten about 42 views – more than three times the number who’d viewed my swim photos – and many of them were either Barnstable gymnasts (including some of the best on the team) or shared a last name with Barnstable gymnasts.

We’ll never know if any of this drives traffic to the CCT website, though later we did embed the photos as a slideshow in the digital story. But instances like this, at least to me, are signs that a) we can use SnapChat to reach out to demographics that might not otherwise engage with a newspaper, such as teenagers, and b) promoting our SnapChat account ahead of a big event does generate additional followers and views.

Those are all good things. And as a final good thing in February, I won third place for a sports story at the New England Newspaper Association awards banquet!

Anyway, here’s everything I wrote.

Boys basketball: Canalmen too much for Rams

Boys basketball: Sandwich rallies to edge Falmouth

High schools: Sturgis schools to host “Sturgis vs. Cancer” night

Boys basketball: St. John Paul II defeats Sturgis West, captures C&I title

High schools: Snow wipes out Friday’s games

Super Bowl Predictions

School basketball: Fraser shoots Mashpee to win over Hull

Boys basketball: 33-point game by Ashworth doesn’t rescue Canalmen in loss to Apponequet

Sturgis East and West unite for cancer fundraiser

High schools: Mariners, Whalers meet with first place on the line

Girls basketball: Carly Whiteside scores 22 points in Barnstable’s first league win since 2013

Girls basketball: Clippers clinch league title with win

School notebook: Sandwich’s Collentro will get her kicks at Stonehill

Boys basketball: Happy berth day for Nauset

Girls basketball: Upper Cape’s Amber DiBona scores 1,000th point in 58-42 win

Hannah and Jack Johnson help Nauset swim team reach new success

Cape Cod Classic: Clippers settle for tie in regular season finale

High schools: Swimmers looking to make a splash

School swimming: Johnson leads Nauset at Div. 2 meet

High school swimming: Nantucket girls 10th, Nauset 17th at state meet

Doug Fraser named daily journalist of the year (I didn’t write this, but I’m mentioned for winning an award!)

Boys basketball: Ford’s 41 leads Mashpee to share of title

School basketball: Falmouth to host Endowment Game

School basketball: Falmouth High edges Falmouth Academy in MIAA Endowment Game

Wrestlers grappling for All-State titles

High schools: Barnstable readies for state gymnastics meet

Red Raiders win fourth straight state gymnastics title

Family ties bind Barnstable’s Spalt

Women’s defending champ conquers windy Hyannis Marathon course

 

November 2015 Cape Cod Times Roundup

Here’s everything I wrote for the Cape Cod Times in November 2015.

Nauset, Nantucket earn No. 1 rankings in boys soccer

FALCONS MOVE ON in girls soccer playoffs

Football ties a family tradition for Deshaun Dias

School volleyball: Storm serve up playoff win

BLUE CRUSH: Mashpee dominates Blue Hills

School field hockey: Sandwich wins to gain semifinals

High school volleyball: Sturgis East, Sandwich eliminated

High School Football Preview: Mashpee faces familiar foe

Shibles headed to Fairfield, Megnia to UMass

Barnstable sweeps Concord-Carlisle in semis

School Football: Offensive line key to Falcons success

Schools: Three more local athletes sign letters

Barnstable volleyball team ready for battle

Football: Mashpee vs. Essex Tech preview

Barnstable wins 17th state volleyball title

Video: Moment Barnstable volleyball team wins title

Canalmen face Vikings for 85th time

Falcons, Knights play in Cranberry Bowl

For Jamiels, Thanksgiving is D-Y football and family

Sandwich 7, Mashpee 6: Blue Knights edge Falcons with extra point

Girls hockey: Defending state champion Clippers open new season with new coach

October 2015 Cape Cod Times Roundup

Here’s everything I wrote for the Cape Cod Times in October 2015.

High school football capsules, 10/2/15

High school football: Couhig the master of Falmouth’s triple option

High school football capsules, 10/3/15

LaFrange, Couhig leads Clippers’ rout

High school football capsules, 10/4/15

ACL showdown: Unbeaten Falmouth faces powerful Marshfield

D-Y’s Andrew Jamiel scores 3 times in win over Nauset

3 dads and a team

High school football capsules, 10/16/15

School football: Lions, Falcons set for battle in Buzzards Bay

GROUND ATTACK: Mashpee football pounds St. John Paul II

Upper Cape 34, Holbrook/Avon 6: Johnson, Allen lead playoff-hopeful Rams to victory

School football: Playoff picture in focus as Falmouth faces D-Y

Upper Cape Tech 32, South Shore Voke 12: Johnson runs for 5 TDs in Rams’ victory

4th-seeded Clippers sail into home playoff game

MEMORABLE WINS: Falmouth football takes playoff opener

January 2016 Cape Cod Times Roundup, and an update

I’m not sure how many people still check this blog – at this point I basically just use it for roundups and Best American Sports Writing reviews. But those who do have no doubt noticed the following things:

1) I haven’t posted anything lately.

2) Everything I’ve posted since March 2015 has disappeared.

Well, the sportsblognet hosting server crashed, and it turned out the backup servers were woefully outdated. Long story short, there’s no way to recover what I lost, which amounts to nine monthly roundups (technically eight, as I don’t think I ever published a December 2015 roundup) and a BASW 2014 review.

Everything seems to be running again, so here’s what I’m gonna do. Below you’ll find everything I wrote during January 2016. Starting Saturday I’ll re-publish each of my previous monthly roundups, beginning with March-April 2015 and ending with December 2015 on Feb. 14. The following Wednesday (Feb. 17), I’ll republish the BASW 2014 review (this probably won’t be exactly the same as the original), and look for a new BASW 2000 review on Feb. 24.

From there, I’ll get back to publishing monthly roundups.

Was this a frustrating experience? Sure – having to redo something you already did always is. But sometimes technology fails, and sometimes it fails in such a way that it can’t be saved. Shit happens, and if there’s nothing that can be done about it, staying pissed off is pointless. I’ll backup my own blog more regularly from now on, and if it happens again, I’ll reevaluate.

Anyway, here’s what I wrote in January.

High school swimming: Barnstable girls defeat Sandwich; Blue Knights boys rally for win

Girls basketball: Gibson leads SJP over Cape Tech

Falmouth-Mashpee falls to gymnastics champion Barnstable

Red Raiders celebrate raising of championship banner

Girls basketball: Currence, Mariners double up Lions

Nauset grad Mike DeVito key cog for Kansas City

Girls basketball: Nauset rally comes up short against Marshfield

Boys basketball: Sturgis West tops Old Colony

Boys basketball: Nicholas Crocker scores 22 in Falmouth’s 62-59 ACL win over Nauset

Boys basketball: Woodbury’s 19 points helps Storm to victory against CCA

Boys basketball: Canalmen fall to unbeaten ORR in league showdown

NFL staff picks: Conference championships

High school roundup: Nauset swim girls tie, boys beat Barnstable

School basketball: Rams tough it out, get upper hand on Cape Tech

Boys basketball: Migliore scores 27 as Blue Knights sweep Nauset

Boys basketball: Ryan leads Sturgis West to playoffs

High school notes: Sandwich’s Hurley rallies support for injured player

Wrestling: Sandwich second at Cape Cod Invitational

Monthly McAlester News-Capital Roundup

I’m getting the feeling not too many people read these roundups, nor do these roundups lead to a lot of increased traffic to the McAlester News-Capital sports section. Between all that and a still-unfinished transition to the new ownership group for Sportsblognet.com, I’ve decided to drop down to a monthly roundup.

I’ll still post Best American Sports Writing volume reviews as I complete them (expect BASW 2001 and 2002 next, though perhaps not in that order). Here’s everything written since Dec. 10.

Midweek Update: Snow postpones multiple games

Buffs Replay: McAlester vs. MacArthur

Buffs’ Cannon ‘lives for battle’

Know Your Foe: Buffs go for championship Saturday

Falcons end Miners’ postseason

Box score: Millwood 24, Hartshorne 9

Bluejays overrun Buffs

Box score: Guthrie 51, McAlester 21

Kiowa boy at home on the ice

Midweek Update: Hartshorne Tournament resumes

Buffs’ Pratt reflects on season

Buffs Replay: McAlester vs. Guthrie

Aggressive Tigers beat Buffs wrestling

Lady Buffs finish fourth at State

Lady Tigers overcome Lady Miners

Medicine Bear leads Miners past Tigers

Tigers come back, beat Buffs

Lady Tigers slam Lady Buffs

Buffs’ Pratt leads All-District list

Baylee Dawkins combines sports with family

Midweek Update: Hartshorne tournament wraps up

Eli Boyle always in the gym

Cougars, Warriors drop to 8-man

Miners’ Herring selected to Oil Bowl

Photo gallery: Haileyville basketball practice

Roller derby coming to McAlester

Lady Buff cheerleader to march in London

Herring, Ward lead All-District Miners

Photo gallery: Stuart basketball practice

Midweek Update: Warriors sweep Panama Holiday Festival

So far, Big 12 holding its own

Cowgirls host 3-team scrimmage

De’Angelo Rhone works his way up

Second half carries Buffs past Warriors

Lady Buffs can’t come back against Lady Warriors

Is The Homophobic Tide Finally Turning?

Few industries have as storied a history of discrimination and prejudice as the world of sports. Before the late 1940s, this manifested as racial segregation, with African Americans kept from playing in the Big 4 professional sports leagues. Jackie Robinson and Kenny Washington helped do away with that.

Before 1972, this was a gender problem, with schools either offering very few and/or severely underfunded athletic opportunities for girls wishing to play sports. Cue Title IX.

Of course, neither of these divisions have completely disappeared: the NFL seems curiously dominated by white quarterbacks and black running backs, while WNBA players make less than 1 percent of their NBA counterparts. But no one can argue these situations aren’t far better than they were several decades ago.

Sexual preference seems to be the latest division in sports. Among the Big 4, only nine former players have ever come out of the closet. None have come out while still playing professional sports, though Golden State Warriors president Rick Welts has. Taking the Big 4 to the college level, only two have have publicly acknowledged their homosexuality: Brian Sims, defensive tackle for Div-II Bloomsburg University, and Brendan Burke, former goalie and team manager of Miami of Ohio’s men’s hockey team.

Burke, the son of Toronto Maple Leafs president and general manager Brian Burke, died in a car crash in February 2010, and his brother Patrick Burke, a scout for the Philadelphia Flyers, started the You Can Play Project in his honor. Intended to make it easier for openly gay athletes to play, You Can Play picked up a lot of steam when many of the NHL’s best appeared in this ad:

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DigBoston: Fenway Opener and Boston Marathon Stories

Another week, another two stories for DigBoston. And since my second “Wide Month of Sports” column will be in next week’s print edition, that means for three consecutive weeks I’ll have multiple articles published to the website.

I’m moving up in the company!

Check out my Red Sox home opener story, then check out my Boston Marathon story!

Bruins Can’t Solve Holtby; Series Heads to Boston Tied

Braden Holtby saved 44 of 45 shots in Thursday's Game 4 of the Bruins-Capitals playoff series, played at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

For the Boston Bruins to beat the Washington Capitals, at some point they’ll need to beat Braden Holtby. The rookie goalie has averaged more than 35 saves per night in his first four playoff games, including a dominating 44-save night Thursday that powered the Capitals to a 2-1 victory at the Verizon Center, evening the series at 2-2.

And with every stick-side deflection, glove-side save or body-block, Holtby’s confidence just climbs higher.

A confident Holtby means trouble for the Bruins, no matter how many more shots they take.

Holtby Shuts Out Off-Target Bruins in Second and Third

The Bruins out-shot the Capitals in every period Thursday, posting double-digit advantages in the first and third. The Bruins fired from the crease, the circles and the blue line. They tried redirects, wrap-arounds and rebounds. But no matter what they tried, Holtby and the Capitals defense blanked the Bruins over the final two periods.

Tyler Seguin nearly scored four minutes into the second on a 2-on-1, but Holtby skated out of the goal and stonewalled him. Brad Marchand had a similar 3-on-2 opportunity soon after, but again the Bruins came up empty. And Seguin corralled a deflection later in the second but again couldn’t settle the puck for a shot.

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DigBoston: Bruins Playoff and Red Sox Preview Stories

Both the Bruins' Chris Kelly and the Capitals' Braden Holtby had a lot to do with the outcome of their first playoff game. Read more at DigBoston.com.

Hurray! Six hundred posts!

A record three articles by me went up on DigBoston this past week: my 52 Games column on the Red Sox season-opener, a 2012 Red Sox preview and a 52 Games Overtime on the first Bruins playoff game.

Both of the Bruins’ games so far have gone to overtime, so don’t get confused – this story is about the first playoff game, which by now most of you know went the Bruins’ way.

Check it out!