Postseason Accolades Continue to Pour in for Cape Athletes, Coaches

HYANNIS – The honors and awards for some of the Cape’s top athletes and coaches continued to pour in this week, as the transition from the winter season fights its way toward spring.

The Boston Globe named three girls’ ice hockey players to its prestigious All-Scholastic team and named Falmouth High School girls’ hockey coach Erin Hunt the Division II Coach of the Year for the second time in Hunt’s still young four-year tenure.

Hunt’s Clipper icewomen captured the Division II state championship earlier this month at the TD Garden in a thrilling overtime victory versus rival Wellesley. But it was an

Falmouth High's Madison Haberl was named to the Boston Globe All-Scholastic girls' ice hockey team for a second straight season. Sean Walsh/ Sports file photo

Falmouth High’s Madison Haberl was named to the Boston Globe All-Scholastic girls’ ice hockey team for a second straight season.
Sean Walsh/ Sports file photo

accumulation of notable milestones, in addition to the state title, that made Hunt the indisputable top helmsman in her division. Hunt also led the Clipper girls to a stellar 20-4-2 mark and the SEMGHAL Coastal Division title with a 2-0 upset over a previously top-ranked Barnstable team.

Hunt’s goaltender the past four years – senior Madison Scavotto – was pegged for the Globe’s “Super Team” of the state’s best six players overall. Scavotto is headed to St. Anselm’s to continue her ice hockey career at the collegiate level next fall. Teammate Madison Haberl was named to the All-Scholastic team after finishing her career with 110 points and helping lead the Clippers to the state title. Haberl is heading to Fairfield on a field hockey scholarship. She was also a Boston Globe All-Scholastic in field hockey last fall, making her one of if not the only athlete in recent Cape history to be named as such in two different sports.

Barnstable’s top senior defenseman Morgan Richard, whose rough and tumble brand of skating paced the Red Raider girls to a stellar campaign, was also named an all-scholastic.

The Globe’s All-Scholastic gymnastics team was well-represented and included three gymnasts from Barnstable High’s 19-0, multi-title campaign. The Red Raider girls captured the Cranberry Conference for a 16th time, the Division 1 South Sectional title, the state championship title and the program’s fourth New England championship in succession and in so doing staged the best gymnastics season in school history.

Sophomore Lauren Hansen, junior Tali Twomey and junior Alexa Wilson were all named Globe All-Scholastics with Twomey making her third all-scholastic appearance since joining the varsity team in the 8th grade. Former Red Raider Globe All-Scholastic gymnast Shailey Pires, who took over the two-year old Falmouth/Mashpee co-op program this season, was named the Coach of the Year.

Barnstable High's Margot Rice was named the MIAA Student-Athlete of the Month for February. Sean Walsh/ Sports File Photo

Barnstable High’s Margot Rice was named the MIAA Student-Athlete of the Month for February.
Sean Walsh/ Sports File Photo

The final Cape student-athlete named a Globe All-Scholastic this winter was Barnstable senior wrestling captain Owen Murray. Murray, who finished at 38-0 on the season, won his third Division 1 South Sectional heavyweight crown, followed by state, all-state and New England championship titles. He is heading to DII Stonehill College next fall on a football scholarship.

The Boston Herald named five Cape student-athletes to its prestigious All-Scholastic team, including Murray, and four Cape gymnasts were also named. Twomey and Hansen were both named to the squad, but Barnstable senior captain Jillian Fraser was tacked on, as was Nauset’s Kasey Kilmurray.

The only Cape basketball player to be named to ESPN Boston’s postseason honor roll was Atlantic Coast League Most Valuable Player Joey Downes who paced the Blue Knights to an incredible, school-record 21-2 campaign and the team’s second straight ACL championship title. Downes, who finished his career with 1,535 points, is likely heading to a private boarding school next fall for a post-graduate year before matriculating to college. ESPN Boston named Downes to its “All-Shooters Team” and he was listed on their “Best of the Rest” top 17 players not named to the All-State team.

Barnstable High School superlative senior Margot Rice, a soccer, basketball and lacrosse star for the Red Raiders, was named the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association Student-Athlete of the Month for the month of February. Ranked first in her class of 322 students, Rice boasts a 4.69 grade point average and is a two-time Old Colony League all-star in basketball as a point guard. Barnstable High’s Class of 2015 class president, Rice has spent countless hours giving her free time as a youth basketball coach and Challenger Club volunteer, helping special needs students.

Monomoy Regional High School athletic director Paul "Spanky" Demanche was honored last week as one of the state's top administrators. Sean Walsh/ Sports

Monomoy Regional High School athletic director Paul “Spanky” Demanche was honored last week as one of the state’s top administrators.
Sean Walsh/ Sports

Former Barnstable High football coach Paul “Spanky” Demanche, athletic director f or Monomoy Regional High School, was presented with the Massachusetts Secondary Schools Athletic Directors Association Ted Damko Award at the association’s annual conference last week. Demanche was hired as the Harwich High School athletic director in 2010 and when the school merged with the new Monomoy district he took the reins there. The award is given annually to eight athletic directors across the state. Demanche holds the Barnstable High record for most wins as a head football coach with a 19-year mark of 115-83-2.

— Sean Walsh is the sports editor for His email is [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter @coachwalshccbm

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