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Author: Bill Higgins

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Bill Higgins, longtime sports editor at the Cape Cod Times in Hyannis, Mass., has been writing and editing about men's and women's sports for more than 35 years. He has a son and a daughter and was a youth sports league coach.

Posted May 3, 2018, 8 a.m. by Bill Higgins | View Comments
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Shining stars are bright and easy to see in a night sky. So, too, are the teenage athletes who excel on fields of play and at elite summer camps. But what about the other players in the game? Maybe you’re not a blue-chip prospect suited for a five-star summer showcase. Maybe you’re trying to improve your skills and display your potential. Or maybe you’re just getting ready to try out for the team. How do you know what kind of summer sports camp to consider? Camps come in all shapes and sizes and for all abilities. Nearly 8 million students ...

Posted April 4, 2017, 10:16 a.m. by Bill Higgins | View Comments

Another year of high school, really? Why would anyone consider a post-graduate year instead of college? But if you’re a high school athlete looking to improve your game, a post-graduate (PG) year at a boarding school might be just what you need to play college sports. Max Willman, for example, was a hockey all-star and a good student at Barnstable High School in Massachusetts. But, coming from an off-the-beaten-track school on Cape Cod, he thought his competitive days would be put on ice when he graduated in 2013. Fast forward a short year later. Willman was playing at the Wells ...

Posted Aug. 8, 2016, 9:59 a.m. by Bill Higgins | View Comments
How to Rock a Sports Showcase This Summer

Summer camps bring to mind idyllic images of roasting s’mores by sunset campfires and splashing into crystal-clear watering holes. But it’s a different game if you’re a young athlete who wants to sharpen skills to make the high school varsity squad, or you’re already a star looking to showcase talents for college recruiters or for an athletic scholarship. Sports camps come in all shapes and sizes for all abilities, and there are thousands to choose from. So how do you know which will be the best fit for you? We surveyed several experts for tips, including coaches who organize and ...

Posted July 15, 2015, 8 a.m. by Bill Higgins | View Comments
3 lessons from the women's soccer team

The World Cup victory of the United States women's soccer team has been heralded throughout the world and the players are being saluted coast to coast. Everyone loves a winner, especially when it comes wrapped in red, white and blue. But now what? The harsh reality is the afterglow will wane and these women will fade from the sporting consciousness, not likely to reappear until next summer’s Olympics in Brazil. So what lessons should our daughters (and sons) take from this team? 1.These were athletes – not female athletes. These players were all about grit and skill. The enduring emotional ...