Club Sports Notebook: Barnstable High grads Beatty, Jeffers chasing football title

Barnstable High graduates Marcia Beatty and Steph Jeffers said their team is on a revenge tour.

Jeffers, a 2003 graduate, and Jeffers, a 2004 graduate, are both in their third season with the Boston Renegades, a top-division team in the Women’s Football Alliance which went undefeated until losing last year’s championship game.

Jeffers, the team’s starting right guard, said she’s giving it her all since it’ll be her last year as a player. She has played women’s football since 2010 and joined Boston when its team was named the Militia in 2012.

“When you have a close family, you want to make it happen,” Jeffers said. “I want to win this. … That’s why I’ll go that much harder.”

“This year has been time to finish,” Beatty added.

The team went 6-2 in the regular season, but is now one win away from getting back to the title game. Boston will visit the DC Divas, one of two teams the Renegades lost to in the regular season, at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex in Landover, Maryland, located outside the Washington Redskins’ home stadium.

The winner plays for the WFA National Championship on July 28 in Atlanta against Saturday’s other semifinal victor, either the Los Angeles Warriors or Kansas City Titans.

Beatty, a school teacher in Rockland, is in her third season playing defensive back for the Renegades. She had a team-high five tackles in a 56-0 win over the Philadelphia Phantomz, which was the team’s second straight shutout.

“Everything was clicking,” Beatty said. “That was a good confidence builder. Defense is a close group, like a family.”

Beatty said this year has been her favorite.

“It’s learning the game more, watching a ton of film,” she said. “The team clicks well. We know how to deal with adversity. We’re getting good at it.”

Jeffers, a union electrician by trade, said she is looking into potential coaching after her playing days conclude.

“Team USA gave a lot of opportunities to get into coaching,” said Jeffers, who also continues to advocate for players to get paid in the future. “Maybe I could get into high school or college and go that way.”

WHEELCHAIR CURLING US TRIALS: Cape Cod Curling Club will have the chance to get another one of its members on the U.S. Paralympics squad.

East Falmouth’s Caroline Knox was one of four selected from the USA Curling National Invitational Wheelchair Curling Camp and Trials to advance to the Team Selection Trials in November. She’ll join the eight current members of the national team, which include East Falmouth’s Meghan Lino and Steve Emt, both Cape Cod Curling Club members, who competed in the 2018 Paralympic Games in South Korea.

Members selected to the national team in November will take part in competitions this winter to determine the five selected to be Team USA at the 2019 World Wheelchair Championship in March.

Knox will be competing for the Cape Cod Masters team from July 25-29 in the Cape Cod Curling Club’s Summer Bonspiel in Falmouth.

The Summer Bonspiel began Thursday with the mixed competition. Ladies, men’s and juniors competition will also be contested as the event takes place over the next two weeks.

AAU BASKETBALL: Bourne native Maeve Moriarty was part of the Mass. Huskies girls 7th grade team that won the AAU East Coast National Championship, which was held June 29-July 1 in Philadelphia.

Moriarty, the Huskies’ starting center, played varsity basketball for Rising Tide Charter Public School in Plymouth this past season.

Despite losing to Team Maryland 3D in their first game, the Huskies won the next two to earn a bye into the semifinals. After winning the semifinal by 20 points, they earned a rematch with Maryland and won it, 38-29, taking a 14-point lead into halftime.

UNITY LACROSSE TOURNAMENT: The Falmouth Flash club girls lacrosse program raised $393 for the Falmouth Police Department when its U10, U12 and U14 teams participated in last month’s Unity Lacrosse Tournament, hosted by Sacred Heart School in Kingston.

The tournament encourages programs to raise money for the military, local or state police and community rights organizations. The Flash then decided to donate their funds to the local police department.