Middle school parents in the Cape school district are not allowed on the sidelines of sports practices, especially during tryouts, for obvious reasons not spoken out loud. But go to the nearby parking lots and you may see a dad or two kicking back in the cab of a pickup truck with a big old pair of binoculars.
A total of 10 teams hits the field every day immediately after school in the sports of girls' soccer, boys' and girls' track and field, baseball and softball.
Coaches include Jules Jackson of Mariner and Tim Bamforth and Gilbert Maull of Beacon for track and field. Terry Suess is the head coach of Mariner girls' soccer with Sharon Fisher as her assistant. Justin Vorhees and Bill Bennett coach the Beacon soccer girls.
Pat Irelan and Chris Burkhart head up the Beacon baseball team, while Doug “Bryan” Sentman and Corbin Bean coach Mariner.
Christie Smith and Lisa Williams are the coaches of Beacon softball while Tamara Thompson and Mike Luciano coach the Mariner team.
Real competition begins Friday, March 22. All Beacon and Mariner home track meets are on the Cape Henlopen High School track. Home games for baseball, softball and soccer are at the middle school fields.