Cape’s Champions Stadium hosts women’s alumni game July 11

Pool of talent is deep for 8 p.m. game
July 9, 2013
Mike Wardian raced and won the Seashore Strider 5K last Saturday in Rehoboth. He is the running world's most congenial crazy person. Google him and get tired. BY DAVE FREDERICK

Alumni game - The annual summer’s night alumni game featuring the Cape girls' lacrosse team (in the form of Eastern Shore Lacrosse 2014) versus some seriously good and in-shape Cape graduates, many with Division I credentials, will take place at Champions Stadium at 8 p.m., Thursday, July 11. There is no admission charge. Lillie Lingo and Liz Carpenter will coach the alumni team that also features active Division I players Alec Perry of High Point and Meg Bartley of Virginia Tech along with Division I-bound Anna Frederick, Temple, and Sara Young, Penn. Division I field hockey players Jacki Coveleski, Erin Ricker, Kaci Coveleski and Caroline Judge will also play in the game unless someone pulls out the work card. Reversible tank tops will be given to all new players in the game; otherwise, they bring the one from last year. Cape returns 14 players from last year's state championship team as they embark on their STX Chicks for Six campaign.

Nutrition condition - I talked with ultra distance runner Mike Wardian, 39, over the weekend – a person I’ve always described as the most congenial crazy person you will ever meet in sports. Mike lives along the outer rim of the pain barrier. He cannot be out-focused. The cool thing about Mike is first, second or fifth in a race he is the same guy afterward. I asked the former Michigan State lacrosse player – all 6 foot, 139 pounds of him – about nutrition as images of Wawa breakfast sandwiches and Hoagie Fest danced like depth charges in the sea of my stomach. Mike mentioned olive oil, vegetarianism and PowerBar. I realized why people like Mike run all the time. What else is there to do?

Abysmal Phillies - The Phillies, 43-46, began a four-game home series on July 8 against the Nationals, 46-42, who are four games behind the Braves. The Phils have won consecutive series against the first place Pirates and Braves and managed to look pretty mediocre in doing so.

The Phillies flame out before the all-star break and they may start to sell off their roster. The “Gnats” are in it to win it but have way underperformed the first half of the season. Philly fans love to boo Jayson Werth because Werth swears he’s cool, and for a 6-5 hippie millionaire, he is cool.

God speed, Pocchie Hollomon- Poochie Hollomon was born at Beebe in 1964 and was carried back home to God from Beebe on June 26. She was a very spiritual person and back in high school she was no joke in the classroom and on the track team, where she threw the shot put for coach George Pepper. Her daughter Aishia played basketball and softball and Poochie was always there. In fact, Aishia played on a Delaware State softball team coached by Jeff Savage that played in the NCAA tournament, where she hit a home run, if I recall correctly.

One sister, Ping, works at Mid-Atlantic Family Practice and that only begins to tell the community connections.

A good person, funny and smart, loyal to family and friends and no one to trifle with, the high school Poochie Hollomon could brighten up and lighten up your day and in my view that child inside her always found ways to get out.

Connect the dots - I can go from Fredman to Rainman when it comes to connecting the dots of sports people. I’m like the grandfather at the Thanksgiving table where the grandkids avoid eye contact in case Gramps goes off into one of his stories. Last Saturday I took a photo of Nina and Cameron Connors, who were standing with their mom Cheryl waiting for their dad Chad to finish.

Later Chad, who runs in the 18-minute range, told me he played college football and reluctantly got up off  “Saint Francis” and I was through the open door. I knew Saint Francis University Loretto, Pa., knew they became Red Flash to disguise the former Indian mascot, knew Chicago Bulls’ point guard Norn Van Lier went there and played for John Clark, my high school coach who went onto coach the Pittsburgh Pipers of the old ABA. My Temple freshman roommate John Kerr flunked out and resurfaced at Saint Francis teaming with Van Lier to upset Temple in the final of Quaker City Christmas tournament played at the Spectrum. I knew lots more but had to shut it down because I know the look where people are smiling while at the same time conveying the message, “This guy is crazy.”

Snippets - I’m thinking of opening a sports consulting business, except everything I know is free and obvious. Go on now, git!