Keepin' my sideline thoughts local this week

June 5, 2014

Congratulations to the Cape high school boys' and girls' lacrosse teams for winning their respective state championships! What a great achievement for both teams and for our local community and public high school. The girls stepped up and did what everyone thought they would do, and the boys came away with a huge upset victory over Salesianum by a close score of 9-7. That's a very low score in the grand scheme of things for a state championship game, which goes to show that the defense was as critical a part of the win as the offense for this final matchup. Did you know that this is also the second championship the Cape boys team has won wearing the Mohawk haircuts? Look out folks, it may be a local look this summer!

The girls' team also deserves kudos for winning their championship game by dominating Charter of Wilmington in the second half of their game and winning with a score of 18-6! This is the Cape girls' sixth straight state championship title! This is pretty amazing considering they've only had varsity team status for 12 or 13 years. That's about 50 percent of the available championships.

Local Little League baseball and softball season is in full swing now. Baseball and softball have always been a big attraction in Sussex County. Try to go out to the fields and support your local teams. It's always a lot of fun watching youngsters developing their individual sports interests and a great excuse to catch up with neighbors and friends.

In national sports news, hockey's Stanley Cup finals started this week between the New York Rangers and the Los Angeles Kings. I will be rooting for the Rangers to win because they beat the Philadelphia Flyers in the first round. The National Hockey League has to be extremely happy to have the top two TV markets represented in the finals. And last but not least is the Belmont Stakes race this weekend. This is the last leg of horse racing's Triple Crown and it's the longest track of the three races. I will be cheering like crazy for California Chrome to win and break a long spell for this hard-to-reach title. This race is 4 p.m., Saturday, June 7 on NBC.

  • A 2002 Cape grad and 2007 UD grad, Lewes resident Sumner Spence is one of the Cape area's biggest sports fans. Wheelchair-bound his entire life, he has lived vicariously through his sports-playing father, brother, and friends, who gave him his love of sports. He hopes to provide new and interesting perspectives on the sports stories and issues of the day. Email Sumner at

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