Izaiah grew from 5-foot-8 to 6-foot-1 in less than a year, and the Cape senior said, “I hope I’m not done yet.” Izaiah started the year at St. Thomas More, but was quickly back inside the big barn of Cape, which was great news for the basketball program after Cory Barnes jetted off to Archbishop Carroll in D.C. Izaiah is the synergy that powers the ship. He has tremendous court awareness, plays the point or off guard, can drop the three-ball and, most importantly, finds the open person. He seems to never take a bad shot. “Defensively, we play man-to-man and I want to D up the best guard,” he said. A solid student, college admission is not an issue. He’s not sure where and if he’ll play in college.
Junior thrower Ce’yra Middleton is powerful and strong and began throwing the shot put six years ago in sixth grade for the Beacon Middle School team. At the Snow Hill Invitational Jan. 10, she tossed an all-time personal-best distance of 37-feet-10-inches for the best throw at Snow Hill this season and her personal best by more than a foot. “Ce’yra is dedicated to her event and works hard in the weight room,” said throwing coach Rob Perciful. “She is one of the strongest girls I have ever coached.” Ce’yra has five of the biggest meets in her career over the next three weeks.
Rose Minni, a sophomore, has been a runner her whole life. She ran with the Seashore Striders in her early years, was on three undefeated Beacon teams and currently is running indoor track for the Vikings. Rose scored 16 points in the jumps at the Jan. 10 meet and is working hard to overcome several medical issues she has battled in the past. Rose is a total team player, stepping away from her regular 55-meter dash to let a teammate with a much lower ability level compete in the race. That’s what teammates do – that’s what Rose does.
“Fin is a great kid,” said wrestling coach Chris Mattioni. “He is reliable, never misses practice, works hard, listens and is very coachable.” Fin had a JV record of 22-6 last year as a freshman. He is 1-0 on JV this year and 6-3 on varsity. “He had a great performance at the Delcastle Invitational, finishing third in his first varsity tournament.” He lost in the quarterfinals 4-2, then won four straight to capture third place. Fin won two matches by fall and three by major decision. “He continues to grow and progress as a wrestler,” Mattioni said. “He is going to have a good season, and has a bright future in wrestling.” The sophomore also plays lacrosse, can run a five-minute mile and is a top-tier student.