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Athletes of the Week Nov. 1

November 1, 2019
Reagan Ciabattoni

You can’t out-athlete Reagan, and basically you can’t out-nice her either. Field hockey is her sport, although she was a track phenom at Mariner Middle School. She can flat-out motor. Last season as a freshman, Reagan started every game on defense, helping the Vikings win a state title. This year, she moved up to center-midfield and did all the dirty work. But on corners, she is all the way up to get her whacks. In a Northern Division showdown at Dover Oct. 29, Reagan came back from concussion protocol and scored two in an important 3-0 victory over the Senators. “It’s so nice to see Reagan on the field. She makes good things happen, and she prevents bad things from happening,” said coach Kate Austin. Cape is getting ready for tournament time, hoping to be full strength for the first time all season.   

Sam Epstein

A senior at Cape who transferred in from Caesar Rodney his junior year, Sam is a cross country runner on Cape’s talented team. He threw down a time of 16:33 at the Sussex County Championships to place fifth, helping Cape nail down the team championship. “We’re a young team,” the senior honors student said. “We’ve gotten better throughout the season. I think we’ll do well at the conference championships.” Coach Matt Lindell said, “His race at county championships is a reflection of the hard work he has put in at practice. He is working smarter, not harder this season, which has kept him injury-free and peaking at the right time. He is a character with character and a pleasure to coach.” Sam will be in the mix Saturday as Cape tries to unseat CR for the first time in a long time.  

LT Messick

The T stands for Thomas; he is the third. The L stands for Little. Cape’s starting freshman at cornerback fits the profile of a Little Big Man, weighing 130 pounds and never hesitating to come up and smack down a ball carrier. Last week in the home win over Polytech, LT had a pair of interceptions, the first of the year and the first of his career. “He is a student of the game on the field, never a problem, and does a great job in the classroom,” said coach J.D. Maull. “He’s the kind of high-character, athletic kid who is helping us build a successful program.” LT played middle school ball at Millsboro and was on coach Lance Keeler’s last team. “He’s a good coach,” LT said with a smile. Miz Pearl Hood, who attends all Cape basketball games since like forever, is his Mom Mom. 

Emily Trout

A junior and captain of the Sussex Academy girls’ cross country team along with senior teammate Helena Helou, Emily turned an OK season into a special one Oct. 29 at the Sussex County Championships. The top 10 runners comprised a fast field of friends. Anyone was capable of beating anyone else. Emily threw the hammer down in the last mile, coming up and securing second with a time of 20:01, just two clicks from breaking the magic 20-minute barrier. The previous Sunday, Emily cruised the Sea Witch 5K course in 22:54 in a steady rain. She closed with a smile, knowing her dad Brian ran 22:28 and didn’t wait for her. “Thanks so much for coming to the meet,” Emily said in an interview. “It means so much to the runners to have support.” Emily is the quintessential captain.