This former Cape Viking earned first-team All-Centennial Conference honors for the third consecutive season for Franklin and Marshall following back-to-back CC Offensive Player of the Year selections. The senior applied more pressure to opposing defenses than any other player in the conference during the regular season, putting up 128 total shots and 72 shots on goal in the regular season. Her seven assists were good for the team's top mark and fifth in the CC. After tallying game-winning goals in back-to-back contests over Lebanon Valley and Mary Washington in September, Coverdale set the new program standard with 16 career game-winners, earning CC Offensive Player of the Week honors in the process. Coverdale played on three teams that combined for a record of 56-0-1 and three state titles.
Blake has been running races since he was 6 years old. He joined the Seashore Striders when he was 8 and stayed with the program until he started running for St. Andrew’s School in Middletown. In middle school, Blake ran for both Seashore Striders and Sussex Academy. Blake placed third in the 2019 DIAA Division II Cross Country State Championships last weekend with a time of 16:29:00. The weekend before, he came in fourth in the New Castle County Championship with a time of 16:20. Blake is a senior at St. Andrew’s, where he is at the top of his class. As a junior, Blake won the prestigious Robert H. Stegeman Jr. Award as a student with top academic rank in his class. He demonstrated intellectual leadership and made exceptional contributions to the life of the school and community. Blake hopes to attend Claremont McKenna or Washington and Lee in the fall, where he plans to study economics.
This former Cape Viking is the second Franklin and Marshall Diplomat to be named CC Rookie of the Year, also receiving honorable mention all-conference honors. The forward tallied 10 goals on the season, second on the team, and tied for seventh in the conference, including a key game-winner in a 1-0 win over Haverford Sept. 28 among three total game-winners on the season. Darby was borrowed from field hockey her freshman year at Cape to run some cross country. She also played soccer in the spring for coach Patrick Kilby. In her last two years as a varsity player for Cape, the Vikings were 33-3 with two state championships. F&M beat Hartwick 4-1 in the opening round of the NCAA Division III tournament. Erin Coverdale had two goals, with the second off an assist from Darby.
Jake is a senior rookie runner at Sussex Academy. Coach Jay Diaz saw Jake run during a 5K fundraiser for Parkinson’s and asked, "Who is that kid?" Jake was leading the race and ran a 5K time in the mid-18-minute range. “He's a surfer," Diaz was told. While taking a group run at the jetty in Cape Henlopen State Park this summer, the group spotted Jake surfing and pointed him out to Diaz, who immediately waved him over for a little chat. Jake finished the DIAA Division II Cross Country State Championship Nov. 9 with a time of 16:53 for 10th place. He was the best male finisher south of the C&D Canal. Jake is currently on the swim team and will also run indoor track. He is planning on attending one of the maritime colleges in the Northeast and will continue with his running.