Big guys driven by faith who can hit
Zippity dippity - The Dips of Franklin & Marshall College defeated the visiting Captains of Christopher Newport in field hockey 2-0 Sept. 4. Darby and Riley Klopp play for the Diplomats, while Marcella Sabbagh is a defender for Christopher Newport. Erin Coverdale, another former Cape player, graduated from Franklin & Marshall in 2020. She has returned to campus as an assistant coach. Erin is the F&M all-time leader in points (136), goals (56), and game-winning goals (17). Erin was a three-time All-American. The four athletes gathered after the game and decided, “As long as we’re all here in Lancaster, Pa., we may as well get together for a photo.” Franklin & Marshall lost 4-1 at No. 8 Messiah Wednesday night.
Jaden Davis - Jaden, a sophomore running back at Salisbury University, got his first collegiate start against Albright Sept. 2 and responded with 47 yards in the Gulls’ 42-0 win. Jaden was named Offensive Player of the Game for his combination of running, receiving and blocking. Salisbury plays at Stevenson at 1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 10. Stevenson beat St. Vincent 25-21 in its season opener. Stevenson has six players from Delaware on its roster. Fourteen players from Delaware high schools are on the Salisbury roster. Not sure what it means, but it is interesting.
Heart like a wheel - I talked to two different lifetime biker friends over the weekend, both 70 pushing 75, and I’m sure each has pedaled around the world enough to accumulate their “to the moon and back” merit badges. Both are career-accomplished, well-adjusted people featuring Toad the Wet Sprocket on their playlist. But it’s a bit of an obsession, just like taking 10,000 sports photos a year. Each of my friends volunteered, without me asking, their resting pulse rate. My pulse is always at rest. I am a human metronome. Each biker athlete claimed a rested pulse in the mid-40s. Back in the middle of the night after my hip surgery, two nurses who were former students asked me alarmingly, “Are your blood pressure and pulse rate always very low?” I responded, “Somewhat, especially when I’m coming down from morphine.”
Snippets - The University of Delaware football team hosts Delaware State Saturday in the battle of the bypass. Delaware is ranked No. 13 in the latest FCS Power Poll, rising from No. 20 after a 14-7 win at Navy. Steve Azzanesi, in his first season as head coach at Alvernia, lost to Ursinus 59-27 last week. The Golden Wolves play at Oberlin College Saturday, Sept. 10. Salesianum football plays at Sussex Central at 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 9. Last season, the Golden Knights lost to Sallies twice – 42-13 in the regular season and 34-12 in the DIAA state tournament. I’m not in the habit of predicting, but I’m hooked on a feeling that Sussex Central will win this game. Cape volleyball opens the season with road games at Delmarva Christian Friday, Sept. 9, and Ursuline Monday, Sept. 12. Both the Royals and Raiders are tough matchups for Cape, which has eight seniors among the top 14 players. A total of 20 cross country teams will open the season Saturday at the Lake Forest Invitational at Killens Pond State Park. Cape has 60 athletes, boys and girls, running cross country, led by Ryan Baker and Katie Kuhlman. Great field hockey this weekend at Champions Stadium in the Bi-State Challenge. Delmar will play Severna Park, the defending Maryland 4A champ, at 5 p.m., Friday, followed by Cape versus Pocomoke at 6:30 p.m. Delmar will play Pocomoke at noon, Saturday, followed by Cape versus Severna Park at 1:30 p.m. Delmar last lost a field hockey game 2-1 to Cape in October 2016. Since then, the Wildcats have won 96 straight games. The Falcons of Severna Park have won 25 Maryland 4A state titles since 1975. Aaron Judge, one of baseball’s good guys, just hit home run No. 55. Aaron is adopted – pretty amazing – and is wrapped in his Christian faith. Judge said his favorite life verse is: “For we walk by faith, not by sight.” True, but when I see a 6-foot-7 Judge step into the batter's box, I’m holding up four fingers and inviting Judge into my home at first base. Mike Reid, former tackle with Penn State and the Cincinnati Bengals turned composer and singer, wrote a country song called “Walk on Faith.” Check out the video. It is pretty awesome. Go on now, git!