Family and friends turn out for Tommy 10K and Daffodil Dash 5K

Bryan Mack and Erin Ricker win 10K titles
May 2, 2017

Uncle Tommy - There were nephews and nieces all running away from the Lewes Ferry terminal April 29 for the Tommy Coveleski 10K and Daffodil Dash 5K. I snapped Hank, Josh and Max Coveleski coming in together for the 10K in 1:03:40; Kaci Coveleski at 54:33; and Jacki Coveleski, 1:03:52. There was Madden Elentrio in the 5K along with Karin Coveleski Elentrio, Staci Coveleski and countless friends of Tommy. Just 53 ran the 10K, while another 137 elected the 5K distance. Bryan Mack (41:50) and Erin Ricker (49:45) were the overall 10K champions, which was fitting, as both were favorite athletes of Tommy Coveleski.  

Let It Be -  I was an ocean lifeguard for two long summers, but I had to let it go. It is no doubt a great lifestyle, wearing the red trunks of Rehoboth and being barbecued like a rotisserie chicken, but I had to move on with my life. I ran road races for a long time and did a few triathlons, but I had to let that go when my body started barking back. The same with adult basketball ... I gave that up when I met people on the way down who had always been drafted in the late rounds in a pickup game. The are some gym people who have been unrelentingly there working out over a lifetime. Longevity of activity requires latching onto a good thing - a highlight - and simply never letting it go. Country singer Robert Earl Keen sings: “I kinda like just doing nothing, it’s something that I do.” I know as a writer I should probably pack up and go home, except I work from home, so where am I going to go?

Countersink - The Phillies lured me into paying attention by winning six games in a row. Then they were off to LA, where they lost three games in a row to the Dodgers, including blowing a game in the bottom of the ninth on three consecutive home runs to tie, then a bunch of slop on top to lose it in walk-off fashion, which is what I’m doing until they get a closer who can throw gas without bringing the can to the mound. “We” need a young hurler with a mentality of “I’m crazy. Give me the ball. I’ll throw 100 mph at anyone’s head and drop in the curve for a full-count strikeout.” The ninth-inning closer personality requires an attitude of “You may have a bat, but you are now straight up on defense.” 

Recruiting tournaments - The sport of college lacrosse, both men and women, just passed a resolution to change the rules for early commitments. It’s now basically no contact until September of junior year. There are still camps and tournaments where college coaches rim the field, sitting in lawn chairs and working off a clipboard. Those turf fields up in Frederica, what do you think that’s all about? Teams pay about $1,500 per tournament. How many teams from out of state would show up for a fun freeway to the stars. No recruiting and no annoying college coaches.  

Snippets - Look for high school transfer rules to be relaxed next school year. The number of appeals heard by the DIAA has gotten out of control - too many exceptions to the rule, then it’s time to change some rules. What I call the mother ship rule goes into effect, meaning a student can always return to his district of residence regardless of year in school, and this relieves grandmom  from being complicit in some residency swap. “Who’s living upstairs at my house?” A big week for Cape baseball as the Vikings host Seaford Tuesday, May 2, and Sussex Tech Thursday, May 4. Cape boys’ lacrosse hosts Caesar Rodney Wednesday, May 3, at 7 p.m., and both boys’ and girls’ lacrosse are at Tower Hill Friday, May 5, as the girls play at 4 followed by the boys at 7. It’s been four months since new year’s resolutions, so how are we doing? I haven’t had a cookie since Dec. 31, and Animal Crackers don’t count. Go on now, git!