It’s a school record until others disprove it

DIAA establishes academic/athletic awards
November 12, 2019

You disprove it - I sometimes proclaim “Cape school record” and wait for someone else to disprove it. In the quarterfinal round of the field hockey DIAA state tournament Nov. 7, Cape beat Charter at Champions Stadium 5-0, with all five goals coming in the first half and all scored by different players. That has never happened in Cape tournament hockey going back 50 years, so please set about disproving it. The goals were scored by Cami Smith, Anna Stancofski, Abby Kane, Sierra Manifold and Haley Craig. Cape moves on to play Polytech in the semifinals at 4 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 12, at Sussex Academy. Polyech beat Mount Pleasant 1-0 in overtime. There has never been a semifinal state tournament field hockey game in the pouring rain at Sussex Academy.  

Come back here once - Two hockey players were handed plaques like handshakes before the field hockey game between Charter and Cape. They smiled then just “walked away, Renee,” returning to their teams. “Come here once,” I grammatically garbled. “I don’t know what the plaques are all about, but they must be worthy of a photo.” DIAA is recognizing the athlete with the highest GPA on all the sports teams, so join me, one and all, to celebrate and congratulate Lily Suh of Wilmington Charter and Anna Stancofski of Cape. You can tell by their smiles they are nice people.  

Freaky factoid - There were 604 runners who competed in the DIAA Cross Country State Championships Nov. 9, and most of them were followed not by a cheering section but more like a screaming section. The entire DIAA field hockey tournament of 20 teams that allows 22 members per team results in 440 athletes participating. You tell me, Marvin Gaye, "What's going on?"

Rex and Randy - ESPN NFL Sunday morning countdown rhymes with clowns. I really don’t get Rex Ryan and Randy Moss, and why they ascended to the top of the aluminum ladder of punditry. Each took turns Sunday morning banging on Kirk Cousins, quarterback of the Vikings, emphasizing who he wasn’t and that he never wins the big game, calling him a complementary piece and not a prime-time quarterback. “Captain Kirk” is the bona fide Christian guy – his dad was a minister and Kirk attended Holland Christian High in Holland, Mich. Some may say he’s led a charmed athletic life. A more charitable celebrant would say the complementary piece has been blessed. Cousins was 23-for-32 for 220 yards and two touchdowns in a Sunday night 28-24 win at Dallas. Dak “No Contract” Prescott was 28-for-46 for 397 yards along with three TDs and an interception. Next Sunday, the pundits can bang on Rayne Dakota, except that would not be cool. Prescott’s Faith Fight Finish Foundation was established in his late mother’s honor to help people dealing with adversity. 

You laughing, Fred? Grandson Davey has a talent for pushing the edges of appropriate social commentary, making me stifle laughter so as not to reinforce his behavior. At the cross country state meet Nov. 9, I was wearing my red toboggan with the word Cuba written on it and a man asked, “Did you get that in Cuba?” Others nearby listened and waited for the answer, “No, Marshalls,” I said. The man said, “Well, sometimes Marshalls looks like Cuba.” We all laughed, except no one knew why. I just know you can go a long time before running into a gramps guy wearing a Cuba hat. The logo on the hat reads “Nacionales De Cuba 1951.” My wife said “I found that hat at New Life Thrift Store, not Marshalls.” But how can I talk New Life when you ain’t got no life, except going to a Saturday high school cross country meet with a blue chair and a red Cuba hat?  

Snippets - Wrestler Tony Wuest (Smyrna), now at McDaniel College after a year at NC State, was named the Centennial Conference Athlete of the Week after winning the 197-pound title at the Messiah Invitational Nov. 2. He won all four matches by pin. Isaiah Fosque, a 141-pound freshman out of Laurel, won his first college match for McDaniel. In the NCAA field hockey tournament beginning Friday, Nov. 15, Northwestern (Alia Marshall of Cape) opens with Boston College, while Delaware (Ashlyn Carr of Delmar) plays at Virginia. Syracuse (Hailey Bitters of Delmar) will host Princeton. The D2 and D3 tournaments also get underway this week. More on that in Friday’s Cape Gazette, which rhymes with, go on now, git!    


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