Pop pop and the four-way stop; blinking red confuses a Fred

Izzy Cryne records 500th collegiate save
April 5, 2022

Knocking about - There is a band from Madison, Wis., called the Red Hot Horn Dogs. I was thinking of a way to work that into the lead of my lacrosse game story when the Vikings beat the Rams of Parkside. I decided more things could go wrong than right, so I dropped it. The back way to Parkside through Millsboro then Gumboro and Pittsville is littered with four-way stops, which is a prelude to the blinking red light in Pittsville that had me pulling into oncoming traffic where the caution light of life flashed in my face. A pickup truck driver cursed and called me a name and I responded with, “I am owning it!” Got to the game site 50 minutes early, parked in front of some greenhouse close to the field, and a gentleman came to my passenger window and asked if I could park farther away. “It’s opening day and we’re expecting a lot of people,'' he said, and I responded in my calm Philly row house stoop-sitting voice, “You just asked an old guy with a handicap placard hanging from his mirror to park farther away from the place he was going so you could make more room for plant people. You are that guy! And you must live with being that guy the rest of the day.” I went and parked next to the Fred Harvey bus, which was behind a gate I had to open. 

You likey spikey - The boys’ volleyball team is the newest star in the galaxy of Cape sports. The Vikings are 4-0 with games coming up they should win, then some serious home challenges against Indian River Wednesday, April 13, and Salesianum Friday, April 22. I am disqualified from being a coach because I don’t play games one at a time, but jump over people. 

Snippets - Iseabal Cryne, a graduate student at Mercer University in Macon, Ga., reached the 500-save plateau in the Bears’ win over Radford. Cryne, who played for Atlantic and Cape lax, is listed on the school website as a native of Milton. Izzy was the Most Outstanding Player in last year's 2021 Southern Conference tournament. Chloe Schaeffer is second in points for the Bears with 31 through nine games, with 22 goals and nine assists. Lindsey Monigle, a Cape kid and senior lacrosse player at West Chester, the No. 8 team in NCAA Division II, leads the Golden Rams after eight games with 15 goals and 29 assists for 44 points.

Liberty left-hander Mason Fluharty struck out eight of 11 batters faced Saturday night, as the Flames torched Jacksonville 6-2. Mason is ranked the No. 4 reliever in NCAA Division I by Rapsodo. Liberty, with  Fluharty and David Erickson on the pitching staff, will play at Virginia at 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 6. Jake Gelof, their former Cape teammate, is the leading hitter for the Wahoos, batting .435 with 13 home runs and 48 RBIs.

Mikey Drake, a laxer out of Salesianum who played at Notre Dame, is now a graduate student player at Fairfield University. Drake had three goals and three assists in the Stags’ 12-10 CAA-opening conference win. Cape’s Hank D’Ambrogi has signed with Fairfield, where volunteer assistant coach Spencer Steele had a great career. Kevin Corrigan is entering his 34th year as head lacrosse coach at Notre Dame University. Kevin is Cape coach Mark D'Ambrogi’s first cousin, the only reason he makes the column. Notre Dame beat visiting Syracuse, coached by Gary Gait, Saturday 22-6. I don’t know if it was on national television, but it was on mine. Jackie Wolak, older sister of Cape player Andrew Wolak, starts on attack for the Notre Dame women’s team. Jackie has 18 goals and 11 assists in 10 games for the Irish. When it comes to sports, all cats out of bags end up on my back deck scratching at the screen door, but I digress.

Salisbury University is an NCAA Division III school with primary membership in the Coast-to-Coast Athletic Conference. The Seagulls have celebrated 22 team national championships – they are pretty much good at all sports. Brock Hilligoss, a lefty out of Milford, is 2-1 with a 1.59 ERA for the Gulls’ baseball team. Salisbury is the defending Division III national champion.

Casey Talamini-Kelemen, a freshman jumper at Lehigh out of Polytech, set a school record of 38-feet-9.75-inches in the triple jump in her first outdoor meet versus Lafayette, and jumped a personal best 11-feet-1.75-inches in the pole vault. Go on now, git! 


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