Telling tales while chasing my tail
Telling tales while chasing my tail - You know you're slow when you are 18 hours away from catching up with yourself. This week's column is a vehicle, my literary mechanism for punching my way out of the wet cardboard box of sports information and photos. Wednesday afternoon at Cape it was a spring signing event of 11 athletes representing the sports of baseball, volleyball, cross country, track, football and wrestling. Counting the various combinations of family and friends, I took 400 photos. An alphabetical rundown of the athlete, sport and destination begins with Charlie Casas, volleyball, Hood College; Owen Daminger, baseball, Misericordia University; Brogan Evick, baseball, SUNY Maritime College; Tatum Friend, volleyball, Penn State Lehigh Valley; Thomas Gibbs, football, Delaware State University; Timothy Hitchcock, baseball, Cabrini University; Katie Kuhlman, cross country and track, University of Delaware; Trey Leggins, track, Queens University of Charlotte; Liam O’Donnell, cross country and track, Rowan University; Barritt Ross, baseball, Ursinus College; and Andrew Schaen, wrestling, Ursinus College.
Senior night girls’ lacrosse - Only five girls are graduating, but so are their families, and they all will be missed unless they keep coming to games until the next generation of scoopers at Atlantic Lacrosse. Graduating in 2023 are Alison Head, Makayla Lindsay, Lexi Truitt, Mackinzie Brown and Megan Smith.
Religious experience - I posted these words after discovering I caught a magic moment on the Legends Stadium track. “Thank you, God, for putting me in a place to capture this moment after a race.” Ellie Nauman after running the 400 meters shares a happy moment with teammate Anejah Johnson-Grace.
Reckoning, not revenge - A showdown went down in middle school girls’ lacrosse Tuesday afternoon at Beacon, as the Sabers of undefeated Sts. Peter and Paul were on Route 24 to see what was up with the 2023 juggernaut of coach Lynn Richardson. Last season, the Sabres tagged Beacon with a 13-7 loss. "We are excited and looking forward to this game,” Richardson said the Friday before. “We need to find out who we are. I’m glad they are on schedule. It should bring out the best in us.” In wrestling, it’s called getting buzz-sawed, as Beacon dominated from the opening draw, winning 14-2. Cape, which has won 13 state titles in a row, has never been able to look down to find so much talent in the pipeline. Beacon goal scorers were Ally Diehl with five; Amara Fruchtman, Alexis Zolper, Haley Gamuciello and Mairead Rishko each with two; and Mikaela Gordon with one. Beacon will play Mariner at 5:30 p.m., Monday, May 8, at Champions Stadium.
Snippets - Mikey Frederick, the Rookie of the Year for the Mercer Bears lacrosse team, was a unanimous selection to the Atlantic Sun Conference All-Freshman team. Mikey will be back on Dewey Beach Patrol this summer as one of the lifeguards of Capt. Todd Fritchman, going after a third straight national championship in the 4-by-100 soft-sand relay. This column has been heavily lacrosse, and if you’re half as interested as I obviously am, just go to insidelacrosse.com and get lost like a ball in the high weeds. I call it May Madness without the Capital One commercials. West Chester women’s lacrosse (17-0), the top-ranked team in NCAA Division II, will play at Mercyhurst Saturday, May 6, as the quest for a national championship begins. The Golden Rams are led by fifth-year senior Lindsay Monigle (Cape) with 31 goals on the season and an incredible 53 assists. Remember to roll slowly through crosswalks this weekend. There will be a 5K and half-marathon on Saturday morning on the Lewes Beach side of the canal bridge. It’s a conflict of sports cultures, as running ain’t a real sport like fishing. Cast your fate to the wind. Go on now, git!