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Cape Gazette SPORTS & OUTDOORS : FRIDAY, JANUARY 4 - MONDAY, JANUARY 7, 2013 73 Cape runners dress came out to celebrate, racein mostdogs, was older than our fly beautiful Rehoboth Beach and own children and had three dif- Brie )) enjoy post-race refreshments ferent addresses. You would for winter weather from Catcher's, Suff Bagel and need acalculatortocounthair- Mattioni, 0tt crowned the Giant. It was a great time on cuts and sweaters, and he had a chilly afternoon in Rehoboth been with me nearly a third of champions at Wetzel e haven't seen the W white stuff as of yet, but winter weather is coming. Mother Nature can make it tough on runners and even tougher on runners who have a streak of training every day. I never really kept track of streaks; I ran hard when I needed to and took offwhen my body told me to. My friend Chico Barranco years ago kept a streak going by running 300 laps around his basement water heater, while other longtime running friends of mine like Bob Porter, Doug White, Craig Dayton, Reuben Beauchamp, Breck Vander- wende, Alan Quillen, Larry Windsor, lack PoweU, and Dr. Lee Masser have all had crazy stretches of training where nei- ther rain nor sleet nor dark of night could stop them for months - even years - when they were in the "running zone." There are three'important lay- ers when it comes to cold-weath- er running: a base layer of snug, wicking material, such as polypropylene, polyester, ther- mal or wool; a mid-layer of loos- er material that carries moisture from the base layer, such as down, polyester or fleece; and an outer layer to block wind and allow moisture to escape, such as Gore-Tex or nylon material for warmer days. Gore-Tex suits are high-dollar items, but well worth it on a cold winter morn- ing. A good rule of thumb I always used is to underdress rather than overdress when heading out the door. Your body will warm up in the first mile. A roller coaster new year I ended the year 2012 directing 220 runners at the Race into the New Year 5K Dec. 31 at the Re- hoboth Beach Running Compa- ny, where several regular Striders Beach. On New Year's Day, I found myself with my race team setting up in Bethany Beach for 700 run- ners at the Hair of the Dog 5K/10K. What a great event for the Quiet Resorts Charitable Foundation, with Strider Rick Hundley leading the way, which was put on for a big field to kick offthe new year. I enjoyed seeing so many runners who stopped to wish me and the Striders a happy new year. Young Striders racers Natasha Taylor and Emma Barthetmess went one-two in the 5I(, and they were all smiles with fluffy award dogs nearly half the size of their bodies. My wife Monique raced in a competitive age group of 40-49 where she was sixth in a PR of 49:17. When I arrived home in the early afternoon, my day began to decline as we made the decision that we had to put our dog of 17 years, Murphy, to sleep as he had stopped eating and drinking, and was losing weight and getting worse each day. Murphy logged more miles than most of us will ever reach and was a regular at- tendee of the weekly Grove Club from 1994-2004. He outlived my life. I thought I was mentally ready and went through the pro- cedure over and over in my head as I drove to Savannah Animal Hospital, but it became one of the hardest things I ever went through once we were there and things were happening. It will be 30 minutes that I will never for- get. According to the internet, the formula for dog years vs. human years is as follows: 10.5 dog years per human year for the first 2 years, then 4 dog years per hu- man year for each year after. That would make Murphy 81 years old, which is a wonderful life for any animal - or human for that matter. Watch out, Max, here comes Murphy! Upcoming Striders races 10 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 5 - Sec- ond Race for the Hawks 5K Run, Saint Georges High School, Middletown. 6 a.m., Monday, Jan. 21 - First PICS 5K Run, Miami Beach Boardwalk, Miami Beach, Fla. 10 a.m., Sunday, Feb. 10 - Eighth Valentines Chase & Cou- ples 5K Run, Cape Henlopen State Park, Lewes. Classic Dec. 28 The Cape wrestling team fin- ished in sixth place out of 25 teams over the weekend of De. 28 at the Wetzel Classic Invita- tional Wrestling Tournament in Hatboro-Horsham, Pa. "We had a great tournament considering we only took 11 var- sity wrestlers," coach Chris Mat- tioni said. Cape crowned a pair of cham- pions. Aaron Mattioni won the 160-pound bracket while Thomas Ott was champion at 220 pounds. Austin Smith placed second t 145; Hunter Dailey was sixth at 195, Nick Carroll seventh at heavyweight and ].J. Currie eighth at 152. Jackson Zolper and Hunter Dailey won their first career var- sity matches. The IV wrestlers finished sev- enth out of 23 teams with only seven wrestlers entered. Joel Torres and Tray Bailey each placed second. Cape will compete in the Del- castle Invitational Friday, Jan. t, before hosting Sussex Central in a dual meet Wednesday, Jan. 9. Cape GEKWAN PRITCHETT Look at the first name and your brain says "Geico" or "gecko," but the "Ge" is silent; it's pronounced Kwan; not to be confused with Cape's big man, David Kwan. And the inside joke for Cape's lightning-fast, left- handed guard is "Good Kwan- Bad Kwan." Good Kwan Showed up against undefeated Easton Dec. 28 at the Governor's Challenge at the Wicomico Civic Center in Salisbury, Mdl, and ripped 19 points, including five 3-pointers. Cape fell to Easton 57-55, but Pritchett showed what he-ca n do as Cape moves into the money part of the schedule beginning at Sussex Central at 6:15 p.m., Friday, Jan. 4. rl,e Week AARON MATTIONI AUSTIN BROOKS He's the'artist formerly known as Aaron Dennis, adopted by head coach Chris Matti0hi. who is married to Jessica, because as the T-shirt says, "Life is too short not to be Italian." Aaron, now a junior coming off a promlsing sophomore season blown up by a serious knee injury, is getting back to too eliminator form. On Dec. 29, he ca ptured the 160-pound title at the Wetzel Classic in Hatboro-" Horsham, Pa. Aaron leads the team in wins and pins; his record is 17-5 with 8 pins. "Aaron beat a really good kid in the finals; it's the best he's wrestled in over a year," coach Mattioni said. Aaron is a tough out in the 160 weight class. Austin, a 6-foot-2 Cape junlor, was No. 56 in football and wears No. 22 in basketball. Ask coaches Bill Collick and Steve Re about him and the first words are, "Oh man, great kid." Austin is school smart and left-handed, but you wouldn't know it becausefle doesn't play that much, What we do know is he is the consummate teammate, the first guy up off the end of the bench to greet a player coming out of the game. He doesn't complain, and there is no attitude; if he gets a few minutes he plays hard. Austin Iready knows what it takes most people a lifetime to learn: It ain't just about him. He will make a great coach. AUSTIN MACELREVEY A quiet and humble Cape track athlete with no wasted words or motion, Austin gets back into the Athlete of the Weeklineup because in December he did a very unusual triathlon. On Dec. 19 at the indoor Worcester County Recreation Center in the 3,200 meters (two miles), a too-many-laps-to-count-race, Austin beat everyone, running a respectable 10:20, a Top 5 all-time I)erformance for a Cape runner. He came back Dec. 31 and won the Race into the New Year 5K in 17:29. Then on Jan. 1 he joined the Lewes Polar Bears and jumped into a 45-degree ocean with hisno- body-fat self. Waterfowl hunting split season open through Jan. 26 The DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife reminds water- fowlers that the next split-season dates for hunting migratory ducks, Canada geese and white- fronted geese will run through Saturday, Jan. 26. Other current or upcoming waterfowl seasons are: Brant: Through Saturday, Jan. 26; daily bag limit two; posses- sion limit four Snow geese: Through Satur- day, ]an. 26; daily bag limit 25, no possession limit; including Ross' geese. Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge open Monday, Wednesday and Friday with per- mission of refuge manager. The daily limit of six ducks (excluding mergansers and coots) for the third and final split season dates may include, in any combination, up to: four mal- lards, including no more than two hen mallards; one black duck; two pintail; one canvas- back, three wood ducks; two red- heads; two scaup, six teal; six shovelers; six gadwall; six wigeon; six goldeneye; six ring- necked ducks; six bufflehead; six ruddy ducks; one mottled duck; one fulvous whistling-duck; four scoters; six eiders; six long-tailed ducks. The possession limit is two times the daily limit. For Continued on page 76