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CAPE GAZETUE, Friday, January 16 - January 22, 1998 - 77 Just another run with an out-of-shape body Just over 30 runners and .walk- ers turned out for the weekly Grove Club last Tuesday evening in Rehoboth, and as I drove up I noticed that most of the young- sters on my cross-country team were stretching out and getting ready. It was cold, it was dark, but I was trying to motivate myself by racing through my mind my two New Year's Resolutions: 15 pounds lighter, which would put me back closer to my training weight, and 100 miles a month. Not too difficult a goal for most runners; however, most runners don't organize 45 events a year, coach two seasons and keep thou- sands of people busy all summer with recreation activities. For the past two Tuesdays I let 10-year-olds Laura Olenderski and Sarah Neff pace me through a three-miler as they talked to me and I tried to answer. As I polled the young whippersnappers in their Christmas Nikes, I tried to RUNNING find one that would take me through a three-mile hike again. "Sorry coach, I'm doing five," said Sarah Neff. "I don't think so coach, I'm going five tonight," said sixth-grader Clare Nowakowski. "Coach, I think I'd rather do five," said Laura Olen- derski. It was almost like I was being set up or maybe I just wasn't liked anymore? All right big shots, I said, "I'm doing five right with you tonight." Five minutes later I found my- self in the middle of a pack of 10 elementary runners heading down Henlopen Avenue, wondering what I was getting myself into. Past the mile in 7:45 and feeling good heading for the Boardwalk. As we cruised down the Board- walk, I remained pretty quiet (I re- ally didn't want them to know I was gasping for air) as the girls talked about everything from school, clothes, nationals and what was "totally the bomb." Smart guys Evan Mock and Tay- lor Donohue decided to jump down to the soft sand and keep stride with us down the length of the Boardwalk. "You OK up there Coach B?" yelled Evan. I didn't answer as I thought to myself "I'm all right! You little running, ball of energy, hurting too much, but really I was eighth in the country, All-Ameri- thinking about tomorrow morning can squirt!" and how many sick days I had left We turned around at two-and-a- this year. half miles and started our trek We ran just under 40 minutes back to the Grove. At about four . and I had accomplished my miles I felt my pace begin to slow as I stared at Clare's back, wish- ing she had a rope I could hang onto. 'Tm not going to let this 76-pound girl run away from me!" I kept telling myself. With about a half mile to go, Gina D'Amico and Brennan Killeen decided to pick it up, which was not in my plan at all. We reached the Grove Park with a quarter to go and my shins to quads to shoulders were.telling me I may have made a mistake thinking I was 21 again. I tried to make believe I wasn't longest run so far without letting myself get embarrassed by 10- year-olds. Boy is that a great feat! "See ya next week coach," Gina yelled at me as the kids disap- peared with their proud parents. Yea right, I was thinking. "Next week the little buggers will want to do six miles." As I carried my sore self back to Angola, I thought to myself "I guess it's just another run with an out-of-shape body. Someday those little runners may be chas- ing me again!" Yea right, and that's the bomb! Seashore Striders remember Amanda Dera By Tim Bamforth The Cape Henlopen community, its indoor track -and-field team, and several caring friends and family lost a young life this past week as 14-year-old Amanda Dera passed away on Sunday evening at A.I. DuPont Children' s Hospital in Wilmington. Amanda was a member of the indoor track team, and was a former member of the local Seashore Strider cross-coun- try team two seasons ago, in DEltA 1995. Amanda was diagnosed as suffering a stroke after collasping at last Thurs- day's track practice and being rushed to the hospi- tal. Amanda lived life to the fullest and enjoyed her school, her sports, and most of all her family. She will be missed by all, as teachers, students, and family members ask the question of "why?" Why something like this has to happen to such a valu- able person? I remember the first time I asked Amanda to run around the parade field at Cape State Park. She had a worried look to her, but took it as a challenge and was thrilled after making it around. By the end of the season, she was asking me "How many times around the parade field?" Amanda placed third in the Sea Witch 5K and won her age group ,in the Run For the Rose 5K and in November of 1995 she traveled with the Seashore Striders to Philadelphia to compete in the regional champi- onships and just missed qualifing for nationals. I met Amanda at the end of the finish chute and we both agreed that she took the season as a chal- lenge, became a better runner, accomplished her goal of making it to regionals and that she was a champion! The parents, athletes and coaches of the Seashore Striders send our thoughts and prayers out to Amanda's family. She will always be a champion! Clay Targets 7 9/135 Target Loads 12 ga. #7, #8 By The Case KNIVES by Spyderco Cold Steel Swiss Army Briefly Basketball program set at MMS for Jan. 17 Milton Middle School is offer- ing a boys and girls basketball program for youth in grades five through eight, beginning Satur- day, Jan. 17. Off-duty Delaware State Police officers and commu- nity members will staff the pro- gram, aimed at teaching the fun- damentals of basketball, on Satur- day mornings, from 10 a.m. to noon. The registration fee for the pro- gram is $5, which covers the in- surance cost. Interested students may get registration/permission slips from the school and return them to the school office, or they may register on Jan. 17. Adults interested in volunteering may call Sgt. Bernard Miller at Troop 7, 856-5480. Elks announce winners of 'Hoop Shoot' Ninety boys and girls participat- ed in the annual "Hoop Shoot" held at Cape Henlopen High School Jan. 11. The event is spon- sored by the Cape Henlopen Elks Lodge 2540. The six winners are Kalanna Maull, Millsboro, (girls, 8-9); Lisa Williams, Milton (girls, 10-11); Brittany Morris, Lewes, (girls, 12-13); Alex Lantz, Re- hoboth (boys, ages 8-9); Scott Shockley, Milton, (boys, ages 10- 11); and Dayne Eisele, Milton, (boys, ages 12-13). The six winners will advance to the district shoot in Salisbury, Md., and may proceed to the state, regional and national finals. Canoe and kayak race series set The Delmarva Canoe and Kayak circuit, a four-race point series, will be held throughout the spring and summer in Delaware and on Maryland's Eastern Shore. The novice-friendly event in- cludes 22 classes, awards, T-shirts and the chance to win the series championship in individual class- es. For race entry forms and in- formation, call Survival Products at 410-543-1244. Destroyers schedule new players orientation Preparations are underway for the Delmarva Destroyers' 1998 season, with the first players meeting scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 20, at 7 p.m., at Club Kids in the Rodney Village Shopping Center, Dover. All newly recruit- ed players are urged to attend this orientation meeting. The team will once again play its home games at Sussex Technical High School in Georgetown. Prospective players who wish to attend the meeting should contact, in advance, Bob Jones at 302-697- 9498, or team owner Kirk Albert- son at 302-736-1761. SHOT GUN SEASON FOR DEER Ends January 17 870 "SPS" SHOTGUNS Phone (302) 645-8350 FAX (302) 644-2066 Weekdays: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m.- 5 p.m Evenings- 7:10 p.m.- 9 pJn. Sunda. NOON TO 5 p.m. fo,... LEWES LITTLE LEAGUE REGISTRATION! WHEN? Wed., Jan. 28, from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. and Sat., Jan. 31, from 10 a.m. - noon WHERE? Lewes Middle School Multi-purpose room WHAT'S THE COST?. $25 per child, $40 per family. Please bring child's birth certificate if registering for the first time.