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CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, March 11 - March 14, 2005 - 115 Smarelli takes reins as Cape's varsity golf coach Claudio Smarelli, the well- known Lewes businessman and accomplished amateur golfer, is this year's head coach for the Cape Henlopen Vikings varsity squad. He's replacing Corey Groll, who did a great job for last year's Henlopen Conference champions. Right now Groll's new baby is taking precedence on his sched- ule. Smarelli was the junior varsity coach last year, and after dis- cussing it with his family decided to apply for the varsity position when the opening was announced. "I'm really excited by this op- portunity," Smarelli said. "And my family encouraged me to try out for it. I just enjoy the game, and I wanted to give something back to it." The new coach's experience should be appreciated by his play- ers. Smarelli emigrated to America from Italy when he was 8 years old, and he grew up in Connecti- cut. He started caddying almost as soon as he arrived, and he played golf on his high school team. Smarelli attended the Connecticut School of Electronics, and held a variety of positions in industry be- fore moving to the area and mar- rying his wife, Louise. They opened up Lewes Print- GOLF Fritz Schranck ing, and he soon began playing more and more golf. His local club memberships shifted from Sussex Pines at first to a stint at Shawnee Country Club. In 1990 or so he joined Kings Creek Country Club, where he remains an avid member. "I got to the point where I was playing three to four times per week, and my handicap started dropping down. I'm a 7 right now," he grinned. The varsity squad is led by sen- ior John Purple, Jr., who finished in third place in last year's state championship, best among all downstate golfers. The other two returnees are juniors Jason Hast- ings and Alexander Hatter. The new varsity members are juniors Andrew Parsell and Andrew Schneider, along with sophomores Travis Parker and Stefan Fitzger- ald. Mike Eisenhower is assisting Smarelli with his new duties. John Purple, Sr. is the junior varsity coach. His squad includes several new players and a few re- turning to hone their skills. The. freshman golfers are Robert Bart- ley, Matthew Blackburn, James Johnson, and Brendon Martin, The sophomore players are An- drew Jones, Margo Mitchell, and Samantha Purple. The juniors are Jared Carey, Joseph Kurtz, and Samuel Mumford. The teams' practices began on March 1. Despite the winter weather's effects on playing golf, Smarelli is already impressed by what he's seen during the run-up to their first match on Tuesday, March 22 against Caesar Rodney. "They all have a good attitude. The team is jelling well already," Smarelli said. He also felt that the fact that the Henlopen Conference competes at stroke play should help his players heed his basic advice. "The only thing that counts is how you do, not how the guy you're playing with is doing. I told them to play the best you can while playing your own game, and you'll do fine." Fritz Schranck photo New Cape Henlopen High School varsity golf coach Clau- dio Smarelli poses next to a plaque commemorating one of his holes-in-one. Smarelli had another hole-in-one as the j_un- ior varsity coach last spring, while practicing with a few of his players. PETE OAKLEY'S CHAMPI- ONS TOUR ADVENTURE - It- was nice of the Champions Tour to take a break last week, for Pe- te's sake. It gave Pete Oakley a chance to travel to the Caribbean for the in- augural tournament of the Euro- pean Senior Tour, the DGM Bar- bados Open, held March 2-4 at the Royal Westmoreland Golf Course. The Rookery's director of golf drew upon his few weeks of PGA Tour experience and finished tied for 10th place with an even-par 216 performance, worth just over 4264 euros (about $5590 US dol- lars). His brother David also com- peted, finishing 40th. "That was his first event of the year," Oakley explained. "I played pretty well the first two rounds," Oakley said, with a 3-under total going into the final day. He admitted slipping up on several holes, but birdied three of the last five holes to finish 3-over 75. "It was gratifying to finish Continued on page 116 Spring track season is off and running at Cape High RUNNING Tim Bamforth State Championships; May 25 - Delaware Meet of Champions HEADSTANDS ANYONE? - The 14th annual Shields Elemen- tary Headstand Contest was held last week with all athletes in grades 1-5 getting a chance to show their talent with a free- standing headstand. The field is narrowed to 25 athletes after the opening round for the semifinal Championship, while five athletes would emerge from the semifinals to participate in the finals. 2003 Champion Kaila True: blood, a fifth grader, led the field after the qualifying round with a headstand of 14:22, while she and 24 schoolmates headed to the semifinals. Fifth-grader Jaclyn Coveleski was the final athlete to The Cape High spring track and field season is off and running with large numbers turning out for both the girls and the boys teams. The two-time defending cham- pion girls will be led by coach George Pepper, the father of Cape Henlopen track and field at 28 years and counting, with assis- tance from Matt Lindell, while the boys will be led by third year coach Charlie Pollard and assisted by Lou Overbeck. The track and field surface has gone from a roughed up and scraped up black surface last year to a beautiful dark blue surface this year - perfect for all the home meets. Speaking of home meets, if'any- one would like to help with the four Cape home meets as an offi- cial, please contact George Pepper at Shields Elementary School. The Cape track schedule is as follows: March 22 - at Sussex Central; April 5 - Lake Forest; April 9 - at Keith Burgess Invita- tional; April 12 - Woodbridge and St. Thomas More; April 16 - Cape Co-Ed Relays' April 19 - at Poly- tech and Seaford; April 26 - at Sussex Tech and Milford; April 28-30 - at Penn Relays; May 3 - Smyrna and Dover; May 7 - at Twilight Relays; May 10 - at Cae- sar Rodney and Laurel; May 13- 14 - Henlopen Conference Cham- pionships; May 20-21 - Delaware qualify with a 1:13 stand. An exciting semifinal competi- tion saw little Shae Heam, just a second grader, hung with the big dogs and just missed the finals with a sixth place stand of 11:44. As soon as I announced five final- ists, athletes started dropping to save their body for the finals. Sara Young came down at 11:59, Kaleb Lemaire at 12:03, Ja- cob Nye at 12:05, and Karissa Lemaire at 12:12. Trueblood had another agenda as she decided she felt good enough to stay up. That she did as she breezed past her personal best of 26:14, the Chris Young school record of 26:44, and she established a new school record of an amazing 30:04. To the finals we went as each athlete now had the added pres- sure of parents, teachers and ad- ministration watching the compe- tition. The first to drop was Nye at 4:56 for fifth place, while Karissa Lemaire finished fourth in 5:27. Always tough Kaleb Lemaire was third coming down at 9:56, which left only Trueblood and Young to battle. Then the unexpected happened as record holder Trueblood came down at the 10:43 mark to place second, leaving the title to fourth- grader Young in a time of 16:00. Each athlete was presented with a certificate from Principal Janet Maull, and enjoyed chocolate Tim Bamforth photo Shields headstand winners include (back row I-r) Jacob Nye, Kaleb Lemaire, Sara Young and school principal Janet Maull. In front are Karissa Lemaire and Kaila Trueblood. milk and a Strider Energy Bar courtesy of Surf Bagel & Dell at Five Points. Just a note - For the past seven years dating back to 1999, an ath- lete from the Young family has placed in the finals of the compe- tition. There is still the chance of the Youngs taking part in three more finals with Sara, Sam and Ben still in the building for now. Headstands have become a regu- lar part of the chores in the Young household, as well as an alterna- tive when vegetables are not eaten at dinner. CIRCLE THE EARTH - The Circle the Earth for a Cause 24- Hour Relay will take place from 6 p.m. on Friday, April 29 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 30 with teams of 5-10 people walking and jog- ging for a common cause - to sup- port the charity of their choice. Many organizations have con- tacted the Seashore Striders with interest, as well as businesses that are looking at the event to build staff moral, teamwork and leader- Continued on page 116