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108 FRIDAY, APRIL 28 - MONDAY, MAY 1, 2017 SPORTS & OUTDOORS Cape Gazette Cape Region Athletes Of The Week » NATALEIGH HUNTER This Mariner eighth-grader is a fierce and fearless competitor who has thrown down some scary good times in the sprints. So far this season, Nataleigh has run the 55-meter hurdles in 8.9 seconds, the 100 meters in 13.1 seconds and the 200 in 27.3 seconds. Performances like that would stand out at the high school level. She won the 200 at the 13-team Blades Invite last month. A tireless worker and team leader in practice, the girl simply does it all. Nat also takes part in the Honor Society, starts on Mariner’s volleyball and basketball teams, and boxes on the weekends.  ALIA MARSHALL Once a middle school track phenom, Alia is now a three- sport sophomore athlete at Cape; check that, a four-sport athlete, as Alia returned to the runway April 26 and jumped 16-feet-6-inches, which was good enough to win. She then switched stadiums, going from Legends to Champions, to take her starting position at midfield for the lacrosse team, where she runs like a track girl with a lacrosse stick in her hand. She scored a goal on a crazy, falling-down, athletic move, and was all over the draw circle and defensive end of the field. Alia is a top-tier academic student. She is most likely a field hockey player at the next level by choice rather than default. LINDSAY MONIGLE She’s not just cute little Lindsay anymore. She’s a precocious player who can dazzle with her speed and switch hands, and she has the speed to beat most to all defenders. Lindsay has made herself into the feeder and finisher, and she’s one of the best attack players in the state. Against rival Polytech April 26, Lindsay was quick to lift off, and she was relentless all game long, scoring four goals and coming up with an assist. She is a top- tier academic student who also plays field hockey. In a recent big win at Stephen Decatur, she had two goals and an assist. She had the same tally in the 11-9 loss at Queen Anne’s County.   CURTIS PURNELL Just a sophomore, Curtis has played football and basketball and run track this season. His major athletic asset is unbeliev- able quickness. “Track is my favorite sport,” he said after the April 26 meet versus Dover and Caesar Rodney, where he jumped a personal best 20-feet- 1-inch and also led off the 4-by- 100 and 4-by-200 relays and ran the open 200. His first 150 meters in the 4-by-200 brought the Cape crowd to its feet. “We are counting on him big time in football,” said coach Bill Collick. “He is a threat on special teams and sweeps to break it open any time he touches the football.” He is a solid student who comes to school and goes to practice every day over three seasons. A member of the franchise system of BHH Affiliates, LLC Proud to Sponsor Cape Region Athletes of the Week Community-Minded, Customer-Focused GoToGallo.com CAPE SPORTS SCHEDULE Baseball Away vs. Polytech, Friday, April 28, 4:15 p.m. Home vs. Seaford, Tuesday, May 2, 4:15 p.m. Home vs. Sussex Tech, Thursday, May 4, 4:15 p.m. Boys’ lacrosse Home vs. Caesar Rodney, Wednesday, May 3, 7 p.m. Away vs. Tower Hill, Friday, May 5, 7 p.m. Boys’ tennis Home vs. Worcester Prep, Friday, April 28, 4 p.m. Away vs. Smyrna, Monday, May 1, 4 p.m. Away vs. Seaford, Tuesday, May 2, 4 p.m. Home vs. Sussex Central, Wednesday, May 3, 4 p.m. Girls’ lacrosse Away vs. Caesar Rodney, Wednesday, May 3, 4 p.m. Away vs. Tower Hill, Friday, May 5, 4 p.m. Girls’ soccer Away vs. Wilmington Christian, Monday, May 1, 3:30 p.m. Away vs. Seaford, Tuesday, May 2, 4 p.m. Home vs. Padua, Thursday, May 4, 6 p.m. Girls’ tennis Home vs. Worcester Prep, Friday, April 28, 4 p.m. Home vs. Smyrna, Monday, May 1, 4 p.m. Home vs. Seaford, Tuesday, May 2, 4 p.m. Away vs. Sussex Central, Wednesday, May 3, 4 p.m. Golf Away vs. Sussex Central, Tuesday, May 2, 4 p.m. Home vs. Woodbridge, Wednesday, May 3, 3:30 p.m. Softball Away vs. Polytech, Friday, April 28, 4:15 p.m. Away vs. Milford, Monday, May 1, 4:15 p.m. Home vs. Seaford, Tuesday, May 2, 4:15 p.m. Track and field Away at Delmarva Relays at Parkside (Md.), Friday, April 28, 3 p.m. Away vs. Smyrna and Lake Forest, Tuesday, May 2, 3:30 p.m., at Smyrna High * All games are subject to change. For full schedules and results go to www.capevikingss- ports.com. T he Seashore Strider Sum- mer Series is just around the corner, as we are un- der a month to the 24th annual Masser 5-Miler, which kicks things off Sunday, May 28, at Cape Henlopen High School in Lewes. The series consists of 13 events throughout the summer. It’s made up of 11 5K events and two five-mile events. To qualify for series awards, a runner has to complete five 5K events and one five-mile event.  After the Masser 5-Miler, the next in the series is the inaugu- ral Doug Strong 5K at Irish Eyes in Lewes Saturday, June 3. The event is being held in memory of our friend and run- ner Doug White, who we lost in December.  The series continues through Saturday, Aug. 5, when the last race, the Run for the Paws Lucy Crowe Memorial 5K, is held at The Starboard in Dewey Beach. For a complete list of races, go to www.seashorestriders.com.    Cape Relays The Beacon Middle School track and field program will host the third annual Cape Re- lays Friday, April 28, at Legends Stadium at Cape Henlopen High School. The relay meet has doubled since last year, as eight teams will compete in relays from the 4-by-100-meter to the distance medley. There will be eight events on the track and five events in the field, with trophies going to the top three teams. This meet was started in 2015 to honor the oldest track and field carnival in the country - The Penn Relays. We decided to hold this meet every year the same weekend as the Penn Relays, showcasing our middle school athletes with a quality track and field meet of our own. Watch the future of track and field perform at a competitive middle school level at the Cape Relays, beginning at 4:15 p.m. at Cape Henlopen. Delmarva Relays The Cape High School team will head back to the Delmarva Relays, a meet Cape has at- tended on a regular basis since back in the day. The meet is also held Friday, April 28, a busy day for track and field on Delmarva. Many Bayside Conference teams attend this meet, which gives the Vikings a look at com- petition outside the Henlopen Conference. Meet highlights - At the recent tri meet between Cape, Dover and Caesar Rodney, Cape sprinter Ben Ashby jumped over 22 feet in the long jump. Olivia Brozefsky won the 1,600 meters in 5:34 for a new person- al record, then came back with a time of 2:33 in the 800 meters, then jogged the 3,200 meters to get a much-needed few points to put the Vikings ahead of the Riders in the dual-meet results. The Riders were about half loaded, as they were to travel to the Penn Relays the following day. Zack Simpler won his heat of the 200 meters to the cheer- ing crowd, which was a great sight to see. CR’s Zoe Scott, a standout 27-second sprinter, 5-foot-2 high jumper, and 32-foot triple jumper when she was on my Beacon team in eighth grade, came running over to Gilbert Maull and me and gave us a hug, saying she missed Beacon track. My favorite Zoe moment during her middle school career was when she led off our mile relay team at the first McKinnon Invite we went to in 2012. In her very first 400 meters, she ran an impressive 1:02.5, giving us a 20-meter lead. The girl is always smiling and so happy, and it was nice to see her healthy and back to the Zoe we remember. Run for Recovery 5K The Run for Recovery 5K will be held Saturday, May 6, at Cape Henlopen High School, begin- ning at 9 a.m. Race-day registra- tion will begin at 7:30 a.m. at Legends Stadium. The event will offer early packet pickup Friday, May 5, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Lefty’s Alley and Eats on Route Seashore Strider Summer Series just around the corner Tim » Bamforth RUNNING Continued on page 110