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98 .CAPE GAZETTE, Fday, June9 '- June'S5, 2000 Cape Region offers plenty of sports for youth Today marks the final day of school for Cape students as they prepare for some summer fun and teachers prepare for a marathon of six "boy, that snow was nice" in- service days. Field days are complete and with a mini three-week vacation on the local road race scene, I thought I would touch on the unique youth opportunities in the Cape region in the sport of run- ning, as well as many other sports. In most cities and towns across America, popular sports like Little League baseball and softball can be found easily, as well soccer, basketball and, for most places, football. In the Cape Region, young athletes have many differ- ent sports to choose from that are not found just everywhere. Kids can give wrestling a try with the Yellowjackets of Re- hoboth led by coach Benny Mitchell, or the increasingly pop- ular sport of lacrosse, with coach Tony Pratt guiding the talent. Dance is offered at several loca- tions with "Miss Terri" jazzing it up at Midway, as well as swim- ming with the YMCA swim team, roller hockey at Midway and an- other ASA softball team every time you turn around. Now, young girls can give field hockey a try in the fall, as well as girls lacrosse being offered in the spring. Finally, the Seashore Striders offer a cross country team as well as a track team for youth to take part in who have an interest in running. I see two sides of this coin.. I think it's great that our youth have a lot to choose from. However, it becomes more and more difficult to field teams that can be competi- tive on a regional and national level when there are only so many kids to go around. The same has happened at the high school level with an example being in girls track and field. I could easily name a dozen girls who have been very successful in the sport of running, but have cho- sen another sport over girls track. RUNNING Tim Bamforth If I could put even half of the girls on the roster this year, the Vikings would have easily loaded the state championship trophy on the bus to match the boys. HERSHEY TRACK MEET - The annual Hershey Meet will be held this Sunday, June 11, begin- ning at 2 p.m. at Cape Henlopen High School. The meet is open to athletes between the ages of 9 and 14 or athletes that are 8 years old and will turn nine this year. The top three and four finishers, de- pending on the event, will qualify for the state championships to be held on Saturday, June 24. Terry Mssser photo From left, Anna Egeln, Chelsea Jackson, Jordan Reemsnyder, Jordan Perry, Alec Perry, Al- lison Young, Hilary Merlo and Veronica D'Amico take off at the start of the girls age 8-10 400- meter dash in the Masser Kids I Did It Races earlier this season. FATHERS DAY 5K - I chal- lenge all the Strider fathers to give the June 18 Fathers Day 5K event a try and keep the tradition alive by running with your son or versus students tug-of-war during the annual Field Day at daughter. Current or former Strider pops that have successful- ly completed the event are Allan Redden - 22:30; Rob Perciful - 23:10; Keith Neff - 23:19; Phil Wilson - 23:29; Pete Martin - 26:36; Doug Hicks - 26:37; John Phillips - 26:43; Ted Nowakowski - 27:11; Polo Melendez - 28:38; David Pavlik 29:49; Ed Northshield - 30:23; Glenn Wade - 33:35; Joe D'Amico - 33:39; and Lyle Riggin - 38:27. Visit www.seashorestriders. com or call 947-1772 for race and registration information.. Tony Rouuk photos Above, (l-r) Walt. Meding, Gins Ricker, Stacey Coveleski, Carla Rousak, Kathy Reinhart, Carole Short, Richard Sta- fursky and Brenda Meding flex their muscles in the parents Shields Elementary School. At right, eight-year-old Abbey Hilligoss and physical education teacher Tim Bamforth com- pare dresses during the hobo race, also a part of Field Day. At right, Lindsay Perry strides toward the finish line to win the 50-yard toddler trot in the Kids I Did It Races. At far right, Alicia and Hannah Pepper take off at the starting line for the girls age 5-7 50-yard dash, also a part of the Kids I Did It Races. Terry Mamr photo8 Old Tymers Softball League looking for a few good men, women White Knights pitcher Archie Alexander delivers a pitch Monday evening. By Steve Hoenigmann The Old Tymers Senior Softball League is looking for a few good men and women. We're hoping to get up to 200 players in the next three years," said Nick Spalaris, an officer with the league that was founded in 1998 by Roger Howard and Gary Meredith. In it's first season, 37 players comprised the league. The next year it increased to 57 and this year, Spalaris said, the league sports about 105 mem- bers comprising four day and two night teams. "We play mostly for the comraderie, but there is a little competition. We're interested in players with some experience who enjoy the game," said Spalaris, noting the league plays by Senior Olympics rules. That means there are two first bases, two home plates and a rule that base runners can overrun sec- ond and third base. And the league doesn't keep team standings. "We play with those rules to help avoid injuries, like running into the first baseman or the catcher at home plate," he added. Anyone 50 years of age and older is invited (peo- ple who will turn 50 this year are included) to join the league. All you have to do is give Spalaris a call at 644-9452. "We try to complement each team to make the games fair," said Spalaris. The leaguye plays games from mid-June to late August, with games played at the Rehoboth Little League complex and later in the summer at Indian River High School in Frankford. The night teams - for those who may still be working or just enjoy playing at night - play all their games at the Rehoboth Little League complex. The league also gets members together in the late summer for day games in Rehoboth and to practice for the Senio r Olympics in October. Last year's en- tries did well, with the 70 and over and 65 to 69 teams earning gold medals, while the 60-64 team won a bronze. Bob Bowckm photo Jim Shugart of the Black Panthers make a throw to first base.