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36 TUESDAY, JUNE 24- THURSDAY, JUNE 26, 2008 SPORTS & OUTDOORS Cape Gazette DAVE FREDERICK PHOTOS ABOVE LEFT, ALAN WHITE, a former football standout at Sussex Central High School, plays for the Bethany Riptide, while at right, Ross Einstein guided the Harrisburg South Central Yard Dawgs to victory in a minor league football game played at Hudson Field on Saturday, June 21. Einstein drives Dawgs through Bethany Riptide By Dave FredeHdk fredman@capegazette.com The hot southwest wind brought the biting flies to Hud-. son Field while the French fries came by truck last Saturday af- ternoon as the Bethany Riptide semi-pro football team hosted the Harrisburg South Central Yard Dawgs in a mismatch of uniforms and talent in the world of minor league footbalL The Riptide team, just in its second year of existence under young owner David Willis and featuring mainly older guys from Sussex County, got a firsthand look at the talent generated by an urban center like Harrisburg. The Riptides, who play in the 14-team Independent Football League, finished last year with a 3-6-2 record, scoring 24 points while giving up 279. The Clay- mont Buccaneers won the cham- pionship last season. A mismatch of uniforms and an invitation to bring your own helmet is all that is offered other than the chance to continue play- ing full-contact football. But make no mistake, the Riptide has some players who can "bust it up"; they just need more of them. "I came here expecting to watch and next thing I know I w_ carrying the football," said Alan White, a former Sussex Central player who, pound-for- pound and step-for-step, is one beast of a football player. "These other guys are pretty good" There are more people caught in riptides on a weekend than were in uniform for Bethany, while the Yard Dawgs dressed out 45 athletes clad in red and black. Former Cape player My- ron Selby is an assistant head coach for Harrisburg. Selby was a 1986 Cape graduate and played on the 1984 team that lost in the state championship game to Newark. Myron, a nose tackle, played in the Blue-Gold Atl-Star ! f :ii ii00: , .... , + Bethany Riptide's Alan White skies for the interception in a game versus the Harris- burg SoUth Central Yard Dawgs over the weekend. game that year, played at Delaware State and was a mem- ber of the 1998 Harrisburg Pira- nhas that won the national cham- pionship of minor league foot- balL The Yard Dawgs were quar- terbacked by an athletic Einstein, 32-year-old Ross Einstein, former star at Carlisle High School who also plays for the Lehigh Valley Outlaws of the Arena League. Ross works for the franchise LA. Fitness in Harrisburg. 'I spend a lot of time on core body strength and speed and agility," Einstein said. "But you get older and you start feeling the hits." The score was a mail-in with no rebate with the clock running in the second half. The team website features its own rap song with lyrics like" Wm ready to go get this bite." The South Central Yard Dawgs were created in 2005 and started play in 2006. This will be their third season in the Pennsyl- vania Division of the NAFL . Mary Lynn Denholm, 21, who ran cross country for Saint Paul's in Maryland and cur- rently at St. Michael's in Vermont, was the overall women's winner and placed sixth overall with a time of 25:43. Race bom page  ners. And no local courses snake through poor communities be- cause they just don't. Suher completed the course in 22:06 followed by Patrick Boettcher, 27, former University of Delaware runner in 22".28. Brett Kilefner, 19, a Mansfield State runner who is transferring to York College, placed third in 23:44. lay Daly, 30, former Washing- ton College athlete, Philly Boy and friend of lack Lingo who picked up the sport of road run- ning just two years ago, ran a re- spectable 23:44. Mary Lynn Denholm, 21, who ran cross country for Saint Paul's in Maryland and currently at St. Michael's in Vermont, was the overall women's winner and placed sixth overall with a time of 25:43. The Conestoga Kid, Mark Tirone" longtlme manager of the Bottle and Cork, won the 4549 age group in a time of 26:09, while Brian Johnson won the 50- 54 in 26"33. Tara Reynolds won the 30-34 women's age group in a time of 26",26. The Fourth Annual Green Tur- tle West 51( will be held Satur- day, June 28 - a course that heads out from The Turtle snaking through Mystic Estates and safe- ly back to the Turtle post-race party. , ..,.,;j. .  .,, . , I I!1ii ..... =  tt  I J Alignments * Air Conditioners Emissions Detailing Cooper Tires Brakes -Tune-ups Spray On Bed Liners 21 Point Lube Custom Exhaust Certified Mechanic On Duty OMV Inspections Customer Friendly Gift Certificates Available