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144. CAPE GAZETTE - Friday, July 21 - Monday, July 24, 2006 Dan Cook photos Chris Keeck, left, and Dylan McGreevey take off during the lifesaving competition in the Dewey Beach Patrol rookie test last week. Rookies pass the test in Dewey By Chrissy Beckman Special to the Cape Gazette Wilmington's Stephen Enderle cut through the morning fog, July 14. to earn the 2006 Dewey Beach Patrol (DBP) Rookie of the Year rifle. An annual. two-day rookie test beginning on Thursday precedes the crowning and is composed of.nine grneling events held on both sand and water. The lowest score is named Rookie of the Year. "I was exceptionally pleased with the rookies this year." said DBP Captain Todd Fritchman. "They were outstanding. Enderle turned in the lowest rook- ie score that we've ever had." Enderle is a 2006 graduate of St. Mark's High School and is bound for Wilmington College in the fall. This superior athlete won several of the trying events. Dewey's test is similar to the competition held at Rehoboth and includes events such as the mile swim, run-swim-run, half-mile run, push-up contest, 220 yard soft-sand sprint, line charge, buoy charge, 50- yard sprint and surf turf. What events Enderle didn't win. local athlete Rory Rogan claimed. Still only a junior in high school, Rogan placed first in the half mile, 220 sprint and the line charge. During his sophomore year, he earned a state championship ring for lacrosse and was a mem- ber of Cape Henlopen High school's winning cross country team. "Collectively, our 2006 rookies have put out some of the best performances to date," added Fritchman, "We typically have an individual guard on our patrol for four to five years before we lose them to poten- tial careers. I'm looking forward to the future with these rookies." Fritchman has been involved with the Dewey. Beach Patrol for the past 28 years and has held the position of captain for the last decade. Steve Enderle runs to victory in the buoy charges event. Enderle compiled enough points to win DBP Rookie of the Year honors. Below, Cape high junior Rory Rogan cuts through the morning fog to win the 220 soft sand sprint. Maria Muscara, left, pulls Amy Williams out of the surf during the lifesaving competition.