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98 FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15 - MONDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2017 SPORTS & OUTDOORS Cape Gazette Presley) And here all this time I thought he was real. Ascertaining expertise - I can spot a bogus coach with a 500-yard stare. Focusing on football, many coaches run the three-end offense – tight end, split end and loose ends. A coach who could lose me on the chalkboard was George Glenn. I never was around a guy who could X and O like Glenn. He’d always add, “I’m not that smart, but how we gonna cover this guy?” Another concept coach was Bill Muhleisen. He not only knew the game, but could break it down and coach it up. Years ago football coach Al Black, of Springfield Montco, then later at Coatesville High in Pennsylvania, was running clin- ics on the Wing T belly option. Black instructed his assistants to stay mostly quiet while putting players through drills because while you talk they are stand- ing around thinking about their girlfriends. There should be a Praxis test for sports. We talkin’ Praxis man.    Snippets - The Caesar Rod- ney boys’ basketball team is 3-0 and has been rocking people. Their closest margin of victory has been 33 points. Cape plays at the Riders on Friday night. The Vikings will be the first true test for the Riders, who have demolished Polytech, Sus- sex Central and Dover. Coach Freeman Williams can coach ‘em up and likewise Steve Re. This game will be worth the price of admission. Back on the home side, the Cape girls host the Riders of coach Bill Victory, whose booming voice can be heard all the way to WaWa. The Riders (3-1) just lost 67-58 at St. Eliza- beth’s. They are a tough match- up for the 2-1 Vikings. The Beast of the East wres- tling tournament is set for this weekend at Bob Carpenter Cen- ter in Newark. Find the websites and watch avatars get after each other. I have turned the Lewes Polar Bears over to Greg Mack. I am now Poppa Bear Emeritus, who elects to stay dry and not pull a quad muscle rushing into the ocean on New Year’s Day. I once witnessed friends Dennis and Bruce smear pig lard on each other back in the single-digit days, but let’s leave IQ scores out of this one-sided conversa- tion. Go on now, git! Fredman Continued from page 93 The photo hangs in Sallies weight room, showing George Glenn being carried off after a state championship victory. Sussex Tech High School senior Teddy Letonoff will be participating in the Blue-Grey All-American Football Bowl to be played Dec. 18 at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas, home of the Dal- las Cowboys. The game will be shown on ESPN3. Letonoff, 17, is one of only 90 high school football athletes cho- sen from a pool of more than 7,000 nationally. He is also the only participant from Delaware this year and the first Delaware football player to participate since 2014.  Teddy’s family has a long histo- ry in Delaware. His grandfather, artist Victor Letonoff Sr., had one of his original paintings displayed inthen-VicePresidentJoeBiden’s official residence at the Naval Observatory; Teddy’s father, Vic- tor Letonoff Jr., has been a police officer in Delaware for the past 19 years, and now Teddy (who is technically Victor Letonoff III) hopes to create a little history of his own at the All-American Football Bowl. His hope is that this opportunity might open the doors to a possible football scholarship i n c o l l e g e and fulfilling a long-held dream.    “Ever since I started playing football, I’ve hoped that I could contin- ue through my college years,” Teddy said. “He’s really worked for this,” said Victor Letonoff Jr. “It’s not just about talent. Teddy often gets up at 5:30 or 6 a.m. to get in an extra workout before school. He’s become highly conscious of his diet, eating to build muscle, not fat, and he’s become a more diligent student as well.” The road to the All-American Game was also paved by deter- mination on the part of Teddy’s parents. His mother, Karen Letonoff, drove him to the initial Blue- Grey combine in June in New Jersey, resulting in Teddy being invited to a super combine in Canton, Ohio, at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Teddy had just broken his finger in practice, and the invite came only four days before the event, but Teddy and his dad hit the road, driving eight hours each way to make the event. Two months later, the invitation came to participate in the All-American Football Bowl in Dallas. Players from all over the coun- try are divided into East and West teams. After just two days of practice and getting to know teammates, Teddy will be playing linebacker for the East team. “No matter what happens, this is a great opportunity,” he said. “I feel incredibly lucky and thankful to my parents and my coaches at Sussex Tech for helping me to have this chance.” Teddy Letonoff Sussex Tech senior to play in Blue-Grey game By Dave Frederick fredman@capegazette.com One week after Seashore Strid- ers Race Director Tim Bamforth managed the 10th Rehoboth Seashore Marathon with 3,000 runners, he was enthusiastically sounding the horn at Cape Hen- lopen State Park for the 12th annual Run with Santa 5K, featur- ing a total of 61 runners. “We put the word out to run in Santa suits,” Bamforth said on a cold Sunday morning from an icy state park trail network. “We had about 50 Santas, and after the race, there was hot cider and chili and Santa awards, from plaques designed by Half Stockey to cus- tom Christmas tree ornaments by Monique Bamforth.” Martin Rodriguez, fresh off a 2:57 Boston Marathon-qualifying time in the Rehoboth Marathon, won the race on a slippery slow track in a time of 18:55. Rodriguez was chased by UPS driver Chris Stanley, who has been running packages to front doors for a solid month, in 20:13. Frank Cannon, 41, of Felton was third in 21:19, while John Blackford, 41, garnered fourth in 22:26. Alex Arnold, 12, of Millsboro nailed down the fifth spot in 23:00. Mikayla Cannon, 16, of Felton was the first overall woman in 23:31. She was followed by Jackie Quigley, 50, 23:59; Eugenia King, 34, 24:52; Jessica Barr, 32, 25:31; and Gabrielle Cannon, 13, 26:37.   “It may seem like a lot of work for [61] athletes, but they are the nucleus and glue that keep the scene together all year round,” Bamforth said. Scores of striding Santas saturate the Run with Santa 5K Hot cider and chili and custom awards highlight festive race DAVE FREDERICK PHOTOS RUNNING SANTAS (l-r) John Yanacek, Robert Fitzgerald, Nina Smeltzer and Doug Purcell stride into the holidays. Eugenija King shows her holiday spirit. Paul Gitlin is a jolly fella. Molly Sewell clocks a time of 27:11 and looks good doing it in Christmas attire.