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Cape boys' lacrosse celebrates DIAA state championship

By Dan Cook | Jun 28, 2014
Photo by: Dan Cook Varsity team award winners are in back (l-r) Garrett Becker, Team Sportsmanship; Grant Gillan, Team MVP; Thomas Ott, Defensive MVP; Todd Keen, Offensive MVP; and Luke Benson, Offensive MVP. In front are Charlie Burton, Steve Smith Spirit Award; Blake Mann, Tim Mahoney Big Game Award; Kyle Orton, Lou Norbeck Unsung Hero Award; Michael Hopkins, Rob Schroeder Most Improved Award; and Nate Katurakes, Iron Viking Award.

The Cape Henlopen boys' lacrosse team celebrated the Vikings' sixth state championship in Cape history June 23 at Cape Henlopen High School, where awards were presented to team members.

Nearly 200 people dined on roast beef, chicken and crab imperial, and shared stories with past coaches Jeff "Moose" Mohr and Tim Mahoney, and former players Joey Cahill, Rob Orton, Burley Hopkins, Geoff Shupard, Spencer Steele and Jack Lingo.

After dinner, everyone moved into the Cape theater where awards were given, and videographer C.J. Watson showed a highlight movie of the championship season.

Atlantic Lacrosse Club coach Steve Spence acted as guest speaker for the event.

Cape goalie Grant Gillan was named team MVP, while Thomas Ott garnered Defensive MVP, and Todd Keen and Luke Benson were named Offensive MVPs.  Nate Katurakes lifted his way to the Iron Viking Award, while Charlie Burton and Michael Hopkins were given the Steve Smith Spirit Award and the Rob Schroeder Most Improved Award, respectively.

Grad Garrett Becker was given the team Sportsmanship Award. Junior Kyle Orton received the Lou Norbeck Unsung Hero Award. Blake Mann, who scored five goals in the championship game, was given the Tim Mahoney Big Game Award.

"It was great to get together with all of the players, especially the seniors one more time," said head coach Jack Lingo. "It was a nice banquet and a good time."

Junior varsity awards were given to Brandt Lookup, team MVP; Cole Conrad, Defensive MVP; Hank Coveleski, Offensive MVP; and Robbie Neal, Unsung Hero. Not in attendance were JV Most Improved players Jerry Harden and Joe Mathews.

Cape boys' lacrosse head coach Jack Lingo spoke of his team's dedication and drive to win the DIAA title. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Atlantic Lacrosse Club coach Steve Spence acted as guest speaker for the banquet. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Former Cape coach Tim Mahoney, left, poses with Blake Mann, who received the Big Game Award which carries Mahoney's name. Mann scored five goals in the Vikings' 9-7 win over Sallies in the DIAA State championship final. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape JV coach Nick Scroggs presents the junior varsity awards. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Junior varsity awards were presented by the Vikings coaches. Shown are (l-r) assistant coach James Ruback; head coach Nick Scroggs; Brandt Lookup, team MVP; Cole Conrad, Defensive MVP; Hank Coveleski, Offensive MVP; Robbie Neal, Unsung Hero; and assistant coach Brad Bivins. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Nate Katurakes receives the Iron Viking Award from head coach Jack Lingo. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Charlie Burton receives the Steve Smith Spirit Award from head coach Jack Lingo. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Michael Hopkins receives the Rob Schroeder Most Improved Award from head coach Jack Lingo. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Garrett Becker receives the team Sportsmanship Award from head coach Jack Lingo. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Kyle Orton receives the Lou Norbeck Unsung Hero Award from head coach Jack Lingo. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Blake Mann receives the Tim Mahoney Big Game Award from head coach Jack Lingo. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Todd Keen, left, and Luke Benson receive the Offensive MVPs Awards from head coach Jack Lingo. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Thomas Ott receives the defensive MVP Award from head coach Jack Lingo. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Grant Gillan receives the team MVP Award from head coach Jack Lingo. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
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