Cape Gazette

Cape spring sports weather has a 50/50 chance of being bad

By Dave Frederick | Mar 04, 2013
Photo by: Dave Frederick Soccer girls are full of smiles despite the chill in the air as they start day one of the spring season. Coach Bob Dieterle comes to Cape from Archbishop Spalding, where over 11 seasons he amassed a record of 172-24-21.

Northwest to southeast, the prevailing early spring winds that whip across the playing fields of the Cape Henlopen sports complex range from bitter to biting. P.J. Kesmodel, head coach of the girls' lacrosse program, instructs his players to dress in layers and pack more than they think is needed as the weather at the end of practice is almost always colder than at the start.

Friday was typical for the first day of practices for 10 spring sports teams. Light rain to drizzle and a stiff wind off the Delaware Bay - or was that the Atlantic Ocean?

Head coach of girls' soccer Bob Deiterle welcomed a smiling crew of 40 athletes who did some warm-up jogging followed by stretching then kicking the ball about. The girls will work to improve on last year’s record of 6-9.  Dieterle was head coach at Archbishop Spalding the last 11 seasons, amassing a record of 172-24-21, and twice his teams received recognition as No. 1 in the country in the NSCAA and ESPN polls.

Coach Dieterle and his wife Patti retired to Rehoboth Beach.

The Cape track athletes circled the soccer field as coaches George Pepper and Matt Lindell saw large turnouts. The girls of Coach Pepper are two-time defending state champions while Lindell is in his second year at Cape after coaching at Dover and Smyrna. Both Pepper and Lindell were Henlopen Conference Indoor Coaches of the Year for the recent 2012-13 season.

Girls' lacrosse with coaches Kesmodel and Bill Lingo running practice welcomed 40 athletes. The motto for Cape 2013 is “Strive for five” as the girts go for Cape fifth straight state championship. Cape’s junior varsity was also undefeated in 2012.

Boys' lacrosse with head coach Jack Lingo had a typical large turnout as the team’s goals are always to get to the final four and see if they can win two games from there. Counting assistants and volunteers, Cape has nine coaches. The Vikings have won five state championships since the undefeated 1998 team coached by Steve Aubrey. Last season the team was 10-5, losing to Tower Hill 8-6 in the quarterfinals.

Coach Ben Evick is back in his manager's uniform since directing Tyler Townsend, Sean Tappan, Billy Cunningham and Ray Jackson to a pair of Henlopen Conference championships.

Baseball was 9-9 last season but returns most starters, having lost Jake Dmiterchik and Chris Rivera. The team is deep in pitching, led by University of Delaware commit Diaz Nardo backed up by junior Griffin Kammerer.

Jeff Evans, softball coach in his second season, is also coming off a record of 9-9, having lost several close games including a pair by a single run.

Evans will be looking for starting pitching in the early season. This team will be young; several freshmen are expected to make the varsity squad.

Scrimmages for all teams begin this week, and the weather is predicted to be midweek wet. All schedules and changes can be followed at



Soccer players stretch out with high steps. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Aaliyah Reese, center, is all smiles as track athletes take a warm-up lap. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Cassidy Blevins doesn't look too serious during sprint trials the first day of softball practice. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Cape lacrosse assistant Mark D'Ambrogi demonstrates how to switch hands. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
The Zen Master P.J. Kesmodel talks to his team about carrying the ball. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Freshman Quinn Donahue looks like "The Natural" as he gazes onto his high school field of dreams. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Juan Saez, a football fullback, will add toughness to the lax lineup. (Photo by: Dave frederick )
Cape girls work on the hamstring stretch. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Riley Wagner looks ready to play at lacrosse practice. (Photo by: Dave Frederick)
Anna Frederick is Cape's all-time leader in goals with 149. (Photo by: Dave frederick )
Cape's new head coach for girls' soccer Bob Dieterle talks with Scooter Myers before practice. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
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