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Triathletes run where wise men fear to dredge

One thousand athletes show up for Bethany triathlon
By Dave Frederick | Sep 24, 2013
Photo by: Dave Frederick The first wave of duathletes slogs a kilometer through the wet sand just to get lost in transition before emerging for the 30K bike.

Work versus workout - A dredge guy wearing a hard hat stood on the Bethany Beach soft sand last Sunday morning inside his Mad Max Replenishment Compound of diesel-powered heavy equipment watching triathletes and duathletes male and female trudge and slug on by him on their way to the bike transition. He looked neither judgmental or lustful - some major fit babes in colorful tri-suits - but rather slightly perplexed, like, "Why do they do it?” And I think that is a valid question - why indeed? In a community college Introduction to Philosophy class, the answer would be simple: Why not? An entry fee of about a hundred bucks and racing bikes that can cost a few thousand and the tri suit and fancy clip-on-slip-on bike shoes and running shoes can be another thousand. The athletes are mostly professional types, which means they can’t fix a broken garbage disposal or tighten a loose Moen single-control kitchen spigot and they are predominately white to off-white with a sprinkling of people representing various hues of culture and color. But the motivations to compete are varied and personal; if there were 1,000 competitors, there were that many stories, many of them the heartwarming bouncing-back-and-reclaiming-my-life variety. But what is up with all the dogs? If I brought Darby Dog along, he would “clean dog house” because he is disruptive and insane. He would slip the tethered collar and start bulldozing a few Pekingese, Pomeranians, a poodle or two and every bandana-wearing lab he could find

G Money McNabb - The Thursday night halftime retirement of Eagles jersey No. 5 worn by Donovan McNabb was over-the-top carnival tacky, starting with Donovan grabbing the microphone and trying to whip up the crowd followed by Brian Dawkins talking about who knows what.  And fireworks, too, what was that all about? Donovan had a look like, “I am the man,” and I thought, “The classy kid out of Syracuse has lost it, and he will learn the fans move on, and even though he and Andy Reid together led the Eagles to five NFC championship games, the Philly faithful like Randall and Buddy better."

About to get real - Cape football has three Friday night home games in a row beginning this Friday, Sept. 27, hosting Caesar Rodney followed by the Bullis School and then Dover. The key to Cape wins is the defense stopping the knock-back game and quick-strike home run passes. Field hockey gets unbeaten Severna Park Saturday, Sept. 28, then it's down to unbeaten Delmar Tuesday, Oct. 1, followed by a 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 3 hosting of rival Sussex Tech. Cape volleyball is undefeated at 5-0 and plays at Smyrna Tuesday, Sept. 24. Smyrna just knocked off Caesar Rodney 3-2, so a Cape win would put the Vikings atop the Henlopen Conference. Cape then plays at undefeated Red Lion Thursday, Sept. 26. Cape’s undefeated soccer team will host the Worcester Prep Mallards at 4 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 24. The Mallards can rise up and nibble a victory and should be approached with extreme caution. The boot scooters will host Milford on Saturday at noon in Legends Stadium

Snippets - The Sussex Tech boys' cross country team won the Middletown Invitational Friday, Sept. 20, with Victor Rueda, 17:13; Sam Hete, 17:42; Jake Bamforth, 17:55; David Landis, 18:03; Ben Bamforth, 18:22; and Robbie Westhoff, 18:32. The Cape boys were fifth with a top five of Austin MacElrevey, 17:26; Ryan Thornburg, 18:05; Solomon Cox, 18:20; Eriq Gloria, 19:52; and Jevon Sample, 20:08.

Jacki Coveleski scored a goal at 48 minutes into the game that proved to be the game winner as the 16th-ranked University of Delaware field hockey team, 6-2, held off Bucknell 4-3 on Sept. 22.

Anna Frederick scored a pair of goals on the day as Temple fall ball lacrosse rocked and rolled at Lehigh Sept. 21 versus Lehigh, Marist and Adelphi. Lacrosse has a fall season that is a prelude to the spring competitive season.

The DIAA rules allow a coach to teach at one school and coach at another. Sure, it's mostly weird but it happens quite a bit. How about coaching a middle school team in one district and working on the Friday night sidelines in another district against your middle school district? Allowable, yes, advisable no! This is not Cape related, actually Seaford and Polytech related, but a certain coach is getting beaten up on Facebook where facts can be as elusive as an open field punt returner. Go on now, git!

A dredge dude checks out the athletes running and emerging for the ocean. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Where am I? After a dark and stormy night, the Sunday morning ocean was calm as a clam. (Photo by: Dave Frederick )
Anna Frederick, Cape's all-time leader on lacrosse goals, now begins her career at Temple University.
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