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Bicycling enthusiasts Bob and Barb Lamborn, who have been profiled on these pages and who must be the county's most able-bodied retired couple, recently completed the riding challenge of their lives.
The Lamborns left Los Angeles on May 11. On June 27, some 3,450 miles later and right on schedule, they rode into downtown Boston.
The Lamborns, who rode with Pedal for Power and raised more than $20,000 for three charities -- the American Cancer Society, the American Lung Association and the League of American Wheelmen -- had an amazingly smooth ride, considering the grueling layout.
Covering a course that took them through the nation's Southwest deserts, across the Sante Fe Trail, north through the nation's heartland to the shores of Lake Erie and east across New York and into Massachusetts, they averaged 80 miles a day. On eight of their 42 riding days -- they were given five days off -- the Lamborns covered more than 100 miles.
Theyencountered their share of memorable moments, beginning with the untimely flat tire Bob discovered in the lobby of the Los Angeles Airport Quality Inn, the ride's starting point. Two days later, Bob took a spill in Indio, Calif., when he struck a car broadside while he was traveling about 20 mph. He suffered multiple cuts and bruises and needed four stitches to close a cut in his chin. Bob lost an hour while getting repaired at a local hospital but still finished the final 50 miles of that day's scheduled 100-mile ride.
Before it was over, Bob would come up with four more flat tires, Barbara one. They also just missed a tornado in Liberal, Kan., home of the mythical Wizard of Oz. And they met their share of characters along the way.
"A lot ofpeople asked us how old we were (Bob is 72, Barb is 61)," Bob said. "After we told one fella our ages, he said, 'Can you tell me your IQ?' "
The Lamborns flew home from Boston the day after their arrival.
"It was an interesting trip. It wasn't easy at all. It's satisfying, but I don't find myself on a couch," Bob said. "One of the things we learned is what our bodies could and couldn't do. We were concerned about fatigue going in, but we aren't experiencing any physical problems. We're ready to let the bikes recuperate a little bit."
And you thought you needed a vacation?
Since taking up cycling five years ago, the Lamborns have logged more than 20,000 miles.
The Big 33 game, the annual football showdown that pits the top 33 graduated high school seniors from Maryland against Pennsylvania's 33 best, is drawing near.
The game is set for Saturday, July 27, at Hershey Stadium in Hershey, Pa. Kickoff is 7 p.m.
This year's game has a strong Wilde Lake connection. Wildecats coach Doug DuVall is the Maryland head coach, and two of DuVall's former standout players, running back Raphael Wall and defensive back Ricky Rowe, will show theirstuff one last time before beginning their college careers. Wall is headed to the University of Maryland, and Rowe is going to Penn State.
DuVall and his four assistants -- Macon Tucker (Aberdeen), Ken Johnson (Chesapeake), Tom Clark (McNamara) and Ernie Cincotta (Quince Orchard) -- have been preparing for the game since December. They started with 110 players, and after countless hours of film viewing and an evaluation that measured players' strength, speed and agility, they pared the roster to 33.
"I figure we spent an average of 10 hours a week on it easily, and many weeks a whole lot more," DuVall said."It's a once-in-a-lifetime thing, and I don't think I'd want to do it again."
Big 33 rules restrict coaches from taking on a head coaching or an assistant role more than once. DuVall has already served as an assistant.
Ed Ashwell, formerly DuVall's Wilde Lake assistant and the new football coach at Glenelg, must be resting easier these days. Glenelg Principal Jim McGregor found a spot in the facultyfor Ashwell in the coming school year. He'll teach an industrial arts class, as well as several physical education classes.
That's good news for Ashwell for two reasons. Not only is it terribly difficultfor a football coach to run a program at one school while teaching at another, but Ashwell would have faced an especially touchy situation next year had he not been transferred.
Could you imagine workingall day at Wilde Lake, near the players you've helped develop and coaches you've worked with for many years, before leaving each afternoon to coach another team in the same league? Under those conditions, the week of the Glenelg-Wilde Lake game would have been a beauty.
Speaking of Wilde Lake, more coaching changes have been made. Kelly Rosati, a 23-year-old science teacher at Wilde Lake Middle School,has replaced Dave Nesbitt as the Wildecats girls basketball coach. Rosati, a graduate of Indiana (Pa.) University, assisted Nesbitt last year.
Athletic Director Carol Satterwhite is also looking for a new softball coach. Christine Myers has resigned after two years.
Satterwhite can be reached at 313-6973.
Mount Hebron is also looking for a new junior varsity field hockey coach.
Anyone interested should call Hebron athletic director Mark Cates at 313-2885.