From the Sports Editor: CR District rallying for Robinson after bike accident

Clearly, Dave Robinson was doing one of his favorite things in the world on Friday morning.

The former superintendent of both the Caesar Rodney and Cape Henlopen school districts loves riding his bike.

He was serious about it, too, going on long treks around the region.

“It’s a real passion,” said CR superintendent Kevin Fitzgerald.

But nobody could have foreseen the horrible curve that Robinson’s passion would throw into his life.

Dave Robinson

Dave Robinson

Apparently distracted by something while riding near his Lewes home last Friday, Robinson ran his bike into a parked car. The impact broke a vertebra in his neck.

Robinson, in his early 70s, was airlifted to Thomas Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia where he underwent surgery. Doctors are now waiting to see how much movement Robinson will regain in his limbs.

“It’s just one of those things where everybody is still in shock,” said Fitzgerald. “He’s hanging tough. He’s a tough guy. If anybody can pull through this. … I would never bet against Dave Robinson. I fully expect to see him on that bicycle again.”

Robinson was known for the blue-and-gold outfits he’d wear on the sidelines at football games. So CR thought it’d be fitting to have a ‘Rally for Robinson’ today where district employees are asked to wear blue and gold.

Photos will then be sent to Robinson in the hospital.

True to form, Robinson had planned to be at the CR-Cape football game on Friday night. The Vikings won the contest, 35-0.

“One of the things she (Robinson’s wife, Linda) asked me — because she wanted to tell him — was how we did,” said Fitzgerald. “I said, ‘Well, tell him that (Cape coach) Bill Collick did really well.’”

Robinson is the main reason that Collick — who he coached as a youngster — is back at Cape after retiring from Sussex Tech.

A former football coach at Cape Henlopen, Robinson loves sports. He’s always showing up at high school athletic events just to watch. Robinson is also still a member of the DIAA football state tournament committee.

Fitzgerald says Robinson still means a lot to the people at Caesar Rodney as well as at Cape Henlopen.

“It’s definitely taken us all aback because Dave is one of those guys that’s just always on the go,” said Fitzgerald. “He never stops.

“When you think about it, he’s definitely had an impact up and down the state. There are a lot of people who know Dave Robinson, not only through his work with Caesar Rodney and Cape, but through his work as a member of the state football committee, his work on DSSAA and DIAA and his work with the Delaware Sports Hall of Fame.”

Callahan’s NFL tour

Another week, another NFL team for Joe Callahan.

The former Wesley College quarterback is on his third NFL team in three weeks after being signed by the Cleveland Browns.

The interesting thing about this stop is that Callahan could actually find himself on the field.

Because of all the injuries the winless Browns (0-7) have had at QB, Callahan is second on the depth chart right now behind only fellow rookie Kevin Hogan. The Gagliardi Trophy winner will have to do some quick learning, though, before the Browns host the Jets on Sunday at 1 p.m.

An Ohio native, Wesley offensive coordinator Chip Knapp, for one, is excited to see Callahan wearing Cleveland’s orange and brown.

“This is an exciting time for the Wesley football staff,” said Wolverines coach Mike Drass. “I’m an Eagles’ fan until the end. But Coach Knapp, Coach (Bernie) Nowakowski, Coach (Joel) Elliott and Coach (Matt) Cochran are all diehard Browns’ fans.

“It’s fun for Coach Knapp. He came in the office wearing a Cleveland Browns’ shirt from like 1987 the other day.

“He’s doing OK,” Drass added about Callahan. “At least it’s telling you there’s a lot of teams out there that think he has talent.”

Cape escapes again

The Cape Henlopen High field hockey team kept its winning streak against Delaware teams alive again on Tuesday night by the skin of its teeth.

Trailing Milford in the closing minutes, the Vikings tied the contest on Jacqueline Cannon’s goal with just 4:24 left in regulation.

Cape then won the game, 2-1, when Alia Marshall scored in OT.

It was the third time in their last six games that the Vikings have won by only one goal.

Cape’s in-state winning streak now stands at a remarkable 95 straight games.

Odds & ends

•The defending state champions in boys’ soccer square off today when Indian River (12-1) faces Salesianum (12-1-1). The contest is slated for 3:30 p.m. at the Hockessin Soccer Complex.

Both squads are unbeaten against Delaware schools this fall.

•Smyrna native Todd Hughes has transferred from Delaware State to Virginia Union. The 6-foot-3 Sanford grad will be a junior on the Panthers’ men’s basketball team this season after starting 11 games and averaging 5.2 points for the Hornets last winter.

•Harrington’s Centre Ice Rink is holding a Try Hockey For Free Day on Nov. 12. Boys and girls, ages 4-9, can experience “ice hockey for the first time and learn the basic skills in a fun, safe environment” starting at 1:40 p.m.

•The employees at Dogfish Head recently presented a check for $3,333 to the Delaware Sports Museum and Hall of Fame. The employees at the Milton-based brewery pool their monthly tips and donate them to non-profits.

•Also, the Jason Anderson Foundation announced that it has made donations totaling $5,000 to the following local youth sports organizations: Duffy’s HOPE, Henlopen Soccer Club, The Kent County Stallions, The Western YMCA and Kirkwood Soccer.

The donations are the second round of donations made in memory of Anderson, a Dover Motor Sports employee who died in a car accident in January, 2015 at the age of 33. To find out more about the foundation, visit jasonandersonfoundation.org.

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