Owls on a Roll

FAU football is clicking

SAT 11/13

Parker's not about to park it.
Parker's not about to park it.
Ah, so wise.  If only it could help me win at the track.
Ah, so wise. If only it could help me win at the track.
The West Palm Beach marathon -- thank God it's not in July.
The West Palm Beach marathon -- thank God it's not in July.

Howard Schnellenberger's FAU Owls have just two blemishes on their 2004 docket. The team stands at 6-2 following a setback to Division I-A upstart Troy last Saturday in Alabama that broke the team's 11-game road winning streak. It was their first game without star tight end Anthony Crissinger-Hill, who's been suspended for the remainder of the year. But the Owls still have a shot at a ten-win season, and running back Doug Parker (pictured) has a chance to make history. He is well on his way to becoming the first 1,000-yard rusher in FAU' s four-year football history. He's gained 665 yards, scored six touchdowns, and is averaging 4.3 yards per carry with four games remaining this season, the first of which is this Saturday against New Mexico State at Lockhart Stadium (301 NW 12 Ave., Fort Lauderdale) -- the Owls' second chance at a home victory this year. And after falling nearly 2,000 fans short of their attendance goal in the home opener, the Owls need to step it up by drawing some 47,000 people to the final three home games this year to reach the NCAA Division I-A average attendance requirement of 15,000. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m., and tickets cost $15. Call 954-523-3309. -- Russ Evans

All My Friends

Know the Noseriders

SAT 11/13

So you didn't get into Yale, much less into the ultraselective Skull and Bones society. Who freakin' cares? All you've got to do to join the Jupiter Noseriders is pledge allegiance to its mission: "to have fun surfing with friends." Even if you don't surf -- perhaps you snowboard, skimboard, or just enjoy eating hamburgers while walking around in baggies -- you're invited to the Noseriders' Annual Luau Party at the Civic Center at Carlin Park (400 State Rd. A1A, Jupiter). The Noseriders are "dedicated to the preservation and advancement of longboard surfing and the surfing environment in Southeastern Florida." Apparently, the way to advance it is to wear a Hawaiian shirt and dance with a pineapple on your head. Bring a covered dish and $25 to enter the raffle for a new longboard. Then go home and pad your résumé! Call 561-625-0074, or visit www.jupiternoseriders.com. -- Deirdra Funcheon

Hit the Track

Calder offers day of fun

SAT 11/13

Calder Race Course (21001 NW 27th Ave., Miami) has an exciting day of horseracing and family fun scheduled for Saturday during the Florida Million Stakes and Florida Fair. More than $1 million is on the line for Florida-bred horses. The purse is spread among eight races, including these four jewels of the All-Stakes Pick 4: the $200,000 Carl G. Rose Classic, the $200,000 Elmer Heubeck Distaff Handicap, the $150,000 Bonnie Heath Turf Cup, and the $150,000 Jack Dudley Sprint Handicap. Race fans can also bring the family along, as the Florida Fair will offer a petting zoo, rides, and face painting. Admission costs $2. Gates open at 10:30 a.m. Post time for the first race is noon. Call 303-625-1311. -- Russ Evans

26 Miles Too Long

SUN 11/14

It's official: West Palm Beach is a real city now. It hosts its inaugural Marathon of the Palm Beaches on Sunday on a beautiful, flat course that winds through pretty, historic neighborhoods. If you haven't started training yet, you're kind of screwed, but you can sign up for the marathon (26.2 miles) or half-marathon (13.1 miles) through Saturday. Call 561-833-3711, ext. 225, or visit www.marathonofthepalmbeaches.com. -- Deirdra Funcheon

 
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