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54. CAPE GAZETYE, Friday, January 10. January 16,1997 SPORTS & I OUTDOORS How sweet it is! Cape girls, for first time in 20 years, score victory over upstate rival Ursuline Raiders By Susan Frederick Cape's undefeated (5-0) girls' basketball team threaded its way between a walkover and a cliffhanger last week as they dominat- ed Smyrna 56-25 on Tuesday, Jan. 7 after holding off a resurgent Ursuline squad 68- 62 last Friday. Cape jumped to a 23-6 lead in the first quarter on Tuesday night, leaving no doubt as to who is the team to beat in the Hen- Iopen Conference. Coach Ralph Bayko used his bench early, freely substituting from midway in the opening period.. The lopsided win on the heels of the team's victory over perennial power Ursu- line - the first in 20 years - captured the Vikings' current dilemma: how to stay humble enough to ta'e lesser opponents seriously and confident enough 7o run with the state's big dogs. "It's tough," said senior Katie DelCampo, who scored 25 points against the Red Raiders in Wilmington last Friday. "Coach takes us into the locker room before each game, talks to us, then leaves us.alone to think about what we need to do to win. We try not to take any team for granted, to think of each game as a state championship." If Cape has hopes of a state championship season, this is the year to pin them on. Bayko's team includes eight seniors, among them starters Carrie Lingo, Stephanie War- rington, Maggie Widdoes and DelCampo. All are key players in goals, boards, and clutch plays. Widdoes repeated her 17 point perfor- mance of last Friday in Tuesday's game ver- sus Smyrna. Warrington, along with Wid- does, cleans up on the boards and protects the lane. Playmaker Lingo converted a pair of one-and-ones in the last minute of play to halt a late Ursuline run last Friday night. DelCampo is deadly from anywhere she wants to be. The fifth starter, junior Kim Smith, can shoot for two or three or dish off to the open girl. "What I saw in the Ursuline game was improvement in the mental preparation, a big improvement on the part of the seniors from early in the season," the coach said. "What I think we need to work on is keep- ing that focus. It's an overused term, but we need to funnel our thoughts so that we are mentally into each game and make no mis- takes. "We did that very well against Ursutine, which is a team that will turn every mistake into a score," said Bayko. "We need to do the same thing against teams like Caesar Rodney, Caravel and Saint Mark's if we are going to do anything in the state tourna- ment. I hear people say that we should walk through the Henlopen Conference. We don't want to think like that. It's tough, but we want to keep the same attitude for every : Continued on ptge 56 Angle Moon photo Maggie Widdoes grimaces amidst the double pressure of two Smyrna play- ers during Cape's 56-25 victory over Smyrna on Tuesday of this week. Is "Touchdown Jesus" vacationing in Florida? ROCKY FOUR- Notre Dame sonville Jaguars to a shocking 30- Ursuline home early. That's as wind is a lot more fun than waking All-American and Vietnam war hero Rocky Bleir pawned his four Super Bowl rings won as a Pitts- burgh Steeler and may declare bankruptcy according to Sunday's Baltimore Sun. Bleir's quarter- back, Terry Bradshaw, could be seen on Fox television Sunday afternoon letting air out of a Miller Lite blow-up chair while pretend- ing he was passing gas. Maybe Bradshaw should use the proceeds from" his bathroom humor to buy Rocky his rings back. That's what strikes me about the phenomenon of the rich and famous taking the financial horse collar. None of their rich buddies "step up" to help them out. Two years ago Bleir spoke at the Lower Delaware Gridiron Club banquet and I must admit to being impressed seeing such a sports legend in person, but the boy's speech was downright strange, filled with pop psycholo- gy and obtuse formulas for suc- cess. Several years ago in Philly, Hall of Fame point guard Hal PEOPLE IN SPORTS Greer (76ers and Syracuse Nation- als) declared bankruptcy and watched as his house and entire contents, including the number 15 jersey, were sold to the public. Where were Wilt and the rest of the millionaires? THE LORD'S IN THE HUD- DLE- Scott Brunetl talked of the Lord after his incredible individ- ual performance led the Jack- 27 upset of the Denver Broncos. Left tackleTony Besaus also cred- ited the Lord and talked about how everybody on the team loved each other. And it doesn't hurt matters that the Nigerian Nightmare, Natron Means, has gotten in the best shape of his life and has moved more piles in the last two weeks than the custodian at the Westminster Dog Show. Now that "Touchdown Jesus" is on vacation from South Bend, Indiana, could it be that he's vacationing in Flori- da? THE BIG HURDLE- Four straight-20 win seasons don't mea- sure up to last Friday's 68-62 vic- tory by the Cape girls basketball team on the road over the Red Raiders of Ursuline Academy. Ursuline has been the mountain Cape could never climb and the hurdle they could never jump. Two years ago Katie Rickards rimmed a three pointer in a tourna- ment game that would have sent close as Cape's ever gotten until last Friday, Jan. 3. Cape travels to Saint Mark's for another show- down and road test on Saturday, Feb. 8. The girls deserve a big fol- lowing from down home. This may be the best Viking team since the 1974 state championship squad coached by Bob Cassady. Note: Cassady is rumored to be the next principal of Poly Tech high school. ATHLETES MY FOOT- There are young men running around all over the local area who have great athletic talent. But most of them are doing nothing with it electing instead to drink and smoke too much while trolling the local sandbars for the gifts of their dreams. (fill in here.) And hey, that sounds like a pretty good lifestyle but it's not consistent with being an athlete or maximiz- ing one's talents to full potential. To fly through the air with the greatest of ease and to run like the up wheezing with an Excedrine headache. POEM ON THE ROAM- You get older. You get fatter. And you think, "So what's the matter?" There is more of you to think of and there is more of you to love. And it takes gallons less of water to fill up your hot tub. You sunbathe in a Speedo and then marvel at the sight. Looking like a bronzed biscuit with horizontal racing stripe. You walk the boardwalk in the sunshine and the gulls commence to laugh, Arthritic exercisers duck in behind you, taking advantage of your draft. A drop in humidity is sympto- matic of fall weather, But after five miles on the move your thighs friction together. Walking through the freezing cold or headlong into a driving rain, Continued on page 55