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Cape Gazette SPORTS & OUTDOORS : FRIDAY, JANUARY 24 MONDAY, JANUARY 27, 2014 Cape basketball ready to roll back into season Three teams control destiny, but fate allows only one champion By Dave Frederick fredman@capegazette.com Buried in the snow barn of forced inactivity, the Cape bas- ketball team looks back on a midseason record of 7-5 with eight games to play and doesn't need a GPS to find its way to the championship. "We just have to win big games, and they're all big," said coach Steve Re. Cape got to seven wins with upset victories over Edmond- son Westside in the Governor's Challenge in late December and Concord on the road Jan. 18. Cape coaches (I-r) celebrate the 2013 Henlopen Conference Championship: Greg Smock, Tom Rushin, Pat Woods, Shemik Thompson and Stephen Re. The Vikings are fighting hard to get back to the championship game in 2014. The Vikings also won at Sussex Tech to open the season 81-73; that is still the only conference loss on the season sustained by the Ravens. Cape had two victories in hand that were swept away, one at Arundel and the other at Caesar Rodney, where the Vikings had a four-point lead with a minute to play and possession of the bas- ketball, and lost both ball games. Cape also lost at home to Mil- ford 74-72 when the Bucs looked like a real deal behind Harris and Parker, but Milford has since slipped to 5-5. It looks like Laurel at 9-1 could be the team sitting in wait for whoever emerges from the Henlopen Northern Division dogfight. Cape jumps both feet back into the fire when the game schedule resumes Friday, Jan. 24, playing at Sanford. The Warriors are 7-3, with all losses coming to out-of- state teams. Cape then plays at Sussex Cen- tral - dangerous venue, hard place to win - before finishing the season with five straight home games versus Caesar Rodney, Seaford, Dover, Smyrna, and Sussex Tech, and on the road at Polytech in a rematch of last year's Henlopen Conference Championship game. Cape, Caesar Rodney and Sus- sex Tech all control their own destinies, but fate will only allow one to emerge as Northern Divi- sion champion. DAN COOK PHOTOS CAPE SENIOR GUARD TYREIK BURTON passes down low to David Kwan during the Viking's win over Indian River. SUBMITTED PHOTO LADY ROYALS PLAYERS Rachael Betts, left, and Amanda Williams pose with one of the basketballs their team pres- ents to other schools as a means of sharing the gospel message. Delmarva Christian girls share gift with Bucs basketball team Following a scrimmage against Milford High School, the Del- marva Christian High School girls' basketball team exgended an invitation to their opponents to join them in prayer. Although this practice is nothing new for the DCHS athletes - the tradition began 10 years ago - what they did afterward was unique. The Royals presented a basketball designed with bold colors and simple words all as a means to tell the gospel story to the Mil- ford team. "As our captains presented the basketball and explained it, the Milford players' faces lit up," said DCHS senior Jayne Stevens. "It was evident they were inter- ested in what was being shared. While playing time on the court is important in helping our team improve, it is the prayer time and evangelism after the game that is truly amazing." The DCHS girls were further encouraged as they left the gym and saw some of the Milford girls showing the basketball and explaining the story to their families and friends. "While it's important to play hard and strive to win games, we can't lose focus of whom we represent and what our mission really is," Jayne said. The DCHS Lady Royals plan to present basketballs to other teams during the 2013-14 season. DELMARVA RUGBY CLUB RECRUITING NEW PLAYRS NICK ROTH PHOTO DELMARVA RUGBY CLUB 'is recruiting for its upcoming 2Ot4 spring season: A meet-and-greet social will be held at 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 30, at the Greene Turtle in Lewes, where those interested may meet current players and coaches. No experience is needed to join the club, as coach- es and experienced players will guide beginners and introduce them to the sport, Games are played on Saturdays, with home games at Beacon Middle School and away games in the Baltimore and Philadelphia areas. Practice will begin in March and is held twice a week, on Tuesdays in Harrington and Thursdays in Rehoboth Beach. The team is coached by Scott King, a 25-year veteran of the sport. :,li The club was established in 2Oll and is a member of the Eastern Penn- sylvania Rugby Union. For more information, go to www.facebook.com/ delmarvarugbyclub or call 302-930-1003. Delmarva Rugby Club player Chris Cheonis, right, tries to grab the baff I on a throw-in