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62 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, January 30 - February 5, 1998 SPORTS & OUTDOORS Cape girls run conference record to 12-0 Move into season's second half 'playing every quarter' By Susan Frederick Riding a commanding 34-11 halftime lead, the Lady Vikings cruised to an eventu- al 58-35 domination of Sea.ford's Lady Jays on Tuesday night, Jan. 27, preserving their perfect 12-0 conference record as they rolled into the second half of their season. The Vikings screamed out of the blocks to go up 6-0 in the first 30 seconds of the game on two baskets by senior guard Alex- ia Waples and one by sophomore Julie Parseghian as Cape's pressing defense picked the pockets of an unsuspecting Seaford squad. Led by Waples' eight points and two steals, and Parseghian's battles off the glass, Cape was sitting on a 21-6 lead by the end of the first period. "That was the best first quarter we've played this season," said head coach Josette McCullough moments after the game end- Monster fourth quarter mashes Seaford back to mediocrity irn'portant for our season." Cape was down after the loss to the Indians and played down to a haphazard, run-and-gun, make- no-sense Seaford squad last Tues- day night. Entering the fourth quarter, Cape trailed 42-39 as the starting five of Olin Bolden, Ron- son Burton, Julius Hazzard, Mardy Biles and O.J. Wilson were poured onto the court by Coach Ed Waples, hoping the mixture would provide the chemistry that had been missing for seven consecu- tive quarters. "We've just _been fiat lately," Waples said. "Indian River and Seaford are very physi- cal and I think we were wearing down. And it just seems that the officials allow a more physical Continued on page 63 Vikings awaken from seven-quarter funk to run record to 11-1 By Dave Frederick Seaford- Cape folded in front of a home-court full house last Fri- day night, losing to Indian River 43-42 in a game where the adjec- tive "ugly" would be considered excessively complimentary. "The only chance we have is to play great defense," Indians' Coach Gene Harris said from courtside prior to the game. " 'Beat Cape' has been the seniors' battle cry for the season. We play them one at a time but lately we haven't played well, so this win is ed. "We've been struggling all year with coming out slow in the first quarter. The girls told me, 'The second time around, we're going to play all four quarters,' And that's just what they did tonight." Cape's pressing defense wreaked havoc for the Seaford team in the second period as Waples, Parseghian, JesSica Witherspoon tors 11." "We've been working on our defense," said McCullough. "Early in the season we had a problem with rotating out of it. We seem to have finally gotten it together tonight." 'Tm really happy for the girls," said the coach of her team's showing this season. "I and Kim Smith teamed up to force think the key to it is their close relationship, turnovers and haul down rebounds. When on and off the court. No one is saying, 'I'm the teams entered the locker rooms at the the star.' Everybody seems to be pulling for half, the scoreboard read "Vikings 34 Visi- Continued on page 63 Angle Moon photo Cape Henlopen players and coaches try, unsuccessfully, to rally to victory in last Friday's one-point loss to Indian River before a capacity home crowd. Green Bay's big guys played poor but not hungry BIG HEAD REGGIE- How did you like that camera work in the closing moments of the Super Bowl? Denver "was driving for the winning touchdown, and Reggie White was on the sidelines bent over unable to hold up his head, with his big belly pushing out of his tight shirt. The game was on the line and Reggie was on the sidelines. Reverend Reggie, who sold out Philly for money to move to Green Bay where he had a chance to win the Super Bowl he so justly deserved last year. Remember last year it was Reg- gie's Super Bowl with a few crumbs thrown to Brett Favre? Former Eagle Seth Joyner was also on the Packer defense, but I don't remember his name being called for making a tackle. Here's a basic football rule: an offensive line, such as Denver's, which is advertised as undersized at 289 pounds, in reality weighs less than that. They don't want to sound puny in the program And a defen- sive line that averages 320 more likely averages about 340 with PEOPLE IN SPORTS Dave Frederick some guys pushing 360. These ae the big, fat strong guys with limiit- ed lateral mobility. The fabled Green Bay power sweep belonged to a bygone era. (So do I.) Lmst Sunday it was the Denver tos:s- sweep to Terrell Davis lined up deep in the backfield. All 11 light- weights moving laterally to the left while Terrell looked for a seam in which to duck and shuck. I picked Denver when the playoffs started because of their great team speed and college enthusiasm. Plus they had that offensive trian- gle of John Elway, Terrell Davis and Shannon Sharp. And now I want Denver to go away and not be heard from until next season. That's what ruined Green Bay. They bought into their own hype and their big guys played poor but not hungry. EDILU- I have a personal stock response when I trash an exotic spelling Of a person's first name, which I do almost every week on the sports pages before it is caught by my editors. Spell your name "regular like" and those mistakes won't happen. My own name is spelled incorrectly all the time and appears as Fredrick, Fredericks, Fred Mann, Friedman or Whodat- man? Last week I butchered the name of artist Edilu Nehrbas by writing Eddie Lou, which sounds like a slot back at Alabama State University. An endless stream of high school spice gifts made spe- cial trips past my room to remind me I had spelled Miz Edilu's name wrong and looked at me like, "How could you be such an idiot?" Two of the girls were named Anna Graham and Cornan- na Cobb. Now where do they get off?. Strike that! Boy, do they have a nerve. SAFE SUPPOSITORY- Sci- entist Albert Einstein was quoted as saying, "The only two things that are infinite are the universe and human stupidity and I'm not so sure about the universe." Fit as a fiddle and hard as a rock, little bugger John Glenn will return to space this October aboard the space shuttle. Glenn is 77 years old and his body will be a living experiment On the effects of weightlessness on osteoporosis, the aging process and the adhesive characteristics of Polident. The Pope is also 77, but NASA said, "No way we can fit his little bub- ble car inside the shuttle." Any- way, he's already close enough to God. Remembering that time is a human construct, a day in orbit is 24 times faster than on earth, "so if Glenn stays up there one "Mir Year" he'll be 101 when he returns but still land in time for all the miltenium celebrations. RUNNIN YOUNGIN'S- Coach Tiff McCullough started his Cape Henlopen coaching tenure in rough fashion, dropping the first two ball games after Cape had gone two years without a sin- gle loss. Last Tuesday night in Seaford, McCullough's JV boys defeated Seaford 60-45 for their eighth consecutive victory of the season, raising their season record to 8-2. The team was paced by Derek Davis (14) and Eric Croce (12). Last Friday night the JVs defeated Indian River 62-54 behind 14 points from Darius James and 13 from sixth-man Croce. "We moved some guys down from varsity, like Tom Sheehan, Darius James and Daryl Davis, and that really helped in terms of depth and experience," McCullough said. Continued on page 63