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38- CAPE GAZE'Iq, Friday, February 3 - Feb 9, 1995 Sports & Outdoors Polar Bears to jump for Special Olympics on Sunday The Annual Lewes Polar Bear All proceeds support Delaware Plunge to benefit Delaware Spe- Special Olympics, the state's cial Olympics will be held at 1 largest year-round organization p.m., Sunday, Feb. 5 at Cape Hen- devoted to sports training and ath- lopen State Park; Lewes, ..... tetic-competition for children and This "unbearable" event is sponsored by the Lewes Polar Bears and the Cape Gazette and will be broadcast 5ve on KIX 106. Registration/sponsor sheets are available at the Cape Gazette office in the Shoppes of Camelot and the minimmn total contribu- tion per Polar Bear is $50. All donation sheets and money received must be brought to the event and attire is swimsuits only - no T-shirts or wet suits. Participants will receive an offi- cial Polar Bear Plunge Sweatshirt, a 5 x 7 group color photograph, after Plunge party at the Bay Cen- ter and eligibility for great prizes, with special prizes for the Polar Bear raising the most money and the Bear who recruits the most Polar Bears to take the plunge. adults with mental retardation, To be eligible to participate in Special Olympics one must be at least eight years old and identified by an agency or professional as having one of the following condi- tions: a mental handicap, cogni- tive delays, significant learning or vocational problems due to a cog- nitive delay that requires specially designed instruction. Special Olympics provides year-round training in 22 official sports, including aquatics, track and field, basketball, bocce, bowl- ing, gymnastics, powerlifting, roller skating, sailing, skiing, soc- cer, softball, tennis and volleyball. Olympic games are held annual at each organizational level, with advancement to chapter, national and international games, with the Delaware chapter serving nearly 1,000 athletes in over 40 training programs. The Unified Sports Program brings those with and without mental-handicaPs together on the same team, with athletes similarin- age and athletic ability, including basketball, bowling, sailing, soc- cer, softball, volleyball, distance running and track relays." Special Olympics created iis Motor Activities Training Pro- gram to provide comprehensive motor activity training to individu- als with severe limitations. Financial support comes from funds raised from individuals, organizations, corporations, foun- dations and other sources. The Special Olympic oath is "let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt." For more information contact Brenda Zullo, outreach director, at 855-0546. Lewes Polar Bears first started jumping back in 1985 ....... :..- By Dave Frederick Nobody'sbody looks good on a windy  sand-swept stark winter beach. Goose bumps get down and all around' areas of northern exposure while the body's southern hemisphere often dis- putes theories of evolution that man was aquatic prior to becoming psychotic. The winter ocean is no place for vacation or procreation. But the Lewes Bears, whose pride long ago departed with the outgoing fide, refuse to give up salt water recreation just because the ele- ments are harsh. Harsh itself is a wimpy word and doesn't scare bears with Wimpy bodies, Popeye. The Lewes Polar Bears began in 1985 when five cronies, sitting around the Blacksmith Shop, began talking much noise about how ,tbey weren't afraid of no cold ocean. (Red neck grammatical license). And thus the Bears were born from hibernation into frozen animation. The monthly meetings with nature gave us all something not to look forward to, which seemed to make the win- ter go faster. Continued on Page 39 Cape boys hold off Panthers to preserve perfect conference mark By Jeb Lee The 4th-ranked Cape boys continued their surprising streak Tuesday night, Jan. 31 with a 66-54 victory over visiting Polytech, giving the Vikings a perfect 13-0 record in the conference and 14-2 overall. Cape was led by a balanced offensive attack, as four players scored in double fig- ures. Tommy Rushin was the high man with 16 in a win that was a lot closer than the score indicates. "Mr. Reliable" Dwight Young scoredthe f'wst bucket of the game, and from then on the first quarter was a battle. Rushin started hot with two three-pointers and Young also added 6 as the Vikings took a 21-15 lead. In the second period, Rushin and Lament Hazzard led a Cape run which extended the lead to 35-23. By half-time, it was 41-30, but the Panthers weren't done yet. Cape continued to dominate into the third, staking a 51-34 lead before Polytech showed signs of life. The Viking shooters went cold and the Panthers got hot, scoring the final 11 points of the period. The run did not stop until three minutes into the final quarter. Polytech finally took a 54-53 lead with five minutes remaining. Bobby Leggins entered the game for the first time and quickly sank two three-point- ers to start the final run. John Jones scored on a fast break and drew the foul, bringing the unusually small crowd to its feet. Rushin and Jones scored the final few at the charity stripe, putting yet another win into the books. NOTES AND QUOTES Field goal shooting had been a concern until a week ago, but the Vikings made bet- ter than half their shots in a rout of Lake Forest last Friday. "We had a dry svell tonight," Coach Jerry Peden said t'ollowing the Polytech win, as a few forced shots helped the Panthers make their run. Peden, however, gave a lot of credit to the visitors, adding, "This was a very good team." Rushin had 16, Young 14, Hazzard 12, and Jones 10, but some of the non-starters made huge contributions to the victory. "Bobby Leggins played a heck of a game," Continued on page 40 The game of survival suddenly became very real By Dave Frederick Are we rolling downhill like a snow ball headed for hell?" ---Merle Haggard ' i Virgina's Blue Ridge Parkway, offering access to the George Washington National Forest, was closed Saturday and Sunday as winter's one and only snow storm bombarded the green and brown mountains and black trails with over a foot of snow and sleet. Meanwhile, in the valley 1,100 feet down below the Blue Ridge Mountain scenic overlook, a half dozen "Under The Hill" explorers dragged dead wood and fallen limbs into a primitive campsite as the game of survival suddenly became very real. The only noise was the swift moving Saint Mary's river. The campers couldn't decide if the river was raging or babbling but nature was scoring points. "How do molecules of oxygen and hydrogen combine together to form such splendor?" Forney shouted poetically. "Somebody please shut him up," came a shout from a fellow camper. "Better go and get all the wood you can find," said Captain Don- aid McCann, an Eagle Scout and confirmed survivalist currently subsisting on half the income he did the previous ten years. John Ellsworth and Bruce Hefke engineered a triangular sawbuck tied together with a long piece of brown leather. Be Hefke coped with the saw for three hours being relieved periodically by Dennis Forney who bragged, "Save me the skinny pieces." In a little over two hours a cord of wood was stacked next to the campfire. Tony "Puppet Man" Bailey, a glass blower by trade and erudite raconteur, offered to make small animals out of ice crystals but the needs of the group required fuel as carpenter Hefke was too busy to construct a knick-knack shelf. Bailey got his nickname by dancing across creeks on sub- merged wet stones with the ele- gance of Fred Astaire and the adventurism of Fred Rodgers. Reared in a North Philadelphia row house, I searched the forest for abandoned campsites and con- demned pieces of oak. Having grown up in the city, I was aware of only one type of tree and that's "The Tree." Philly people don't Dennis Forney photo Shown around the emnp fire (l-r) are Tony Bailey, Dave Fredriek, Bruce Hefke and Don MeCann. distinguish between alive or dead or Wire Ball." let alone hard or soft wood. Most of the meals were Army My comrades know tree types issue MREs ( meals ready to eat), and their characteristics but would a collection of disgusting looking be lost playing "Baby In The Air Continued onpage 89