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22 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, February 4 - February 10, 1994 Sports & Outdoors Viking boys basketball begins f'mal drive to salvage season By Dave Frederick The Cape Henlopen boys bas- ketball team has a half dozen games remaining in a disappoint- ing season (record wise) and must win them all to finish the year at .500 with a record of 11,11. The Vikings are currently 5-11 overall with a record of 4-6 in the Hen- lopen Conference. "I'm not used to losing and it has been really tough," Coach Jer- ry Peden said before a Thursday practice. "We feel we've been successful instilling discipline in the program and if we could have won some of the close games the record would look much better." The drive to survive begins tonight (Friday) as the Vikings host the Dover Senators. Capehas two games remaining with Dover and Milford along with contest against Laurel and Seaford. They could win them all because the tal- ent at Cape isn't much different from the talent other places. I don't know what the problem has been the last two years," -- Cape is 8-30---said senior point guard Bruce Pitts. "Maybe it's the players or just the chemistry hasn't been right." The talent in the Henlopen Con- ference is hovering somewhere between mediocre and abysmal. Just ask the old timers who still attend games (even teams having Continued on page 23 BRUCE PITTS TAIWANSAVAGE Cape sprint medley team, shines at foursome dusted the field of 21 teams, however, and came up a bit shy with a time of 3:50.6. The time was good enough to move them into the top spot in the state among sprint medley teams and rank them ahead of Dover's 3:54.3 and Wilmington's 3:54.4. The win also moved the Vikings to the lead in the sprint medley grand prix with 20 points and moved them to third place with 30 points Tower Hill invitation:L00 meet By Tim Bamforth Last Saturday at the weekly Tower Hill Invitational in Wilm- ington, the Cape Boys Sprint Med- ley Relay went for the gusto with a stacked team of Frank Clement, Scan Bradham, Larry Woodall, and anchor Gary Stevens. The Vikings were hoping to land a time faster than 3:49.4 which would have put them on the All- Time Delaware top 10 list. The know we'll be in the mix," said Woodall. "He's having his best season." Sprinters Gary Stevens and mid- dle-distance man Larry Woodall have also racked up the points this season and have turned in fine'per - formances week after week at Sal- isbury and Tower Hill. Scan "Boz" Bradham has been handling the sprints and he is looking for- ward to the longer 100m dash in in the Overall Relay grand prix among Delaware teams. Much of the success this season is due to the front running gutsy efforts of Junior Frank Clement who turned in an 800m split of 2:05 and a 400m split of 53 on the Tower hill circuit. Clement con- sistently goes quickly to the front and opens up nice sizable leads for his teammates to bring the stick home. "When Frank runs well we the springtime. Other results from Tower Hill include a fourth place from Senior thrower John Skoglund, while the mile relay team of Clement, Adam Butner, Stevens, and Woodall also took fourth place in 3:44.4. Distance runner Mark Marrin turned in a season best of 5:14 in the mile, while Edwardo Saez is closing in on the forty foot barrier Continued on page 23 Novice polar plungers' nightmares may realized -By Dave Frederick THE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS FRIGHTFUL AND THE OCEAN'S SO FROSTBITE- FUL- The worst nightmare of novice polar plungers may be ful- filled this Sunday afternoon at the Special Olympics ocean jumping extravaganza. There is slop on the map heading in this direction. And sometime on Sunday the weather will take a turn for the worse. But if you can't take the heat stay away from the woodstove. A new system this year will have the bears jumping in flights of 50 from a designated paddock area on the beach. The bears will access the paddock from their own pri- vate "Bear Dune Crossing". There are two parties afterwards. Bears will have free access to a party at the BayCenter in Dewey Beach, guests pay five dollars, while WGMD radio, which will broad- cast the jump live, will host a WGMD listeners party at the Lighthouse Restaurant in Lewes. There should be plenty of party animals to go around: Note: the Lewes Bears are threatening to throw in a spectator at random so hold onto your paws while watch- ing your back, you Snoop Polar Bear. A BALL IS A BALL IS A BALL-"I don't think it would be right to give the kid a phoney bail." B.J. Joseph, J. V. boys bas- ketball coach at Sussex Central High School. Antonin Hopkins of PEOPLE IN SPORTS Sussex Central scored his 1000th point lastweek in a game against Milford. Assistant varsity coach B.J. Joseph requested that the game be stopped and Hopkins awarded the game bail as a trophy. "It's done all the time," Joseph said. "I guess the athletic directors straighten out the cost or the teams just switch bails or whatever. It's a once in a lifetime accomplishment for a kid," Joseph said. Milford coach Sam Williams was evident- ly not in the mood to honor Hop- kins during the game and kept the would-be trophy ball alive and bouncing. After the game the semi precious bail was put into the Mil- ford bait bag and Central was left holding their own bagmwith their own balls--and Hopkins will get a phoney ball. This story is almost as good as theTonya Harding soap opera or at the very least Adele Jones. GIVE HIM THE BALL WE'LL TAKE THE GAME- Johnny Clark was my high school basketball coach at Bishop Egan High back in 1964. (You're old too!) The Stubenville All-Ameri- can (affectionately known as "Pan Face" behind his facew"Peanut Head" was the assistant) later coached at St. Francis College, The Pittsburgh Pipers of the ill- fated ABA, and then became Vice President of Converse Sneakers. During a game againstCathedrai High School of Treriton New Jer- sey- a team that had won 57 games in a row-- premier point guard Doug Heiss buried his 1000th point. Heiss would later play for Bob Cousey. at Boston College while teammate Terry Marowski starred for Seton Hall. Clark remarked in his typical wiseguy delivery, "Give Heiss the stupid ball--we'll take the game." And we did in the biggest upset since I ate an entire Rocky Spaticino tomato pie without the use of my hands. You ee coach Williams, there's always room for sports- manship. PROTO TYPES-Back in the middle years of the Lewes Marathon, the early 80s race orga- nizers came up with the idea of weight classes. OK, it was my idea. I was just trying to create a category I could win. The concept was written up in national publica- tions. ("Fat Guys Who Like To Run") and attracted some unusual talent. The year I ran the heavy- weight division was won by some long legged Lurch character who ran the marathon distance in three hours and two minutes. He was 6'7" tall and weighed 203 pounds. I'm working on Tim Bamforth and Bruce Springer to reinstitute weight classes for the summer racing series. Cruiser weight 185-205, heavyweight, 205-225, Porky Perogies, 225- 245, and Super Cotliders, 245 and above. Anyone over three hundred pounds completing a race before dark gets a Thrasher's tee shirt and a family bucket of fries. SNIPPETS-Mary Warrington is the new president of the Lewes Little League. She is the first women to hold that position unless my memory fails me. What? Women have been running the Milton Little League and the rest of the town for years. Currently there is Donna Johnson, who replaced Ina Wyatt. Diane Lock- wood is also a former president of the Milton Little League. The Super Bowl was a good party and who really cares about the game. Okay. Pete Nehrbas of Atlantic Litho, but who else? Who could ask for anything more than to eat and drink to excess while watch- ing a game that was exciting for a half but whose outcome was never in doubt. How did Irvin get so wide open and I love those pickles imbedded in salami packed on a tray. Marge Peck put together a great case which justifiably kept Cape from forfeiting four of its football games. The Bucknell graduate can put the brain to work when the chips are down which putsher on the endangered species list of school administrators. Luke Pettigout of Sussex Central is headed to Notre Dame on a foot- ball scholarship. Assistant Cape coach and defensive coordinator Brian Donahue Said of Pettigout, "You don't realize how good the kid is until you prepare to play him. He definitely has the talent to play at the top level." Tonya Hard- ing looks to be history but give her camp lots of credit. They threw the Bobbits off of page one. Jebb Lee, son of Judge William Swain lee and brother of Carrie, Brud and Ginger, is an avid Duke basketball fan who thought the Blue Devils would get run out of the Dean Dome in North Carolina. "They'll probably split the regular season games and who knows what will happen in the ACC tournament," Jeb said. "They need to grow as a team." I like Duke to take the whole shooting match based on talent and coaching. Cape multi sport athlete, Keavnney Watson, is looking towards Valley Forge Junior College as a springboard to Division One college football. Golf may be the next Cape sport on the horizon to win a state championship. Boagie at Six O'Clock. Over and out!