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58 - CAPE GAZETYE, Friday, February 21- February 27, 1997 SPORTS & OUTDOORS Cape girls roll on toward St. Mark's, tourney Maggie Widdoes reaches 1,000 point mark with 29 points in win at Caravel By Dave Frederick Cape Henlopen power player Maggie Widdoes busted the "Baby Grand Barrier" Saturday afternoon, Feb. 15 at Caravel Academy, needing 14 points and scoring 29 in a 71-53 victory over Caravel becoming the fifth Viking player since 1969 to score over Maggie Widdoes fires a jumper for two against Car- avel Academy. over 1,000 points for a career. Widdoes joins Wilma Coursey, Zelda Sheppard, Lily Mapp and Donna Baker as 1,000 point play- ers for Cape. Joyce Millman Rauch scored 1,000 career points for Milton in the mid 1960's. "I looked up in the stands and half the crowd were my relatives from upstate," Maggie said. "My parents and brothers and sisters were really excited for me. My dad said he couldn't believe he's gone from being a fan of boxing to following girls' basketball." The starting five for the unde- feated girls of Ralph Bayko have been playing together since Mag- gie was in the eighth grade and includes Katie DelCampo, Carrie Lingo, Stephanie Warrington and Kim Smith, the sole underclass- man. Katie DelCampo, who has accepted a basketball scholarship to the University of North Caroli- na, Greensboro, needs less than 80 points to join the Grand circle. "There is no rivalry between us on the court," Maggie said. "If anything there are times when Katie is a little too unselfish." Widdoes started her high school career in unspectacular fashion coming off the bench to spell Cindy Burnham. "I think I only scored 100 points my freshman year," Widdoes said. "And for most of my sophomore year I didn't start either. My junior year coach put me down in the low post and that's where I've been the most successful." Maggie won the Division II high jump championship last spring, and "spring" is what she has shown this season on the court to go with her broad shoulders. "She is averaging 20 a game," said Ralph Bayko. "Maggie under- stands how to play position bas- ketball." Physical toughness has always been a Widdoes family trait. Old- est sister Kelly collected fouls faster than a Perdue chicken catch- er. "Coach tells me not to go beyond three fouls," Maggie said, smiling on memories of Kelly. It really hasn't been a problem for me." The problem for Cape oppo- nents in the upcoming state tour- nament will be to shut down a team that has no weaknesses. "Yes, we want to beat Saint Mark's on Feb. 22 to show every- body we're for real and we want to win the state title," Widdoes said. "But there's no pressure on this team. We've played too many games together to start getting ner- vous." Notes: Cape's Lily Mapp trav- eled to the Caravel game to be on hand to wish Maggie Widdoes congratulations. "I just thought I should be there," Lily said .... Cape defeated Dover at home Tuesday afternoon 80-37 to raise their season record to 18-0. Katie led the scoring parade with 18 points in the game... Starter Stephanie Warrington is Cape's unsung hero playing great defense and pulling down rebounds but Lloydlee HeRe photos Maggie Widdoes's sister, Kelly, joined her at Caravel Acade- my to watch her reach the 1,000 point mark. seldom putting up big numbers in that it would give the Vikings not points scored, only an undefeated season but a The significance of a Cape vie- number one seeding in the upcom- tory over Saint Mark's Saturday is ing state tournament. Cape athletic director Bud Hitchens presents Maggie Wid- does the game ball as Cape 1,000 point club member Lily Mapp looks on. Thoughts on boats, pick-ups and fat farms FLOAT ME A LOAN- I found myself at the Shorts Marine Feb- ruary sale and boat show last Sun- day afternoon because Cape foot- ball coach George Glenn towed (I mean drove) me there. While the coach calculated the advantages of his and my owning a brand new Bayliner together, I checked out the price on a new 80 HP Yamaha outboard to put on my 32-year old dead-uncle- 16-foot-New-Jersey- speed-boat. "You're going to spend $6,000 on an engine to put on an old boat when we can buy a brand new boat for twelve?" Coach said. "What are you, cracked?" Coach completely didn't understand that my friends at the rock pile would snub me if I was piloting anything but a Boston Whaler, Grady White or the old piece of sea funl [currently OWn. What amazed me on this February Sunday was not the number of couples who were pretending to drive boats while pulling phantom skiers but that couples in ball caps were inking deals for $25,000 PEOPLE IN SPORTS Dave Frederick boats like they were going out of style. "They're not only looking, but buying boats," said salesman Ian McCredie. "We should top $300,000 for the three day sale." The next day I checked with Tay- lor Marine for a price on an 18 foot Boston Whaler Outrage with a 90 horse Honda outboard. "Somewhere in the mid-twenties," said salesman Skip. Forget it[ I'm taking out my old boat as soon as I find where all the wasp nests are located. PICK-UP MAN- While we're on the subject of redneck toys, what about the awesome trucks now on the market manufactured by Dodge, Ford and Chevy? You can get yourself a 4 by 4 extended cab with full bumper to bumper warranty (bumpers are back to stock items) for a nice cool $25,000 if you are a discerning shopper. And ball cap-wearing construction dudes are buying the heck out of these things. I'm embarrassed to admit it but I want one, too. I don't need one just like I don't need a boat, but I want them both. I want expensive toys to play with and what's wrong with that? It beats spending a life savings on some kid's education so some day he can off-load his Grady White from his 2500 mag- num Dodge Ram while I sit in a webbed lawn chair drinking 16 oz Old Milwaukees trying to remem- ber his name. FAT FARM FOR FRED- MAN- I'm a medium Fredman by my German family's standards. I have three paternal aunts that could each root Reggie White out of a four point nose tackle stance and put him on roller skates back to Tennessee if he were crazy enough to mess with their potato salad. My brother Tom, 6'6", 430 pounds, is being financed by his NFL son Mike 6'6, 285 to attend the prestigious Duke University summer fat farm this July, the same program used by National League umpire Eric Gregg who lost 80 pounds without amputa- tion. "A guy from the clinic called and asked what I liked to eat," Tom told me over the phone. "I told him 'Nothing you got down there.' I told him he was wasting his time and that I'm doing it for Mike. I told him it was hopeless." My brother Tom doesn't curse, smoke or drink so God made him fat so he could keep an eye on him. He'll never survive a month without Lebanon bologna, cheese and mayonnaise "sandwitches". PRACTICE MAKES PER- FECT- In 1985 I coached (got them all on the bus) the Cape track team to the Dover Relays team title. We beat the best teams in Delaware. Most guys ran three races reaching for blood and guts while leaving their hearts and souls exhausted on the track for the glory of Cape Henlopen. The next day the state newspapers were full of stories of how the coach and his athletes rode victori- ously (on the bus) together into battle. The following Monday I had three guys show up for prac- tice and decided to become a full time sports writer. Coaching is all about compromising standards to achieve the desired result of win- ning. And I'm kidding. I love Cape athletes because they were and still are the toughest game day competitors around. A good thing that practice didn't make perfec- tion. Continued on page 59