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CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, February 21- February 27, 1997 - 59 People Continued from page 59 BENCH BUSTERS- What do you think of a football player that rubs mud on his white uniform while standing on the sideline be- cause he doesn't want to stand out as a scrub? I've done it. How about the basketball coach who comes down the bench after a big victory shaking the hands of the pine-dwellers who last broke a sweat during lay-up drills? Give them the thumb! How about en- tering a 30 point victory with less than 20 seconds left in the ball game. Would you feel stupid? Larger than life? A real impact player? And that's the problem being a deep bench reserve on a great team. You know you can play given the opportunity but if op- portunity never comes.., learn from it and become a coach your- self because you know that the power of a great team begins at the end of the bench. SNIPPETS- The Henlopen Conference wrestling tournament will take place at Polytech High School this Friday and Saturday. 'here are several weight classes that are wide open," said coach Chris Mattioni. "It would be nice to come home with a couple of conference champions. Eric Beaman (112), David Barlow (125) and heavy- weight Matt Graviet have the best opportunities. Straughn German (103), Joe DeLoy (152), Matt Martin (160), and Frank Payton (171) could also finish in the money for Cape .... Basketball fails are already starting to talk March Madness in anticipation of next month's 64 team tournament. My final four list includes Duke, Kansas, Kentucky and Wake For- est .... Congratulations to 52 year old retired state trooper Mike Tigue for still playing Thursday night basketball on the courts of Rehoboth where he is deadly from the right corner. Mike now moonlights appraising houses, measuring rooms with his pocket laser gun computer. Hey Mike! How much you make for that any- way?... Road runners should start training yesterday for the Caesar Rodney half-marathon on Sunday, March 23. You are not a runner if you never "gut out" Delaware's most grueling course. The toughest part is the downhills on Sunday followed by down- stairs on Monday. That is due to excessive use of the quadraceps working antagonistically against forward whoamentum. Go on now, gift Sign in Rehoboth. Cape board hires spring coaches The Cape Henlopen Board of Education approved the following coaches, during its Thursday, Jan. 23 meting, for Cape Henlopen High School: Cathy Ward and Jamie Hill, co-assistant girls track, and Stephen Caswell, assistant girls soccer, pending position ap- proval from the athletic commit- tee. Ben Wiltbank was hired as the Milton Middle School head baseball coach. Robinson wins tennis tourney in Pittsburgh Jessi Robinson of Lewes never lost a set on her way to winning the 12 and under division of the United States Tennis Associa- tion's Middle States Division Gamma Gran Prix Tournament held Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 15 and 16 in Coreopolis, Pa. near Pittsburgh. Held at the Western Area YMCAA, the tournament played host to the top 16 ranked Middle States Division players which includes players from Delaware, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Jessi, 9, is the daughter of David and Roberta Robinson of Lewes and is an honor roll student at the Worcester Country School in Berlin, Md. Cape Region Athletes Of The Week OLIN BOLDEN Cape's center runs the court at full throttle, often on the front end of a fast break, hanging in the air in suspended animation. He never goes long without his characteristic smile. Last Tuesday night in a show- down game at Dover, Bolden came to play and led all scor- ers with 21 points. Team leader Terry Hazzard smiled and said, "If Olin had hit all his lay-ups he'd have scored 40 points." Refuse-to-lose Cape hangs one point heartbreaker on Dover Clouser and Hazzard hit big baskets at crunch time in 69-68 win By Dave Frederick Someday too late in the not too distant future some Henlopen Conference basketball coach is going to figure out how to pull. the plug on the Cape Henlopen has- ketball team. "Cut off the head (Hazzard) and the body will die," may be a good place to start. Or simply jumping in the trunks of the red head (Clouser) before he burns some- body may be a good idea. Dover's Senators, coached by 25-year veteran of the Rehoboth Beach Patrol Ronnie "Mongo" Allen, led Cape early and led them large on Tuesday, Feb. 18 but also let the "boys from down under" make noise in the fourth quarter. When Olin Bolden hit a drive with 2:33 left in the ball game a familiar script began to unfold. "I played awful in the first half," said Terry Hazzard. "I must have had five turnovers in the first quarter." Dover scored inside just under the two minute mark taking a 65- 63 lead as Cape pushed the ball up court. Clouser was hiding in the "dead zone" on the wing beyond the three point arc. "I just got him the ball," Hazzard said. "Cory made a nice shot. The crowd just went nuts!" Clouser stuck the long range three with both his feet together and barely created enough ground clearance to slip a piece of paper between his sneakers and the court. And he was fouled. A four point play! Cape led 67-65. Dover's Donnie Harmon was fouled on his three point attempt and calmly drained all three foul shots as Dover reclaimed the lead 68-67. Left-handed gunslinger Haz- zard then brought the ball up on the left side and surveyed the de- fense as time slipped away. "It's just instinct during those situations," Hazzard said. Instinct pushed the ball to Hazzard's right hand and he penetrated to the middle and pulled up for the jumper. He buried the shot the way a dart player hits a bulls eye to win a tournament. The shot was clean and never in doubt and gave Cape its 15th straight victory. NOTES: Cape's victory fea- tured balanced scoring. Point to- tals were: Olin Boldin 21, Cory Clouser 12, Terry Hazzard 15, Bobby Leggins 12 .... Reggie Scott led Dover with 18 points... .Cape leads the Northern Divi- sion by two games with three to play. Only Seaford is still in the hunt .... The Cape JV team is 17- O with three games remaining. Cape's Olin Bolden O) jock- eys for rebounding position. TANISHA FRAZIER Freshman guard/forward Nicky Frazier can run the floor and handle the ball and has a jump shot that looks like . . . a jump shot. "I learned to play by playing with my uncles," Frazier said after her JV team, coached by Mike Eisenhour, defeated Dover to raise their season record to 12-5. Some of Nicky's uncles include for- mer Cape players Nate Fra- zier, James "Slim" Frazier and Quinn Frazier. Morn Pa- tricia is one of 13 children. "My dad is Jimmy Jackson and he's tkom a family of 13." KELLY PALEKAR Kelly Palekar is the super- star of rent-a kar. The up- beat field hockey forward has been tearing up the goal mouth in the girls' indoor soccer league. "The first game I scored all four goals including two in the last minute as we came from be- hind and won 4-3," Kelly said. Palckar has scored 10 goals in four games and my have moved herself into the forward position for coach John Myers's spring soccer team. "People are really ex- cited about girls soccer," Kelly said. DAIRIUS JAMES Sophomore Dairins James broke his foot this fall in Uopen gym" but has come back this winter to earn a starting spot on the unde. featod JV basketball team of Coach Ed Waples. Dairius scored 12 points in last Tues- day's close-call victory over Dover 60-55. Ul'H play any l position and like to think of [ myself as a versatile player," I James said. uI sat on the [ bench as a freshman and I now here I am. Next year I I want to make the varsity | and hopefully get some play- [ ing time." I " T YT