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108 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, Feb. 24 - Monday, Feb. 27, 2006 I. iili iiiii ,+iiii, ++i i, i+,iii++++i iiiiH ,+ii,!+i!iii!iiiiiiiiiiiiiii++ii+ i ! I e Cape's KaWon Brittingham looks for a shot around Rider Cape's Chelsea Palmer goes up and defender Joni Victory. center Ebonye Smith for two points. By Chrissy Beckman Special to the Cape Gazette With a perfect conference sea- son on the line, the Lady Vikings basketball team battled Caesar Rodney to the final buzzer last Tuesday, Feb. 21, in the Little Big House. Cape pulled off a 65- 60 win over the Riders in what turned out to be a white-knuckled game. The players weren't the only ones fired up, as the game clearly drew one of the largest crowds all season. Cape upset CR last year, ruining their undefeated confer- ence record. In the early minutes of the game, it was clear, the Rid- ers were looking for their turn to do the same. Despite an early lead, Cape trailed by four going into the second half. "We broke down defensively a few times in the first half and it allowed them a few shots," said coach Tom Finnegan. "The sec- ond half, we really stepped up and pressured hard." The third period began Cape's rally, as the Lady Vikings re- gained control of the game. The stunning combo of Shequanna Cannon and Tia Felton led Cape throughout the period, putting the crowd on their feet as they con- tinuously stole the ball from CR and powered their way through to Continued on page 109 over Dan Cook photos Caesar Rodney NO PASS, NO PLAY - It's hard for a good athlete to fall off a team in high school. A kid really has to work at not working. Even then there are always teachers" and coaches stepping in and trying to help, not because the kid is so valuable to a certain program, but rather many teachers and coaches are geared to help rather than ig- nore student athletes on self-de- struct mode. I would always tell kids, "I will not care about you more than you care about yourself," or "If your plan is to screw up your life, please don't put me in a position to be a part of that." Right now I know of six ath- letes who botched their freshman year in college because basically they didn't do anything in the classroom. I was going to list their names saying they were inel- igible or dropped out, but I have decided not to because they and their parents know what happened and they don't need to read about it in my column. PEOPLE IN SPORTS on weather effecting practice days substance only found in Wawa College next school year. The the spring game is scheduled for coffee. Panthers play in the Sun Belt Con- Saturday, April 15 with a rain date ference and have made six NCAA of April 16. The word is also that TIlE BELICI-IICK IS fIN tournament appearances. They the game will be played in the af- TIlE MAIL - Bo Pratt, Cape's play teams from Miami to South- ternoon. If bad weather pushes soccer and lacrosse standout, will ern California. Tyler will be head- spring practice back, then the be attending Wesleyan UniverSity ing into college baseball at the game could be on April 22. The in the fall. Wesleyan is a liberal highest level and there is no doubt Cape school board appears enthu- arts University in Middletown, this pure hitter can handle it. siastic and is expected to approve Conn. the arrangement. Delaware won't "Bill Belichick went to Wes- BRACKET BUSTERS be issuing an official news release leyan," Bo said. "They said one Brackets for the upcoming state until March 13, so consider this a of his sons may be coming there." basketball tournament should be Fredman unofficial, official, defi- Bill Belichick graduated from published this Sunday and Mon- nitely, most probably news release Wesleyan in 1975 with a degree in day. The girls begin play on Tues- for you to pencil in your Franklin economics. Wesleyan lacrosse is day while the boys begin action planner, currently ranked No. 10 in the on Wednesday. Both tournaments Dave Frederick BLUE HENS COME TO CHERRY AND WHITE CAPE - Right now it is as official GAME - I played for Temple as unofficial can be that the Uni- University and every year I get in- versity of Delaware Blue-Gold vited to actually suit up and play a spring football game will be down or two in the season-ending played at Legends Stadium in Cherry and White game. I sent Lewes in April. Tubby Raymond them a current picture along with Field at Delaware Stadium is' the Barry Bonds quote: 'Tin not scheduled to be dug out and re- on steroids, I'm just fat." planted or whatever it is they do - I don't want to be tested and I ain't no agronomist. Depending come up positive for a banned country for Division III schools, are single elimination all the way Not that Bo's financial package is through. The mission for both anyone's concern but his, the cost Cape teams is to win a game and, to attend Wesleyan before aid is hopefully, another and make it to kicked in to the equation is the final four played at the Bob $44,000 a year. Carpenter Center. Teams are pret- ty balanced and every night TYLER TOWNSEND COM- should be a dogfight. MITS - Cape's preseason All- American first baseman Tyler RATHER BE DEAD - A cer- Townsend has verbally committed taln nobody, fat, high-achieving to attendFlorida International ContiniiCd 'oxl 110"