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108 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, Feb. 24 - Monday, Feb, 27, 2006 SPORTS & "OUTDOORS Lady Vikings top CR; eye conference crown Cape's Ka'Von Brittingham looks for a shot around Rider defender Joni Victory. 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 Dan Cook photos Cape's Chelsea Palmer goes up and over Caesar Rodney center Ebonye Smith for two points. Their parents know what happened; they don't need to read about it 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- strnct 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 Dave Frederick BLUE HENS COME TO CAPE - Right now it is as official as unofficial can be that the Uni- versity of Delaware Blue-Gold spring football game will be played at Legends Stadium in Lewes in April. Tubby Raymond Field at Delaware Stadium is' scheduled to be dug out and re- planted or whatever it is they do - I ain't no agronomist. Depending on weather effecting practice days the spring game is scheduled for Saturday, April 15 with a rain date of April 16. The word is also that the game will be played in the af- ternoon. If bad weather pushes spring practice back, then the game could be on April 22. The Cape school board appears enthu- siastic and is expected to approve the arrangement. Delaware won't be issuing an official news release until March 13, so consider this a Fredman unofficial, official, defi- nitely, most probably news release for you to pencil in your Franklin planner. CHERRY AND WHITE GAME - I played for Temple University and every year I get in- vited to actually suit up and play a down or two in the season-ending Cherry and White game. I sent them a current picture along with the Barry Bonds quote: "I'm not on steroids, I'm just fat." I don't want to be tested and come up positive for a banned substance only found in Wawa coffee. THE BELICHICK IS fIN THE MAIL - Bo Pratt, Cape's soccer and lacrosse standout, will be attending Wesleyan UniverSity in the fall. Wesleyan is a liberal arts University in Middletown, Conn. "Bill Belichick went to Wes- leyan," Bo said. "They said one of his sons may be coming there." Bill Belichick graduated from Wesleyan in 1975 with a degree in economics. Wesleyan lacrosse is currently ranked No. 10 in the country for Division III schools. Not that Bo's financial package is anyone's concern but his, the cost to attend Wesleyan before aid is kicked in to the equation is $44,000 a year. TYLER TOWNSEND COM- MITS - Cape's preseason All- American first baseman Tyler Townsend has verbally committed to attendFlorida International College next school year. The Panthers play in the Sun Belt Con- ference and have made six NCAA tournament appearances. They play teams from Miami to South- ern California. Tyler will be head- ing into college baseball at the highest level and there is no doubt this pure hitter can handle it. BRACKET BUSTERS Brackets for the upcoming state basketball tournament should be published this Sunday and Mon- day. The girls begin play on Tues- day while the boys begin action on Wednesday. Both tournaments are single elimination all the way through. The mission for both Cape teams is to win a game and, hopefully, another and make it to the final four played at the Bob Carpenter Center. Teams are pret- ty balanced and every night should be a dogfight. RATHER BE DEAD - A cer- tain nobody, fat, high-achieving ...... Continued 'on 4ge 110