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74 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, February 25 - March 2, 2000 Collick flies Hornets' nest; lands on Ra00eens ' perch By Dave Frederick The Sussex County rumor mill once again ground- ed heresy into "you don't say" as Delaware State University Athletic Director Bill Collick was intro- duced as the new head football coach at Sussex Technical High School on Wednesday, Feb. 23. Both the "News Journal" and "Delaware State News" stole the thunder from the high noon news conference by breaking the story on Tuesday. The "Cape Gazette" was not issued an invitation to a news conference, but heard about it from the same rumor mill. I basically had two off-the-record inter- views with my friend of 25 years and as recently as last Saturday joked, "Hey, Bill. I don't even care where I work let alone where you may be working next year." We both laughed and Bill agreed that coaching football again in high school should be a lot of fun. Bill Collick amassed a record of 81-46 while foot- ball coach at Delaware State and Collick's greatest strength has always been just being himself. Collick is a quality person and coach and the athletes at Sus- sex Tech are lucky to get such a proven motivator and coach of the highest character. But not every- body is happy. There are rumblings among the teaching ranks at Sussex Tech (say it ain't so) that a special position as dean of students has been created for Collick and that other teachers and coaches didn't have a chance to apply to a tailored position that pays pretty good money. It is fair to say that not everybody is ecstatic. And coaches around the county are nervous about having some of their better players defect to Sussex Tech. It is a fine line between recruiting kids to the best overall academic setting (Techademics), and having them make decisions based on sports. Col- lick will need to be artful and truthful (Bill has al- ways spoken the truth) about the movement of foot- ball players from home districts to Sussex Tech. Other coaches only "rumored" to be joining Col- lick on the Sussex Tech staff include former Hornet assistants Don Golacinski, Greg McClurin and Frans Kopple. Next comes the hard part! Winning football games in the tough Henlopen Conference Northern Division. Best of luck to my friend Bill on your new job, and the next time there's a news conference, why don't you give old Fredman a call. This Cape Gazette file photo shows Bill Collick, center, ex- alting his troops when he was head football coach at Delaware State University in Dover. He later became the uni- versity's athletic director and last week stepped down to take the head football coaching position at Sussex Tech. Quick Hi1 ters CAPE GIRLS CLOSE OUT HOOP SEASON - The Cape Henlopen varsity girls basketball team closed out the last week of the regular season posting a 3-1 record with victories over Milford, Dover and Lake Forest while losing to Henlopen Conference leader Caesar Rodney. "Coach Bayko told us that if we finished the season winning three of four games that we had a shot at making the state tournament," said freshman point guard Toni Jones, who closed out her freshman year scoring over 400 points. Cape regrouped in mid-season after losing senior and lead- ing scorer Jessica Witherspoon to a season-ending knee injury. Witherspoon finished her career 26 points shy of 1,000 and it may be a good idea to go back and recount her points. Toni Jones and Julie Parseghian have picked up the scoring slack in the absence of Witherspoon. Jones hit for 18 and Parseghian netted 16 in the 49-40 victory over Mil- ford. Kenya Alexander led Milford with 18 points. Last Friday, Feb. 18, Cape played a great game against 18-2 Caesar Rodney before losing 65-59. Toni Jones had her best game of the year with 26 points and numerous assists. Cape came back last Tuesday, Feb. 22, and defeated Dover 59-36 as Jones Golf Continued from page 73. Gould also explains the big difference between the tour school and other professional entrance examina- tions. Even if players pass the Q School, there is a better than even chance of going back again. Earning their Tour players' badge only gives the players a chance to play about 20 PGA Tour events throughout the next season. If the new professionals don't earn enough to stay in the top 125 on the mon- ey list, they must return to Q School. On the other hand, the potential rewards for play- ing on the PGA Tour are tremendous. No wonder so many put themselves through the torture. Gould writes well about an aspect of golf that is not as well known as other parts of the PGA Tour. SHORT PUTTS - On Saturday, March 11 at 10 a.m., the Sussex YMCA will hold a one-hour golf clinic taught by Steve Smith, director of golf at The Golf Park at Rehoboth. Smith will cover the basics of the grip, stance and set-up, as well as help with slicing and hooking. At the Fitness Center, Tina Johnson will also give instruction on specific exer- cises to help the golf game. For more details, call the Y at 227-8018. and Parseghian each had 20 points. And last Wednesday, Feb. 23, Cape closed out the regular sea- son with a 51-36 victory over Lake Forest. The Hen- lopen Conference girls championship will be next Monday, Feb. 28. State tournament action begins Wednesday, March 1. PLEASE RELEASE ME! - Three years ago when football coach George Glenn tendered his res- ignation over a scheduling disagreement, the Cape Henlopen School District hastily issued a statewide press release the very same day. That was the last press release issued from the athletic office regard- ing a coaching vacancy. The position of head field hockey coach has been posted around the district, which means (you can't fool us) that Mike Eisenhour is officially out as head coach. Applications are now being accepted wherever applications are accepted. GIRLS LACROSSE - A girl's lacrosse team is being organized as part of the Atlantic Lacrosse Club. There will be signups for both the girls and boys from 9-11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, at Cape Hen- lopen High School. The team is for girls in grades 5- 8 (age 14 and under). It will be an instructional team, so experienced players and beginners are both very welcome. SWIMMERS ADVANCE - The Cape Henlopen boys swim team sent seven boys to the state prelim- inaries on Wednesday, Feb. 23, at the University of Delaware in Newark. Out of the seven, four are ad- vancing to the state finals on Saturday, Feb. 26, in the medley relay. Kris Gardiner, Garrett King, Pete Troop and John Hazzard placed 14th out of 19 relays at the preliminaries, good enough to move on to the finals. The Cape boys swim team finished the sea- son at 7-4, the first winning record in Cape swim team history. The girls swim team is sending seven girls to states at the University of Delaware and if any move on, the finals will take place after the boys on Saturday. BAND AND BEEF - The Cape Henlopen band is putting on a beef and dumplings dinner this Satur- day, Feb. 26, 2000. The dinner will be held in the cafeteria. Takeouts will begin at 3 p.m. and you may dine in from 4-7 p.m. Adult tickets are $8 and chil- dren cost $5. The band is also having a TCBY fundraiser. Students will be selling cards that can be used at the TCBY located at the Food Lion Shopping Center. These two fundraisers will be the band's last chance to raise money for their Florida trip. Dan Cook photos Above, Cape freshman Antonia Jones drives past a Caesar Rodney defender in last week's close loss to the Riders. Be- low, Cape's senior basketball players were honored during halftime of the Caesar Rodney game. From left are Arshar Smith and her mother, Debbie; Jessica Witherspoon with her mother, Wanda; and Diane and Ed Parseghian with their daughter, Julie.