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People Continued firom page 58 tion.) Tim Bamforth and I went to the Cape Henlopen school board several years ago with a proposal for starting a Hall of Fame and Sports History Center at Cape but were shot down quicker than Libyan fighter pilots over the Mediterranean. Maybe a 'Punkin Chunkin' Hall of Fame could gather some momentum. HARD HEADED WOMEN- I was inspired last Saturday by the Cape girls basketball team and how tenaciously they came out of the blocks and "got after" St. Mark's. The writers Frederick both felt that point guard Carrie Lingo "threw the hammer down" not only withstanding tough man- to man pressure but penetrating and creating offensive opportuni- ties. And Kim Smith "came to play" taking the ball to the basket barely rimming and missing sev- eral key baskets. Katie DelCampo took an elbow to the nose which makes you cry no matter how tough you are. She went to the bench, soon returned, and drilled a three-pointer. The Spartans' center, Stephanie Baker, is the size of an apartment building with the wing span of Rodan, the giant Pterodactyl. Maggie Widdocs had trouble shooting over Baker but worked her body over pretty good The highlight of the game for me was Crystal Alexander coming off the bench late in the fourth quarter forcing a turnover and then burying an open jump shot "There is a God!" I screamed. "Let Crystal be the hero and I'll go to daily mass everyday for a year." But it was a Catholic gym and on this Satur- day it was Papes over Cape. Cape Region Athletes Of The Week SNIPPETS- Cape was whistled for 15 fouls against St. Mark's while the Vikings were only hacked five times. "Ah, not a fac- tor," said Ralph Bayko. "We had them down and should have kept them down."... I spoke to for- mer Green Bay Packer Mike Meade at Friday night's Bill Col- lick testimonial. I asked Meade if he had any special feelings for Green Bay winning the Super- bowl. "Absolutely none," Meade said. "'I have special feelings for Penn State, my Alma Mater. Pro football is strictly business. They pay for your talents and when they're done with you that's it.".. Besides J.D. Maull and Tyon Christopher playing in the Blue- Gold all-star game there are sev- eral other Cape participants. Rep- resenting the band are Angel Cahill, Marion Campo and Dawn Meding. Ashley Anderson is a cheerleader. Lauren Burke and Karlin Maull are ambassadors which carries downstate diplo- matic immunity. They get special ficense tags that say "Go on now, git." Straughn Gorman wrestles in the finals. Wrestlers Continued from page 58 nent Shedaker and then scored a satisfying 14-2 victory over C.R.'s Devary in the semifinals. DeVary had decisioned Barlow earlier this month during the regu- lar dual meet. This win set the stage for the finals with J.P. Cullen from Indian River. Barlow dominated and never allowed Cuilen to score, winning 6-0 for his first conference crown. Frank Payton (171) avenged his earlier losses by defeating Dixon of Dover High in the semifinals 8- 6 and in the finals knocked off Necks (Sussex Central) convinc- ingly by a 14-9 score to become Cape's second champion. Heavyweight Matt Graviet ad- vanced through the ranks by first defeating McDowell (Laurel) by a pin, and then avenging two earlier losses by besting Lewis (Lake Forest) in the quarterfinals and Wimer(Milford) in the semifinals. He lost the final to Marcelle Roberson by a 7-3 decision. LINDSEY BARKAUSKIE Cape Freshman Lindsey Barkauskie hugged a St. Mark's athlete on the basket. ball court soon after the Spartans knocked Cape from the ranks of the un- beaten. Lindsey was ecstatic to have finished in second place. We're not talking bas- ketball but the indoor track state championship held at the nearby Delaware Field House. Lindsey barely ticked the bar at 5'0" and lost in a jump off at 4'11". "I cleared 4'10", which is the best I've ever done and I cleared it three times." CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, February 28- March 6, 1997 - 59 17 straight! Vikings beat Caesar Rodney to win northern division; face Lake Forest's Spartans for Henlopen crown By Dave Frederick The script may have been fa- miliar as Cape edged away from Caesar Rodney 62-55 Tuesday night to win the Henlopen Confer- ence's Northern Division for the 12th time, and third in a row for Coach Jerry Peden. And 17 wins in a row after start- ing the season 1-3 is a feat worth cherishing. But it's the final two chapters of the saga that will tell the story for the 1996-97 Cape basketball team. The first of those chapters will unfold Wednesday night, March 5 at 7:30 p.m. at Raven Haven, the home court of Sussex Tech, as the Vikings take on the Spartans of Lake Forest. Lake is currently 13- 8 overall on the season. "Conference championship games and state tournament games are played at a different level of intensity and everybody knows that," said Viking coach Jerry Peden. Cape has lost the last two Hen- lopen Conference championship games to Indian River including last year at Sussex Tech when Cape had the superior record. Two years ago the Vikings lost 52-51. Cape last won the Hen- lopen Conference in 1983. "Conference tournament games are played at the college level all over the country," Peden said. "Records get tossed out the win- dow." Another statistic that gets tossed out the window is "The News Journal" ranking system. Cape is currently ranked num- ber one by Delaware's only state- wide daily paper but that is not even a slight consideration when the state tournament brackets are determined. "It's done on a point system us- ing your winning record and the winning record of your oppo- nents," said Jerry Peden. "Where the system falls apart is in rating the strength of schedule." The luck of the draw in Delaware's 24 team tournament may find four teams capable of winning the grand prize all in the same bracket by the DSSAA state tournament committee. "They say you have to beat everybody to win the champi- onship but you really don't," coach Peden said. "Some roads are easier than others." NOTES: The opening round of the boys tournament will be Thursday, March 6. Cape opens play Saturday, March 8 when 16 teams will be in the field. It takes four consecutive victories to win the state title. A rumor flying all around eastern Sussex County has Sussex Central's freshman Brian Polk transferring to Cape Hen- lopen for next school year. But ru- mors are often not true and for the sake of my friend Vie Hrebian I hope that is the case in this situa- tion .... Dartez Major of Indian River, the run and gun capital of Lower Delaware, scored 50 points last Tuesday night in an 86-36 victory over Smyrna. Major's 50 is a School record .... Johnny Bishop has the Cape single game record scoring 41 in a 1976 state tournament victory over Newark. FRANK PAYTON Cape senior Frank Payton is small for a 189 pounder. For part of the season he wrestled in the 171 weight class without much success. "Lighter and quicker guys plus I didn't have my head on right," Payton said. Pay- ton had his head screwed on tightly last weekend win- ning the Henlopen Confer- ence 189 pound title. Frankie is the second seed in this weekend's state tournament. DAVID BARLOW David Barlow was beam- ing as he walked the hall- ways of Cape Henlopen Mon- day morning accepting con- gratulations for winning the 125 pound Henlopen Confer- ence wrestling champi- onship. "I only had six points scored on me the en- tire tournament," Barlow said. "I felt really good and strong and just went after it. Winning the title feels really great." "Barlow was just in control the entire tourna- ment," said coach Chris Mat- tioni. CARRIE LINGO CARRIE LINGO-Hockey shmocky for North Carolina Tarheel Carrie Lingo. Febru- ary and March may be the three sport athlete's last journey through organized basketball. Last Saturday at St. Mark's Lingo proved she is ready for the state tourna- ment scoring nine points, playing great defense and handling the Spartans' up- tempo team defense. Carrie and her teammates are used to "prime time pressure" which makes them a legiti- mate threat once they reach the Bob Carpenter Center.