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58 - CAPE GAZETI'E, Friday, February 28- March 6, 1997 SPORTS & OUTDOORS Barlow, Payton win Henlopen Conference wrestling titles Ma Beeman photo Cape's David Barlow strains to get advantage over Caesar Rodney's DeVary in semifinal action. Barlow won 14-2. By Mary Beaman It was like reading a page from Ripley's Believe It or Not on the morning of Saturday, Feb. 22 as the Cape Henlopen wrestling team found its n.ame wedged in between the likes of powerhouses Smyrna and Caesar Rodney in pursuit of the Henlopen Confer- ence Team Championship. Believe it or not, that morning heading into the semifinals, Cape still had seven of its wrestlers in contention for individual crowns as well as having two additional grapplers in the hunt for third place in the consolation rounds during wrestling action at Poly- tech High School. Hungry for victory, the Vikings placed five of its wrestlers into the elusive conference finals. At the conclusion, Cape Henlopen ended its five year drought of champions by crowning two on Saturday night. Upsets and excitement abounded during this tourney action where victorious dark horses were the norm and not the exception. In the 103 pound weight class, Viking Straughn Gorman, unseeded, broke away from the pack by upsetting Shelor (Caesar Rodncy) in the quarterfinals. In the semis, Gorman decisioned Davis (Sussex Central) 9-4, but lost a heartbreaker in the finals to Conaway from Laurel High. With the score 12-5 with 16 seconds left in the match, Conoway man- aged a reversal and put German on his back for the pin. At 112 pounds, Cape's Eric Beamon breezed through his pre- liminary matches with a pin over Leonard (Woodbridge) and a technical fall over Wooten (Lau- rel). In the finals, Beamonmet his perennial rival, nationally ranked Harry Blendt (Smyrna) and lost by a major decision 12-1. This rare setback leaves his record at 27-2 going into the state tourna- ment. Viking wrestler David Barlow (125), drawing the second seed, reeled off a major decision in the quarterfinals over Seaford Oppo- Continued on page 59 Cape girls sweep over Riders following loss to St. Mark's By Susan Frederick The Lady Viking basketball team swept over Caesar Rodney Tuesday night, Feb. 25, 57-33. The win came three days after the team's first loss of the season when they fell 41-33 to St. Mark's. "I was pleased with what the kids did tonight. CR did a few things different defen- sively, but we played the game we like to play, which is getting the defensive boards and then scoring off the run," said Coach Ralph Bayko. "He [CR coach Bill Victory] kept his starters in for almost the whole game, so that allowed us to work on late game situations, which we needed." St. Mark's defense denied Cape's running and passing game last Saturday to hold the Vikings to their lowest score of the season after Cape had erupted for a 14-3 fhst quar- ter lead that looked to be a blow-out. Spartans Julie Kryzwicki and Ashley Petruno played tough-as-nails defense to shut down the passing lanes, while post player Stephanie Baker challenged for con- trol of the boards. "Stephanie had her best game by far tonight," said St. Mark's coach John Fiorelli after the game. "She came through with offensive rebounds, defensive rebounds, she Continued on page 60 H Angle Moon photo Cape's Stephanie Warrington (right) and Caesar Rodney's Cheryl Canzon fight for position under the hoop. WIT UNDER DURESS- I've written some sports columns over the last 20 years not only under duress but once in a dress. (A Hal- loween thing.) Covering sports this winter I think almost every Cape athlete has played a game with flu-like symptoms. Jesse Sav- age of Sussex Central, (how did he get in this column?) dropped out of the finals of the Henlopen Con- ference meet because he was sick. I know Terry Hazzard, Cory Clouser, Kai Maull and O.J. Wil- son have suited up and played sick during Cape's 17 game victory streak. I'm sitting at home on a school day banging out this col- umn sicker than a third world dog foraging through an iridescent dung heap. (Sorry, but such things e.r3st ovtsJzte of the .wwr dJslrJct.) My hair hurts and my joints ache and I'm 'runnin a fever'. But deadlines must elicit Fredlines and so I sit with my matted hair and sweater shirt I slept and sweated in PEOPLE IN SPORTS TRAIN INDUCTOR- The University of New Haven has announced that they will induct Lionel 'q'he Train" Maull (1983- 86) into the University's Athletic Hall of Fame on March 21. Lonnie Maull, a Delaware state trooper, excelled in both track and football at New Haven, two sports he also mastered at Cape Henlopen. "I able Player on the team in 1985," Maull said. Maull led the team with 143 tack- les and four interceptions. "I'd really like to thank Jim Alderman MAULL (Maull's high school coach) for making the entire New Haven experience pos- sible." Lonnie Maull found his way to the New Haven track pro- gram the winter of his sophomore year and said track was the best experience he ever had. "I didn't take track too seriously in high school (I was his coach and that's OK Lonnie cause neither did I) but I knew my greatest asset was always my speed." In fact, as a free safety and sprint champion, trooper Maull is equally quick running to as fleeing from danger. All New England Mile Relay team. His outdoor time for the 100 meters was in the low 10 second range. Lonnie was drafted by the Montreal Allouetts of the Canadi- an football league where he played one season. His brothers and sis- ters will accompany him to the Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Lonnie also wanted to thank Jeff "Moose" Mohr for being a mentor and friend to him through high school and college. The late Joe Maull, Lonnie's dad and "Pops" to J.D. and Kai Maull, must be singing up in heaven. "People get ready, there's a 'Train' a comin'." FRIENDS IN HIGH PLACES- I told Lonnie Maull during our interview last week that as a coach, player and sports writer my life was starting to get really weird. George Frick, the veteran broadcaster and sports- writer who now is a columnist for the Delaware State News where he thinking, "If the athletes can play was a three year starter at free Maull has the sch0ofl record in the drons more names than Buck cocktail hour, is a member of the executive committee of the Delaware Hall of Fame. George told me before Saturday's Cape girls game at St. Mark's that I was being invited to emcee the presti- gious Delaware Hall of Fame ban- quet on May 8. (It may move from the DuPont Country Club to Chi Chi's.) "It will be good to have some Sussex County style for the banquet," Frick said. (I hope that means balicaps are permitted.) Last fall, at the Delaware Track and Field Hall of Fame banquet, as I introduced Lance White, I was struck by how many athletes I coached who were old enough for lifetime achievement status and how several coaches in the room whom I beat like a drum for 10 years were in the Hall of Fame. In 1985 1 was inducted into the Bish- op Egan High School Hall of Fame for football after which that Hall of Fame just shut down com- pletely and hasn't inducted any- body since. (I know there's a con- Continued on page 59 Plenty of people toughing it out with the flu