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CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, March 6 - March 12, 1998 - 79 SPORTS & OUTDOORS Cape boys win Henlopen Conference crown Angle Moon photo O.J. Wilson soars high above his Indian opponents for 2. Heat in kitchen throws Indians out of sink By Dave Frederick GEORGETOWN - Rookie Cape coach Ed Waples stood in the middle of frenzied bedlam last Tuesday night as the Cape crowd improvised a "funkified" version of "Let's Go Cape!" The scoreboard read 71-61, with 50 seconds remaining. Waples sneaked a glance toward Indian River coach Pat Kelly, who was still standing and coaching hard. Kelly is "The Man" when the flame is turned up. Remove the pressure cooker from the kitchen cabinet and Kelly's name is emblazoned on the lid. "It's all overwhelming," Waples said after the Vikings pasted the River 77-64 for the first Henlopen Conference crown since the 1983 team, coached by Bud Hitchens. "Coach Kelly shook my hand after the game and said Good game. Well prepared game. And that was the reason we played so well. We were prepared to play." Anyone wearing silky short pants on the Cape bench must stay "ready to rumble" because coach Waples' substitution pattern has been to go deep into the bench ear- ly, while the game is still "prime- time." "There are 15 guys and any of them could start,"said point guard Carl Floyd. "We used four point guards in the first half." Cape's O.J.Wilson and Julius Hazzard "used" an assortment of defenders in the first half as Cape ran away and hid, 48-26. Wilson played like a Z71 off-road Chevy truck scoring mostly on layups with 15 first-half markers, while Hazzard knifed through inside defenses and "pogos" off the glass with relentless intensity. "I just outhustle people, plus on my first two steps nobody can stay with me," Wilson said. "And if I get double-teamed I'm going to give the ball up." Dartez Major of Indian River had to "give it up" with 3:29 remaining in the first half as he went to the bench with his fourth foul. Major returned after intermission as the game threatened to "go out of control" and "lit it up" from the outside, scoring 11 points in the third peri- od and a total of seven three-point- ers in the second half. The Indian fans dreamed of a Duke over Car- olina type comeback but Ronson Burton's "nothing but net" pair of three-pointers anesthetized the crowd. Center Adam Scott came of age in the conference championship game, "busting" 4 first-quarter points while blocking shots and muscling rebounds. "I felt good out there," Scott said. "It's a lot of fun. I'm glad coach Waples has been giving me the opportunity." Opportunity knocked for reserve players Ricky Thompson, Mardy Biles and Adam Woods all in the first half. "People expect me to shoot the three but that's only part of my game," said Woods, who had a nifty inside assist to Hazzard in the second period. "And if I'm on the bench I'm going to be the team's biggest cheerleader." Speedy Thompson and steady Biles split second quarter duties at the point guard position after Floyd went to the bench with a pair of personals. "When I first get out there I'm a little nervous but then it all comes together," Thompson said. "I just try to focus and do my job," Biles said. "I never know when my min- utes are coming or how many I'll get." Both Thompson and Biles ran the offense without the team missing a step. "I chose kids early in the year because I knew I could use them," Waples said. "I put kids into the game because I have confidence in them, not because I'm trying to be a nice guy. These kids are learning that if they work Continued on page 80 Cape girls need pit bull attitude to make finals GREAT EXPECTATIONS - The problem with taking a group of athletes with "not great" talent and molding them into a cohesive team that wins games they have no business winning is that fans start believing the wrong reality. The Cape girls entered last Monday's Henlopen Conference champi- onship game with a 21-1 record. But in reality the Henlopen cham- pionship always was Milford's to lose because they have the better mix of talent to be molded into a basketball team from point guard Rory Kemp to big people under- neath. Cape had won 59 conference games in a row and Kim Smith was there for all of them. "This year has been so much fun because nobody expected us to really do anything," Smith said. 'q'his is a different team than the ones I played on the last three years. Every game we've had to play our best." Last Monday, Cape did not play its best game and still was hanging around, 44-41, mid- way through the final quarter. PEOPLE IN SPORTS Dave Frederick "Look how badly we have to play to lose," would have been an appropriate reaction. Coach McCullough and her staff have done a masterful job guiding these girls through a 20-win season. They go into the state tournament overachieving underdogs. Only a pit bull attitude will get them to the field house. Cape fans should get ready to rock and roll. Bring on the drama! HOOP NEWS - A1 Harrington, the M.V.P of last December's Slam Dunk tournament, heads a list of 24 prep all-stars scheduled to play in the 21st annual McDon- ald's all-star game on March 25 in Norfolk, Va. St. Johns of Freder- ick, Md., is still the No. 1 prep team in the country. Slam Dunk participants still in the top 25 include St. Edward's of Lakeview, Ohio, 8th; St. Patrick's of Eliza- beth, N.J., 9th; Dunbar of Balti- more, 13th; Dominguez of Comp- ton, Calif., 16th; and Rice of Man- hattan, 20th. Anthony Glover of Rice, who failed to make the all- tournament team at the Slam Dunk, has been averaging 33 per game over the last three games. Steve Lepore, 6-5, St. Edward (Lakewood, Ohio), has signed a letter of intent to attend North- western University. Lamont "Poochie" Hazzard, who led Cape to the state finals two years ago, is no longer at Delaware State Col- lege. Lamont may attend Del Tech, Stanton, next year where Terry Hazzard, Bobby Leggins and Dwight Young played this season. SAND SUCKERS - The latest beach erosion implosion was sci- entifically tested last Sunday by 23 March polar bears who sprinted into the ocean and sat down in a 44-degree ocean. The stolen sand from last month's northeast storms (everyone now writes Nor'east to show they're cool) is just below the surface in the shallows waiting to be coughed back onto the beach like some mother nature giant hairball. Those taking the plunge included Bob Hughes, Bill Clark, Ruth "Nomegirl" Du Aime, Jim "Little Crab" Hajek, Greg Mack, Chris Corozzi, Bruce "Is Loose" Egolf, George Donald, Kim Don- ald, Jim Birens, Francesca Selvag- gio, Brian J Soliwada - Hey what's with these names? - Sonny McClure, Alex McClure, Chad Long, Fredman, Tom Gusmer, Wendy Gusmer, Arleen "Air" Laporte, Debbie "Coiled" Spring, Connie "Kinetic" Miller, Lauren "Leaf' Spring, Jessica "Blue Hen" Spring and Dirty Old Man Winter. LAX FAX - Cape Henlopen graduate Spencer Steele scored three goals against Delaware last weekend, but it wasn't enough as the Blue Hens won at Fairfield University, 16-7. Delaware was led by Dennis DeBusschere's three goals. Dennis is the son of former New York Knick Dave DeBusschere. Speaking of sons with famous athletic fathers, Jake Bergey, son of former Eagle line- backer Bill Bergcy, scored the winning goal with 21 seconds left in overtime for the Philadelphia Wings in a 12-11 victory over the Ontario Riders. The Wings are 7-1 on the season in the National Box Lacrosse League. Jay Penske, son of racing legend Roger Penske, is a freshman lacrossc player at the University of Pennsylvania. Jay scored 107 goals with 95 assists his senior year at Saint Mary's high school in Orchard Lake, Mich., leading his team to a 19-1 record. Young Penske attended Continued on page 80