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Angle Moon photo Eric Beaman shows the form that earned him a second place finish recently in the state wrestling tournament. Beaman was the one Viking to make it to the finals of the tournament. This photo shows him wrestling earlier this year against Sussex Tech's Chris Bullock. Six Cape wrestlers reach state semi-finals; Beaman m:ak, es f'mals By Mary Beaman As the clock struck twelve, the Cinderella story came to an abrupt end for the Cape Henlopen wrestling team this past Saturday, March 1 at Delaware State Uni- versity's Memorial Hall. The night before, the Vikings had placed six of their nine grap- piers into the semi-final round of the DSSAA 1997 Wrestling Championships. This was the most semifinal qualifiers from any of the participating Henlopen Conference teams. By early Sat- urday afternoon however Cape had only moved one wrestler into the finals. Senior Eric Beaman (112) ad- vanced by a pin over William Penn's Independent champion Jon Benson to set up a repeat of an All Henlopen Conference showdown with Smyrna's Henry Blendt. It had been a long six years since Cape's wrestling program had sent a Viking to vie for a state crown. However in the finals Blendt came away with his second straight state title. Beaman con- eluded his season record at 30-3. Henlopen Conference Champi- on David Barlow (125) lost in the semi-finals to Hodgson's Ed Pa- piro but rebounded in the consola- tion rounds by out-muscling Jesse Dixon from Dover High 7-2 and decisioning St. Marks' John Tos 5-0 for third place. Barlow's final season tally stands at 27-7. Matt Graviet, the Vikings' other third place finisher in the state tourney, lost to the eventual heavyweight champion St. Marks' John Testa in the semi-finals. Graviet fought back with a 5-3 victory over Sallies' wrestler Joe D'Amico setting up another tussle with his Hefilopen Conference ri- val Chris Wimer from Milford. In the consolation finals, Gravi- et again eked out a win by a score of 4-2. Cape's sophomore fin- ished the season at 24-9. Straughn German (103), Joe DeLoy (152), and Matt Martin (160) initially upset top-seeded Blue Hen Conference opponents in the preliminaries but ran into tough competition and were knocked out in the semi-finals. They all eventually finished in sixth place. In recent memory Cape has nev- er had six All State wrestlers in the same season. To put this in perspective, on Saturday, Laurel High School was the only other Henlopen Conference team to have as many top-six place finish- ers as the Vikings. Ca00e Raard a0000roves coaching positions The Cape Henlopen School District Board of Education ap- proved the following coaching po- sitions during its Feb. 13 and Feb. 27 meetings: Cape Henlopen High School - Chris Mattioni and Mike Griffith, volunteer softball; Tim Mahoney, co-assistant lacrosse; Brian Don- ahue, assistant football; Mike Eisenhour, assistant field hockey; John Myers, head soccer; Stephen Caswell, assistant soccer; Pat Pol- lock, head cross country; Jennifer Eckman, head girls tennis; Tyn- dall Bishoff and Robin Erthal, volunteer girls soccer; Chris Clark, head boys tennis; Tim Clausen and John Garrison, co-as- sistant baseball; John Hilton and Bob Fulton, volunteer golf. Lewes Middle School - Patty Jo Mock, head field hockey; and Don Schiater, assistant field hock- ey and co-assistant softball; Patty Jo Mock, co-assistant softball; and Mark Sudimak, head baseball. Milton Middle School - Joseph Barranco and John Walsh, co- head football; Marge Erthal, head field hockey; Jennifer Eckman, assistant field hockey; Randy Redard, head soccer and head track; Sharon Burton, head fall cheerleading; and John Edgar, as- sistant baseball. CAPEGIE, iday, Mch 7- Iarc'h'l3: 'i997. c 67 Sussex Family YMCA programs. Brochures detailing this event sponsored by PNC will available soon. Businesses interested in par- ticipated as co-,sponsors of the tournalnt.llt hould *.,oiltaq..*t til YMCA at 227-8018 to receive brochures and other information. YMCA golf tournament slated for April 28 The fifth annual YMCA Golf Tournament will be held Monday, April 28 at the Rehoboth Beach Country Club for the benefit of ... m:!,, : A youthful and happy crowd of Lewes Polar Bears turned out for the final plunge of the 1996-1997 season on Sunday, March 2. People Dave Frederick photo Teresa Gue (1), Erin Marsh (c) and Dana Smith enjoyed get- ting a jump on the summer of 1997 during last Sunday's 75 de- gree Polar Bear jump. fight the big crowds. Thank God don't belong in no line that be long. Go on now, gift Continued from page 67 numbers by attrition because I certainly don't look forward to cutting anyone." Thebig numbers for girls soccer have definitely hurt the softball and track pro- grams. There are only so many de- cent athletes to go around .... Lewes softball had a big turnout and some girls who have never played organized softball were given a crash clinic over the weekend by local sports enthusi- ast Joe D'amico. Why did Joe help these athletes? Because they ask him .... It's time to hit the basketball tournament trail every night for an entire week. Time to I've got a press pass because I Henlopen Soccer Club signups set March 11 The Henlopen Soccer club is gearing up for its spring soccer season for children ages four through 13. They will hold sign ups at 6 p.m., Tuesday, March 11, at Shields Elementary School cafeteria in Lewes. For more in- formation contact Mike Price at 226-0902. Harness horse sale March 11 at Harrington There will be 75 catalogued racehorses of all types and ages featured at the Tuesday, March 11 sale sponsored by Frank Chick at the Delaware State Fairgrounds in Harrington. The sale starts at noon with equipment and tack. Horses will be stabled on the grounds for preview before being led through the sale ring in hip number order. SPORTS FANS! 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