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Butt-kickin' chickens in the dance against the Boilermakers Delaware's 66-58 win over Boston's Terriers secures Friday's game against tough Purdue By Dave Frederick NEWARK - Saturday morning at "The Bob" was Twilight Zone surreal for Delaware basketball. The dimension between sight and Presley skies for a rebound. sound was L ozen in focus as burly center Mike Pegues 6-5, 245, backed down Joey Beard of Boston University on the first pos- session of the ball game. Pegues faked left and spun to his right rolling the ball into the twine amidst a momentary mo- ment of deafening silence. "Who's you daddy?" could be heard from the stands followed by a deafening roar as the ball dropped through to the floor. Boston University came down the court and worked the ball in- side to 6-10 Beard who powered into the lane off his right hand for a two-handed slam. The ball was released followed by the silence and then the voice, "He ain't got no game!" Darryl Presley sent Beard's junk flying faster than the speed of sound as the Delaware Band set cadence to the chant "Eat em up! Eat em up! Blue Hens!" Coach Mike Brey of Delaware and Dennis Wolff of Boston Uni- versity, longtime assistants at Duke and Wake Forest in the ACC, provided an ESPN Saturday brunch for a nation of hungry bas- ketball fans that was more tangy than Breakfast at Wimbledon and Cape Region Athletes Of The Week DARRYL PRESLEY The University of Delaware forward was the Most Valuable Player during the American East confer- ence tournament. Presley scored 25 points along with grabbing 13 rebounds and blocking three shots as Delaware defeated Boston University 66-58 to earn the automatic bid to the NCAA tournament, where the Blue Hens will face Purdue Fri- day night. Presley's dramat- ic dunk "in the face" of BU's Walter Brown was the Slam heard around Delaware. KIM SMITH A parting shot to "Kimee" for playing in 59 straight vic- torious Henlopen Confer- ence basketball games and leading this year's team to a 21-3 record. Smith and her teammates struggled the last two games of the season, but the shooting guard still man- aged 22 points against St. Marks while being double- teamed most of the game. Congratulations on a great basketball career to Kim who showed up early Satur- day morning for softball practice. CAPE GAZETYE, Friday, March 13 - March 19, 1998 - 81 People Continued from page 81 drought to 22 years. The best chance for a team state champi- onship this spring belongs to the lacrosse team, which returns most of the players from last year's squad that lost to eventual state champion Caesar Rodney in the semifinals. Cape has bolstered its schedule hoping to improve upon its own talent without regard to season's record. This is a team whose goal is to win it all. Anything less would be uncivilized. The Vikings will host a Play Day (sounds gay) this Saturday, fea- turing visitors Gonzoga, Severn School and Long Beach from Long Island. The Blue Hen Chicken, with "air chicken" for a dunk. more palatable than a late night snack of BYU vs. Utah of the WAC conference. "I watched both those teams play and I'm not sure we could beat either one of them," said Gene Keady of Purdue, laying down more sandbags than a Mal- ibu property owner. The game was a Blue Hen Woodstock, a happening com- plete with a "Butt Kickin' Chickin" mascot that resembled Snoopy's mangy pal Woodstock, who soared through the air at half- OLIN BOLDEN The flashes to the basket and low, line-drive left- handed jump shots of Olin Bolden helped carry Cape to two consecutive sea- sons and a Henlopen Confer- ence championship. Bolden performed at the top of his game in the two state tour- nament games, scoring dou- ble figures against Sale- sianum and William Penn. Bolden always played with intensity and a smile on his face and ran the court faster than any center in the state. Dave Frederick photos the help of cheerleaders, goes time, dunking the basketball after a liftoff from a pair of male cheer- leaders with arms like Romanian gymnasts. And then there were the Delaware dancing girls, wearing outfits pilfered from Olivia New- ton John's casting closet for "Grease Two." Their halftime "flashdance" performance was much appreciated along stodgy press row, with at least one re- porter remarking: "I don't know anything about choreography but Continued on page 85 RONSON BURTON Burton kept banging and pressing against William Penn last Tuesday night scoring 14 points, but "Burt's" deadly outside shot wasn't falling as his dream of duplicating his father's state championship season of 1975 will go unrealized. No athlete in Cape's storied bas- ketball history can match the dedication and improve- ment he showed between his junior and senior years of high school. Burton hopes to continue his basketball ca- reer at the collegiate level. TITANIC CAPTAIN - Coach Ron Dickerson has officially re- signed as head football coach of the Seaford Bluejays. The man that fellow coaches call Captain Dick has been at the helm long enough for a trans-Atlantic voy- age in a rowboat. Only recently did the Seaford ship begin to take on water and show signs of sinking due in part to the downsizing of the Seaford nylon plant. There have been state championships for Dickerson in both Division I and II and numer- ous Henlopen Conference crowns. Dickerson's Wing T teams were known for their great fullback players. Lovett Purnell, a tightened with the New England Patriots, was converted to fullback his senior year for Dickerson. Dickerson once called Purnell the "best kid" as in "nicest" and "hard-working, I've ever coached." Names ru- mored to replace Dickerson in- clude Dave Hearn of Delmar, Herky Billings, John Parker, Mike Norton, George Glenn, Bill Collick, Clint Dunn and Butch Simpson. SNIPPETS - Let's do the Hen- lopen Conference honors thing! Cape Henlopen Scholar Athletes (all subjects, including office aid, must be A): Nicole Culton, cheer- leading; Sigita Cahoon, basket- ball; Dan Foery, swimming; Jen Hicks, swimming; and Dan Hea- cock, winter track. Kim Smith and Jessica Witherspoon, first team Northern Division girls bas- ketball. Alexia Waples, honorable mention. Cape's first-year coach Josette McCullough was named Coach of the Year. In boys bas- ketball, Ronson Burton and O.J. Wilson were named second team All-Conference while Burton was first team Northern Division. Julius Hazzard received honor- able mention. And Ed Waples of Cape Hen- lopen was voted Henlopen Con- ference Coach Of The Year. For those hard-working athletes not receiving any postseason ac- colades or recognition: Go on now, git!