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Danielle Renken takes a shot during practice last week while wearing the new eye-protection device now required by the Henlopen Conference for girls lacrosse. Spring Continued from page 120 Brianna Faust, Sarah Larson and Mary Sing. Junior varsity players are Erin Bailey, Katelyn Buchwald, Mari- anne Malabet, Casey Reynolds, Lauren Willey, Alicia Comero, Liz Dominguez, Brenna Flem- ming, Alex Hellams, Amanda Hopkins, Stephanie Hopkins, Elizebeth Mazatta, Tricia Meade, Alex Reed, Carly Shinn, Shannon Sweeny, Amber Sweigart and Jen- nifer Warren. Softball Any critic of softball coach Bill Cordrey should be made to play third base in batting practice with the "Silver Fox" at the plate. The former three-sport All-State ath- lete can still give the ball a ticket to ride and send infielders diving like Iraqi street police on the sound of a truck backfire. "I love to just go up there and take my rips," said Cordrey, who is entering his-12th season. "But that's not how we made it to the semifinals three years in a row. Weqe done it with pitching and defense and speed on the bases. You just have to pressure defenses into making mistakes." Cordrey has had the luxury over the last seven seasons of pen- ciling the names of dominating pitchers Maggie Lingo followed by Colby Cooper. This year senior hurler Staci Warrington finally gets her chance. She will be backed up by solid freshman Amanda Deloy. Nikki Rhodes and Aishia Hollo- man are firmly back in the varsity picture to add depth to a program that has fallen off in numbers. "It's the new kids who are going to soccer and lacrosse," Cordrey said. "For the most part the gifts who play ASA in the summer are keeping this program together." Cordrey anticipates a strong de- fensive team with lots of speed on the bases. Sussex Central and Sussex Tech look like the teams to beat, but Cape figures to surprise a few people. "My goal is to play the best teams and get to the big dance at the end of the season," Cordrey said. "I still want a chance to play for that championship." Cape's varsity will include Staci Warrington, Nikki Rhodes, Aishia Holloman, Lisa Williams, Jacki Warren, Amanda Haxton, Laura McIlvaine, Laura Olenders- ki, Amanda Deloy, Kristina Lingo, Carmen Walsh, Marissa Carey and Marybeth Betts. Chip Davis and Barry Lynch will once again serve as assistant coaches. Ken Lingo will be a vol- unteer assistant. Allison Sullivan is the head junior vsity coach. The junior, varsity squad in- cludes Chelsea Schellinger, Crys- tal Spencer, Caroline Size, Ashley Bossert, Melissa Martin, Jessie Shinn, Leigh McIlvaine, Tabitha Callaway, Jen Hudson, Malissa Rasley and Heather Heisman. Baseball Young coach Ben Evick and his extended baseball family enter their fourth year at the helm of the Cape baseball program. Last sea- son Evick and Mike Fleming guided the Vikings to a record of 17-3 and a spot in the state tourna- ment for the second straight sea- son. Cape drew Howard in the opening round and ace pitcher Bob Kunz, who threw the best game of his high school career in defeating Cape. "Last year we won the first Henlopen Conference title in school history and our mission is to win another," Evick said. "Our kids have their eyes on the prize and are hungry to get to that state title game. We are working, we're focused and eager to get started." Cape has All-State catcher Ryan Reed to settle down the de- fense and a pitching staff an- chored by lefty Scott Shockley and bolstered by the right arms of Steve Peet, Sean Tappan, Brian Finnegan and Tyler Townsend. Billy Cunningham is at second base, Sean Tappan or Steve Fabi- an at shortstop and Eric Wharton has nailed down third base. Scott Shockley will be in center when not pitching as Ray Jackson will move over and play left field. Andrew Windsor will play left when Shockley is on the mound. Dustin Hobbs will be found, in right field. Cape's Jesse Billings moves the ball downfield while fending off a Ridgeway defender in scrimmages played March 13 at Cape High. "We have a roster of 15 players who can and will all play," Evick said. Players Matt Husbands, Thadd Wilkinson and Jake Tartal add depth and flexibility to a squad with dreams of being the best in Cape history. Bays lacrosse Coaches Mark D'Ambrogi, Steve Aubrey and Jack Lingo are busy this preseason rebuilding a team that lost 13 seniors to gradu- ation. "We're retooling this team and I must say they've been working re- al hard so far," D'Ambrogi said. "We had a Saturday scrimmage day and defeated Unionville, Pa., but Severn School of Maryland and Ridgewood of New Jersey got the best of us." Cape will travel to Char- lottesville, Va. March 20 and 21 for a two-day preseason competi- tion at Albemarle High School facing teams from Ohio, Virginia and New York. This years varsity roster in- cludes Joe Tablet, Alex Cofrancesco, Brock Shaefer, A.J. Benson, Colin Wilson, Andrew Barranco, Brandon Parker, Brian Riggin, Jim Kleb,Tyler Clark, Bobby Hopkins,Andrew Campan- elli, Mike Shook, Bo Pratt, Nick Albanese, John Peacock, Scott Myers, Alex Lantz, Andrew Ro- gan, Jesse Billings, Corey Schab, Paul Jackewicz and Jesse Moore. Andrea Stadler, winning the mid- field battles; Viva Waite and Lynsey Schoonover, the trusty fullbacks guarding the side doors; and Tiffany Melendez and Moni- ca Ruiz, peppering the offensive nets. Like the proverbial river, life goes on, and so too will the soccer program at Cape. There is lots of exciting news to report from the soccer practice field. Many strong players have returned from last year's varsity squad, includ- ing All-Conference and All-State tricaptain forward Jessica Folke, All-Conference goalkeeper Heather McGrady, senior mid- fielder and tricaptain Jocelyn Robinson, junior defender Julie Schranck and midfielder/forward Tyler Ecker. Moving up from last year's JV team are defenders Noellia Brady, Jessica Hopkins, Emily Witsil and midfielder Jena Brammer. Exciting surprise additions to the team are senior midfielder and tricaptain Abigail Sadler and sophomore defender/goalkeeper Tiffany Darlington. And the real- ly big news is there are 10 new freshman players led by varsity starter Alice Kenny at forward. The other very talented ninth graders include fullback/forward Samantha Bateman, twin full- backs Liz and Laura Hinkle, Kate Schall, Theresa Rawlins, Taylor Vandiver and Rebecca Gray at midfield, Jamie Shea at stopper back and Danyi Li at forward. During the Seaford Play Day on March 6, these 21 dedicated, dis- ciplined, hard-working athletes proved with their team-oriented play that they could stay with some of the state's best teams. The ladies have one final tune- up before their season opener - they have challenged the very successful Cape boys soccer team to a scrimmage at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 20, at the Cape High soc- cer practice field. Good luck to the team as they open the season against Wilmington Christian at home at 5:30 p.m., Monday, March 22. The team also welcomes back Jenn Luzak, this time as an assis- tant coach, and coach Ali Akgun- duz for his first season with the Lady Vikings. The success Ali helped bring to the Cape boys program will carry over to the girls as the team strives to keep the Cape soccer flag flying high. - Coach Randy Redard Girls soccer Gone but not forgotten from the Cape Lady Vikings soccer pro- gram are familiar names from many successful years gone by - Erin Williams, undoubtedly the best girls soccer player in Delaware last year; Lauren Folke, one of the best defenders in the state for years; Lauren Cooper, the player who invented "playing with heart;" and Khara Conlon, Miss Versatility on the field. And there were many others - Jenn Luzak, the tough as nails guard at Cape's front door; Paige Fitzgerald, Heather Seward and Jocie Robinson, left, kicks the ball past Noellia Brady dur- ing soccer practice last week+