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84 - CAPE GAZETYE, Friday, March 24 -March 30, 2000 Quick Hitters Squeaky wheel gets the grease; Phillies are back on local cable PHILLIES ARE COMING HOME! - Thirty thousand Sussex County cable subscribers need to stick their heads out the window and shout hooray for Comcast! Vice president Brian Lynch in- formed the Cape Gazette that Comcast had invested a half mil- lion dollars in a fiber optic con- nection from Dover to George- town and will now be able. to show all 78 Phillies home games beginning with the April 4 home opener. This is the best news for Phillies fans since Atlanta pitcher John Smoltz tore a tendon in his elbow. Channel 60 will carry the games with "Outdoor Life" mov- ing to channel 61. Channel 60 will also carry 22 Oriole games. All those thousands of phone calls paid off. And the Phillies are pre- dicted to be in the hunt the entire season. GIRLS JV SOFTBALL - The Cape girls junior varsity softball team opened the 2000 season last Saturday, March 18, with a 12-2 victory over Caesar Rodney. The Vikings' 16-hit attack was led by Jen Carter going 4-for-5 with 4 RBI. Katie Smith, Elisabeth Lin- go, Brandy Rehkamp and Amy Levy each had two hits. Blair Rogers pitched five strong in- nings, allowing only one hit to get credit for the victory. WITHERSPOON REIN- JURES KNEE - Senior three sport standout Jessica Wither- spoon has been in the sports spot- light for most of her stay at Cape Henlopen High School. This year was supposed to be the year the light would shine the brightest on her athletic achievements, but a serious knee injury cut short her senior basketball season. Many people believed Witherspoon had no chance to play again this sea- Briefl, Cape board hires spring coaches The Cape Henlopen School District Board of Education, at its March 9 meeting, approved the following coaches for Cape Hen, lopen High School: Nick Del- Campo, head volleyball; Bob Keeney and John Drumheller, vol- unteer golf; and Benjamin Mc- Ceney and Robin Fruehauf, co-as- sistant soccer. Lewes coaches ap- proved were Wanda Witherspoon, assistant track; Rick Tabler, head Cape's Lindsey Williams lays down a drag bunt in a scrim- mage with Caesar Rodney March 25. son, but she again amazed those doubters and played in the last two games of the season. She wasn't quite t00 Percent but she still played. "I felt no pain until after the first game, and the knee bothered me the whole second game," Witherspoon said. "I just wanted to play so much it didn't matter." At the time of her injury she was leading the Henlopen Confer- ence in scoring and rebounding. Those numbers were good enough to earn her first team all- conference and third team all- state honors. In addition to those honors, Witherspoon was selected to participate in the BlueGold 2000 All-Star basketball game. "I was so excited about the chance to play in the all-star game," Witherspoon said. Then, during the last practice before the game she reinjured her knee on a routine layup drill. "I was going up for a layup and it just gave out on me. I was dev- astated," she said. Jessica now awaits for the results of her MRI. "I am gonna play in college, but it is gonna be tough," she said. "I sat back and thought why me, but then I thought why not me? God will never put something on you that you can't handle." With the support of her family and friends, Witherspoon feels confident she will once again re- turn to the court. SOFTBALL GETS READY - Despite hard winds, cold tempera- tures and heavy rains the day be- fore, the Cape Lady Vikings soft- ball team traveled to Camden to take on the Caesar Rodney Rid- ers. The Riders came into the scrimmage ranked seventh in the state by the "News Journal." Cape played good defense and made contact at the plate against one of the state's elite pitchers. A great all-around effort was given by all. The Lady Vikings faced the Ea- gles of Smyrna Thursday, March 23, then will travel upstate to bat- tle the Ursuline Red Raiders Sat- urday, March 25. track; Kurt Schenck, volunteer baseball; and Curtis Johnson, vol- unteer track. Leslie Peck will serve as head field hockey coach at Milton, and Katherine Messick will serve as the school's assistant track coach. Rocks fans can support Arthritis Foundation A block of reserved tickets has been secured for the Blue Rocks vs. the Salem Avalanche at 2:05 p.m., April 22. Tickets are $6 each and for every ticket sold by the Arthritis Foundation, the Blue Rocks will donate $3 back to the foundation. A small number of box seats are available for $7 each. Tickets must be bought di- rectly from the foundation, either in person or by calling 302-777- 1212. Georgetown LL plans April 1 dance Georgetown Little League will host a dance from 8 p.m. to mid- night, Saturday, April 1, at the Georgetown Fire Hall. Music will be provided by Tiderunner and DJ Sky Brady. Tickets are $10 per person. Dance is BYOB for those over age 21. Tickets are available at Wilmington Trust, W. Market and Front streets, the Insurance Market or by calling 856-2156. Dan Cook photos Cape's Maren Ford slides into second base safely, just un- der the tag of the Rider shortstop. Viking All.Star Jessiea Witherspoon gets examined by Gold trainer Maureen Olejar after she was forced to leave the game after reinjuring her knee. Cape wins appeal of DSSAA ruling The missing link to a Cape Henlopen golf state championship is now in place as freshman transfer Tyler Whitman has been declared eligible by Delaware Secondary Schools Athletic Assicaiton (DSSAA). DSSAA Executive Director Bob Depew has initially declared Whit- man ineligible, but Cape Henlopen drafted a formal appeal letter. Cape Superintendent Dr. Andy Brandenberg presented the formal appeal to the DSSAA board of directors Wednesday, March 23. By a vote of 7-6 DSSAA ruled in favor of Cape Henlopen. The problem arose because Whitman played golf for Lampeter Stras- burg High School in Lacaster this past fall. In Delaware, golf is a spring sport and there is a rule that an athlete can't play the same sport in two different seasons. The original intent of the rule was to prevent girls from playing boys soccer in the fall. Whitman is already a blossoming legend at Cape and is considered one of the top age group golfers in the eastern region. Tyler recently won the Dana Reed Junior Championship in Dover by shooting 73-78 on the Maple-Dale course.