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Cape Gazette TUESDAY. APRIL 2 - THURSDAY, APRIL 4, 2013 27 Vikings host Sussex Tech April 9 By Dave Frederick fred man@ca The Cape softball team opened the season at Milford March 28, losing 13-11 in a game Cape al- most got back after letting it get away early. Cape was down 13-4 entering the top of the seventh inning un- der windy and cold conditions, then their bats got inexplicably hot. The Vikings erupted for seven runs in the top of the seventh but came up short in spite of rapping out a dozen hits. Milford pitcher Hannah Scrug- gs, described by Cape coach Jeff Evans as "crafty," went the distance topick up the victory in addition to going 3-4 at the plate, socking a double and a triple. Tiara Duffy was 2-3 for Cape; that also included a pair of walks. Khanondy Bradham also had a double for Cape. Stacey King sports the new fashion for third basemen. Harley Passwaters got the start for Cape and yielded four first-inning runs while Cape committed two errors behind her. Passwaters was replaced by Riley Shields, who pitched the rest of the game. Cape will return to action Tuesday, April 9, hosting Sussex Tech before travelling to Laurel Thursday, April 11. "We had a good preseason then made some mistakes in the first inning against Milford, and we just couldn't get all the way back," said Evans. Cape freshman pitcher Riley Shields delivers to the plate. Cape senior Tiara Duffy slugs a hit during the loss to the Bucs, DAN COOK PHOTOS KIRA VlTELLA covers first on a throw from third duling the Vikings' 13-11 loss to Milford in their first game of the season. See more photos at www.capega- S s once fallen on 'hat's going on? Mar- ,]~[ vin Gaye: "Talk to me V so we can see what's going on." Sports is what I do, and people in my lineage are athletes blessed to be in great programs at Cape now and forever goifig backward. But there are things going on out there in other districts that, if they involved my family, I'd move. No one's fault, it's sociological or demographic, but gosh darn, y'all. Seaford just lost a softball game to Laurel 28-0 and also lost to Concord 16-0 and Smyrna 23-7. That's 65-7. The baseball team lost to Smyrna 15-0. The track boys lost to Dover 143-3 and Milford 124-6. The girls' track team lost to Dover 98-33 and Milford 120-22. I know the theory that DuPont downsized and that had a dramatic impact on the abundance of athletic talent as did Sussex Tech's harvesting a share of students. I'm not happy about this - just wondering how atown that produced so many athletic heroes seems to be shrugging its shoulders and say- ing, "Those days are over." The coaching clapper - Clap your hands and a light goes out on a coaching career; clap them again, the light comes back on and there stands the new coach. Let me run and interview him - but wait - what about the other guy? Did he leave to spend more quality time with his chil- dren or was he forced out like a house cat into a nor'easter? The word "transparent" was a bad thing in my generation; it meant you could see right through a person's ulterior motives. Now it's a good thing we need more of; I hear all the time, "We need more transparency." OK, so a word to all schools that receive sports coverage: If you fire a coach, let us know; otherwise, we make up our own stories based on the off-the-record rants of insiders who say, "Just keep my name out of it." Champions Stadium - Turf field two at Cape is now Champions Stadium, which sounds nice alongside Legends Stadium, A committee will now be charged with looking into the process of how coaches will be added to the Cape district's Ring of Honor, mostly likely by a ceremony and plaque inside Legends Stadium because there is unlimited wall space on the brick field house, but really nothing has been decided. Note: Want to start a riot, give a living person an honorary parking space? Did I say I was talking about myself?. Delaware Sports Hall of Fame - The class of 2013 will include, among others, Luke Petitigout, who played football (also golf) at Sussex Central, Notre Dame and was a first-round draft DAVE FREDERICK PHOTOS HUNDREDS OF LEWES LOCALS have been polar bears over the last 30 years, choice of the New York Giants and played in the 2001 Super Bowl. Also being inducted is Fillmore Clifton, a three-sport athlete at Lewes High (1930-34). Clifton was also a three-sport athlete at West Chester State before a 30-year coaching ca- reer at Bridgeville High School. The stadium in Bridgeville bears his name. Also honored is Ethel "Feffie" Barnhill, longtime Lewes Beach person, who was three-sport star at Tatnall High in the 1960s, played five sports at Ursinus College, earning 15 letters, and was later women's head lacrosse coach at the Continued on page 29 Seaford boys' basketbali put an ath- letic team on the court last season, and the girls went to the Henlopen Conference Championship. Here An:~" dre Washington, right, goes after a shot of E.J. Fountain. But overall, pro- grams are fading.