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CAPE G, Friday, April 4- April lO, 1vt 61 SPORTS & OUTDOORS Cape lax learns pecking order in Baltimore Vikings pound Mt. Pleasant before crossing the Chesapeake to edge Friends and take a pounding By Dave Frederick Lacrosse coach Steve Aubrey talked about the "pecking order" in the close-cropped lax world where everybody seems to know everyone else. The Cape Vikings of Cape Hen- lopen, playing in the barnyard of Delmarva, pecked and bullied the Green Knights of Mount Pleasant- for 14 first half goals last Thurs- day before Aubrey "called off the dogs" in a 15-0 victory that raised Cape's record to 3-0. "There is no sense rubbing it anyone's face," Aubrey said. "Our younger kids played the entire second half and certainly benefited from the experience." Last Saturday morning the pecking orders for Cape's team Middie Ryan Short is held on his_way to the goal read: "Go to Baltimore, the cradle of lacrosse, where there 'ain't no competition like the real competi- tion.'" "We played Sidwell Friends in the first round of the St. Joseph's Tournament and I think our kids were a little in awe," Aubrey said. "I mean here we were in Balti- more which is the main arena for high school lacrosse." Sidwell Friends jumped out to a 4-0 half-time lead but the Vikings did get the opportunity to "wing and crank" hard shots at Vice President A1 Gore's son, who was guarding the goal. "We got on track in the second half and closed to 4-3 in the third quarter and then we relaxed and started playing," Aubrey said. Goalie Gore did not play the second half (not in his contract ) as Cape tied the game in regula- tion. A Scott Steele goal in the second sudden death overtime caused a "jail break" in the Cape chicken house as the team rushed onto the field with an 8-7 victory which raised Cape' s record to 4-0. "We were excited but our legs were gone," Aubrey said. After a two hour break we were sched- uled to play St. Joseph's, possibly the best team on our schedule." A new pecking order was quickly established in the champi- onship game as St. Joe's "Foghorn Leghorned" the tired Angle Moon photo Cape attackman Bill Lingo (right) turns defensive as he attempts to prevent a clear by Mt. Pleasant during last week's Viking victory. and shorthanded Vikings 23-2 en route to an easy victory. "They 'sent home' two bounce shots from beyond the circle out front that went between the goalie's legs and I think we just dropped our heads," Aubrey said. "1 know we were fired and that we were missing people (vacation pri- oritizers) but you have to play with who you bring. Now we know that we have to get a lot better if we want to make a run at the state title in our own (barnyard) back yard." NOTES: St. Joseph's has been routed in their last two outings being blasted by Boys Latin (Balti- more's top rated team) 23-5 and losing to Loyola High school 18-5 ...The University of Delaware has played all close games but is cur- rently 2-5 on the season. The Blue Hens play most of their home games at Glasgow High School infront of crowds in the neighbor- hood of 400 people. Reporting genes root out obscure sports people STOOL PIGEONS- Elbows on the bar at Irish Eyes in Rehoboth Beach, Coach Brian Donahue and myself were celebrating the start of spring vacation by chewing some fat and washing it down with Diet Coke, which is, of course, a joke. Bartender Chas Davis, a teacher and wrestling coach at Sussex Central High School, was discussing the NCAA wrestling tournament with the Ham and Cabbage sitting to my left, (Writer P.G. Wodehouse often described bar patrons by what they ate or drank, but I decided not to refer to Coach Donahue as "Hind Quarter of Beef.") The H and C said he had traveled to the nationals for the 35th year in a row and he knew the lingo and dropped the right names, which by the way, did not include Lingo. And so Sports Edi- tor Man (If Cheddar Man married Hamburg Woman their son would be Cheeseburger Man a.k.a. Mr. Potato Skins) intruded delicately into the cabbage patchl "Scuse me, but I'm a local sports writer and PEOPLE IN SPORTS, Dave Frederick you're obviously a real guy, so let's talk, I interrupted. "Fat Like Me," said the H and C's wife. "You're Fat Like Me." "So's this guy sitting to my right," I said. (FLM was a column I wrote for the Whale before I got too big for them.) The mystery coach was Jerry Petrofes bar dining with his lovely wife Cathy. Coach Petrofes was the head wrestling coach at Lebanon Valley College for 25 years and was athletic director for 11 years. Allen Fasnacht, propri- etor of Funland, is a former assis- tant to Petrofes. Allen's son Neil wrestled for Petrofes. The Petro- fes's graduated from Kent State University in Ohio. I told them I went there and was recruited by a football guy with the unusual name of Frank Smouse. "We know Frank," they screamed. "We gave him our dog when we left Ohio and suddenly his stuttering child stopped stuttering. What a ,coincidence." "Nobody else in Delaware knows Frank Smouse," 1 said. "Maybe we could form a Delaware Smouse Cult and watch the comet together minus the Nike Waffle Trainers and Phenobarbital cocktail." By the time our conver- sation was concluded we discov- ered over 10 obscure sports people we had in common. And none of it would have happened if I had minded my own business. Report- ing is in the blood like the juice from a big burger rolling down the neck of a burly nose tackle. HENS DOGFISItED!- Cornell midfielder Ian Haffner, who worked as a cook last summer at the Dogfish Head Brew Pub, scored his third goal with 3:54 left to play to break the ninth tie of the game to lead Cornell to an 11-10 vic- tory over Delaware in men's lacrosse HAFFNER action. Haffner is a former Cape Gazette Athlete of the Week and attended Coldspring Harbor High School in Long Island. Delaware lacrosse, after losing to Rutgers 15-13, fell to 2-5 on the season. TOY OF TIlE WEEK- I want one! In Philly we call them "goff carts" but down here in the more modern and hip Sussex County, "golf cars" is the nomenclature. "A cart is something you pull behind you,"said Dan Murray, who along with partner Keith Butcher own and operate Golf Car World located on Route 24 just beachside of the Townsend hicken plant and just west of Oak Orchard. The top of the line Yamaha G8 model with solid state circuitry and independent rear sus- pension costs a mere $1,650 and comes with a hard top, six six-volt batteries and battery charger. "New ones cost $4,500 but the ones we sell come with a warranty and are as good as new," Murray said. And now the fun part. You hunters and paint bailers, grand- parents and neighborhood boot- leggers, landscapers and camp ground administrators, fat butt car Continued on page 62 Dan Murray in a golf car.