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........ . .... . ..... ... ...... -. ,- ...... 58 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, April 5 - April 11, 1996 Sports & Outdoors Cape Sports Wrap.Up Emily IIWeer When it comes to respect, she's earned more than a little. By Dave Frederick Cape senior athlete Emily Weer, wearing a formal gown and fur shawl, fronted a chorus line of state championship hockey play- ers last February as "The Queen of Soul" in the faculty variety show Cape Capers. The girls sang R-E-S-P-E-C-T! which for an athlete is an attribute that exists in the mind's eye of coaches, teammates and fans. Multi-talented Emily Weer leaves Cape this spring heading for Division I hockey school - Appalachian in Boone, North Carolina. And when it comes to respect, Weer has earned more than just a little bit. "She took over the indoor track team," said Tim Bamforth, who has nailed down two state titles in his tenure. "Emily's was always the name I penciled in first when setting up the meet. She was ver- satile and hard working. What a competitor!" Weer's competitive drive and solid work habits pushed her tal- ents to center-link stage last fall as she controlled the midfield for Emily Weer stands between two of her favorite coaches: the late Bill Degnan (left) and George Pepper. Cape's undefeated field hockey team earning all-state honors and helping her team win a state title for the first time since 1979. She played each of the seven over- time minutes in the state champi- onship victory over Tower Hill. "After the season I put together a twenty minute tape and sent it to coach Cathy Burleson of Appalachian," Weer said. "Hav- ing played for such a great team made things much easier. I was offered scholarship money and now Coach Burleson and I talk every week on the phone. We play schools like Duke, Marshall and East Tenneesee. I want to play hockey and major in outdoor recreation. Ever since I saw Appalachian while we were on a family vacation, I wanted to go there." A solid student in the class- room, it was always an interest in outdoor recreation that pushed Emily Weer into the embodiment of the student-athlete. "I played field hockey, basket- ball and softball at Milton Middle school," Weer said. "When I got to the high school I knew field hockey was my favorite sport and switched to wrestling cheerleader in the winter (so she could be on a squad with her sister, Alison) and decided on track in the spring. "Alison and I lifted weights at the Y', where I also Continued on page 59 Lingo leads laxmen past Glasgow By Dave Frederick The young and relentless Cape lacrosse team was sitting 0-2 on the season and down 4-2 to the Glasgow Dragons with less than a minute remaining last Wednesday inside the Dragons' lair. "I fig- ured it was over," said defenseman Burli Hopkins. But Billy Lingo emerged from the shadow of big brother Jack (Washington Col- lege) and cousin Carrie, sending home a goal off a Josh Wyatt assist at :48 remaining, bringing Cape's hopes from "no chance" to "slim chance." "I was hoping we'd get another offensive charge," said Lingo. Cape's Matt Martin, more at home on the wrestling mats, sat in the crease with his back to the goal when he accepted a low pass from Josh Wyatt. "I saw the whole thing from the other end of the field," said Hopkins. "Matt just turned and threw it past the goalie with three seconds remaining sending the game into overtime. I thought, 'Here we go, buddy!'" Overtime was over in no time when Billy Lingo circled from X (directly behind the net) and pumped a left handed whistler over the goalie's ear and just under the cross bar with only one minute elapsed for Coach Steve Aubrey's first victory as a head coach. Other scores in the game were by Josh Wyatt and Alan Mouzaki- tis. Rookie Derrick Quillen had three assists for the game. SALLIES 13, CAPE 2- In action last Saturday, the rematch of last year's state championship game versus Salesianum was a mismatch as Sallies nailed down a 13-2 victory. Derrick Quillen and Josh Wyatt scored for Cape. Vikings edge Raiders on Bekeshka's arm The boys baseball team of Coach Barry Lynch got up off the deck against Woodbridge last Wednes- day and defeated the Raiders 6-5 behind , the strong right arm of Joe Bekeshka, with relief BEKESHKA from Mike Cunningham and Ryan Whibley. Whibley had a big double in the victory. The Vikings are now 1-2. on the season. Boys tennis whips Smyrna in ugly weather Jamie "Fruitcake" Fuqua wasted away Jason Mullen of Symma 6-2, 6-2 capturing the first singles match and setting the tone as the Vikings won their first conference match of the season 4-1 over the Smyrna Eagles. "It was ugly and windy," Fuqua said. "Just typical weather for Cape tennis." Regan Derrickson defeated Steve Miner Continued on page 61 Several boney runners were checking me out STEELE BREAK-UM, STEEL FIX-UM- Cape sopho- more Scott Steele is a college prospect in the sport of lacrosse. He scored three goals in Cape's opening day 7-6 loss to Cam- bridge. Last Sunday Steele's lacrosse season came to an abrupt end when he broke the tibia and tibia inhis right leg kicking a soc- cer ball that an opponent was try- ing to kick in the opposite direc- tion. "Scott is one depressed 16- year-old boy," said his father Don, who ironically is a high school soccer coach. Dr. John Spieker operated on Scott last Wednesday morning inserting a steel rod into Scott' s tibia, which is the bigger of the two bones in the lower leg. "He'll have the rod in there for 18 months," said Scott's mother, Jan Steele, for her first quote in a sports column. "Dr. Spieker is very optimistic and said Scott should be able to play sports next school year." Tough it out, Scott. You're going to be a great one. IN SPORTS Dave Frederick WEIGHT WATCHERS- Thte woman who started Weight Watchers formed her support group after eating an entire strawr- berry shortcake while her husbaned took 15 minutes to drive home thQe 6a6y salter. She was ffteraIIy foam- ing at the mouth with white icing when her husband walked in the door. "You forgot to lick the plate," said her husband, riding her unmercifully. "Gitty-up now and make us another one." I walked five miles last Saturday morning and made the mistake of finishing at the start of the April Fools 5K at Cape Henlopen State Park. I was wearing heavy duty camo pants and about three sweaters. Several boney runners were checking me out (weight watching) because I make them feel better about themselves, the way some rich people feel parking a Mercedes at Wayside Auto Sales. You can always tell people who have lost weight because they have that Mr. Potato Head smile and like to wear dark khaki pants with a cinched up tight web belt and 1970s vintage turtle neck. But the buckaroos need to be careful how they look at and what they say to the interior linemen and decorators of planet earth. FORTY FOUR MAGNUM- Fat Tuesday, February 20, was the last time I had a drink of alcohol -- or chocolate doughnut for that matter. But the long dry siege is over. I attempted to lead 61 Cape seniors through a high-on-life journey filled with adventure and entertainment, not to mention a smattering of incredibly boring people. Only 24 escaped unscathed, but to be honest most don't have a drinking problem in spite of the fact that they won't go 44 straight days without alcohol the rest of their lives. "Cape is really screwed up and has a lot of drug and alcohol problems," said senior Catherine Cannon. "I don't want to see my friends get worse." Ricky Parsons, a senior involved with Thespians and the band, and like Cannon, a survivor of the 44 day program, said, "A lot of peo- ple see a problem and think it's funny. They say there's nothing else to do. Why don't they try reading a book?" Needless to say, a number of great kids stumbled during the program because they had a beer at a party or Seabreeze on their birthday. "All the summer tourist party animals are bad examples for all of us," Catherine Cannon said. STARTLING STATISTICS- What percent of Cape graduates are college graduates six years after graduation from high school? Answer: Nobody knows. How many athletes from any given graduating class are members of college teams at any level the very next year? I'll tell you. Less than 10, and in most cases way less. In Maryland colleges - I pay atten- tion because my sons go to UMBC - a recent report reveals that only 45 percent of all freshman have graduated from college six years later. All this points to the fact that the student athlete is a rare animal and that Cape hasn't produced too many of these people over the years. Peaking in high school is the hard cold reality for 90 percent of competitive athletes. That's it! They are terminal. So what's the deal? Do the coaches at the high school level need to work harder Continued on page 59