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64 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, April 18- April 24, 1997 SPORTS & OUTDOORS Built for speed Cape's rookie track star Kai Maull threatening many school records By Dave Frederick Kai Maull is a little guy who can fly both on the ground and in the air. He is built for speed like an Italian Ferrafi. He is stealth and he is deadly. Kai Maull is to Henlopen Con- ferenee boys track what Tiger Woods is to Augusta National. And like Tiger, one chapter does not make a book; but last Tuesday on the red tartan all-weather surface at Dover, rookie KAI MAULL track man Kai Maull served notice that he may be the first state's most versatile track performer. "I'm having fun and learning a lot," Maull said after setting four personal records in winning the 400 meters, 50.9; 200 meters, 22.5; high jump, 6'2"; and long jump, 21'6". All events except the high jump would have won last Saturday's Keith Burgess Invitational meet in which Maull did not participate. And the scary part is that Kai Manll is less than a novice. He only long jumped once the day before the meet when Coach Tim Bamforth took him to the pits. "After doing some drills and getting steps I let him go after one and he jumped 22'5"," Bamforth said. "I coached Willie Savage for four years and he won 11 state titles in track. But I never saw anybody fly down the runway like gai." Maull shocked Dover's Charles Trott in the 200 meters "sneaking" Trott off the turn before holding off the Keith Burgess leo meter champion in a bang-bang race turning in the state's fastest time in 22.5. "My uncle Lonnie, who was inducted into the New Haven Uni- versity Hall of Fame, has been helping me out and my dad had been to every meet," Kai said. "The family has been pretty involved in track so they're all pretty excited." Maull is flirting with going under the magic 50 second mark in the 400 meters before the sea- son is over. He is already being compared to Coach Bill Degnan's three-event 100m, 200m, 4OOm state sprinting champion, Ricky Pitts. "I don't know how fast I can go, but I'm willing to do what it takes," Maull said. Continued on page 66 Angle Moon photo Cape girls track loses one pointer to Lake Forest Cape Henlopen High's Nikki Frazier strains to clear the high jump bar during last week's conference showdown between Cape's girls team and the girls of Lake Forest. Cape lost the meet in a one point contest. See details on page 68. A grand rod and reel and the Harlem Wizards TOY OF THE WEEK- Top of The Line may be a local cleaning service but this week, in search of a rod and reel, you can just call me Dave Frederick Kelly Raez shows a $1,000 G-Loomis rod and Shimano reel combo. Jacques Custodian. Kelly Racz (6'4" 300 lbs) of R and backwards R Sports Center (father and son a reflection of each other) located on Rt. 1 next to the NAPA store hooked me up with a top-shelf off- shore rod and reel for what Philadelphia natives call "Deep Sea Fishin." The rod is the much coveted G-Loomis, an American made graphite with aftco rollers. "This is the Rolls Royce of fishing rods," Kelly said. "The person who buys this rod is not worried about price." I want my own rod and reel the way Bad Leroy Brown wants a custom made pool cue. When John Miller and Bill Jackson invite me offshore aboard the Hyper-Tension (as long as I pay for the food which on my diet costs more than the gas) I will answer, "Sure, but I must insist on my own rig. I only fish with a G- Loomis." 'This rod is good for an early June Make trip and perfect for bluefin and yellow-fin tuna," Kelly said. (False albacore consid- er it waybogus.) "It's over-rated PEOPLE IN SPORTS for white marlin but perfect for the big blues." My reel will be the Shimano Tiagra 50w LRS (long range special), an 80 pound class built into a 50 pound class reel and yes, I don't know what I'm talking abouL It has low and high speed gear ratios which will help you to really screw up if a 1,700 pound blue marlin turns around and starts "runnin'" at the boat. The hydraulic drag system (redneck transvestite) must be set to one- third the strength of the line but who doesn't know that? The price of this set-up, not that I need to ask, is slightly over $1,000. Pro- fessional consultants like Kelly are necessary if you want to play with high tech toys without getting a bad case of the stupids. AHHH GRASSHOPPER- "Everybody was Kung Fu fight- ing." Tiger Woods is the Kung Fu of golf. The missing linkster Car- radine brother. An Asian mother who taught peace, balance and harmony and an Afro-American father, who by his own account pushed Tiger to the psychological brink repeatedly before pulling him back, have created a messiah in a spectator sport about as excit- ing as watching greens slow down. The fairways may change to the "it ain't fair ways." I heard an ice hockey fan pay Tiger Woods the ultimate compliment. "That boy is sick! He is just totally sick! .... I can't believe you've been sitting on the couch for two days watch- ing golf," my wife said just before a wasp flew from the fireplace and stung me on the arm as I yelled "Four Letter Word!" The Tiger Woods march through the Masters is one of the sports happenings of the century fike Jackie Robinson's first game 50 years ago or O.J. Simpson's slow drive down the freeway. We sports fans aren't smart enough to extrapolate all this data into a sociological model for social change. Tiger sure has a pretty swing. OFF TO SEE THE WIZ- ARDS- The Harlem Wizards will be_ playing a game in the Cape gym Saturday night against a Cape Henlopen faculty and student team that may be good enough to lose by less than a whole bunch. I will be manning the microphone (sounds illegal) at the scorers' table and hope to be my usual wit- ty and sarcastic self, providing large, bearded seven foot guys Continued on page 65