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54 - CAPE GAZE'PYE, Friday, May 19 - May 25, 1995 Sports & Outdoors Cape laxmen head into state tourney By Dave Frederick The second season has arrived for the senior dominated Cape lacrosse team. A record of 11-2 is in the books along with a series of injuries that included Chris George and Spencer Steele skidding and slid- ing and being seperated from their motorcycles prior to Christmas; Brian Kugelmann separating his shoulder in a snowboarding acci- dent; and Jack Lingo suffering a thigh contusion so deep his leg swelled beyond normal size and got hotter than a perogie at a Lithuwanian block party. But now the boys are at full strength as they opened tourna- ment play yesterday, May 18, against the Glasgow Dragons before moving on for a Satyrday showdown against Blue Hen champion Brandywine. Cape tuned up for tournament action by trouncing lacrosse weak sisters Christina and Delcastle by the combined score of 25-1. Mid- die turned attackman Spencer Steele, playing with more confi- dence on a badly broken ankle, enjoyed the target practice, rifling home 13 goals over the two games including a school record of eight versus Delcastle. Tatnall, the three-time defend- ing state champion who has elimi- nated Cape the previous three years in the semi-finals, again awaits the Vikings if both teams Travls Parker photo Cape middie Paul Caminisch gets off a pass in a romp over Christiana High last Friday, May 12. The Vikings went on to trounce Delcastle as they warmed up for the state tourna- ment, which they opened last night (May 18) at Caesar Rod- hey. advance. Caesar Rodney opens tourna- ment play by facing Salesianum. Friends, along with CR and Sal- lies, is seen as even money to advance to the title game. Cape's lineup going into championship play includes a set defense of Eduardo Saez, Burli Hopkins and Matt Baker in front of goalie Jeff Trench. Spencer Steele, Mike Fintel and Brian Kugelman will man the attack line along with help from freshman Josh Wyatt. The mix and match midfield line and man-down teams will bring Paul Camenisch, Jack Lin- go, Jack Frederick, Tom Freder- ick, Chris George, Scott Steele, David Barlow and Ryan Short onto the playing field. Riders nips Viking girls to win Henlopen tennis title By Dave Frederick Melissa Tooley is a true sportsperson. She plays tennis because it's fun and she "loves" her teammates. Melissa, who will attend Drew University in Madi- son, N.J. this fall, is not comfort- able in the spotlight of pressure. She is much too well adjusted. Melissa lost a three-set match to Gretta Geier of Caesar Rodney which lasted two and a half hours as both teams watched every point. The victory by Geier, whom Melissa had beaten in two previ- ous meetings, gave Caesar Rod- ney the Henlopen Conference Tournament championship by one point 20-19 over Cape. Cape had won the regular dual meet title with a perfect 8-0 record. Action in the state tournament begins this Saturday and continues into the following week. Reflecting on the focus sur- rounding her meet-deciding match Melissa commented, "It shouldn't be like when the coach of the other team is cheering along with his players when the other person messes up. It should be competi- tive to win but not a mean compet- itiveness." "My teammates are so awe- some. I just love them. Even though they were disappointed that I lost they were so support- ive," she added. Anna Erikkson breezed through Angle Moon photo Cape exchange student Anna Erikkson won the sec- ond singles division at the Heniopen Conference tourna- ment last weekend. the tournament capturing the title at second singles. "I don't know about the states," Ericksson said. "I'll just practice hard and play hard. "I know there are some real- ly good players upstate." Melissa Betts surged to the final round where she lost in two sets to nemesis Alison Popen. Beth Spencer and first doubles teammate Kay Cofrancesco had an excellent tournament, losing in the finals to garner second place hon- ors. The second doubles team of Heidi Lowe and Karin Simms were upset in the quarterfinal round. Continued on page 55 Sussex well-stocked with hockey fanatics MANSFIELD'S MINEFIELD - Cape Henlopen junior Greg Mansfield began the spring season on the Viking baseball team. Mansfield switched over to track due to lack of playing time and last Saturday placed second in the 400 meter run at the Henlopen Conference track championships. Mansfield, whose father Greg is a Lewes police officer who was a high school track star in Plant City, Fla. (no he didn't run for a garden center), ran a 50.9 placing second to Dover High School star Rich Dixon who ran sub 50 sec- onds. "I'm seeded in lane three for the states," Mansfield said. 'The two fastest guys are in lanes four and five. I'll try to stick with them and outkick them at the end." Assistant track coach Bill Degnan said Mansfield has an abundance of talent but has yet to run his best race. "If be runs wire-to-wire and believes he can win, Cn'eg could win the 400 at the state meet," Deguan said. Cape's second all- time 800 meter runner, Frank Clement, has also decided to enter PEOPLE IN SPORTS Dave Frederick the 400 meter at the state meet. Clement is always an adventure on the track and could shatter the school record. The question is, will it be the boys or the girls? Mark Martin, who has been train- ing this spring for the mile under the tutelage of distance guru Dr. Wesner B. Stack (Martin's 1580 on the PSAT helps him understand Wesner), surprised his mentor last Saturday by winning the confer; ence title in the pole vault with a jump of 11 feet. Not wishing to take credit for Marrin's gold medal, the erudite Dr. Stack com- mented, "I don't know nothing about no pole vault." STARR PICKS UP AND DELIVERS - Junior designated hitter Nicole Starr delivered in the clutch, stroking a solid single to center field and chasing home Angle Davis from third base with the go-ahead run in the bottom of the sixth inning and Cape held on to defeat Indian River 2-1 in a dynamite and well-played softball game. Freshman Michelle Man- ship, as cool as an ocean breeze, went the distance to pick up the victory. Start, not accustomed to shining in the limelight, reacted to her game winning bingo. "Was that the biggest hit you've ever gotten?" I asked Nicole. "No, I got a double once," she answered. "I mean the most important hit. With a state tournament bid a pos- sibility and Indian River and all that stuff, was the hit your biggest in terms of importance?" After politely listening to the longest question in the history of sports writing, Nicole responded, "Yes." Rather than gloat after the big game victory over Indian River and Steve Botchie, the former Cape football coach and mayor of Selbyville, the Cape coaching trio of Bill Cordrey, Mike Griffin and Chip Davis all picked up rakes and started tidying up the infield. I know the trick. It beats talking to parents. SWEET AND LOW - HIGH AND DRY - Steve "Don't call me little Stevie" Evans was last year's junior sailing champion at the Lewes Yacht Club. Steve won many Sunday club races and gra- ciously accepted his one point in a low score for wins race format. Steve also plays for the Viking golf team. He understands that low score is better than a high score on the golf course. Last week, I was assaulted (not salted - that's not allowed in the Cape cafeteria) by Steve's teammates Ben Oakes and Ossie Warrington, who took a break from flinging tater tots at slow moving big head- ed masters plus 30y overpaid FYI teacher types. "Steve shot a 71 for nine holes," Ben Oakes said. "Please get him in the paper. He shot par for 18 but in nine holes. He is the bogeyman." Later I saw Steve in the hallway reserved for the not ready for prime time lovers. He was just passing through while I was passing out. "I hear you're going to put my 71 in the paper," Steve said laughing. "I absolutely will not unless you say it's OK," I told Steve. "You're just a kid. Tbere're plan- ty of adults who have earned the right to be made sport of." Steve was all in favor of his 71 going in the paper. He should be a politi- cian. They understand that there's no such thing as bad publicity. Steve shot a 47 against Dover ear- lier in the week where comedian Ben Oakes led the team with a 42. These guys sound like they would be fun to play with even if you Continued on page 55