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74 ' CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, May 30 - June 5, 1997 SPORTS & OUTDOORS Trio completes Henlopen Conference sweep By Susan Frederick Three's company. And it is good company, too, if the three are Carrie Lingo, Kim Smith, and Stephanie Warrington - all standout athletes and stand-up friends who shared in rewriting Cape Henlopen history by play- ing, starring and carrying starting roles on three of the school's four Henlopen Conference champi- onship teams in the 1996-97 year. All three have been tilling fields of glory since Little League days when the Lewes girls won the Dis- tricts in 1991. That's where the friendship, as well as the athletic achievements, began. Fortunately for future Viking teams, that is not where it ended. Hockey, basketball, and softball came loaded with athletic talent this year at Cape, and the action proved as good as its promise. Along with the gifts' cross country team, they compiled four Hen- lopen tides - unprecedented in the school's history for boys or gifts. So what do the premier athletes remember? It isn't scores, it isn't tides. It is games, both won and lost, but it is mostly the playing. "Being with everyone and play- ing with everyone," said Lingo, who is bound for University of North Carolina and Division I hockey next year. "Games? I never remember games." "Conference titles were a goal, and it's satisfying to reach a goal," she said. "Also, developing a dif- ferent attitude for each season. The sports are all so different. I'll miss the variety of playing all the sports next year." "When we first started playing basketball after hockey, we wished we were still playing hock- ey," said Smith. "Then we got so into basket- ball. At the beginning of softball season, we wished we were still playing basketball, especially when we lost a couple games at the beginning of softball season. Then we got into softball and real- ly picked it up." For Warrington, who plans to continue her athletic career as a member of Del Tech's Roadrun- ners next year, the softball team's 15-3 record is a source of pride. "I think the softball team did better ! Dave Frederick photo They've had an extraordinary run together (I-r): Delaware Cape Region athletes Kim Smith, Carrie Lingo and Stephanie Warrington. this year," she said. "I'm proud of that. Our team was able to improve on past performance." "This year all three teams that I played on got along really well," Warrington continued. "Speaking for me, sports made me more responsible and more mature. How we got- along together helped with the team attitude and also with winning." Among the three, junior Kim Smith remains to play out next year's seasons. "I've been with them for a long time," she said of her senior team- mates, "since Little League and YBL days in basketball in sixth grade. I'll miss them and their ath- letic ability next year. It won't be the same without them." Central rallies, stings Cape 6-5 in extra innings By Dave Frederick Coach Bill Cordrey compared the experience to jumping off a cliff. "All in the space of 10 minutes you go from an incredibly good feeling to one of complete emptiness. I was stunned." Cape entered the top of the eighth inning locked in a 2-2 ball game against cross-town rival Sussex Cen- tral. The Golden Knights had eliminat- ed Cape from last year's state softball tournament in the second round. A well-played game saw the wheels come off the wagon in a wild eighth inning that saw a total of 10 hits and seven runs scored along with an error and wild pitch. Central's wagon only lost three wheels while Cape gave up four and ended up grounded in the second round once again. "I wanted these gifts to play for the state title," Cordrey said of his 16-3 Continued on page 75 CORDREY I HUMAN BOWLING- Across the bay in Cape May (Philadelphi- ans call it Kate May), the students prom promenade back to the high school "gym room" for a post for- mal, extreme games celebration which includes fun-for-all activi- ties like human bowling, Velcro obstacle course, Twister and an assortment of video games sup- ported by DJ music which all sounds like, "Karen's gotta a big old butt, yeah, Karen's got a big old butt! Who's gotta a big old butt? Bobby's gotta a big old butt!" And the refrain travels around the room like a Hokey Pokey (or Hockey Puckey) gone wild. "Say Arlene, if you're tired of being smothered by the fat and sweaty contortionists in the twister elimination tournament, perhaps I could borrow your beautiful body for a few frames of bowling fol- lowed by some Velcro slam danc- ing?" On the Delaware side of the bay students simply ride their limos back to rented motel rooms and chill. Ice, ice baby! PEOPLE IN SPORTS DROP DEAD FRED- I broke into the high school prom last Fri- day night just after listening to screaming partisan voices piercing the static of my AM radio "He scored! He scored! Eric Lindros just under six seconds! He Scored! The Flyers win 3-2!" And inside the prom the beautiful people were dancing "Who's gotta a big old butt? Fredman's gotta a big old butt." Is it fashionable in most high schools for boys to say the girls are ugly or for the girls to lament that the boys are a bunch of immature, sorry losers? (Personal flashback moment.) But Cape has always been the home of the beau- tiful people. "You gifts look unbe- lievable," I gasped in the direction of several starlit students. "We ain't girls, Fredman, and you ain't funny." On the dance floor, all the guys had removed their jackets making it look like a headwaiters dance contest. Ben Oakes and Judy Brit- tingham were named prom King and Queen, a title they will have to defend in front of their children 20 years down the road. Congratula- tions to teachers Pat Pollock and Mike Kelly and to the Rehoboth Country Club for organizing a first class prom where everybody had a good time. "Sarah you look absolutely beautiful. Just drop-dead gor- geous." "Drop dead Fred! My name's not Sarah!" FREE WILLIE- There is an angle from the northwest quadrant of center city Philadelphia which makes the statue of William Penn look like a Pilgrim carrying a flashlight who's also having a good time. Willie will be having a good time during the Stanley Cup play-offs because the city will cover the venerated statue with a an orange Flyers jersey sporting the number 1. Ironically, most per- manent residents of the city are people of color not traditionally targeted for hockey merchandis- ing. But bring on the Wings and the beer but no 'whine'! Enjoy the quest for the cup because you might not see it again in your life- time. Just ask Detroiters, who last won the Stanley Cup before fins hit Plymouths and Sputnik found orbit. BAD TRACTOR ACTORS- I'm minding my own business late Memorial Day afternoon listening to ZZ Top in the garage when three grown men walked down my Fredman minding his own business. driveway with that "Three Day- Weekend" devilish look in their eyes. "Just say No!" I told myself, but before my wife could say "Bad idea," Steve Burton, Rowland Truitt and Harold Bracy had talked me into an adventure involving lawn tractors, carts with easy chairs and a trip through the woods into the Great Marsh. As guest of honor I got to ride in the easy chair. "Just keep your weight centered," Rowland advised me as briars ripped through by lower legs and ankles. When we got to the open field, the tongue weight Continued on page 75 Borrow your body for some bowling?