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102. CAPE GAZETTE, Fr/day, May 30 - June 5, 2003 . .: ii  : .. SPORT00i, & OUTDOORS Lady Vikings top De]mar to advance in state tourney Cape hurler Colby Cooper held Delmar scoreless for seven/nn/ngs. By Dae Frederick Factor in the law of averages and the permutation of probabili- ties and the answer comes up zero every time. Ashely Dryden of Delmar was 2-0 against Cape this season hav- ing thrown 14 consecutive score- less innings. Cape's cleanup hitter Jen Carter was 0-17 over the last two seasons against Dryden. And forget the penny-flipping heads will eventually come up analogy. Carter was destined to take a seat as she faced Dryden in the first inning with Lisa Wdliams on second base. Carter took a Dryden fastball out of the yard and to the house as the Cape fans erupted..The two- run homer would be one more than enough as Colby Cooper shut down the Wildcats for seven in- nings for the 3-0 shutout victory. "We have been swinging the bats and playing with fewer mis- takes," head coach Bill Cordrey said after the game. "We are back in the final four for the third year in a row. This was a huge win Continued on page 103 Dan Cook photos Amanda Warr/ngton applies the tag to Delmar's Crystal Nibblett to get the out at second base during Cape's 3-0 victory May 28 over the Wildcats. Dave Frederick \\; Our kids are making me nervous and I'm scared for them ADDRESSING THE ISSUE - Lacrosse parent Ray Sweeney was a big dog barking inside my comfort zone last Saturday before the Cape versus Howard baseball game. Let me say that I like Ray and still do, and he is a person who has always thanked me for kind words about his son Scan or the teams that Sean played on. Journalistically, I took the Cape lacrosse team to the woodshed in last week's issue of the Cape Gazette after its 4 -1 loss to St. Andrew's, saying it was a team whose members have more party in their souls than commitment in their hearts. Ray felt my editorial comments belonged on the edito- rial page, not in a game story. "He has a point," my wife said to me afterwards. And so I wish I had dropped the comments in this column and not the game story and that way there would be no confusion for the reader as to the author's opinion versus observable facts on the field of play. In this business it is always a close call, and I ran my story by a couple AP writer friends of mine and they both thought it was fine. Now honestly I can say that I'm afraid for our PEOPLE IN SPORTS community kids out there who ne- gotiate a minefield of bad actors and directionless loser types who like nothing better than to destroy the lives of young people with promise and potential. It was way different back in the days of Palbst, Boones Farm and Southern Com- fort. It is not remotely the same. A Tatnall player for the 2000 team that defeated Cape 15-14 in the state final died of a heroin over- dose two weeks ago. Since coming to Cape in 1975, I have outlived more than 60 stu- dents who sat in front of me in class or athletes I have coached. I have been an Enabler With An At- titude and now I hammer all kids, especially athletes, every day on the importance of sacrifice and commitment to excellence. My metaphor is that of going through stop signs making it easier to go through red fights. Restraint and responsibility can become elusive. I'm sorry, but our kids are making me nervous and I'm scared for them. ROLLING WITH MY NINE - You can carry a loaded gun in a car if you have a permit, but if you're drunk the permit becomes null and void and, not only that, it's no good anymore. Tennessee Titans quarterback Steve McNair was arrested last week for drink- ing drunk and driving drunk in his SUV and having a loaded 9mm in the compartment next to him. Ironically, Steve wears No. 9 and often rolls out of the pocket searching for intended targets. McNair is considered a nice guy in the business and apologized to his fans. Don't you try rolling with a 9ram while driving drunk unless you want to visit the re- ceiving department at SCI in the middle of a dark and stormy night. ON THE NEXT MONTEL - I now know five teenage girls who work in clubs inside the same rooms where Neanderthals get drunk for fun and every once in a while lay down lame pickup fines not realizing or caring that the girls are 17 years old. I have asked each of the girls to keep a diary of their most memorable ob- servations while respecting the anonymity of all patrons, espe- cially community regulars and professional educators. I will then use their notes and quotes to write a book or Ph.D. thesis on their ex- periences - something like "The Underaged and Overdriven" and kick all profits back into the girls' education. The Montel show is all go to the beach again. Matt worked law and order patrol at Es- kan Village near Riyadh and "the United States Patriot missile bases. Thanks to Matt for giving service to his country. SNIPPETS - Ben Evick, Cape's successful baseball coach, has been ru- mored by the distantly misin- formed to be Cape's next football coach. When I men- tioned this to Ben, he had to sit down to EVICK keep from falling over from laughter. Hugh Fuller, 34, a former Re- over this because it is such an hoboth Beach lifeguard, ran an original idea. 18:01 at last Sunday's Run for M.P. CROUCH - When the po- lice yell "crouch," don't squat down; they may just be looking for Matt. Matt Crouch, a 1996 Danielle Guerin 5K. Fuller is a cross country and track coach at Pointed Ridge High School in Maryland. Cape wrestling coach Chris Mattioni ran a very re- Cape graduate, just returned from ' speetable 22:30. Now that Chris Saudi Arabia afte ninmonth  is Teacher of the Year at the high tour. Matt played baseball at sehoolhew|il have to be on guard Cape and was so hppy to get out for his coaching job. of the land of sand be may never Continued on page 106