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52 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, June 2 - June 8, 1995 Sports & Outdoors Viking laxmen fall victim to Sallies, 12-5, in state final By Dave Frederick I guess you had to be there. But you had to be there twice. First as a Cape fan and then as a Sale- sianum supporte.r. There is winning ugly and there is losing ugly and then there is just plain ugly. Salesianum's 12-5 victory over the Cape lacrosse team in the finals of the state lacrosse tourna- ment was a hard,hitting and nasty game on the field and even worse in the stands. When action was suspended (due to lightning) at the end of the third period with Salesianum lead- ing 6-4, the bleacher section was close to erupting into a full scale donnybrook. A Sallies wrestler had already had been punched out by a Cape field-hockey player, and as Cape fans walked behind the stands to their bus seeking shelter from the storm, they were bad- gered by Sallies students and mid- die-aged over-the-edgers. The Vikings had spent enough time in the penalty box during the first three periods to pay off the mortgage on the real estate. "There was one referee in par- titular whom I know doesn't like us and seemed to be taking over the game. He was killing us," said coach Jeff Mohr. Cape survived numerous man down situations and tied the game at halftime on goals by Chris George and Tom Frederick. Goalie Jeff Trench, who came to play, was spectacular in the first half, stopping numerous point blank shots to keep the Vikings in the game. Spencer Steele knotted the game at three apiece in the third period and when Jack Lingo scored with under two minutes to play in the period giving Cape a 4- 3 advantage, the Cape crowd went bazonkers. But from then on, it was all downhill for Cape. The turning point in the contest came when goalie Jeff Trench left the protec- tion of the goal crease and sprinted up the sideline for the Vikings. He was violently cross checked into the mud by a Sallies midfielder. As Trench attempted to get up he was stick checked across the back of the shoulders by a Sallies attackman. The play was brutal and-hapl ned in front of the Cape bench. Yellow flags were slow to be thrown. Both benches came onto the field. The result saw Paul Comenisch being ejected as the third man, a call which carried a three minute penalty. The Sallies cross checkers were each given a minute. Cape trailed 6-4 going into the nearly two-hour rain delay. When play resumed Cape had more men in the box than homeless people at the Broad and Susquehanna subway platform. Sallies ran off a 6-1 fourth quarter surge making a strange game even stranger. Cape had lost a lacrosse game in the finals at a neutral site 92 miles from home, which more resem- bled a surrealistic rollerbalI game than a lacrosse contest. Torch Run kicks off Special Olympics Above, CpL Jay King of Sus- sex Correctional Institution leads a contigent of Special Olympians on the first leg of the annual Torch Run to kick of Delaware's summer Spe- cial Olympics this weekend in Newark. The run began in Rehoboth Beach Wednesday evening, a police officers from all over the state will make sure the torch makes it upstate in time for opening ceremonies. At right, Special Olympian Scott Neil enjoys a lighter moment with Peggy Carmine of Lewes. Angle Uoon photos On the spirit within and Cape's super stringers HEY GOD! I'M SHOOTING ONE-AND-ONE - Every athlete and coach has made at least one deal with the spirit world for a basket, touchdown or important victory, as if some supernatural being had more than a passing interest in the outcome of an ath- letic contest. I can remember back in 1978 playing for the B Champi- ouship of the Milford Adult Bas- ketball League with such primo players as Bill Schab, Chuck Epi- fanio, Gary Myers, Don Mauer, Mike Tigue, Ray Quillen, Ed Brown, Charlie Hiekox and Dave MeClintock. What we lacked in speed was made up for in knowl- edge of the closing times of all Kent and Sussex liquor stores and the fluctuating market price of Old Milwaukee and Piels. Epifanio and I used to joke together, "One minute you're eating meatloaf with the family and the next minute you're breaking the full court press." I was on the foul line shooting a crucial one-and-one in a tie ball game midway through the final period. I had just PEOPLE IN SPORTS Dave Frederick returned from my mother's funeral and was a full-fledged orphan. I dialed 1-900-cherubim (Catholic humor). "Your boy's down here on the foul line and he needs your help. We are all one with the uni- verse. I believe we are all togeth- er. Nothing but net, right room and dad?" I commenced to shoot an air-ball. We lost the game. I knew my dad was guilty of goal- tending, but I couldn't prove it. The Frederick family would never pass up a good joke. THE SPIRIT WITHIN - The Cape lacrosse team recently defeated three time defending state champion T atnall 4-3 in the semi-finals of the state tourna- ment. The win was the biggest in the history of Cape lacrosse. Par- ents and grandparents were in attendance. My parents are up in heaven "messing with people" (they're Rick Smits fans), but my wife's parents were at the game to cheer on their grandchildren. I wanted that game so much I dialed my good friend Dick Reiter, who recently passed to the far side, and asked for his assistance. I talked to Dick throughout the game and thanked him after Cape beat Tatnall. We resumed our conversation at the state champi- onship game versus Sallies. When the Sallies game became grim I asked Dick to just help me get through it. He did, but I had for- gotten that his wife of 50 years was Catholic. RACING 101 - "O.K., drivers, it's this simple. If you pass the pace car at full throttle while it's still on the race track then chances are there will be some type of penalty." "You mean if I jump the pace car just when the left turn signal goes on I might be black flagged? .... Don't ask so many stupid questions, Goodyear!" Jacques Villeneuze, a mere 24 years old, was the first Canadian ever to win the Indy 500, surviv- ing a two-lap penalty "his own- self.' and got to swig and slurp milk and let it run down his neck in the victory lane. The victory lane announcer, I can't remember whether it was Doctor Ferde Pec- ceccho or Doctor Jerry Bunch asked DaJockman, "I'm sure your father is looking down and is very proud of his son." "If he's watch- ing I know he's happy," Vil- leneuze said. Could be the old man is a Rick Smits fan and on another network. SUPER STRINGERS - I would like to thank the talented students who contributed to the Cape Gazette sports section during this year's scholastic sports sea- son. Travis Parker was the man behind the camera along with being a closet defenseman for the lacrosse team. Rick Welsh, only a sophomore, did a super job report- ing on the activities of the middle schools. Jessica Neal was a life- saver reporting on this year's baseball team. "Is it easier to write about a team that wins most of the time?" Jessica once asked me. Better to ask Jeb "Deadbolt" Lee, who did such a professional job covering this year's boys bas- ketball team. A fan of Gazette sports recently interrupted me while I was drinking from the water barrel at the blacksmith shop. "You're Dave Frederick, aren't you"? I wasn't sure. "I real- ly enjoy your writing. I especially was impressed with the job you did covering the basketball team this season." I took the credit because it was there to be taken. Jeb's just a kid and he'll get lots of Continued on page 53