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CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, June 4 - June 10, 2004 - 127 SPORTS & OUTDOORS Lady Vikings take aim at state softball title 10-0 romp over Riders propels girls into final By Dave Frederick The Cape blue-collar softball team cleared a major hurdle, June 2, with a resounding 10-0 victory over visiting Caesar Rodney send- ing the once beaten Vikings of coach Bill Cordrey to the state championship game for the first time is school history. "I've been saying for the last three years that I just want to wake up on Saturday morning with a chance to play for the championship. "I want the girls to have that feeling." Using the slogan "git 'er done" borrowed from comedian Larry the Cable Guy, Cape exploded for nine runs in the first three innings, erasing any doubt that it would ann throws and play cautiously in such a big game. Continued on page 128 Dan Cook photo Cape's softball team takes on Caravel at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 5, at Sports at the Beach complex near Georgetown for the state softball championship. Team members include (back row l-r) Jesse Shinn, Marissa Carey, Laura Olenderski, Lisa Williams, Amanda Haxton, Mary- beth Betts and Amanda Deloy. In front are Laura McIlvain, Staci Warrington, Nikki Rhoades, Aishia Holloman, Jacki Warren, Crystal Spencer (obstructed) and Kristina Lingo. Warrington fires no-hitter - at St. Elizabeth By Dave Frederick Staci Warrington throws the change-up so often that it's as much a change of pace as Friday basketball in a physical education class. But no matter, because when contrasted against high heat the pitch becomes unhittable un- less a defenseless batter is sitting on it. "I call it anywhere in the count at anytime, even back to back," said catcher Laura McIllvain. "The hitters just don't pick it up." Cape jumped St. Elizabeth in the bottom of the first inning scor- ing two runs on three hits - the big hit being a triple from freshman Kristina Lingo followed by an Aishia Holloman double. Cape would manufacture anoth- er run in the bottom of the second inning sparked by a leadoff dou- Continued on page 128 I'm looking for some interaction from local sports fans DOGGIE DENIAL - It's bad enough that former beastly foot- ball coaches now own color-cod- ed Tupperware collections stacked on the kitchen counter like low cart) Lego blocks. But last Saturday at the Cape home softball game, I found it depress- ing that coach Ken Lingo and my- self were the only adults gracious enough to accept multiple, free boiled dogs blanketed inside a soggy roll all wrapped inside alu- minum foil. Someone hands me a hot dog after a home victory on Memorial Day weekend and I'm eating it. And I'm eating the next one and the next one. I have a de- gree in anthropology and I know better than to insult local tradi- tions by placing some stupid diet ahead of a gesture of friendship. Dave Frederick PLAYER MANAGER - De- lores Houchens was a three-year football manager for Cape gradu- ating in 1996. Delores joined the army was sent to Hawaii and while there played "tackle foot- ball." "I was a receiver," Delores said. 'qt was fun and I took some pretty good hits." Delores now works in the re- searchtepartment at Walter'Reed PEOPLE IN SPORTS Army Institute of Research in Washington, D.C. She reported that Olindia Boldin, from the class of '96, was cur- rently sta- tioned in Iraq while her twin brother Olin, a former Cape basketball player, is in the HOUCHENS Navy stationed on a ship within Tomahawk missile range of Iraq. SEA GULLS AND BLUE HENS - The Salisbury lacrosse team took the "Nazz out of Nazareth" last Sunday afternoon winning the Division III national lacrosse title 13-9. Coach Jim Berkrnan, who has an air of arro- gance about him just like his team, completed the season 20-0. Berk- man and his team have a streak of victories entering the 2005 season and have won three national rifles since 1995. It's time for Berkman to move up or move on and to face a schedule where opponents can actually "play back." The University of Delaware is heading in a similar direction. If the Blue Hens put together anoth- er dominating season, and there's no reason to think that they won't, the cry will be for them to move up to Division I because, as the cheerleaders sing, "There ain't no competition like the real competi- tion." GOLDEN BEAR - Jack Nick- laus has been playing tournament golf for 40 years. Last Sunday sit- ting well off the pace at three over entering the third round the Gold- en Bear, who shot his best golf when younger and fatter, said, "I still love playing, I'm just not any good at it." Now that sends a message to guys like me who may consider taking up the game for the first time. "Don't even think about it." Arnold Palmer shot an 85 on the first round and then withdrew, no doubt applying the same rule I did with adult basketball which is to quit at the middle of your de- scending game. SPECIAL OLYMPICS - Last week during my closing remarks at Cape High National Honor So- ciety inductions - yes, it is odd that I am their faculty advisor - I mentioned that I had been in- volved with Delaware Special Olympics for a dozen years. There was a deadly silence in the audience so I added, "That's right, as a competitor." I told everyone I was a five-foot pole vaulter and nine-foot long jumper, both exaggerations. This June 11 and 12 more than 1,000 athletes will compete at the Uni- versity of Delaware with the beau- tiful opening ceremonies sched- uled for Delaware Stadium at 7:30 p.m. on Friday night. Three hun- dred and fifty coaches along with 1,500 volunteers have worked for two months to get ready for this competition. There are aquatics, p0werlifring, softball, tennis and my personal favorite, bocce ball. "Bring on the little Italian guys from the neighborhood." The Special Olympics actually begin early in the week with the Law Enforcement Torch Run that carries the flame of hope 160 miles across Delaware. (They must get lost and double back.) There is a website - sode.org - where a picture of me going for a personal record six feet in the pole vault will soon be posted. This is just the coolest of Delaware sport- ing events and if you want to strengthen your family then please come to the games and cheer on the athletes. A NEW VENTURE - This People in Sports column has been appearing weekly uninterrupted in the resort area every week since 1982. And there have been no "best of" columns or "Fredman is on vacation" breaks in the action. Before the Caoe Gazette it was the Wednesday Whale newspaper. And now this Tuesday the Gazette moves to twice a week. Can I possibly crank out another column with different emphasis and keep them both interesting? Continued on page 129 CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, June 4 - June 10, 2004 - 127 SPORTS & OUTDOORS Lady Vikings take aim at state softball title 10-0 romp over Riders propels girls into final By Dave Frederick The Cape blue-collar softball team cleared a major hurdle, June 2, with a resounding 10-0 victory over visiting Caesar Rodney send- ing the once beaten Vikings of coach Bill Cordrey to the state championship game for the first time is school history. "I've been saying for the last three years that I just want to wake up on Saturday morning with a chance to play for the championship. "I want the girls to have that feeling." Using the slogan "git 'er done" borrowed from comedian Larry the Cable Guy, Cape exploded for nine runs in the first three innings, erasing any doubt that it would ann throws and play cautiously in such a big game. Continued on page 128 Dan Cook photo Cape's softball team takes on Caravel at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 5, at Sports at the Beach complex near Georgetown for the state softball championship. Team members include (back row l-r) Jesse Shinn, Marissa Carey, Laura Olenderski, Lisa Williams, Amanda Haxton, Mary- beth Betts and Amanda Deloy. In front are Laura McIlvain, Staci Warrington, Nikki Rhoades, Aishia Holloman, Jacki Warren, Crystal Spencer (obstructed) and Kristina Lingo. Warrington fires no-hitter - at St. Elizabeth By Dave Frederick Staci Warrington throws the change-up so often that it's as much a change of pace as Friday basketball in a physical education class. But no matter, because when contrasted against high heat the pitch becomes unhittable un- less a defenseless batter is sitting on it. "I call it anywhere in the count at anytime, even back to back," said catcher Laura McIllvain. "The hitters just don't pick it up." Cape jumped St. Elizabeth in the bottom of the first inning scor- ing two runs on three hits - the big hit being a triple from freshman Kristina Lingo followed by an Aishia Holloman double. Cape would manufacture anoth- er run in the bottom of the second inning sparked by a leadoff dou- Continued on page 128 I'm looking for some interaction from local sports fans DOGGIE DENIAL - It's bad enough that former beastly foot- ball coaches now own color-cod- ed Tupperware collections stacked on the kitchen counter like low cart) Lego blocks. But last Saturday at the Cape home softball game, I found it depress- ing that coach Ken Lingo and my- self were the only adults gracious enough to accept multiple, free boiled dogs blanketed inside a soggy roll all wrapped inside alu- minum foil. Someone hands me a hot dog after a home victory on Memorial Day weekend and I'm eating it. And I'm eating the next one and the next one. I have a de- gree in anthropology and I know better than to insult local tradi- tions by placing some stupid diet ahead of a gesture of friendship. Dave Frederick PLAYER MANAGER - De- lores Houchens was a three-year football manager for Cape gradu- ating in 1996. Delores joined the army was sent to Hawaii and while there played "tackle foot- ball." "I was a receiver," Delores said. 'qt was fun and I took some pretty good hits." Delores now works in the re- searchtepartment at Walter'Reed PEOPLE IN SPORTS Army Institute of Research in Washington, D.C. She reported that Olindia Boldin, from the class of '96, was cur- rently sta- tioned in Iraq while her twin brother Olin, a former Cape basketball player, is in the HOUCHENS Navy stationed on a ship within Tomahawk missile range of Iraq. SEA GULLS AND BLUE HENS - The Salisbury lacrosse team took the "Nazz out of Nazareth" last Sunday afternoon winning the Division III national lacrosse title 13-9. Coach Jim Berkrnan, who has an air of arro- gance about him just like his team, completed the season 20-0. Berk- man and his team have a streak of victories entering the 2005 season and have won three national rifles since 1995. It's time for Berkman to move up or move on and to face a schedule where opponents can actually "play back." The University of Delaware is heading in a similar direction. If the Blue Hens put together anoth- er dominating season, and there's no reason to think that they won't, the cry will be for them to move up to Division I because, as the cheerleaders sing, "There ain't no competition like the real competi- tion." GOLDEN BEAR - Jack Nick- laus has been playing tournament golf for 40 years. Last Sunday sit- ting well off the pace at three over entering the third round the Gold- en Bear, who shot his best golf when younger and fatter, said, "I still love playing, I'm just not any good at it." Now that sends a message to guys like me who may consider taking up the game for the first time. "Don't even think about it." Arnold Palmer shot an 85 on the first round and then withdrew, no doubt applying the same rule I did with adult basketball which is to quit at the middle of your de- scending game. SPECIAL OLYMPICS - Last week during my closing remarks at Cape High National Honor So- ciety inductions - yes, it is odd that I am their faculty advisor - I mentioned that I had been in- volved with Delaware Special Olympics for a dozen years. There was a deadly silence in the audience so I added, "That's right, as a competitor." I told everyone I was a five-foot pole vaulter and nine-foot long jumper, both exaggerations. This June 11 and 12 more than 1,000 athletes will compete at the Uni- versity of Delaware with the beau- tiful opening ceremonies sched- uled for Delaware Stadium at 7:30 p.m. on Friday night. Three hun- dred and fifty coaches along with 1,500 volunteers have worked for two months to get ready for this competition. There are aquatics, p0werlifring, softball, tennis and my personal favorite, bocce ball. "Bring on the little Italian guys from the neighborhood." The Special Olympics actually begin early in the week with the Law Enforcement Torch Run that carries the flame of hope 160 miles across Delaware. (They must get lost and double back.) There is a website - sode.org - where a picture of me going for a personal record six feet in the pole vault will soon be posted. This is just the coolest of Delaware sport- ing events and if you want to strengthen your family then please come to the games and cheer on the athletes. A NEW VENTURE - This People in Sports column has been appearing weekly uninterrupted in the resort area every week since 1982. And there have been no "best of" columns or "Fredman is on vacation" breaks in the action. Before the Caoe Gazette it was the Wednesday Whale newspaper. And now this Tuesday the Gazette moves to twice a week. Can I possibly crank out another column with different emphasis and keep them both interesting? Continued on page 129