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CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, June 7 - June 13, 1996 - 59 SPORTS & OUTDOORS Thompson inducted into Delaware Hall of Fame All-American teams labeled anyone an All- American who could buckle both sides of the chin strap simultaneously and whose extended family figured to be eating cheesy hamburgers the rest of their lives. Buck Thompson was and is the real deal. We're talking leather helmets and no face masks. "There was only one division in the whole country and that was Division One," Thompson said in an interview last Wednesday. "Delaware was ranked number 17 in the entire country." During Thompson's three-year playing career at Delaware, the Blue Hens were undefeated at 31-0. Thompson played the 1941 and 1942 seasons and then spent four years in the Army, mostly in the European Theater. He still holds the record for the By Dave Frederick Harold "Buck" Thompson was inducted into the Delaware Sports Hall of Fame on May 16, largely based on his football prowess as an end on the University of Delaware football team 50 years ago. In 1946 Thompson was an Honorable Mention Associated Press All-American. That's back before corporate sponsorship of Buck Thompson (27) carries the ball behind the blocking of Fred Sposato (34) during their days after World War Two playing for the University of Delaware. longest kick-off return, a 99 yard scamper against Western Maryland in 1946 with the late Fred Sposato leading his personal blocking escort. Thompson also holds the record for the longest run from scrimmage, a 98 yarder against Washington College in 1946. "Fred Sposato was a tremondous foot- ball player and a great friend," Thompson said. "He coached at Newark H.S. and in the Blue Gold All-Star THOMPSON game. When he married a girl from Milton I was the best man in his wedding. And now my daughter Shelly is married to Fred's son, Fred junior. That's quite a story." Thompson was selected to the all-time University of Delaware starting football team as an end back in 1979 and, like those blocks of granite faces chiseled into Mount Rushmore, promises to stay there forever. Speaking and looking into the eyes of the 74 year old Buck Thompson at the Rehoboth Beach Country Club Wednesday afternoon, it was apparent I was in the pres- ence of an athletic throwback cut in the mold of "Concrete" Chuck Bednarik, for- mer Eagles two way star, or Jim Taylor, the fullback battering ram of the Green Bay Packers. Thompson looks like he could still play and that a helmet would be optional equipment. "I played at about 210 pounds and now I go about 230," said Thompson, who is an avid golfer. 'Tve been real fortunate with my health." Thompson has never strayed far from the athletic world since he was a high school star in Manasquan, New Jersey. After com- Continued on page 60 Slurping watermelon with skinny runners HALL RUNNERS- Maureen ....... tions, some even touching their to keep me running," Marian Hall was a former safety on Jim Leyh's Hall of Lavale, Maryland, which is nine miles from Frostburg, which is 25 miles from nowhere, won the overall women's title at last Sunday morning's Grove Park 5K in a time of 18.28. The 31-year old preschool teacher and her hus- band Robert Hall (I still shop there) are running enthusiasts to say the least ,and obsessive fitness runners to say the most. "I average about 60 miles per week except for July when I bump up to 80 which includes two days of long interval speed work on the track," Marian said. 'q have a 17:14 as a PR in the 5K and while a college runner at Towson State I ran 2:07 for 800 meters and 4:53 for the mile. I train seven days a week and also lift three days because that's just the way I like to do it. I think the weight training is what keeps me injury free." Marian Hall's husband, Robert, is president of the Baltimore Road Runners Club, and the former UMBC cross coun- try star has 15 marathons to his PEOPLE IN SPORTS Dave Frederick credit. Road running Robert was on a long training run Sunday morning thereby missing Marian's moment of glory. He'd better knock that stuff off quick. BODY DOUBLES- I don't mind hanging around a bunch of skinny runners slurping watermel- on on a Sunday morning (the run- ners had some also) while they discuss times and weather condi- non-existent bellies and saying, "I've got to get rid of this if I want to run faster." Construction dude Lyle Riggin joined me on the edge of a reinforced picnic table prior to the awards ceremony. His wife Patrice smiled and said, "No one will ever mistake you "Two Guys" (I used to shop there also) for run- ners." In fact, I have made myself into a runner on several occasions because it's all about training and devoting that much time to your- self. If I adhered to Marian Hall's diet and fitness regimen (look above) for a one year period, pro- viding my body didn't just col- lapse into corn meal, I know I could break 20 minutes for 5K and go under six (no, not under a six pack) in the mile. What excuse do skinny people have for running slow? If Marian Hall lived my lifestyle for a year she'd be look- ing for a new husband because her old one would be squashed. "There is heart disease in my fam- ily and that's another motivation told me after her race. There is heart disease in my family as well. My late grandfather Frank caught 65 fish off a fishing pier in Wild- wood, New Jersey on his 65th birthday. He had a heart attack and died rather than clean them. GREEN ACRES- Former Cape golfers Jay Lewis '93 and Scott Anderson '89 have both complet- ed a two year certification pro- gram at the University of Mary- land in Golf Course Management. (How do they move holes? That's what I wanna know.) Jay was the head coach at Cape last season and Jay Lewis (1) and Scott Anderson. football team which was definitely a dangerous position. Scott is fly- ing to Augusta National Golf Course on June 27 for an inter- view for an internship. "They only talk to eight people from the whole country," Scott said. (Scott's got that Sussex accent and sounds a little like he's from Geor- gia so that can't hurt him, right?) Scott has interned at Sussex Pines while Jay is working at Rehoboth Beach Yacht and Country Club. His boss is Eddie Brown (former Cape and West Chester quarter- back), who is Superintendent of the Rehoboth course. I wonder if there's a certification course like "19th Hole . . . Snack Bar Man- agement." YO FARLOW!- Irish Eyes at Anglers (a catchy tide) is up and running and doing a booming business complete with steel band on the deck and an outside bar. (Sounds like my house) During Continued on page 43