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54 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, June 9 - June 15, 1995 Sports & Outdoors Seniors Tom Frederick, left, and twin brother Jack, right, accept the Mike Snell Friendship Award from Carol Duggan, mother of the late Mike Snell Both brothers were two sport standouts for the Vikings in 1995, lettering in football and lacrosse. Two sport standout Ben Evick received the Kevin Kennedy Award, named after the late football player Kevin Kennedy who died in an auto- mobile accident in 1974. Seniors Tom Frederick and Becky Steuer were voted Cape Henlopen High School's Moot Valuable Athletes during gradu- ation ceremonies held last Tuesday evening, June 6. Steuer was a standout track athlete for the Vikings, competing on both the corss country and spring track and field team. year to remember, one to forget for Cape's senior athletes By Dave Frederick Three years ago an Athletic Task Force was formed after Cape Henlopen High School had put together the worst cumula- tive scholastic sports year in the 23-year history of the school district. There was an argument advanced from all corners of the educational pinwheel that too many losing seasons were affecting the morale of the student body. Cape students were embarrassed to wear school jackets out in public. Graduates bragged about the old days when Cape "walked the walk and talked the talk." The irony of the decline of Cape sports was that the girls teams continued to be strong, especially in the sports of field hockey, basketball, softball, girls tennis and track. Ironic because an anonymous com- plaint (not conf'mned but suspected) would bring Cape under Civil Rights scrutiny for allegedly short-changing the girls sports programs. After a successful sports year, the all-sports banquet was canceled because of fears of perceived unfairness. The graduating class of 1995 turned the corner in returning Cape to the forefront of scholastic sports, not only in the Henlopen Conference but statewide. Both basketball teams advanced to the state semifinals at the University of Delaware's Bob Carpenter Center. The boys basketball team defeated Caesar Rodney three times over the course of the season, including a dramatic overtime victory on the hardwoods at Sussex Tech in the quarterfinals of the state tournament. The football team posted consecutive winning seasons under George Glenn, including a home record of 9-1. The true sign of success was the disappointment felt by the players after a 7-3 season. "Take back a couple of plays and we're 9- 1 and in the tournament," Glenn said. "I felt at the end of the season after convincing victories over Dover, Sussex Tech and Sus- sex Central that we were as good as any- body." Cross country, which has enjoyed incred- ible success over the years under George Pepper, had an off year in overall team per- formance, but did boast number one girl runner Becky Steuer. "When I was a fresh- man I was a chubby little nerd," Becky said a few days before graduation. "Running turned my whole life around." Wrestling coach Tyrone Gray was not able to turn around a struggling program and resigned at the end of the season. "It was hard for me to coach athletes who did not give a 100 percent commitment to wrestling," Gray said. "Maybe someone else can get this thing going." A successful PeeWee program seems to provide a natural feeder system for Cape, but the truth is that the program's very sur- vival is threatened." Currently, the high school program is without a coach in a small state whose major university is with- out a team. There are more track banners flying above the court at Cape than any other Continued on page 57 Let's change the way we present senior awards STAND AND DELIVER - The sent the award. I don't mean for field, having that uncanny talent to Bayko's gifts basketball team that senior awards ceremony and pageantry of graduation are both in the history books for the class of 1995. Everyone involved with organizing and presenting awards deserves a debt of gratitude. (Anyone who deserves a debt, I have plenty of them to pass around.) This was the first time in the 26-year history of Cape Hen- lopen that there was no end-of- the-year all-sports banquet. The reason is all tied up in the office of Civil Rights and all that gender equity nonsense. Any unem- ployed sociology major knows you can't legislate equality and quite often rules of fairness are written to protect lazy people. I must propose a radical idea for the presentation of annual awards, which are a memorial to an hon- ored Cape citizen. Awards such as the Lois Cordrey, Mike Snell, David Clifton and Kevin Kennedy awards should be verbally explained and presented by some- one who knew the person in real life or a former award winner. PEOPLE IN SPORTS Dave Frederick These are spiritual moments for the community and the purpose of the award is to honor a memory and carry it into the future within the heart of a young person. I also think that an award as significant as Most Valuable Athlete for the class be presented by the athletic director because it is such a crowning jewel of achievement for the athlete and would be a hon- or for the athletic director to pre- these constructive recommenda- tions to be construed as a cheap shot, although I have been known to hit after the whistle. PATRIOT MISSILE - Watch- ing athletes walk from the Cape gymnasium graduation night, I was a little emotional knowing some kids who I have been watch- ing play sports since before my moustache turned gray I may nev- er see play again. I caught the moment when young Jack Lingo drifted past the plaque outside the gym in memorium to Kenny Lin- go, Jack's great uncle. Kenny Lingo, a former school board member from Rehoboth, served the Cape community from 1969 to 1976. Jack Lingo was a fearless soccer goalie for Cape the last two seasons. I always remember Jack sliding onto the right foot of a full speed striker without any regard to protecting that trademark Lingo smile, which is obviously a domi- nant genetic trail Jack was also a lethal weapon on the lacrosse unload tons of force at the moment of impact into the skull and through the skeletal system of an opponent. Jack is one of those all- around athletic jocks who per- formed in front of small crowds, but always made his team several notches (or nachos) better by his sheer presence. He will not be easily replaced. SOLID AND STEADY - Three sport athlete Katie Rickards will be heading off to the University of Delaware in September. Katie was a starter in field hockey, bas- ketball and softball. She is a local product who has come up through the ranks of the Cape system. When programs weren't available for girls she played on the boys teams. Katie was a defensive stal- wart this past season for coach Ruth Skoglund's field hockey team. "Katie is such a good ath- lete and tough competitor that she could play anywhere on the field," Skoglund said. Rickards was Miss Versatility for Ralph lost to Ursuline in the state semifi- nals. And in softball, Katie started at second base and did a great job. Good solid career, Katie. Con- gratulations. COACH OF THE YEAR - Back when I first came to Lewes and Buck Thompson was the sports editor of the local newspa- per, Buck would pick an athlete and coach of the year from the Cape Henlopen School District. I thought it might be nice to reinsti- tute a Coach of the Year recipient. This year's Coach of The Year in the Cape District is... Are you kidding me? There's no way I would ever touch that category. I have to work with these people. And I don't want people bribing me with pieces of cheese toast. A SCRAPPLE REWARD - Speaking of bribing, Cindi Burn- ham, a Cape basketball player and track athlete, graduated last week, the last of the three Burnham chil- Continued on page 57