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t CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, June 13 - June 19, 2003 - 1174 slam00 wraps Delaware around a nation ed' basketball By Dave Frederick Slam Dunk To The Beach Tour- nament Director Bobby Jacobs would be justified when respond- ing to local criticisms to invoke the ZZ Top blues lyric, "But I'm bad. I'm nationwide." "I just want people in Delaware and here in Sussex County to ap- preciate the national tournament here in their own backyard," Ja- cobs said. "We've had every big time college coach and pro fran- chise represented over 13 years of the tournament. My heavens, we had Red Auerbach and Fred Leahy,speaking at the banquet in Dewey Beach, and Mike Krzyzewski and Denny Crnm sit- ting together watching high school basketball at Cape Hen- lopen High School. And that doesn't even scratch the surface." Leahy, then President of the Utah Jazz, is still remembered for his joke about what it's like for a boy from Brooklyn to live in Salt Lake City. "If you ever go fishing with a Mormon always bring two," Leahy said. "If you only bring one he'll drink all your beer." Jacobs will be going fishing on June 24 at the NBA draft that is held in Madison Square Garden. The surrounding hotels are filled with NBA brain trust. There are diaft rooms and some of the most powerful corporate Sponsors in America are in the house. Spon- sors will be meeting with sports agents to nail down contracts. Everyone from the sneaker com- panies, trading cards, power bars and isotonic sports drinks. Even Nestles Crunch is hustling new heroes of the hip-hop culture. "Last year I picked up five ma- I I [ | The Slam Dunk attracts some of the top college coaches in the country, including Duke's Mike Krzyzewski, left, and Louisville's Denny Crum who were on hand to catch some of the action last year. jor sponsors for the tournament," Jacobs said. "Some of the NBA players who played in the Slam have a certain loyalty to me. The respect and notoriety on the pro- fessional and national and even international level for this tourna- ment is amazing, but that same re- spect is non-existent at home." Jacob's accessibility during the Slam Dunk tournament makes him a walking suggestion box for many fans and even friends. It would:belike watchingevery fessional game sitting next to the owner of the team. It Wouldn't be long before one started to tell the guy who to draft and how to im- prove the franchise. "I believe the future0f high school sports is in commexeializa- tion," Jacobs said. "Many people argue with me that sports are to teach fhf an c!ip, Tech honors 2002-03 athletes The Sussex Tech Ravens held their annual Athletic Awards Cere- mony on June 3 to recognize the efforts of its high school athletes. Rebecca Singh (Millsboro) and Marcus Morris (Millsboro). Athletes of each sport are: Football - Marcus Mor- ris (Millsboro); Boys Soccer - An- drew Betts (Georgetown); Field Hockey Megan Correll (Bridgeville); Boys Cross Country - Christopher Singh (Millsboro); Girls Cross Country - Rebecca Singh (Millsboro); Boys Basket- ball - Rashawn Johnson (Sel- byville); Girls Basketball - Anto- nia Jones (Rehoboth); Wrestling - Andy Lee (Seaford); Fall Cheer- leading - Jessica Warrington (Millsb0ro); Winter Cheerleading - Iesha Benson (Seaford); Boys Indoor Track - Marcus Morris (Millsboro); Girls Indoor Track - Rebecca Singh (Millsboro); Boys Track and Field - Marcus Morris (Millsboro); Gids Track and Field - Rebecca Singh (Milslboro); Baseball - Tom Shortridge (Lau- rel); Softball - Danielle Shields (Laurel); Girls Soccer - Britany Adkins (Laurel); Lacrosse - Joshua Maisel (Rehoboth); Athlet- ic Trainer - Rachel Brandner (Millsboro); and Golf - Adam Li- etzan (Laurel). Special recognition was given to students in each grade who have maintained the highest grade point average for this school year. . . _ ., An Outstanding Scholar Athlete award was given to a male and fe- male athlete in each grade as fol- lows: Freshman - Lauren Correll (Bridgeville) and Wesley Broad- hurst (Milton); Sophomore - Re- bekah Ricksecker (Laurel) and Zach McCarthy (Frankford); Ju- nior - Heather Hudson (George- town) and Patrick Hughes (Lau- rel); and Senior - Rebecca Singh (Millsboro) and a tie between Thomas Shortridge (Laurel) and Justin Witt (Millsboro). The Outstanding Female Sportsmanship Award went to Brandi Lewis (Laurel) and the Outstanding Male Sportsmanship winner was Don Humpton (Bridgeville). Outstanding Senior Athletes are but I'll tell you that over 13 years the players that come to the Slam Dunk over Christmas are of the highest character. That's how those programs operate. Plus, you're increasing a kid's chances to earn a college scholarship. People in Delaware who send a kid to St. Andrew's are doing the exact same thing." Switching back to pure basket- ball issues, Jacobs said that four of the top 10 picks in the upcoming draft have played in the Slam Dunk or hisnewly created War on the Shore tournament held in Mil- ford. "There's LeBron James, Carmello Anthony, Kendrick Perkins and Charlie Villanueva," Jacobs said. "After the top five, the 'F Factor' kicks in. That stands for foreign players from all over the world, In last year's draft File photos Slam Dunk to the Beach Tournament Director Bob Jacobs, left, poses with University of Maryland hoop coach Gary Williams at last December's tourney. over half the players selected were foreign. Sixty-two percent of the players at War on the Shore, a prep school tournament featuring fifth-year players, were foreign. So you tell me, what is an Ameri- can high school student from a small town supposed to do if he has talent and wants to have a shot to keep his star rising? "If a parent has money he looks at private schools like Oak Hill in Virginia and St. Benedict's in Newark, N.J.," he added. "Char- lie Cauley is president and CEO of MBNA and a graduate of St. Benedict's. The state of I Delaware's best young player, Juwan Carter, spent a year at Tat- nail but now he's at St Benedict's. How do you think that hap- pened?" The Slam Dunk To,The Beach locks up teams by contract two years in advance. Some teams must sign a franchise player clause that gives the tournament the right to exclude a team if that player isn't on the roster the first day of the practice season. Jacobs has never had a team make it into the program of the tournament and then not show up, but other teams have exercised their own franchise back door exit when their own recruit jumps to a better deal like from Tatnall to St. Bene- dict's. Jacobs will rub shoulders with the big boys during NBA draft- weekend beginning June 24 at Madison Square Garden. He works on his tournament every day of the year in some fashion or other. He Would like to get back to the days of just enjoying five days of great basketball with his friends. Submitted photo Outstanding athletes at Sussex Technical High School were named for the 2002-03 sports year. Kneeling are (l-r) Kevin Maull, Tom Shortridge and Josh Maisel. In the front row stand- ing are Dannielle Sheilds, Rachel Brandner, Britney Adkins, Rebecca Singh, Marcus Morris, Megan Correll and Antonia Jones. In the back row are Chris Singh, Adam Lietzan, Andy Betts and Andy Lee. II 'I[ ] i1 l ! ..... II ii1 :--I -F[- 7I1WIIIIIIII,- IIiIKIIllllilIVI[TIIliI[ illiiHil H .... ;ilaieamrmTilillmI, Itnwitmi