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90 . CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, June 26 )hil Burke Continued from page 89 points to a large indentation on the top of his bald head where sur- geons sawed through his skull. "I had what's called a meningioma, which literally means 'skin of the brain,' " Burke said. "The first tu- mor was the size of a lemon. The operation was like being at my own wake. The second was the size of an orange and I woke up paralyzed on the left side. The third, which was treated with radi- ation [strapped into a mask which was screwed into a table] was fol- lowed by a month's worth of seizures. And now I'm in great shape for the shape I'm in," Burke joked. "Except for the first brain tumor, I never worried about not making it. I just figured 'what will be will be.' " A 63-year-old "man about sports," Burke has held a myriad of jobs from sports information di- rector at Columbia University (1960-65) and director of promo- tion and public relations for the New York Rangers Hockey Club (1965-66) to a radio announcer and sports correspondent for W G M D and sports editor for the Delaware "Coast Press." "I started my first job in journal- ism as sports editor of the "Sunday Sun," a Teaneck, N.J. weekly, in 1957 and now 40 years later my last job is also as sports editor, of the "Coast Press," also a weekly. They were the two greatest jobs I ever had." Phil added, "But, I've July 2, 1998 always had jobs where I couldn't get promoted. I just had to move on." Phil Burke is always moving, but a little shakily after brain tu- mor No. 3 and in fact was knocked down hard twice last fall while re- porting from the sidelines of a Sat- urday afternoon football game as Cape hosted Pleasantville. "My wife, Bonnie, said if I did come back I would have to report from the press box. I just couldn't see me not being on the sidelines." Bonnie is a human resource spe- cialist with Beebe Medical Center where Phil edits and contributes articles to "The Beacon" maga- zine. Both Bonnie and Phil have also managed the reigning Miss Delaware the last three years. Phil has a college degree in communication arts from Fordham University that he has been putting to use for the last 40 years with by- line articles in the "New York Times," "New York Journal American," "The Record" of Hackensack, N.J., and "The Wash- ington Post." And then there was a job as me- dia coordinator for the opening of the new Madison Square Garden (1967-68) and a stint as communi- cations specialist of the New York Racing Association, which in- cludes Aquaduct, Belmont and Saratoga. His father was assistant to the sports editor of the "New York Times" for 46 years, but don't get Phil started. "Growing up I saw Babe Ruth hit against Walter Johnson; I watched Maurice "The Rocket" Briefly Cape Relgion A:hletes Of The Week ERIC ALBRIGHT Greg Cauller is the runner known as "The Boss" but it was research scientist Eric Albright with the hot sauce as the former Cape teacher peppered Cauller with a blis- tering two-block finishing kick to win the Father's Day 5K last Sunday in Rehoboth Beach. "I've been playing and not running," Albright said. "I've been mountain biking, rock climbing andplaying Ul- timate Frisbee to keep in shape. I was in 15th place at the mile and just picked it up after that," he said. DANNY HUDSON The former free safety from the 1986 Cap football team, who perfected a "Red Dog" known as the "Boogie Blitz," still has speed to burn, as demonstrated last Saturday morning on the newly paved basketball courts of Re- hoboth. Danny was one of Cape's all-time talented base- ball pitchers and later pitched for Del Tech. "I be. Heve in staying in shape and being a positive role model for young kids," Danny said. "Boogie" can still run the court and bury the jumper. Richard; worked with the greatest superstar of goodwill; Bobby Hull; gave away my press pass, which ended up being Don Larsen's perfect game; saw games at the Polo Grounds; watched Buck Passer race and covered The Holiday Festival at the Garden from noon to midnight, which pre- pared me for Bobby Jacobs and The Slam Dunk Tournament. The best players I ever saw were Tom Gola and Bill Bradley." Phil's cherished memories of Cape athletics focus on the Mag- gie Widdoes and Katie DelCampo basketball years, the field hockey state championship and seven- overtime victory over Tower Hill; and the state championship bas- ketball game that was lost in over- time. SeaCoast opens new quarter.mile track "The Island," SeaCoast Speed- way's new quarter-mile track opened on Friday, June 19, with the 250cc Micro Sprint feature race, won by Snookie Vent. Other races featured the dwarf cars and the sportsman-modified divisions. Owners and drivers of dwarf cars are asked to call racing director Lynn Wright at 629-9470 as soon as possible. The next show starts at 8 p.m., Friday, June 26. Adult general admission is $5; kids 6 to 12 pay $2; and those 5 and under are admitted free. CHAD JENKINS The Jenkster "threw down" last Monday night on the beach in Rehoboth at the East Coast Challenge life- guard competition. Jenkins, a graduate of Cape Hen- lopen and the University of Georgia, barely survived the elimination heats in the 100. yard trials but "showed up" in the finals to place second in a field of eight runners be- hind teammate Tim Green. "I try to Hve well," said the former lacrosse and cross- country athlete. '3. "I never knew a coach or athlete at Cape to have a bad word for me," Burke said. "Coaches Glenn and Peden were just as classy as they come. I feel the board of education lucked out with the jobs turned in by Ed Waples, Josette McCullough and Brian Donahue. The citizens of Chpe are very lucky to have such great teams and great newspaper coverage" What will Phil Burke miss the most when the fall sports season rolls around? "I will miss it if Brian [Don- ahue] takes the team to the state championship. But I won't miss getting run down." But there is no doubt Phil Burke always gets back up. See you in the fall, big guy. Pun-intendedl 'Home Runs for Heart' Ashburn tribute July 20 The Richie Ashburn Home Runs for Heart will offer the sports fans the chance to hit one out of Veterans Stadium and at the same time benefit the Ameri- can Heart Association. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday, July 20, and is organized much like a golf tournament. Teams composed of four play- ers each will visit the locker room at Veterans Stadium and head to the field for a souvenir photo. Each player has 15 or 20 pitches to hit one out of the park. For more information, call 610- 940-9631. Spots are limited. TIM GREEN Tim Green is a five-year veteran of the Rehoboth Beach Patrol and also guarded for Delaware State Parks. But the "Speed Rac- er" of the Atlantic sand flats is only 24 years old. Last Monday, Tim defended his title as saltwater Sussex's fastest land animal by win- ning the 100-yard dash.Tim later claimed first place in the beach flags competition. Tim will graduate from UNCW this fall and begin work on his physical thera- py degree. People Continued from page 90 ally ecstatic (ecthemostatic) when they drive out of here," Mark said. But Fredman is still sitting with a pat hand waiting for the perfect wave. CUBBIES OVER MARLINS - - The battle for first place in the Lewes Little League major league baseball (12 and under) was won by the Cubs last Tuesday night as pitcher Alex Polichetti threw a one-hitter' to battery mate Jay Marsh in a 3-1 victory over the Marlins. Both teams had three losses going into the game with three games left to play. Dustin Hobbs was the hitting star for the Cubs, going 3-for-3, including a homerun. Jimmy Klebes was also 3-for-3 for the Cubs. Jimmy Davis and Bobby Hopkins shared pitch- ing duties for the Marlins. The Cubs are managed by Ed Gill with Tom Engel and Mike Tappan serving as coaches. Scott Peck is the manager of the Marlins team. Stay tuned to the Cape Gazette for upcoming all-star action. PUT UP OR THROW UP - Last Sunday morning's Father's Day 5K was run in conditions somewhere between blistering and sweltering. And as the runners re- turned to the finish chute 20- to 30-minutes later many looked more dazed and confused then I did after taking my SAT tests. The ultimate victims of their own fo- cus seem to be young boys and middle-aged men. The boys don't have enough ex- perience to reflect on quitting and generally seem bewildered to find themselves throwing up on the street two steps past the finish line. The older men, just the rubbery- legged wobblers who roll their heads around like Stevie Wonder singing a love ballad, would rather croak than quit because the quest is always to finish. I'll never for- get my last words uttered in the middle of my last race. "Freak this!" I've been walking ever since. SNIPPETS - Triathlete Dave Travis is working his way back in- to competitive shape running a 19 minutes 51 seconds ...Cape's lacrosse goalie, junior Billy Brennan, broke his collar bone in a biking accident and will miss the prestigious 205 camp ...Look for Duncan Smith, for- mer Indian River soccer coach, to be rehired for that position. If not, forget about it ...Basketball action on the courts of Rehoboth both Saturday and Sunday mornings is hot and heavy with games beginning about 7:15 a.m. Last Saturday Greg Smock threw down a two-handed slam at the end of a fast break and yelled something about a white boy who could still jump, but he got reaffir- mation from the on-deck crew that he, in fact, got game. What he got was, "Go on now, git"