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82 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, August 14 - August 20, 1998 He was an all-state fullback, Inspiration Continued from page 81 corts a Catholic churchgoer to an upfront pew. Sandy has been blind since the age of 19 when glaucoma shut down his sight. He proved an inspirational match to Kergaard as the two men worked from large muscles to small mus- cle groups, with Sandy always pushing for a few more burning reps with an assist from Kergaard. "Dave is wonderful," Sandy said. "He is tough as hell. There is no slack, he just keeps moving. I love it. You can't find a nicer man." Greenberg is an inspirational story himself.. He graduated from Columbia University, then earned a Ph.D. from Harvard in Interna- tional Affairs before accepting a prestigious Marshall Scholarship to attend Oxford University in England. The question is, how does all that get done while overcoming the loss of sight? "It takes great family and friends and you work your butt off," Sandy said. "The United States is an extraordinary open so- ciety where people judge you on what you can do, not what's wrong with you. Like my accoun- tant said, 'I was born with sub- standard negative net worth so I've had to work hard.' " Kergaard has been working hard since his days as a star ath- lete at Rocky River High School, a suburb of Cleveland. discus-thrower and undefeated heavyweight wrestler. After Woody Hayes offered Dave a chance to be a guard at Ohio State, he opted instead to be a full- back at Miami of Ohio ("the cra- dle of coaches") and played for Bo Schembechler, who would lat- er move on to Michigan. Dave found inspiration at Mia- mi from assistant coach John Mal- covic, a former quarterback who was Brian Piccolo's ("Brian's Song") roommate at Wake Forest. "Malcovic was just -genuinely a nice guy," Dave said. Kergaard spent a fifth year of college at West Virginia University as a wrestler, using up his floating fifth year of athletic eligibility. In 1970 the physical education teacher landed his first job, at Rock Hall High School in Mary- land, and in 1971 started the foot- ball program at the newly consoli- dated Kent County High School. He served as football coach for five years, basketball for three and one year as track coach. The bodybuilder, powerlifter, coach and teacher rapidly moved up the ladder of career success (who was going to stop him?) be- coming assistant principal, then principal (1981-93) and finally as- sistant superintendent for K - 12, in charge of instructional curricu- lum. The school's old agriculture building was quickly converted to a huge, state-of-the-art weight room by Kergaard and became part of the everyday curriculum. "I was the only principal with a picture of Arnold (Schwarzeneg- ger) on his desk," Dave said." I think my background was an ad- vantage when I was principal. Running a successful school is no different than being a successful football coach. It requires the same skills." Both Dave and Sandy continue to strive for self-improvement and self-actualization (be all that you can be) while maintaining person- alities that are friendly and open to meeting new people and ideas. The newfound fitness friends seemed to tradeoff inspiration into exhaustion as Dave escorted Sandy from The Firm to the car outside. Not sure which of the men drove home! Lewes Yacht Club swimming team closes season with awards banquet The Lewes Yacht Club Swim team finished its season by send- ing 34 swimmers to the Delmarva Swim Association champi- onships. The team, coached by Andrew Austria, had eight meets and won one, There were five meets in which the team lost by an average of on- ly 25 points. Austria cited scheduling con- filets with camps, other sporting obligations and vacations as one of the reasons fielding a full team at meets was difficult. "The one thing I am happy about is that we had a safe and fun summer," said Austria. "We held our first ever swim-a-thon to help raise money for the swimming program and it was a big success. I was really pleased with all our swimmers' performances this year," he added. Austria said credit is due to as- sistant coaches Rachel Meluney and Stefanie Doyle and to the many parents who volunteered their time during meets. The team held a banquet at the close of its season to recognize the efforts of the athletes. Most Improved Awards went to Rosie Beauregard, Melissa Choy, Laura McKeown, Amy Levy, Ste- fanie Doyle, Reven Reed, Jack Williams, John Tadler and Jesse Moore. Most Valuable Awards were given to Christa Funk, Peyton Killeen, Christina Lindemer, Anne Funk Rachel Meluney, Connor Jones, Patrick Moran, Matt Lindemer, Todd Drotleff and Jordan Moore. A special swim-a-thon award was given to Cassie King for the most laps swum. King also won an award for the most money do- nated. The award for the most points at individual events went to Christi- na Lindemer with 94 points, and to Jordan Moore with 77 points. The Coaches' Award for Sportsmanship was given to Mary Pawlina and Adam Beauregard. For more information about joining the team next summer, contact Austria at 645-8506. People Continued from page 81 advertising slogan, "The Protein Bar That Doesn't Suck." I asked the drivers what exactly that meant and they said they didn't know but that they didn't suck either. Could be a chewy thing like the ANY CLUE? brown Chesa- peake belonging to a player from the Blue Moon soccer champions named after the Star Wars wookie Chewbacca, which reminds me of the rap lyric, "And like Hans Solo, I strokin' my Wookie." What does any of it mean? No wonder our kids are confused. SNIPPETS - Jerry Peden, the basketball coach re- signee in res- idence at Cape Hen- lopen, will commute from Lewes this basket- ba!l season to join Indian PEDEN River basket- ball coach Pat Kelly on the bench. The watchmaker and the watch breaker should prove to be an in- teresting alliance... q2ape Region Athletes Of The Week WES FRUEHAUF Twenty-nine-year-old Wes is a "land porpoise"-type athlete who has lived a part of his life in the fast lane but not in recent history. Wes captained the Blue Moon to a perfect 11-0 season in the YMCA summer soccer league and was a defensive stalwart (bruising and relentless ma- niac) in his team's 1-0 cham- pionship game victory over Ajax. "I'd rather workout and 'burn up a little pave- ment' than party any day," said the gymnastic veteran of the Rehoboth Patrol. PAUL ROTH Paul can play back or "pushup" on the soccer field and get somewhere in a hur- ry fast, and it's usually the right place. Paul played stel- lar defense (good, even) throughout the soccer play- offs, helping the Blue Moon win the championship and justify their high-priced uni- forms. "I played in the finals the last two years and lost to Cape," Roth said. "The only thing more satisfying would have been to beat Cape in the finals with Aric and Je- remy Boyd on their team." TIM GREEN Tim is to beach flags what Jeff Gordon is to stockcar racing. To beat Green, an op- ponent better hope Tim runs out of gas (never happens) or throws a brake shoe. Green won the national championship last weekend in Chicago, then participat- ed in an international beach flags invitational with ath- letes from Canada and Japan and won that. =I prac- ticed beach flags all sum- mer. To compete on the lake with Chicago as a backdrop was just awesome." PATRICK MORAN Tatnall student and Lewes summer resident Patrick Moran churned to three in- dividual first-place ribbons and juiced two relays to sec- ond-place finishes in the Lewes Yacht Club's meet vs. Ocean Pines on July 27. In the Delmarva Swim Associa- tion championships, Patrick placed Uth in his age group in the 25-yard butterfly. Patrick's efforts this season, his second at the LYC, earned him MVP honors for boys, in his 8-and-under age group. My man Sammy Sosa has caught Mark McGwire in the homerun Marls chase as each slug- ger has 46 roundtrippers. Sammy seems to be attacking the ball while Big Mac only swings at mis- takes and sees few hittable pitch- es... Gazette editor Trish Vernon was in Phoenix last week for a family funeral and afterward was having dinner at the Ristorante Pronto and mentioned to an employee that she was from Rehoboth Beach, Del. Her waiter was astounded. "My brother lives in Lewes and I grew up in Georgetown." And the mis- placed local was - Roy Short, brother of the great American sportsman Ralph Short. It certain- ly is a short world... Ring! Ring! "Hello...Cape Henlopen School District." "Yes, I'm calling in reference to a job I interviewed for and I was told I would be notified but I haven't heard a word." "And what is your name and when was the interview?" "The name is Johnson and I be- lieve it was in July of 1991 ." "Just a minute, please." Pause. "Hello. You didn't get it and you know what they say, 'If you don't get it you just don't get it.' Ha, ha! And now we have people to talk to that actually do have jobs so - Go on now, git!"