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CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, August 15 - August 21, 1997 - 81 SPORTS & OUTDOORS Cape wins summer field hockey title 1-0 Palekar goal and Waples shut-out take bite out of Big Dawgs By Dave Frederick The championship game came down to a pair of focused moments in a single half of action. Forward Kelly Palekar sent back a goalie save, that careened from a defender onto Palekar's stick, into the back of the cage midway through the second half giving the Vikings a 1-0 lead. The large Big Dawg following (Lake Forest) was screaming for blood. The offense had been nip- ping at the shinpads of Cape goalie Erica Waples for most of the first half but the "Doctor of Defense" had answered all house calls at her front door. And then a rocket shot from beyond the scoring circle came bouncing in on the uneven tuff. In a split second the goalie made her decision and lifted her right foot, pivoting away from the ball. "Bonk or boink," take your pick of the sound bite, as the ball bashed into the boards behind the goalie. The dog pound was screaming. It was love at first bite. Or was it? "I made a split decision and jumped out of the way," Erica said after the game. "I knew a shot from way out there would not count unless someone touched' it before it went into the goal. It was just instinct and I reacted. It was a hard shot." Cape advanced to the champi- onship game by beating a stubborn Smyrna team two nights earlier (Sunday) 2-0 on goals by Katie Levy and Amanda Hopkins. Goalies Zena Hense and Erica Waples shared in the shutout. "We seniors wanted to win all four trophies this year," said Kel- ly Palekar. "That includes the reg- ular season summer league (Cape won the regular season eight team league with a 9-1 record ) and the play-off trophy. Now we need to go out and win the Henlopen Con- ference and State Champi- onships." As a point of interest, the last two champions of the Dover Parks and Recreation Summer League - Milford and Cape have gone onward to win the Delaware State Scholastic Championship. "This gives us a little confi- dence going into the season," said all-stater Jackie Warrington. Lake Forest coach Chris Min- ner, in her third summer, was proud of her team that came from two goals down Sunday night to defeat Dover 3-2 in overtime. "The first goal of summer hockey is that it should be fun," Minner said. "I knew it would be a one goal game. Last year we made it to the first round in the state playoffs and I think we'll be back again this year," Minner said. Sideline Stuff- Coach Debbie Marshall was left to coach the championship game herself as Dave Frederick photo Members of the championship winning Cape team include: (back row, l-r) Zina Hense,Sara Arensberg, Amanda Hopkins, Lucy Short, Jodi Moore, Bufy Jackewicz, Emily Walls, Shanon Colburn, and Cortney Reihm; (middle row) Lindsey King, Angela Griffith and Katie Levy; (front Tow) Kim Smith,Taylor Marshall, Sarah Marshall, Kelly Palekar, Samantha Catts, Alison Gaffney, Jaeki Warrington and Erica Waples assistant coach Jenkie Lingo stayed home with daughter Carrie who was getting ready to leave for the North Carolina Tar Heels field hockey team. "Jenkie's last words were 'go and win it,'" Debbie said... In the semi-final game ver- sus Smyrna, Cape unloaded the bench despite only leading 1-0. In the championship game the substi- tution pattern was not as gracious. "'Every girl on this summer team contributed to this trophy and the regular season trophy and they know that," Debbie Marshall said in response to some "grumblings" from unhappy parents over play- ing time. "The senior captains set the line-up. It was their trophy to win."...Scholastic field hockey practice begins August 15. Yuppies on Harleys and Hurleys on Hondas TOY OF THE WEEK- This is skimboard weekend in Dewey Beach and many of the competi- tors will be throwing and jumping on the $350 Beakdog model by Victoria. The Beakdog was designed by skimmer Bill Bryan who is nicknamed "The Beaker" because of his big nose. The top of the line Beakdog is stiff and strong with carbon fibers on the bottom. Each of the Beakdog boards is indi- vidually made. Beakdog They are incredibly light and durable and there is a real temptation to throw one down and try it out. "911--please respond to 47 broken legs on Dewey Beach. Suspect calls him- self Fredman. He' s currently stuck upside down in the wet sand." Each Board comes in sizes from Dave Frederick PEOPLE IN SPORTS extra small to extra large but there are no double and triple X skim- mers. Must have something to do with the landing. HURLEY'S HONDA AND HOOVER'S HARLEY- Anyone who has ever watched the Clint Eastwood and Clyde movies knows that the stereotype of a Harley Hog rider is of an over- weight, greasy-haired sociopath just looking to start trouble with anyone tiding a Japanese bike or looking crossways at an intersec- tion which is not a Japanese-relat- ed joke, so lay off. There is an old joke, "What is the difference between a Hoover and a Harley? Answer: The location of the dirt bag." I ran into big Hurley "Tudy" Waples last Wednesday in the WaWa parking lot. Hurley's a big old good-natured country hoss Hurley and his Honda. Ill II llll who tides an 1100 CC 1983 Hon- da Aspercade which he purchased four years ago for $4,200. "The bike is old like me," Hurley joked. "The Harley riders are pretty nice but every once in a while one gives me a dirty look." With the numbers of Yuppies now riding Harleys, they better watch out for Hurleys on Hondas. Comprende Kawasaki? COACH HARRY WILSON- If sport is about teaching skills, learning how to compete, loyalty and having fun, then Harry Wil- son, proprietor of Dewey Beach Surf and Sport, has to be recog- nized as one of the most success- ful coaches over the long term in the state of Delaware. I'll go out on a limb and say that someday Harry should be nominated to the Delaware Sports Hall of Fame as the number one person in a coastal state who has promoted the exhila- rating sports of surfing, skimming and competitive boogie boarding. "Do you think high school kids who are successful skimmers could have their names read over the morning announcements just like other athletes?" Harry asked me last week. "I don't know about all that Harry, but I don't see why not." This weekend, "fit and piped" athletes Blair Cherico, Connor Schmidt, Bill Baxter, Joey Vavala, and others will be repre- senting Team Dewey. Jason Wil- son injured his ankle and will not compete. "You need to see Malik Lopez and his awesome poten- tial," said Harry of the Cape Hen- lopen defensive back. "He may be the only black athlete in the com- petition and he's just going to be awesome." SENIORS RULE- The Cape Henlopen graduating class of 1997 could brag that they posted one of the best sports years in the history of the school district. That's the way it goes.. The senior class gets the credit or takes the blame. But there were major casualties from Continued on page 82