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82 - CAPE GAZETYE, Friday, August 15 - August 21, 1997 People Continued from page 81 the turf wars and Viking battles as four coaches of major programs resigned their positions before the next school year. Football coach George Glenn and basketball coach Jerry Peden both resigned for Health reasons, although no one on my sports beat really be- lieves either of the coaches' ex- planations for their resignations. "It doesn't matter what I think about what they say because I'm not them," is my stock response. Ruth Skoglund, field hockey, and Ralph Bayko, girls basketball, ex- ercised their privilege to take a break after years of success. Will Cape programs suffer because of this? Yes, somewhere they will, and you can take that to the bank. REAL HEROES- As an ath- lete I was never a person with enough character to join in a post- game celebration following a vic- tory which I witnessed from the bench. Just too busy brooding. As a parent I was even less gracious. During Cape's 1992 1-9 football season, my sophomore sons Tom and Jack and their budd2 Ben Evick and others stayed on the bench to save their four quarters per week of playing time for the Monday JV games. After about six games of this I finally snapped and wisecracked my personal feelings into the face of the head coach following a Friday night shellacking. "You know what's worse than playing for the wrong side in a 48-0 game where the of- fense accumulated minus yardage, coach? Being dressed and not playing. Wearing a clean white uniform which screams, 'I'm not even good enough to play on a sorry team.'" That be- havior is inexcusable but excuses are for losers anyway. (What?) What I really do admire are ath- letes and parents who become a part of a team and support the pro- gram no matter how limited the athletes' playing time. I think that is real class Shows a healthy life adjustment. An awareness of a bigger picture. A highly evolved self image. Where did I go wrong? Cape Re !lion Athletes Of The Week SNIPPETS- Local Cape teacher John Crispin has left his job at the Shields school where he worked in the computer lab to work full time on "IMPACT," a free magazine weekly publication that will feature the Eagles, Red- skins and Ravens as well as other NFL news. I will be doing a weekly commentary for IMPACT on some aspect of NFL football and heavens knows they don't call me Mr. Yo Pro for nothing, or was that Mr. Yo Yo for some- thing?...If you followed the five week weight loss program of my brother Big Tom you know he lost 50 pounds in five weeks. And since he's been home from the Rice Diet Clinic he's lost another nine pounds. The Clinic has Big Tom on a maintenance program and expects another 50 pound drop (no Dumbo Drop jokes) by July. "I think we can try the maintenance program one day a week," my fit, I-swim-a-mile-in-the-bay-every- day wife suggested to me. "What do you think of that?" As Uncle Ben said to his wife, Aunt Ben, when she tossed his butter, "Go on now, gift Woman!" Cape Henlopen District hires '97-'98 coaches The Cape Henlopen Board of Education, during its Thursday, July 24 meeting, approved the fol- lowing coaches for Cape Hen- lopen High School: Maria Fraser, assistant volleyball; Jason Gareau, assistant football; Barry Lynch, head baseball; Bill Cordrey, head softball; Jennifer Eckman, head girls' tennis; Jerry Dorneman, co- head golf; Steve Wolak, co-head golf; George Pepper, head girls' track; Ed Waples, head boys' track; Eric Albright, assistant boys' track; John Myers, head girls' soccer; and Steve Caswell, assistant girls' soccer. The board also hired coaches for Lewes Middle School: Mark Sudi- mak, head baseball; Ron Kahn, head softball; and Patti Jo Mock and Don Schlater, co-assistant softball. The board approved Josette McCullough as head soft- ball coach and Randy Redard as head track coach. WIMPY BRITTINGHAM Wimpy won the invitation. al horseshoe tournament last Saturday at the Lewes Town Night Out by beating lefty Terry Dorman in the fi- nal round. Jack "The Snake" Holland placed third in the competition and Paul Street was fourth. Wimpy is better known as a playground All- American on the outdoor courts with his deadly no- spin flat-footed no-jump jumper from three point land. "I can still thrown it down," Wimpy said. "Tell Tracy Jones he's not the on- ly Athlete Of The Week." Cape first grade tq achers catch two marlin in Carolina tourney By Dave Frederick Fifty-seven boats roared out of Oregon Inlet Sunday, Aug. 10 for the eighth annual Alice Kelly Billfish Tournament based in Pi- rates Cove which is in Manteo off North Carolina's outer banks. Each boat averaged four an- glers aboard and there were two very strict requirements. This one day tournament was only for women and it was all catch and release - for the fish. Piercing the early morning salted mist for the two hour ride to the fishing grounds was the vessel Surfside owned by Re- hoboth's Kenny Simpler and captained by Dean Johnson. Big billfish didn't know the trouble steaming their way. The birth of the blues was about to take on new meaning. Three first grade teachers were aboard, ready to prove that if their students were white marlin they could get them next to the boat. And if they were blue mar- lin they most likely summered at the Duke Rice Diet Clinic, but they were still getting cranked to the gunnels. Locals Ann Simpler, Diane Marshall and Terry Faust (hus- band Mike captains the Striker Rich) were joined by local i:1 Shown on board the Surfside for 5c Alice Kelly Billfish Tourney are (l-r) Terry Faust, Ann Sh_,,pler, Diane Marshall and Holly Tutwiler. restaurateur Holly Tutwiler who owns the Penguin Isle restaurant. "Poles were in the water at 9 a.m.," said / Diane Mar- shall. "Just before noon Ann hooked into a blue marlin. She sat in the fighting chair for about 25 minutes Simpler's marlin bringing the fish alongside the boat. "The boat was backing down and there was black smoke and I thought I was in a Jaws movie," Diane said. "The fish was estimated to be 450 pounds," Ann said of her blue marlin. "It was the biggest fish caught in the tournament and would have been the biggest caught in the men's tournament and they had 500 boats." The day wore on as the boat steamed around but no more marlin. Terri Faust caught a bonito but otherwise things were slow. Then at 2:59, a blue water minute before the final closing horn, Diane Marshall's rig start- Continued on page 83 i! i SHUKRI GIBBS Shukri was recently voted Most Valuable Player after a week at the Mid-Atlantic Field Hockey Camp where the 11 year old was playing the sport for the first time. "I played center back and left back," Shukri said. "It was really fun. I can't wait for to go out for the Lewes team in the fall." Shukri's mother, Tecola Gibbs, is a 1980 Cape graduate who played field hockey, basketball and was a conference champ in the shot put. Let's make mother and daughter the first "Ath- letes of the Week." MATTHEW LINDEMER Matt received the High Point Award for scoring the most points this season for the Lewes Yacht Club Swim Team at the Delmarva League Championships. Matt captured a pair of sec- ond places in both the 25 me- ter butterfly and 25 meter breast strokes. The eight year old Matt is entering the fourth grade at H.O. Brit- tingham School. Matt swims for the Sussex family YMCA in the wintertime. ERICA WAPLES Erica rose to the occasion last Tuesday night while playing goalie for the Cape summer hockey team as they beat the Big Dawgs of Lake Forest 1-0 for the Dover Parks and Recreation sum- mer league championship. The Dawgs were all over Eri- ca early like a puppy on a rawhide bone but the senior who teammates call the "Doctor of Defense" kicked away four shots in the first 10 minutes. "I don't think it was one of my better games," Erica said as teammates passed around the trophy.