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88 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, August 27 - September 2, 1999 SPORTS & OUTDOORS Atlantic Cup Rugby is smash mouth football without helmets Dave Frederick photos Rocky Gorge players (white jerseys) mix it up with mem- bers of the Caribbean Cougars during action in last week's Atlantic Cup Rugby Tournament. By Dave Frederick Rocky Gorge of Maryland knocked and rocked thelegs out from under the speedy Caribbean Cougars of Brooklyn last Satur- day, Aug. 21, 29-5, scoring a ma- jor upset in the first day of the 28th annual Atlantic Cup Rugby Tournament held last weekend at Cape Heniopen State Park. The jubilant"Boys from Gorge" hit the sidelines and broke out into a spontaneous song from the Ab- ba's Greatest Hits CD. "You can dance, you can jive, having the time of your life. See that girl, watch that scene, diggin' the dancing queen." No outsiders were sure if the song was a satirical smack at the "Caribbean Queens" of Brooklyn, who talked faster than they ran east to west, or if it was a Rocky Gorge Club favorite, adopted at the last "Invitation Only" toga party. "They didn't like that support by our big hitters," said captain Chuck Moore of Rocky Gorge. "And if people don't tackle us we are going to score." "Their backs were looking to see where we were when they caught the ball," said scrum half Rick Day. 'q'hey did a lot of run- ning but it was all east to west," Huey Kenney coached The Exiles from Delaware. Rugby is a 'blood lust" game played by hard-headed athletes most of whom grew up around the international sport which is played around the world in isolat- ed pockets, ironically, by mostly intelligent players. "There were three Delaware teams out of 16 in the field in the semifinals," said Coach Huey Kenney, who coaches both the men's and women's University of Delaware club teams. Delaware's men will be back on campus this fall after a brief suspension when a toga party "went south" for the evening. Both the men's and women's teams play in the Col- lege Rugby Union. Last year the Delaware girls lost to Princeton, the eventual national champion. "We have close to 100 kids in the rugby family and we really are like a family," Kenney said. "It is a great sport for athletes coming from football and lacrosse and takes about two years to learn. But if you really like to hit, you Continued on page 89 Ringer in Roxana rustles up resentment to 'win at all costs' softball WHERE'S THE RINGER? - The Newport-Stanton Senior League girls, known down here as Canal, won the softball World Se- ries, which is nice for them and I'm happy they were picked up from the airport in limos and re- ceived front page coverage in the News Journal. It seems like only three weeks ago that Pleasant Mc- Carty of Cape knocked home two runs in the bottom of the seventh sending Newport/Stanton to the brink of elimination in the Delaware State Tournament. Newport-Stanton responded to the "Rumble in Roxana" by recruiting pitcher Dana Travis off the Or- ange Crush traveling ASA all-star team to face Cape on consecutive nights in the elimination game. Travis got the best of the Cape girls and Newport/Stanton be- cause, as they traveled to the re- gionals, Travis went back to Or- ange Crush and traveled to the na- tionals for ASA. The coach's daughter of Newport/Stanton, Kim Joyce, then emerged as the star of the World Series, which makes this weird story all the more weird! Somehow New- port/Stantion sold out in the states, which means their presti- PEOPLE IN SPORTS Dave Frederick gious World Series victory doesn't play so big in little old Southern Delaware. THE PRACTICE - If you are a parent, do not let your kid cut sports practices and especially don't provide the alibi. "Hey, Coach! My mom wants me to go clothes shopping with her at the Christiana Mall because I need stuff for school so I'll have to miss the two-a-day full contact practices tomorrow," is not an ac- ceptable excuse. Don't run interference for your kid like some fullback mother in a short yardage offense. If the kid signs up for the sport and wants to be on the team, then he or she should be there for every game and practice. I actually gave this speech to my track team 15 years ago. "Listen, fellas! Stop killing off your phantom grandmothers in North Carolina because they only get to die once. And you can't be ushers in weddings for your cousins that aren't getting mar- ried. And don't even come at me saying your mother made you stay home and study for a test at 3 p.m in the afternoon. The last time your mother was home at 3 p.m. she was sleeping it off from the night before. (Hey, that ain't fun- ny, coach!) And if you need to get your car inspected, do it during school time and bring a note say- ing you went to the dentist. Just don't be missing practice!" GIANTS VERSUS JETS - Luke Petitgout has been moved- from right tackle back to left guard by the Giants and may pos- sibly enjoy several collisions with my nephew Mike, who is a defen- sive end battling to make the Jets roster. The game is in the Mead: owlands Saturday night, Aug. 28. In 1994, while playing for Howie Reed's Sussex Central team, Luke lined up against my son Jack, which was a size mismatch, but now we've gone out and found the biggest Frederick on the fami- ly tree next to my German aunts. All NFL teams must be down to 60 players by Aug. 31. Eddie Conti of Delaware is still on the Tampa Bay roster, but hasn't caught a pass in the last two pre- season games. GO WITH GOD! - Demetrius Underwood, the first round draft pick who left the Vikings camp to go serve the Lord, had a change of heart and is now in camp with Dolphins coach Jimmy Johnson, who ironically looks like a TV evangelist asking for 20 percent of the family income. Saint Michael reportedly jumped for joy because he had chosen Under- wood on his fantasy football heavenly all league team. "Some- body be 'messin' with that boy's head," said the Omniscient League Comissioner whom everybody just calls Pops! SNIPPETS - Rehoboth life- guard and Caesar Rodney assis- tant swim coach Jason McKay has given up his teaching job to ac- cept a position in Virginia. The likable McKay took considerable ribb!ng from some older guards who accused Jason of following his girlfriend on her career path. McKay correctly looked at them as if they were nuts! Ronnie Allen, a veteran of 25 years on the beach patrol (no con- nection to above story), will be coaching football this year at Polytech with new head coach Tom Leonard. Tyon Christopher (Cape) and Andreas Conquest (Sussex Cen- tral) are both listed on the football roster at Delaware State Universi- ty. Fly boy Jeff "Top Gun" Chor- man has been working out at Gold's Gym and that is good news for all of us who walk under his crop duster. "Pull up, Jeff! Pull up!" The Cape campus will be bustling Saturday morning, Aug. 28, with scrimmages in field hockey and football, along with a soccer play day. Continued on page 89