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92 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday August 27 - September 2, 1999 Vikings look to put bigger numbers in '99 scorebook the price of a winning tradition stretching back to the founding of the school "I've even asked the girls if. they want a 'no cut' policy, but they don't They want the strongest team that we can field, even if we have to cut down on num- bers," said Eisenhour. Numbers figure big in the Viking suc- cess story, and HENSE math teacher Eisenhour is deter- mined to pile'bigger numbers on the scoreboard this season. A stuttering offense plagued the Viking squad in 1998 (7-4-4), cost them their final home game ver- sus upstart Woodbridge, and elim- inated them from tournament By Susan Frederick With sticks slung over their shoulders, 44 sweaty and smiling young athletes made their way off the Viking practice field on Mon- day morning, Aug. 23. After a summer of recreational leagues and instructional camps, they had survived coach Mike Eisenhour's first three days of practice and try- outs to prove themselves ready for the real deal of schoolgirl hockey competition: the 1999 season. They had made the cut. The coach's face looked grim- mer. "Today is one of my least fa- vorite days in coaching," said Eisenhour moments after prac- tice. "Today was cut day. That is the part of this job that I really don't like." Cape's hockey squad is one of a handful of the school's teams which has to turn players away, Lucy Short, left, chases after a McLean player during field hockey practice, which got under way last week. play. "We've introduced a new coaching format this year," Eisen- hour said. "Ruth [Sponaugle Skoglund] has returned to coaching as my assistant this year, and her spe- cialty will be the offense. We will" definitely concentrate on having a potent offense, and Ruth's expert- ise inside the circle will be a great asset to the squad." Veteran Skoglund, back on the sidelines after a three-year coach- ing layoff, led the Vikings to a state title in a record-shattering marathon final in 1995. Forwards Jodi Moore, Amanda Hopkins, and Maren Ford will give Cape a speedy frontal attack, buttressed by power shooters like Melissa Massey and playmakers like Jordan Schaefer and Lucy Short. Eisenhour continues to head Cape's defense, anchored by goalie Zena Hense. "So far, I like our defensive play," said the coach of early sea- son practice sessions. "It looks solid and we're able to transition well. Most of our girls have six years of hockey behind them with elementary programs, middle school teams, indoor leagues and summer camps by the time they're playing for us. The skill improvement over the past few years has been a real positive for the level of play. But "that's not just this team, "it's all over. It will be a dogfight this year just to get out of the confer- . ence." Eisenhour's challenge over the next two weeks will be filling the positions lost to graduation. "We lost nine," said Eisenhour, "but we have eight upcoming seniors, seven juniors, and a bunch of sophomores and fresh- men who are playing now like they want to fill those spots. I Dave Frederick photos Cape field hockey players (I-r) Maren Ford, Amanda Hop- kins and.Jodi Moore will give the Vikings a speedy frontal at- tack. saw quite a hit of summer league, and I was pleased with the team play that I saw. I think that this year's squad has already merged into spots that graduation took from us." Co-captains Short and Schae- fer, along with Hopkins; Moore, Stefanie Doyle, Carol Ann Dulin, Sarah Arensberg, and Taylor Wilkinson will provide senior leadership for this year's team, re- placing 1998 seniors Emily Walls, BillieJo Brittingham, Shannon Colbourne, Angela Grif- fith, Rachel Meluney, Buffy Jacewicz, Clara Landon, Lindsay King, and Cortney Reihm. Junior Katie Levy will be a strong con- tender for both midfield and de- fensive play. Returning junior varsity Coach Jen Eckman, who led her team to a 12-1 season last year, will also mentor Hense and other Cape goalies Shannon Prettyman, Re- nie Vugrinech, and Maria Ca- hoon. The Vikings, which have held combined practices this week with visiting McLean High School of Virginia, will take on Pocomoke at 10:30 a.m. tomor- row (Saturday, Aug. 28) for their first scrimmage of the season. Delaware Diamonds finish third in Virginia Beach softballtournament The Delaware Diamonds 14 and under ASA soft- ball team finished third in Virginia Beach on Aug. 14-15. They lost 4-3 to the eventual champions, Vir- ginia Legends, in the semifinal game. The Diamonds were seeded first in their bracket after defeating the Chesapeake Sliders 13-5 and the Tidewater Lady Breakers 10-0. The Diamonds lost 4-3 to the Spotsylvania Blast in a nine inning inter- national tie-breaker in their third qualifying game In the Chesapeake game, Colby Cooper and Kim Jones hit triples and scored two runs each. Lindsey Moore had three singles, scoring once. Cooper earned the victory. Against the Lady Breakers, Kim Jones had three hits scoring once, while Amanda Warrington and Beth Moore each scored twice. Amanda Hastings and Lisa Williams combined to toss the 10-0 shutout. In the third qualifying game against the Blast, Amanda Warrington had three hits, while Lisa Adams, Abby Sadler, Lindsey and Beth Moore each had one. Amanda Hastings had one hit and scored once. The Stafford, Va. Flash were the Diamonds' oppo- nents in the quarterfinals and the Diamonds were victorious, with a score of 10-2. Warrington, Christi- na Brock and Colby Cooper hit triples in the second inning, while Kim Jones had twohits and scored two runs. Lisa Williams had one hit and scored two runs, while Beth Moore and Gina D'Amico each scored once. Cooper'was the winning pitcher, allowing only two hits. In the semifinal game against the Legends, who re- cently finished eleventh in a national tournament, the Diamonds fell behind 2-0 in the third, then came back to tie the game at 2 in the top of the fifth. The Legends scored two runs in the sixth after a contro- versial call went against the Diamonds. The Dia- monds' Lisa Williams scored a run in the seventh to close out the scoring. Christina Brock had three hits and a tremendous catch in center field and Colby Cooper, Lindsey Moore, Lauren Stamcell and Megan Hanebutt each had singles in the 4-3 contest. Submitted photo Hats off to Cape Junior League champs Our hats are off to the Cape Junior League state champion. softball team (above, which never goes anywhere without a copy of the Cape Gazette). The team made it to the 1999 Ju- nior Eastern Regional Softball Tournament in Syracuse, N.Y. where they posted two victories before finally bowing out in a 10-6 loss to Connecticut. Team members include, standing l-r, Staci Warrington, Jen Carter, Christy Smith, Amanda Warrington, Colby Cooper, Liz Himes, Andrea Carey and Aishia Holloman. Seated are Christine Williams, Elisabeth Lingo, Brittany Sheldon, Gin'a D'Amico and Blair Rogers.