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162 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, September 1 - Monday, September 4, 2006 SPORT00i & "OUTDOORS N Cape field hockey t'eloaded, ready to make run By Dave Frederick Cape Gazette staff Cape field hockey lost to Caesar Rodney in the state finals two years ago and last year dropped an overtime game to Delmar in the second round of the state tourna- ment. The Vikings are a perennial elite team, a squad that sets its eyes on the prize and goes after it. This year is no different. "No question about it," said senior Kristina Lingo. "The mis- sion is always to win the states." Amanda Deloy said this team may the best she has played on over the last three years. What characterizes the 2006 team is its speed and athleticism and firm sense of physical tough- lless, Continued on page 163 Dave Frederick photo Brian Sponaugle, left, nephew of former Cape coach Ruth Skoglund, enjoys the field hockey scrimmage with Cape ath- letic director George Glean. Dan Cook photo Leigh McIlvain, left, and Amanda Deloy try to score past a tough Pocomoke goalie as team. mate Amy Shockley looks on during a scrimmage. Boys need inspiration from men who were former knuckleheads NOT LIKE US - I hear it all the time on my sports beat: "Fred- man, these kids today ain't like when we were playing." Well, the communication skills are pretty much the same, or as an English teacher said to me many years ago, "That boy don't even understand a simple sentence like 'The dog bark'" Actually, the lament that kids aren't as tough and dedicated as back in my day is usually reserved for boys, because girls in sports, just like in the classroom, don't play the chump role as a rule. I don't think much of it is true as I believe boys will be boys and that sometimes they are knuckleheads who need discipline, guidance and inspiration from men who were former knuckleheads them- selves. Dave Frederick A FEW GOOD MEN - Some years ago, after the August 5K Run for J.J. Stein in Rehoboth, I was talking to a group of tan life- guards all of whom were teachers and coaches during the school year and none of them were 30 years old. They asked me how I lasted through a career in educa- tion and I told them it wasn't a race I ever thought about running. I just did it and now I could see PEOPLE IN SPORTS the finish line. They told me they weren't staying in the business be- cause kids today were messed up and so were their parents who could never admit that their kid did anything wrong and covered for their every mistake. And then I heard the word "hap- py" - like jobs were supposed to make us happy or that happy was an entitlement and they didn't spend all that time and money in college to be unhappy teachers who turned into happy lifeguards in the summertime. "But if you're healthy, tan and fit young men with so much to of- fer and don't step in and help younger men, then who are you turning the job over to," I asked. I remember back in 1964 Fran- ciscan priest Father Louie, a Ma- rine in charge of vocations and good guy, took a shot at recruiting me to the priesthood. "I know you don't see a priest when you look at me," I said to Father Louie. "The problem is all we're get- ting are young men who enjoy kneeling around and praying," Fa- ther Louie said. "We need real people - real men - or we're going to lose a generation." And that's what happened - Catholic hotline or not! COACHING COMPASSION - I passed these words on to my own sons: Coach the kid with the least ability as hard as you do the kid with the most. And, by the way, that is good working advice and I only wish I could have fol- lowed it." I was talking with track coach George Pepper a few days ago and we laughed remembering the un- relenting, positive approach by Coach Bill Degnan. "Bill use to say 'there are only so many compliments you can give to a 19-foot shot putter," Pep- per recalled. But seriously, a great coach can make a kid's self image or help to erode confidence, and that goes for teachers as well. TACKLE DOWN - I was the head coach at a school for emo- tionally disturbed football players back in 1974, and if I wasn't hap- py I never reflected on why or contemplated a career change. A big tackle went down injured during the first quarter of the first game and I had unanticipated trouble finding another one. I screamed to my bench, "Give me a tackle over here! Give me someone who wants to play foot- ball!" A skinny kid wearing shoulder pads too narrow and helmet too big stepped to my side. 'Tll play tackle, coach! Where is it?" GARAGE GAME -Monday night at 8 p.m. with the remnants of tropical storm Ernesto drop- ping too much rain on our heads, sparking moronic comments like "We need rain, but not this much rain," Florida State will play at Miami. So throw open the doors and pretend you are there because football just doesn't get any bet- ter. The bad news is that school starts the next day, but the good news for me is so what? SNIPPETS - There are 20 games left in the regular season of baseball and the Phillies are lev- eled up in the battle for the wild card berth with their major com- petition coming from the Reds and Padres. The wild-card winner would mostly likely face the Mets, who lead the Phillies by 15 games in the East Division but in a short series anything can happen but usually doesn't. Cape's football fortunes have turned upwards during the second week of camp as some injured guys returned to practice while a pair of academically questionable players appear to have cleared eli- gibility hurdles. Cape will scrim- mage Thomas McKean at home at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 2, weather permitting or perhaps not permit- ting (after all this is football). The Vikings open the season at In- dian River on Friday, Sept. 8. Why don't refrigerator wheels swivel? What is the point of any fixed-wheeled rolling appliance? I injured my hand grappling with a Sears Cold Spot - it's like Sumo wrestling where you have to toss the Sumo back into the circle after throwing him out. Go on now, git!