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CAPE GAZETYE - Tuesday, September 5 - Thursday, September 7, 2006 - 29 1 S] 'ORTS & OUTDOORS Cape tackles McKean; preps for Indian River By Dave Frederick Cape Gazette staff Ernesto blew itself out and Thomas McKean rolled in Satur- day, Sept. 2, for an 11 a.m. foot- bail scrimmage at Cape that start- ed 45 minutes late on the practice field. The McKean mascot is a High- lander dressed in kilt and carrying a big sword, Cape has little to no experience with this Division II Hockessin high school of 1,300 students that is rarely on the map in preseason football rankings. The Highlanders don't strike fear into football foes, but Sept. 2, they were big and explosive and well drilled and pushed Cape all over the field in the first half of action. They looked like a team that could challenge in the Henlopen Conference The Vikings were once again mixing and matching talent as four starters on offense were not dressed for various reasons. Dan McPike once again looked fluid at quarterback, but also took a pair of blindside hits for the second scrimmage in a row. Stefan Fitzgerald returned from the injured reserved roster and af- ter a 20-yard run up the middle his teammates in the second half yelled, "That's what I'm talking about!" ! Continued on page 30 I Dan Cook photos Vikings running back Isaiah Briscoe eludes McKean defenders en route to a long gain in a scrimmage Saturday, Sept. 2. HENLOPEN SOCCER CLUB - Drive past Hudson Fields on Route 1 in the fail and spring and you get a good feeling. There are always kids playing sports, from soccer to Pop Warner foot- ball to lacrosse. There are girls and boy, volunteer coaches and families. Land owner Craig Hud- son has always been perceived as the good guy behind all this, and he is a good guy. Everyone in- volved is a good guy. Last weekend a mass email was sent out by the president of the Henlopen Soccer Club then for- warded around, indicating the sea- son may not start on time, if at all, because of a problem allocating field space. Suddenly there were imagined villains everywhere, raising questions like, "How could anyone screw up such a gem of a community resource?" Henlopen Soccer alone serves 540 kids with 70 adults serving as volunteer coaches. There is no doubt that Henlopen Soccer and Hudson Fields was the first mar- OFF THE HOOK Dave Frederick riage of amateur sports and pri- vate land in a nonprofit arrange- ment, and later lacrosse and Pop Warner football. There is also no doubt that as the number of kids and activities being serviced increased the need to allocate field space biased on a master schedule would be neces- sary. Hudson Fields are now man- aged by the Sussex County Sports Foundation. Each of the partici- pating sports entities from Hen- lopen Soccer to Atlantic Lacrosse to Pop Warner football has its own governing board. This cur- rent misunderstanding is due to a lack of adult communication and is being "worked out." There are no villains in the story which is about young kids playing sports with volunteer coaches on a non- profit facility. The Henlopen Soccer executive board will meet Tuesday night Sept. 5 to decide the official start of the season. The season was scheduled to begin on Saturday, Sept. 9. Another mass email will be forthcoming to notify all inter- ested parties as to the starting date. SIGNS - "Sign, sign every- where a sign; blocking out the scenery, breaking my mind; do this, don't do that, can't you read the sign ?'" - The Five Man Electric Band Here is the great thing about Hudson Fields. There are no "Do Not" signs scattered all over the place. That is proof that the peo- ple involved are relaxed, and un- derstanding, and not into "do not" control. That is what Sussex County is all about from Polar Plunging to Punkin Chunkin to Henlopen Soccer. It's the way we roll! SPEAKING OF SOCCER - Coach Randy Redard has re- signed his position as head coach of the Cape Henlopen girls soccer team. Last spring, Redard re- signed the boys head coaching po- . sition. Randy is a teacher and a smart guy who put winning teams on the field season after season but never stood out front to take credit. I would have to say that Randy finessed his talent and al- lowed kids to achieve their own individual level of excellence. Randy Redard never impeded a soccer player's development, but among fans and parents of players he was underappreciated, which is always the case when expecta- tions and perceived talent don't level up in terms of victories. Be- hind the scenes Randy Redard did more to promote the positive at- tributes of his athletes from junior varsity through varsity than any coach on my beat. FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS The start of Friday night footbail games has been pushed back to 7:30 p.m. from 7 p.m., because officials, who have real daytime jobs, just need the extra half hour to transition and squeeze into their zebra skins. And be nice to these guys because without them there is no game, and how much would you have to be paid to do a job where half the crowd hates you with every call you make? Barry Lunch and I got roped into offici- ating a junior high game in Lewes years ago because the real refs didn't show. We warned every- one we weren't real refs, but how unreal we were was actually be- Continued on page 30 Expect an0llaer mass e]nail from the Henl0pen Soccer Club