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64 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, September 13 - September 19,1996 SPORTS & OUTDOORS Cape hockey begins title defense by blanking Wilmington Christian ago I played forward, and I played it again in summer league. I think Coach Skoglund saw me play a few times there this summer and decided to give me a try." With just 2:24 gone in the first half, PALEKAR the junior took a centering pass from left wing Jacki Warrington and shot the ball past Christian goalie Erin By Susan Frederick The Lady Viking hockey squad lost no time in firing up its offense for the 1996 season as Cape blanked Wilmington Christian 3-0 in its home opener on Tuesday afternoon. The day's 90-90 heat and humidity hung on the field but did nothing to stall the Viking front line as junior Kelly Palekar led her teammates with two goals on the day and Viola Kuhk added a sin- gle. "I love it," said Palekar, a for- mer Cape midfielder, of her new forward position. "A long time Angle Moon photo Stephanie Warrington (l), backed up by Jennifer Reihm, control the ball during Tuesday's match. Goodsell. Her second score came at 16:05 in the same period when a packed Viking midfield pushed the ball deep into Wilmington's terri- tory and Palekar took it to the cage. "Last year, our game against Wilmington Christian ended in a scoreless tie. We knew they'd be strong, but we knew that if our girls played as well as they have been playing early and as well as they can play, we'd get our opportuni- ties. The girls did a good job," said head coach Ruth Skoglund. Second half action saw the Christians battle early for ball con- trol, but the Viking midfield of Sarah Marshall, Jen Reihm, Samantha Catts, and Angel Cahill effectively stopped the effort. "We have a strong defensive nucleus in Sherry (Swartzel) as goalie, Stephanie and Jacki War- rington, Jennifer (Reihm) and Angel (Cahill)," she continued. "They all played defensive posi- tions last year and they know how to cover and recover for each other. Sarah Marshall has played forward until this year. If a ball comes across, she knows how to move it up the field. Amy Reardon and Alison Gaffney can also play any- where you put them." German exchange student Viola Kuhk took a pass from a streaking Carrie Lingo to find the goal mid- way through the second period for the final score of the game. Cape's 24-7 advantage in shots on goal and 14-3 short corner Continued on page 67 Angle Moon photo Cape's Micah Sklut (c) battles for control of the ball between two McKean players during last Saturday's game. Vikings upset McKean Cape soccer opens season with 3-0 win over upstate power By Scott Friedenreich If first impressions are anything to go by, then 1996 looks to be a very bright season for the Cape Henlopen soccer team. In its first game of the season the team took on McKean High School, an estab- lished powerhouse for years. The Vikings shocked the soccer world in Delaware with a surprising 3-0 victory. Cape entered the game with con- fidence, good fielding, and a veter- an team of seven returning starters. But McKean had perhaps more reason to be confident. In the third straight year of serv- ing as the Vikings' home opener they looked back to consecutive victories-- 5-1 in '94 and 3-1 in '95. The Highlanders came down thinking they would get another win to open their season. But the cliche "nothing lasts forever" played itself out on the soccer field last Saturday night, Sept. 7. Things looked bad for Cape Continued on page 67 An inside line on the Delaware-Villanova match TOM SENT ME- The highly touted Delaware Blue Hen Wing- T offense of coach Tubby Ray- mond clashes with the explosive offense of the ViUanova Wildcats on the Philadelphia mainline Sat- urday afternoon as Villanova quarterback Clint Park carries a ton of tradition with him to the line of scrimmage. Clint's father, Tom Park, is an analytical, intellectual former marine officer and college football coach and a sort of come- dian without a club. Tom was my college roommate at West Chester in the late sixties and we spoke on the phone last Wednesday night about this weekend's game. "I was defensive coordinator at the Citadel in 1978 when Delaware came to play us," Park said. "They were 8-0 and Jeff Komlo, who lat- er played six years with the Lions, was Delaware's quarterback. I had recruited Komlo four years earlier when I was coaching at Maryland but at the last minute the football staff decided not to go after him. Before our game four PEOPLE IN SPORTS years later he walked by me and said, 'Hello Tom', and kept going. Everything at the Citadel is based on respect and I felt 'Hello Tom' was a deliberate slap in the face," said Park. "I called the defensive linemen together and really embossed the Komlo story. I told them whoever got to Komlo and tackled him during the game should say 'Hi, Jeff. Tom sent me.'" MOM'S WIRED- More on Clint Park the Villanova quarter- back: His mother Susan was a high wire performer for the Flori- da State University circus back in her collegiate days. "Clint often tells people that I was really a clown but that's not true," Susan said. ALL HAMS ON DECK- Clint Park was the high school scholar- athlete of the year in the state of Florida when he graduated from North Florida Christian in 1993. He had followed Casey Weldon to the small Florida school and had a pretty decent receiver to throw to named Tamarik Vanover, the wide receiver and return specialist for the Kansas City Chiefs who is the only NFL player ever to score on a punt return, kick-off return and pass reception in the same game. Park accepted an appointment to the Naval Academy but after quar- terbaeking the JV team his fresh- man year, he left school. "Clint is a very disciplined person", his mother Susan said. "But he felt that the Academy was better suit- ed for people who weren't disci- plined." You mean no interest in LSD, lifting tests, burglary or run- ning a stolen car ring? PICK UP THE PACE- I'm back into this walking thing because I like it and I get to feel sore and stiff at night which for an old athlete is as close to glory as we get. Last Monday afternoon in sub-tropical Rehoboth and Dewey I set a personal record by bounc- ing eight miles, the last three in a steady rain. When a double x shirt gets wet and size triple E sneakers get soaked you slowly succumb to that lonely land-walrns feeling. I meet people along the way who always seem to say, "C'mon Fred- man[ Pick up the pace. You can walk faster than that." But I don't walk to work,I walk to curtail aggression. So get off my back because the shirt is heavy enough. SCARED SMILE- Ron Selden smiled before last Saturday's fight with Mike Tyson like he knew something. He knew something, all right. He knew that the first time his hair follicles got wind of a passing right hand he was going to the canvas. He knew the next time by the hair of his chinny chin chin that he was down for keeps (as in, I keep five million dollars) because walking Parkinson's would be the least of his worries if an Iron Mike right ever solidly connected with his cranium. Holy- field and Tyson? Please get seri- ous. Holyfield lost to Preacher George, for crying out loud in church. Fans yelled fix after Satur- day's fight but the only thing fixed was the cable box on which I was watching the pay-per-view fight. Selden went down without so much as a noogie but that was his plan. Give the man credit because now he has the collateral. SERVING DINNER- Cape's Maggie Widdoes had her serve Continued on page 65