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80 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, September 26 - October 2, 1997 People Continued from page 79 son casual athletes like you and me fall in and out of shape. There are exceptions, like Bobby Adair who has been working out at The Firm pretty much uninterrupted for 10 years. "Most people live in their bodies but athletes live through their bodies," Bobby told me recently while throwing around more weight than the bouncer at a Jenny Craig en- counter group session. Last year I walked 1,500 miles with a month- ly goal of 100 miles. My life is built around these walks. But sometimes now I feel like quitting because I'm a normal person and my gutters need cleaning out. The solution to a wavering commit- ment is to bear down and power through the workout days when it's all you can do to get out of the car. Mental health through physi- cal conditioning is the best way this side of Coors Light to relieve stress. It works, but sometimes it ain't fun. SNIPPETS- The Slam Dunk To The Beach extravaganza bas- ketball tournament has been ana- lyzed and dissected seven ways from Sunday by sports writers and fans alike. This year's May- or's Cup looks like easy pickin's for Cape with an opener against Milford then facing the winner of Sussex Central and Loyola of Baltimore, a school more noted Gt eyhounds land in Lewes after rough ride Football team finds Lewes anything but Pleasantville By Dave Frederick LEWES- The Pleasantville, N.J., football team was tossed around in the Delaware Bay last Saturday morning then thrown around on the Cape football field in the mid-afternoon. A visiting team that coach Bri- an Donahue labeled "scary" went "into the tank" early as Cape's offense amassed nearly 400 yards on the ground while holding Pleasantville to minus yardage. "I don't think we were sharp in the first half," Donahue said after Cape led 14-0. "We played hard but the intensity wasn't there. In the second half we picked it up." Cape's trio of running backs - Elijah Worthy, Deshon James and Carl Floyd - all rushed for over 100 yards. Quarterback Theron Pavlik completed six passes including a touchdown strike to Deshon James who had three touchdowns in the after- noon. And all-purpose two-way player O.J. Wilson rattled more bodies with bone-crushing colli- sions than a crash test dummy co- ordinator at General Motors. "We're three and 0 and you have a lot to be proud of," Coach Donahue told his players after the Angle Moon photo Elijah Worthy rips through a hole in the Plesantville defense as defenders grab and tear at his clothing. Kenny Stevenson follows, looking for a clean hit. game. "But Friday night the real season begins in Georgetown as we begin our jouruey through the Northern Division." The Cape-Georgetown Battle of Route 9 was moved three years ago from a season-ending game to the early season because the neighborhood rivalry some- times produced emotions too strong and a focus too bright. Sussex Central matches Cape with an undefeated record but neither club has beaten a team that is going anywhere in the post-season except early Christ- mas shopping. Friday night is a reality check for both clubs. "Central has the complete package," Donahue said. "They play lots of people, have great size and have added speed they haven't had the last two years. I know both teams will be ready to play a four quarter football game." The emergence of Cape's large but untested offensive line has been part of the early season suc- cess for the Vikings. Center Matt Graviet, guards Wrix Mcllvaine and Matt Cornelius and tackles Brad Travis and Robert Hahn have been "getting hats" on de- fenders allowing the running Continued on page 81 for lacrosse players. But things seldom work out as planned as Cape has sustained two of the worst whuppin's in the short his- tory of the Slam losing to Pleas- antville by 50 and Colonel Richardson by 39 at the half. New Cape Coach Ed Waples will feel the pressure of being the host coach, but a Mayor's Cup trophy will make life much more fun in the Hospitality Room...Sussex Central's all-purpose athlete Bri- an Polk is reported to be back out for the football team and may see action this Friday night against Cape. Direct from the Slam Dunk To The Beach Press Guide. "The tournament dates will be Friday, Dec. 26 thru Tuesday, Dec. 30 with a total of 39 games being played over a five-day span bring- ing together 38 teams." Many of my friends will be receiving a Christmas gift of tickets from their wives with this loving mes- sage: "Honey, I know you love basketball so much and can't get enough so please enjoy. Go on now, git." Long Neck Lions tourney set at Old Landing Oct. 15 There's still time to register for the sixth annual Long Neck Lions golf tournament, set for Wednes- day, Oct. 15 at Old Landing Golf Course. The tournament will feature a 7 a.m. shotgun start, and prizes for low gross, closest to the pin and longest drive. Call 945-2480 for information. Cape Region Athletes Of The Week RICKY THOMPSON Ricky is blessed with all the attributes of a great ath- lete except for size. He is mercurial and explosive and takes a lickin' and keeps on tickin'. Ricky's inside run- ning led to a second quarter conversion folowing a Tom- my Sheehan touchdown re- ception as the JV football team closed to 12-8 against a physical Sussex Central squad. In the second half with both teams fighting for position, Rieky picked off a pass and returned it for a touchdown as Cape hung on- to win 14-12. iiiiiiiiiiiiiiii00!ii'00 0000iiii00i KENNY STEVENSON Sometimes called Popeye because of his muscular forearms developed in the mmuner tossing furniture in- to a truck for Beshe's, Benny is a two-way player who also plays special teams. Kenny is a great example of you don't have to be big to be a good blocker," said former coach George Glenn while watching the Pleasantville game tape. "He's a hitter." Stevenson never let up dur- ing the Pleasantville game and twice was the first tack- ler on the kick-off team. JOSH WYATT A full field 80 minutes of soccer is what coach John Myers has learned to expect from senior Josh Wyatt. Wy- att often takes on the job of shutting down the enemy's top scorer. Last Thursday night Wyatt played his usual strong game as the Vikings shook off nemesis Sussex Central 3-0. AMANDA HOPKINS Amanda has blossomed in- to the Viola Kulak of the 1997 Cape Henlopen field hockey team. Like last year's Ger- man exchange student, Amanda has that knack for scoring around the goal and pushing the ball to the open area. Amanda had two sweet goals last Thursday as Cape ran away from a good Seaford team 5-0. "Amanda is playing well and making the people around her better players," said coach Mike Eisenhour.