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86 - CAPE GAZETI, Friday, September 26= OCt0ber 2,1997 Matt Riggin wins Lake junior high race; girls third Lewes Middle School's Matt Riggin flashes back to his perfor- mance in 1995 to use as a motiva- tional tool when he's leading packs of runners in 1997. Riggin ran away from a field of 48 ath- letes at last week's Lake Forest Cross Country Invitational to win the 1.3 mile junior high race in a time of 7:56. "I remember when I was the number four man on the team and I was pretty much running at the end of the pack every race," said Riggin, who finished 42nd in the same race two years ago. "Now instead of chasing people, I try to make them chase me. I was defi- nitely looking forward to the race and with the training I did this summer thought I had a shot at a good place." Riggin, who was 12th in the race last season, trained about 20 miles per week all sum- mer and ad- mits it is one of the best races he has ever run. "It's a long season 'til na- tionals in De- cember and I'm sure I'll RIGGIN have some good races and bad races. But I guess Saturday was a good start for me." Teammate Taylor Donohue was 7th in 8:23, while Russell Ayers was 9th in 8:28 to pick up top 10 medals at the awards ceremony. Rounding out the boys were Evan Mock in 1 lth with a time of 8:39, while P.J. Melendez was 27th in \\; RUNNING Tim Bamforth 9:15. On the girls side, eighth grader Brittany Morris finished third in 8:47, followed by seventh grader Tiffany Melendez in 5th place with a 9:05. Fourth grader Bethany Pavlik was 7th in 9:14, while sprinter Chelsea Palmer was 8th in 9:23. Gina D'Amico fin- ished 12th in 9:35, while Clare Nowakowski was 13th in 9:37. Fourth grader Laura Olenderski finished 14th in 9:40, followed by Brennen Killeen, Sarah Neff, and Stephanie Peck to round out the Strider girls. After watching the Striders grab seven of the top 14 positions in the race, the specta- tors quickly knew the program was alive and well in Lewes. High school cross country This week I decided to feature the Henlopen Conference results from the popular Lake Forest In- /itational that was held last week-- end at Killens Pond. The early season Invitational attracted close to 40 teams and set a record for the number of athletes crossing the finish line. Cape's Girls led the team finish for the Henlopen Conference with a third place showing in the small school section behind power Ur- suline and a young Concord team. Both girls races were won by downstate Henlopen Conference runners in Lake's Nicole Faries and Caesar Rodney's Kim Kucharik. Cape's Jen Hicks finished fourth in 20:55, while Danielle Guerin finished 13th to lead the Vikings. Hicks and Guerin fin- ished the day with the fourth and fifth best times from the Henlopen Conference runners on the girls side. Dan Heacook led the boys from Cape to a sevetith place fin- ish by cracking the 19 minute bar- rier in the race. Team Ursuline and Coach Lou looks to be loaded again and will be the hurdle the Vikings need to get over for the state title. The Red Raiders put five girls in the top 11 spots and between Cape's number 1-2 runners, with only a :50 second gap from each other. It becomes a high hurdle for any team to get over and Ursuline year after year seems to field a great team. One item to note from the Invitational was that Ursuline brought with them their young feeder program to run in the junior high race which traditionally dominates and makes Ursuline so good every year. This year it was Cape with the surprise, as the young Seashore Striders of the Viking feeder program easily beat the young Ursuline runners by placing four runners in the top 10 and seven in the top 14 in the ju- nior high girls race. With the Patrice Riggin photo Seashore Striders relaxing after the race include (l-r) P.J. Melendez, Matt Riggin, Stephany Peck, Tiffany Melendez, Chelsea Palmer, Bittany Morris, Taylor Donahue and Evan Mock. Striders feeding Cape every year, it may not be too long before the Vikings are nipping, and possibly passing, the heels of the powerful Red Raiders. How's this for a projected 1999 top seven: Jen Hicks, Danielle Guerin, Cole Pavlik, Tessa Shoup, D'Anna Fluharty, Brittany Morris and Tiffany Melendez. If that team becomes a reality, watch out Delaware girls cross country. Girls Results Varsity A 4- Caesar Rodney 121; 10- Seaford 250; 15- Dover 345; 16- Sussex Tech no scorc 1- Kim Kucharik, CR, 20:24; 3- Kristin Irwin, SE, 20:34; 15- Mariam Poe, CR, 21:37 Varsity B 3- Cape Heniopen 125; 4- Lake Forest 144; 12- Sussex Central 293; 14- Milford 354; 15- Smyrna 404; 17- Laurel 482 1- Nicole Faries, LF, 19:55; 4- Jennifer Hicks, CH, 20:55; 13- Danielle Guerin, CH, 21:32; 14- Andrea Wyatt, LF, 21:53 Boys Results Varsity A 5- Caesar Rodney 174; 10- Seaford 287; 14- Polytech 393; 16- Sussex Tech 439; 18- Dover 506 Varsity B 4- Lake Forest 110; 7- Cape Henlopen 202; 9- Smyrna 235; 10- Milford 281; 13- Sussex Central 339; 16- Laurel 433 13- Mike Cahall, SM, 18:22; 15- Billy Haines, MI, 18:35 Boys State Rankings 3rd- Caesar Rodney; 8th- Seaford Girls State Rankings: 3rd- Cape Henlopen; 5th- Caesar Rod- ney; 9th- Seaford; 10th- Lake Forest SPLITS..Get-well thoughts go out to Grove Club President and racing series partner Bob Porter who came down with an unknown illness on Monday. "The Pres" spent the night at Beebe Hospital victim of a possi- ble painful bladder infection. If I know Bob, he'll be back on the road before you can say "Groovin' at the Grove"...This Saturday will be the running of the annual Seaford Biathlon be- ginning at 8:30 a.m. from Seaford High School. On Sunday morn- ing beginning at 9 a.m., the sixth annual Deborah 5K and 1 mile walk will begin from Cape Hen- lopen High School. Call 947- 1772 for more details. Fishing Continued from page 85 Graves, a father and son team. Ninth place-Rick Creese, Joe Celia. Tenth place-Ed Caldwell, Aaron Smith. Eleventh place-Ed White, Leah Hiltie. Twelfth place-David Puka, Mike Hoke. Thirteenth place-Duane Hut- ton, Lloyd Byers. Fourteenth place-Peggy Galipo, Kippy Douglas. Sponsors of the tournament were: Anglers Fishing Center, Debbi's Clippers and Curls, Hoss' Pier One, Bill's Sport Shop, Nor- ma's Restaurant, Pat's Bait and Tackle, Lewes Harbour Marina, VFW Post 6984, John's Bait and Tackle, Pizza Shack and Geena's Pizza. Saltwater fishing hot R & R Sports Center reports fantastic fishing for flounder. croakers, bluefish, tautog, trout, stripers, sea bass and tuna. Surf and inlet Old Inlet Bait & Tackle reports plenty of tWO- to four-pound blue- fish in the area. The fish are in the inlet and the surf on an incoming tide and are being caught on mul- let in the surf and on bucktails in the inlet. The blues will take other lures like spoons or plugs in the inlet. But if you could only take one lure, it's never a bad idea to choose a bucktail. Penn Mike and friend checked in with bluefish to 18 pounds around DB Buoy and "Action Jackson" had over 200 croakers caught six miles off Indi- an River Inlet. The fishing outside Indian River Inlet continues to be outstanding for croaker and a mix of other bottom fish. Top and bot- tom rigs with squid and clam lips is an effective rig for croakers. Delaware Bay Flounder are being taken from G-Buoy to Buoy 9-10, 8A-8B, the edge of the Shears and the Outer Wall as well as in ocean hot spots, like offshore Indian River Inlet and DB Buoy. Trout fishing in Blakes Channel and the Lower Middle is producing limit catches, reported R & R Sports. Find water 40 feet deep or deeper and you will find croakers. Large bluefish are being taken in the Shipping Channel. Sea bass are also coming from the channel while tautog are coming from inshore wrecks and structure. Striped bass have showed up in their fall haunts and that fishing will get better and better this fall. Brian Barton had a limit of floun- der and trout to five pounds from the Delaware Bay. Good catches this week were made by John Murray with floun- der in the four-pound class (not bad for his first time) and Steve Scaffold Sr. and John Young who had limits at 8A and 8B. Lewes Harbour Marina reports a citation sized sheepshead (yes, that really is the fish's name) caught by Robert Greiner and weighing 13.1 pounds. Speaking of Lewes Harbour, their annual tautog tournament begins Oct. 1 for the biggest tautog, eel and sheepshead caught. See Joe or Amanda Morris about the tournament or about their striped bass tournament which will begin in late October. Offshore Yellowfin tuna action continues offshore in the usual spots which seem to be named for the hungry angler, the Sausage Lumps, Hot Dog and Hambone. The Reel Passion reported 10 yellowfin tuna northeast of the Hambone and Jim Gunning, Ron Baker and Junior caught six tuna, landing all six hooked, at the Sausages. There are still some dolphin being caught offshore, al- though that probably won't last long. ...... mmm .......... . .... mn x ....... - - ]   . _ i Twenty four teams turned out for the annual fall bass "boogie n fishing tournament held Sunday in Milton. The fishermen caught a total of 61 fish, weighing a total of 88.08 pounds. Top winners were the team of Connie Koch and Gene Kane. '|]lllIT TITWITIll tin imnunmlnnnnt Imzr nmnLnnnummnnnmm i,,,---,, '- ......