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CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, October 31- November 6, 1997 - 70 SPOOFS & OUTDOORS Cape brings down the ruckus, runs over Seaford 3-0 Domination of Blue- jays comes on heels of 4-3 CR giveaway By Dave Frederick The Cape senior class of soccer players (12-2-1) "showed up" for their final home performance last Tuesday night and shellacked the highly touted Seafood Bluejays 3- 0 on a goal and an assist from Scott Steele and a header by Zach Bolich. Goalie Matt Kreitzer recorded the shutout, turning in a pair of brilliant saves while getting lucky on a penalty kick and a few "'hung out to dry" point-blank-on-the- doorstep Seaford miscues. -"We don't like Seaford," said striker Billy Lingo. "And we needed to beat a good team to get respect around the state. Their fans were ignorant, shouting things like 'put him in the hospi- tal' and 'bring the ruckus.' I guess Cape brought the ruckus tonight." A hand ball in the box gave Steele a penalty kick at the eight- minute mark and the senior made no mistake as Cape led 1-0. Steele and Lingo continued to lead rushes on the Seaford goal in the first half with Lingo shanking a shot on a breakaway that looked like a sure goal: "I went low to the far corner and just missed it," Lin- go said. Steele beat two defenders down Continued on page 72 Angle Moon photo Seaford's Mike Arndt jumps in front of Cape's Scott Steele to attempt a trap. Vikings host CR as l:ournament fever heats the air eleski is the man who pu t it there. The Riders' wing-T offense and 53 defense have dominated the Henlopen Con- ference for a decade. Seaford has slipped in there a few times, but Cape has mostly just slipped. Cape Henlopen hasn't beaten the Riders since 1987. And it's more compli- cated than blaming success on the size of the school. There have been years when Cape has had better people, but Caesar Rodney has still escaped the field with victory. It's "The Program" of Caesar Rodney, which starts with principal Dave Robinson, a former Lewes High School outstanding athlete; goes through the band and that tractor trail- er they lug behind them; and ends with the football team. To beat Caesar Rodney, a team must put the boot to their necks and press their heads into the mud and keep them there for four quarters. This Friday night it's showdown time once again in the Henlopen Conference. Cape, Caesar Rodney, Sussex Central and Dover can all win the Henlopen's big boy Northern Division by winning the rest of Continued on page 72 By Dave Frederick LEWES- Previously undefeated Sussex Central was beaten by Dover last Friday night, and Central coach John Wells said his team had a target on its back. "We're in this for the long haul," Wells said. The Golden Knights may have been shot down, but the target is now on the back of Caesar Rodney and Rider coach John Cov- About those Cape teachers with Central kids MADE IN FIRST GRADE- The book "Everything I Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten" may have been a best seller, but for most of us the teacher who launched us in the first grade set the foundation for future success. Audrey "Boots" Conaway in Lewes rocked the world of many a future journalist and scientist with her vivid and lively classroom dis- plays, which my first-grade son (now 27) insisted contained live hornets and real dinosaur eggs. Three of Cape Henlopen's first- grade teachers have been cranking out classrooms full of success sto- ries year after year, but why they gotta be doggin' Cape's athlet- ic teams with ,'2cJr a u  progeny? Last Tuesday Mis- sy Reddish of Sussex Cen- REDDISH tral stopped PEOPLE IN SPORTS Dave Frederick an incredible 25 shots from her goalie position as the Golden Knights upset a dominating Cape team 1-0. Missy's mother, Linda, is a first-grade teacher at Shields )emeTtary schoo). "It's not much of a conflict," Linda said after Tuesday's game. "You always root for your kid's team first. But I saw Kim Smith before the game and having taught her I wanted her to do well. When Cape's playing Central, I try to look at them as just players, not kids I had in first grade." Betsy Lecates played defense Tuesday and had the job of shadowing Cape's explosive Kelly Palekar. Betsy's moth- er is Chris Lecates, a first-grade teacher and 24-year veter- an of the Cape district. Betsy was also on the softball LECATES team last year that eliminated Cape from the tournament. "I think both teams have superb athletes and great pro- grams and it's just hard for them to take a loss. I really don't think it's a case of players not liking each other," Chris Lecates said. "I taught Larry Oliver in school, and I take personal pride in his success on the football field." Chris admits to being a Georgetown person to the bone, serving on the Indian River School Board and being a tournament director for Little League. Cape has lost to Sussex Central only twice in football since 1993 and both times the name Petitgout figured prominent- ly in the outcome. In 1993, tight end and defensive end Luke Petit- gout helped the Knights defeat Cape in a close ball game. Cathy Petitgout is a first-grade teacher at H.O. Brittingham in Milton and the mother of Luke and Mark. Cathy has been president of the Sussex Central Football Boosters Club the last three years. Luke is now the starting left tackle for the University of Notre Dame and wears number 54 if you're watch- ing on television. He has one year remaining on his eligibility, but at 6'6" 295 pounds has attracted pro interest as an offensive tackle. Mark Petitigout has rescued the Golden Knights twice this football season from his quarterback posi- tion - against Cape and later Seaford. "I just like to see players shake hands after the game," Cathy Petitigout said. "It's kind of a shame they moved the Cape-Central game from the end of the sea- son. I remem- ber Deshon James from first grade and it's great to see him doing so well." Con- PETITGOUT gratulations to - these three fine Cape teachers and their children. I'm writing a letter to the school board suggesting if you teach in the district you must live in the district. That will put an end to these conflicts of interest plus help Cape's sports teams. GOODBYE, MRS BRYAN- Little Mrs. Elma Mae Bryan, who lived at the corner of Second and Shipcarpenter Streets in Lewes, died last Friday from heart failure Continued on page 71