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CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, Nov. 8 - Nov. 14, 2002 - 101 Cape's magical misery tour continues with loss to CR pg. 104 SPORTS & OUTDO()RS Central stuns Cape in state tourney opener Cape's Sandra Tappan moves the ball downfield against Central's Megan Gorman. SC post 1-0 victory over 15-0-1 Vikings By Susan Frederick The final whistle signaling the end of the game froze a moment of stunned silence on the Viking hockey field in the first round of state tournament play on Wednes- day, Nov. 6. The whistle, which marked Sussex Central's 1-0 upset of the top-seeded Vikings, sounded not only the end of the game but also the end of an undefeated season and the end of the line for Cape in 2002. Even the cheers of victory which erupted from the Lady Knights seconds later seemed momentarily muffled by the soundlessness of defeat as the two teams moved past each other in post-game handshakes. After more than 57 minutes of scoreless play, Central's winning goal came on a penalty stroke. With 2:42 remaining on the clock, senior Kim Jones drove one chest high and outside, just beyond the grasp of a lunging Nikki Rhoades, to give the 16th-seeded Lady Knights all the lead they would Continued on page 104 P Holding the: ship together in storm-tossed seas is a tough job I PEOPLE IN SPORTS just figure they're bragging about their sex lives. Birdshot raining down onto one roof while little granddaughters play hopscotch in the driveway is just not cool at all. OK, I made up the granddaughter part, but they could have been there. LITTLE CRAB APPLES - The great grandfather of polar soul, Jim "Little Crab" Hajek soon to be 84 years old, kicked off a new season by leading a small group of dedicated bears into a cold ocean last Sunday. Personal- ly, I didn't feel like going, but nowhere else on the planet from pole to pole and around the bulging belly of the equator was anyone asking the question, "Where's Fredman?" Jumping in- to the ocean then quickly out be- sides "Little Crab" and his Speedo wearing self were Liz Britting- ham, Louise McTimmons, Cathy Thomas, Tom Gusmer, Wendy Gusmer and Greg Mack. The next jump is Dec. I. People wrote down their own names so I'm not responsible for spelling. BETTER THAN ME - Alison Kraus in the song "The Lucky One" sings "You never know what road you're choosing. To you the next best thing to playing and winning is playing and losing." Andrew Edwards scored on a couldn't-be-more-meaningless 75 -yard touchdown as time expired last Friday night and the Cape football team lost 33-6 to Caesar Rodney. Even the officials react- ed: "What extra point? Six or seven, what's the difference?" : Dan Cook photos - Cape's Danielle Renken controls the ball as Central's Beth Moore moves in on defense. I I Cape is now !-6 and are predicted to be "smacked down" the next tWO weeks by Dover and St. Mark's. But the kids continue to play hard and celebrate small vic- tories like the Edwards' touch- down. Holding the ship together in storm-tossed seas is the tough- est of coaching jobs. I admire this team for coming to play every Fri- day night. I have written earlier the adversity of losing brings out the best in the best and the worst in the worst. I'm sensing that Cape is capable of beating Dover and will show up "ready to rum- ble" because Dover is the type of outfit that would run the blast at their grandmother until she broke into pieces. My grandmother used to say, "Encouragement is the an- tidote for discouragement. Now go get me another beer." Continued on page 103 SKEETER - He probably doesn't remember, but some years ago Charlie "Tow Truck" Moore told me he was going to speak to the superintendent of Cape schools. "Skween, Sleen, Sweet; Sheet, 1 don't know what her name is, I just calls her Skeeier.'" Then somehow the story got back to Dr, Suellen Skeen, later to become Sue Harris, that Fredman calls her Skeeter, which was true but 1 didn't invent it. Speaking of rednecks, do you know what time of the year it is'? If you said duckin" season, give yourself a monogrammed belt buckle. And soon it will be "shot- gun" season, which really means a six-day, one-sided war waged against the herd of deer who are blasted for their own good by the ecologically sensitive who wear flannel to church, i'm cool with all that good-old-boy stuff, but I must admit that I k:,nda don't like it when late afternoon brandy snifters shoot at targets in the di- rection of my house. When I hear a redneck's wice pierce the au- tumn air and the word is "'pull," I Submitted photo Taking the Polar Bear plunge on Nov. 3 were (l-r) Jim Ha- jek, Kathy Thomas, Liz Brittingham, Wendy Gusmer, Fred- man, Greg Mack, Tom Gusmer and Louise McTimmons.