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.* Cape Gazette FRIDAY, DECEMBER 3 - MONDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2010 91 Geppert: 'Program closing in on 200 wins' By Dave Frederick The Cape swim program is composed of two teams of boys and girls, run by two coaches, Bill Geppert and Pete Olson. Liz Lingo, Garrick Acklin and John Zacharias are volunteer assis- tants for a program that has 27 girls and 23 boys settling in after 70 student swimmers tried out. Geppert has knocked down 13 straight winning seasons after taking over a coed program that was 0-24. "The program is closing in on 200 wins," Geppert said. "The kids work hard and enjoy it. The Cape junior Danielle Griffith leads the girls during breaststroke praCtice. girls always work harder; even every day in practice they are just so competitive." The team's home pool is the Sussex Family YMCA inRe- hoboth, and one lap lane is al- ways open during practice time as an accommodation to the Y membership. There is a diving competition contested at the end of the season as part of the Hen- lopen Conference and state meets, but the Y pool has no div- ing board so Cape develops no divers. Delaware swimming is domi- nated by select upstate schools. Cape does well within the Hen- lopen Conference and over the last 10 years under Geppert, the team has put together a few un- defeated seasons. Competitors are limited to four events including relays. The top four places score and teams are limited to three scoring ath- letes per event. The Lewes Yacht Club and YMCA summer swim teams, along with local beach patrols, have provided a steady flow of experienced and strong swim- mers. The boys' team includes Thomas Ashcraft, Patrick Buch- wald, Charles Burton, James Continued on page 92 DAN COOK PHOTOS CAPE JUNIOR THOMAS ASHCRAFT soars out of the water with his butterfly stroke during a Tuesday, Nov. 30 swim teem practice. Cape head coach Bill Geppert reviews the order of races during a Tuesday, Nov. 30 practice. PEOPLE IN SPOE rS Dave Frederick )) lder-generation types send email forwards lamenting the good old day, but on the sports side of the street not all the old days were good. There was a time period after that 1960s hippie/drug/Viemam phase where it Wasn't so cool to be into sports. I taught at a pri- vate school outside Philly and never will forget a volleyball game in physical education class played by long-haired guys in tweed jackets. I'm pretty sure many of them were stoned on hashish; in fact, i had thrown four of them out of my social studies class when they laughed tob long and hard at one of my jokes and I said, "I am not here for you to goof offme. I am fun- ny but not that funny," And they argued that I was the funniest person they ever knew. Anyway I saw a volleyball fall right across the instep of this way cool dude's desert boot. He just hever flinched or moved a metatarsal. I was like 24 years old. I wanted to take the ball and just throw it as hard as I could into his laid-back world, as in his boney face. I don't like to see no ambition, interest or alertness in young people. And now I cover high school sports and from swimmerS to in- door tracksters, basketball play- ers, grapplers, dancers, weight lifters and cheerleaders all the way down through middle school and YMCA programs, there are just so many young people getting after it more than ever before. So back off the for- wards yearning for simpler times with the hoop in the driveway and smear the queer games at the family reunion. Things are better now. Ali Johnson Johnson dropped a 40-yard per- I don't know enough about All feet pass into his breadbasket in Johnson to make him an Athlete overtime that would have beat- of the Week, but I do know after watching him play defense at Thanksgiving's Turkey Bowl tackle football game that he is one of the best hitters I've seen the entire fall. Every guy on a defense thinks he's a hitter - except cover guys Dione and Asante - but few have that talent to unload and drop someone without getting hurt. With his Emmitt Smith jersey and Red Baron cap Ali Johnson always has that playful look in his eyes and it just doesn't make sense - and I always hated the happy hitters on the football field. I understand the logic perfect- ly. If an athlete is willing to praise and thank God for catch- ing a touchdown pass, then he may be ready to blame him for dropping one, especially a game winner. Bills receiver Stevie en the Steelers. Later Johnson Tweeted, "I praise you 24/7! And this is how you do me! You expect me to learn from this? How? I'll never forget this! Ever!" Now look out, here come the God protectors talking about Johnson being in- appropriate and disrespectful but I think God is cool and finds Johnson's remark's funny. The almighty and all-knowing one doesn't need mere mortals to run interference like some celes- tial kickoff return. The Cape Takedown Club has teamed up with the Tyrant Wrestling Club to provide an in- structional youth wrestling pro- gram for children in the Cage Region. Sessions are being held from 6-7 p.m. for Children in sec- ond grade and younger and from 7-8"30 p.m. for children in - third through eighth grade. Wrestlers can register and ob- tain more information at Parents can contact coach Chris Mat- tioni at 302-249-6457 for more information. The Cape Takedown Club sponsor a youth wrestling clinic for children in eighth grade and younger from 9-11"30 a.m., Satt - day, Dec. 4. Following the climE, the Cape High School wrestling team will compete in the fast Blue/Gold intrasquad scrim- * mage. December is gym-joining month for you - or it makes a great gift. There are lots of holjr. day specials. The last thing I drop when things get weird is the gym. It is the place where sanity is strengthened. Invest in yourself, you sun pri- mate. This Sunday, Dec. 5, is Lewes Polar Bear jump. lump time is 1 p.m. on the beach in front of the bathhouse at Cape , Henlopen State Park. I am the slacking president - sound famil- iar? - so I will try to make it if, the rest of my cosmos is in har mony. Go on now, gift