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CAPE GAZETrE, Friday, December 11 - I)ecemberi7, 1998 - 79 SPORT',00 & OuTDooRs Cape point guard leads Vikings to 50-48 victory Angie Moon photoe Cape Henlopen High School Viking basketball players cheer teammates on as they capture a win from Scaford, 50-48, Tuesday, Dec. 8. Shown are (l-r) Dominique Hack, coach Ed Waples and Patrick Woods. Ricky Thompson was the Vikings' leading scorer, netting 16 points for the team. Waples was named the 1997 Delaware State Coach of the Year. Andre the Giant makes the points but Little Ricky runs the show By Dave Frederick An athlete watching Ricky Thompson play basketball will just sit in the stands bug-eyed the entire game marveling, "How did he do that?" Thompson is to accel- eration what "throttle up" is to the space shuttle. Ricky can change direction faster than a fox in the middle of a w01f pack. And the 5- foot-5-inch guard, who has long jumped over 23 feet, will probably dunk in traffic before the season is over. "It feels good to get the start at point guard and to have a chance to run the offense the entire game," a winded Thompson said after leading Cape with 16 points in a 50-48 victory over Seaford. "I'm still not in basketball shape because of coming out late from football, but I think our team did pretty good tonight. We really haven't had a chance to practice much together because of the foot- ball playoffs." Cape took the floor in the 1998- 99 geason with a starting lineup of Thompson at point guard, Darrell Davis, Adam Scott, O.J.Wilson, and Dominique Hack. Football tight end Tommy Sheehan saw quality playing time coming off the bench and scored 10 points in the ballgame. The ballgame came down to crunch time with the score tied at 40 with 3 minutes 20 seconds re- maining in the contest. "We are going to be in a lot of close games," said coach Ed Waples, last season's Delaware State Coach of the Year. "As coaches, we don't have many decisions to make. The kids just have to play smart and play together." Thompson "plucked the pock- et" of a Seaford guard and flew coast-to-coast to put Cape ahead 42-40. Davis, a junior in his first varsity start, found his game in the second half, scoring 10 points, then buried a jumper, giving Cape a 44-40 lead. "Things just weren't falling in the first half," Davis said. "I guess I was a little ner- vous. It feels great to contribute to an opening night victory at the Continued on page 82 By Dave Frederick SWEAT SHOPS - I think I know why basketball players are sometimes called "cagers". Last Tuesday night, Dec. 8, at Seaford, the four-month trek through dimly lit gymnasiums around the state of Delaware began. High school bas- ketball in Delaware is mostly atro- ciously abysmal. It is a sport that has deteriorated in overall talent since the glory days of the '70s and early '80s. But what is more depressing is the halfiime crowd specializing in shrill voices and inappropriate lin- guistic patterns of speech standing in line for syrup-saturated cokes and twin-pack Reese's cups. Car- toonist AI Capp referred to his high school as smelling like an "unmopped Hong Kong gymnasi- um." I know that's what I smell like when I drive home from one of those games. And when the truck's heat collides with the dry sweat on my head I feel like a bil- lion bacteria are chewing on my face. Basketball playing and watch- ing is like being in a cage. The aroma is reminiscent of the place where the downdrafi of the ele- phant house meets the Updraft of the big cat house. But hey, speak- PEOPLE IN SPORTS Dave Frederick ing of big cats and elephants, last Tuesday, Dec. 8, football coach Brian Donahue and I went to Seaford to check out and support Cape's boys' basketball team. The gym was hot and the air may have been stale, but at least it was stag- nant. Fans were fanning them- selves with game programs. "Look Coach! 'Big Guy Dead Zone' up behind the basket. Big guys like to spread out in a sauna situation. We like to reside in the rural delivery area of the bleach- ers, where there is less chance of a population explosion or toddler at- tack. HACK ATTACK - The Cape boys lost the JV to Seaford Tues- day, Dec. 8, 48-39. Eric Davis led all Cape scorers with 13 points, but what I want to know is who led the "Hack attack." The.24- minute painful game was frenzied and frantic, not to mention torrid and horrid. Forty-five fouls were committed in a 24-minute game. I didn't say called, but committed, because those suckers were guilty. Shoot, I'd have a hard time walk- ing down the street for 24 minutes while banging myself in the head 45 times. I think my arm would get tired. A foul in basketball is supposed to result from an attempt to actually make a play. You don't foul people just to foul them. Back when I roamed the play- grounds of Philly, a foul was so- cially accepted as long as the other player showed enough talent to actually make a play on the ball. But players who collided with oth- ers for the sake of collision, or who just steppe din the path of a player dribbling, were issued a warning. "One more stupid foul and I'm gonna have to hurt some- body." That's why old people stop playing or at least they should. They just can't make plays any- more, so they resort to fouling, which results from frustration, so they should just drink beer and live vicariously through the foul festival of JV basketball. Now I know that Rep. John Schroeder is afraid that I will bring up his nick- name, "The Mad Teller," and talk about his years of demonstrating a multiple flagrancy of fouls on the hardwoods of deadwoods ranging from the low bridge to the flying decapitation, not to mention run- ning at your crotch on an open jump shot, only to veer off at the last second. Now I like John, but if I have a basketball in my hands I ain't turning my back on him. SHOT IN THE BACK - Friday night, Dec. 4, in the Division I state championship game at Mid- dletown, Caesar Rodney received the opening kickoff from Newark and commenced to be pushed backwards by the Yellowjackets' "superhuman or subhuman" de- fense, take your pick. And on a play wide to the left, running into the Newark sideline, Mark Raz- zono of CR was tackled for an ap- parent safety. And then the explo- sion that rocked my world like my backbone ain't got no home: I saw a cloud of smoke hovering about Dave Frederick photo Frank Hagan, former Cape High principal, is inter- viewed at halftime by a cable TV reporter. some clumps of grass. I thought some high school explosive's ex- pert had tossed a cherry bomb on- to the field. And then I noticed this skinny, gray-haired, professorial- looking guy in a Newark school jacket kneeling behind a tiny can- non - ready to pull the string again. "Hey buddy! Are you outta your freaking mind? That thing sounds like a concussion grenade." "Take it easy Fredman. We're just having fun. I was hoping we would get to play Cape in the fi- nals." Wait! This person knew me. Why, it was Principal Frank Ha- Continued0n page 80 Flagrant fouls fuel frenzied, frantic Seaford game