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CAPE GAZETrE, Friday, December 11 - December 17, 1998 - 87 Newark dominates Shorts Marine By Dave Frederick Cape coach Brian Donahue and I hurried through a center walk- way trying to catch the opening kickoff of the Division I state championship game. I joked that if his team couldn't put him on the sidelines for the title game, I could place him there with a press pass. I've often described coach D as a Dave Frederick photo Newark's Brandon McClel- Ion is.pushed out of bounds by Mark Razzano of Caesar Rodney. I Caesar R()ctney, 22-6, in championship teddy bear who can bench 400 pounds. I watched him closely, not wanting to be cleaned and jerked. We passed the Caesar Rodney assistants outside their locker room. The air was filled with the tension of a championship game. All good coaches envision suc- cess, not futility. The Riders knew there was a scenario in which they could win the game. We were stopped as the Newark team walked from the locker room. I scrutinized them up and down through the eyes of a Cape person. "Yea we could get these guys," I thought. "They don't look so tough! I've never seen so many pair of skinny legs. But maybe it's just those high, black socks. In Re- hoboth, no local would be caught in black socks. But man, they've got lots of big people. And they look nasty and too old to be teenagers." Coach D and I watched from the Newark sidelines, because it would just be too weird standing along the CR sidelines after play- ing them twice in the last four weeks. The Riders were pumped. CR coach John Coveleski had them ready. But the Newark Big Guys - 10 guys over 230 and seven over 250 - jogged onto the field like it hurt when making camp along the defensive line. Football players should always be wary of large people and fast people who move slowly between whistles. "They are superhuman on de: fense," Coveleski said. "You can't run at them and you can't run away from them." The Riders played great defense in the first half, but a break in the bend occurred when a harmless pass into the fiat saw a pair of CR tackles bounce off the tackle on John Brennan, who turned it up the sidelines for a 52-yard touch- down. Kicker Amy Hunt "Amy, What You Gonna Do?" kicked the PAT for a 7-0 halftime lead. "If Newark just stayed off tackle and ran sweep with the block down and kick-out technique, I don't think anybody could stop them," coach Donahue said at the start of the third quarter. And when running back Brandon Mc- Clennon broke a blast loose, for a 54-yard touchdown, CR was fac- ing an uphill drive without a low gear. An interesting play occurred af- ter Newark's third touchdown, which made the score 20-0. By then everybody in the stadium wanted to see the girl - Amy Hunt - kick. But Newark ran a trick play for an easy two-point conversion. "It's the old swinging gate trick," Donahue said, his eyes darting back and forth, taking it all in. A week earlier, the Rider's beat Cape by a single point, just min- utes after a two-point conversion attempt failed. Next year, send out a girl and fake it to her on the swinging gate play. Nah. With gender equity at Cape, it would probably become a civil rights issue. Dennis Fomey photos Ducks Unlimited dinner and auction raises thousands of dollars for conservation The Eastern Sussex chapter of Ducks Unlimited raised thousands of dollars for the purchase and preservation of wetlands and other wildlife habitat during the annual dinner and auction held Friday, Dec. 4, at the BayCenter in Dewey Beach. One of the strongest crowds in years came out to en- joy a hearty meal, to bid on silent auction items and to bid on items auctioned off by the mellifluous voice of Rehoboth's Butch Emmert. At left, at one of the game tables, are (l-r) Tom Fullerton of Lewes, Doug Walls, Skip Walls of Lewes and Stacey Walls of Newark. "We're here for the ducks," said Skip Walls, "for duck hunting and for conservation." At right are (l-r) Eastern Sussex Chapter Chairman Sanford Hazzard; chapter board member Milt Cooper, who founded the Eastern Sussex chapter more than three decades ago; and Eastern Sussex chapter Secretary John Bateman. They are shown with the Ellen Rice painting of the recently restored Indian River Lifesaving Station titled "The Last Watch." Cooper was the last commander of the station and is depicted in the painting beside the facility in 1962, after it was ravaged by the infamous nor-easter of that year and subsequently closed. Cooper donated the custom-remarque painting as an auction item to help raise funds. As in the past, Cooper wore a goose band on his finger that he acquired back in 1927, when he shot a Canada goose while hunting over live decoys on Indian River. The band, put on by a private individual from Kingsville, Ontario, is inscribed with a Biblical verse from the gospel of Mark: "Be not afraid, only believe." Cape soccer cheerleaders conclude successful season This year's Cape Henlopen High School soccer cheerleaders recently concluded a successful season of sup- porting the soccer team. "The girls played a big part in firing up the fans and encouraging the soccer players," said Nlora Martin, soccer cheerleading coach.. "They worked hard and were a nice aaidition to the soccer program." Shomrn in back are (l-r) Katie Williams, dessic:a Horner, Erin Martin, Michelle Phillips and Michelle Trasatti. In front are Suzie Talbert, Nicki Gardaranski, Metissa Rhodes, Katie Elrod, and Jen Redwine. !; ..... ; + " Lloydlee HeRe photo z, +,,,, ....  .................................... 7.5 -- 5 22 L'L7.2--',L2.2-.2 L-.i 7.. 2,'2.'Z 2-:..7  -.212 2.'%. 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