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CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, December 19 - December 25, 1997 - 75 :::::::: :::::::::::::::::::::::: :::...:.:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: :::::::::::: :::: :::::::: !:: 4::: : :::: ::::: ::::::::: :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::;:::: :::  ::::::::::: ::::::: :::::::::: :: ::::::: :::::::::::: ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: ::::::::::::::::::::::::.:::: ::::::::::::::::::::::::i :::::::::::::::::::: ::: ::::::: ::::: :::::::::::::::::::::::::: :::::::::::::::: : ::::::: ::::::::::'  SPORTS & OUTDOORS Calmness prevails as Cape sails away from Dover Viking boys team effort leads to 55-45 win By Dave Frederick LEWES- Dover and Cape "went after" each other last Tues- day night, creating a stormy first half in which it was impossible to detect wind speed without an anemometer. Both teams pressed and then pulled back. Both teams used the fast break then slowed down. Dover's Ray Moore missed a dunk on the fly and on the next play threw one down two-handed, jumping off two feet. And O.J.Wilson was his usual athletic, gravity-defying self, knifing toward the basket on fast breaks with point guard Mardy Biles at the trigger. Cape led 26-25 at the half, after outscoring Dover 11-6 in the final minutes of the second quarter. Dover coach Ron Allen was not pleased with his team's offensive effort for the game. "I don't want to take anything away from Cape because they did what they had to do to beat us. But offensively we were terrible. They didn't have to pressure us because were rushing upcourt and taking quick shots before we had any- body underneath. We just don't have any chemistry right now." Ed Waples, dealing "face cards" in his second game as head coach, laid down a starting five of Biles, Ronson Burton,Wilson, .Julius Hazzard and Olin Boldin. Adam Scott was off the bench to slow down the 6-8 Ray Moore, while Adam Woods provided outside firepower. "Adam Scott did a great job and proved he can give us quality minutes," Waples said. "And Mardy Biles is the man in the clutch." Biles penetrated and dished to Wilson on two crucial fourth- quarter baskets as Cape built a 50- 39 lead with only three minutes left in the game. But a "mutual fund" of missed layups and turnovers, and occasional free throws made, brought Dover from the brink back to contention, trail- ing 50-45 with 1"12 remaining in the game. A pair of free throws by Biles and a Biles-to-Hazzard pass for a "chippy" sent the Senators down to defeat for the second time in three games. Cape hosted defending state champion Seaford at home Thurs - day, Dec. 18. "I want to win that point guard spot," Biles said after a game in which he scored 10 points with six assists and five steals. "I can't wait for Seaford on Thursday night. I want the ball under pressure." Wilson, named to the all-state football team earli- er in the week, scored 17 points and was also ready for the'Seaford challenge. "We practice hard every day," Wilson said. "We don't run our mouths like the rest Angle Moon photo Cape's Marty Biles played aggressively and penetrated frequently against Dover. of the teams in the conference." Notes- O.J. Wilson bounced an inbounds pass off a Dover player's backside and back to himself on a critical fourth-quarter possession. "I saw Jordan do it on television," Wilson said...Teammates were getting on Julius Hazzard after the game for getting dunked on by Ray Moore of Dover...Ronson Burton had his second good, all- around game, scoring 14 points...Cape lost its second straight J.V. game, falling to Dover 50-30. The Vikings could only manage four points in the first half. The JV scoring was led by Tim Widdoes with nine points. How about 00this for a stupid column? STUPID DOGS- Some readers peruse this column each week, willing to overlook the fact that occasionally so-called legitimate sports are written about in a tradi- tional style. Last Tuesday night while on assignment at the Cape vs. Dover boys' basketball game, a longtime super Cape fan accost- ed me in the stands. "Hey, Fred- man! Now what have you been doing? When are you going to write about sports instead of writ- ing about dogs? Nobody cares about no stupid dogs!" Tell that to a nation that is more interested in the "Name Bill Clinton's Dog" sweepstakes than the threat of an anthrax explosion at the local shopping mall. Clinton revealed his true Arkansas redneck roots by naming his chocolate lab "Buddy" after Bill's favorite great uncle. But enough about dogs. Nobody cares about stupid dogs! Dave Frederick STUPID TRUCKS- I guess I should also stop writing about "Lust Trucks." It be like (ebonic PEOPLE IN SPORTS license) if you can't afford the truck, then please shut up. And anyway my 1992 paid-for Toyota is the truck of choice of Somali warlords. Now that's some bad company. STUPID RESOLUTIONS- I made a resolution September a year ago to walk 100 miles per month. Last January I made ares- olution to lift weights two days a week. Both self-promises continue to be satisfied, along with all my real vices, which I have no inten- tion of discarding. And that's the secret to being a lifelong athlete. Live hard and party hardy. Just don't bring your luggage to work. No bags under the eyes or red noses at the coffee urn (sure, you have a skin problem). One New Year's Eve I made a resolution not to make fun of people. The promise was broken during the ball dropping and simultaneous Civil War-sound concussion as close-by craniums were jingle- bell-rocked! The gay yuletide spir- it was continued as we rolled the cannon down the block and fired it at the house of my nasty neighbor. Those "good old days" are gone forever, and that's a good thir, g, STUPID PERCEPTIONS- The New Year's Eve in Milton when a handful of .drinkers thought "Baby New Year" was a KKK poster child, WBOC erro- neously reported the incident as a news event and later heads rolled, STUPID DECISION- San Francisco 49ers' CEO Eddie DeBartolo resigned his dream job because of a stupid decision to get involved with Mississippi river- boat gambling. And then the 49ers decided to play Jerry Rice in a Monday night football game instead of saving him for the play- offs. Rice is the epitome of work ethic and conditioning. His reat- tached ACL held up under contact. Unfortunately, he reinjured the knee and is out for the playoffs. STUPID IMAGE- This visual imagery was provided by Nelson Pennypaeker, the Toscanini of The Wiseguys. Nelson is an avid Philly sports fan and we recently had this conversation while I was licking my chops at the Lewes IGA meat counter: "Fredman, take yourself up to the Spectrum and check out the Phantoms. They are the Flyers farm team and one step away from the NHL. These young guys play their hearts out and really hit. It's the old Flyers fans from the '70s that go to the games. Check out a game when the Hershey Bears come to town. They are the farm team of the Colorado Avalanche." Nelson gave his reason for not going to Flyers' games at the Core States Center. "Imagine a bunch of yuppies in $80 seats talking on their cell phones," Nelson said. I get the picture. I ain't going unless some- body gives me tickets and drives me there. Whadda ya say, Cliff?. STUPID QUOTE- Sometimes stupid doesn't mean dumb or idi- otic. It means really funny in a good way, like, "That boy is just plain stupid." Last year Mike Toohey of the Lewes IGA went skydiving in Laurel, Delaware. (Now that sounds stupid.) In an interview afterward Mike said, Continued on page 76