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76 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, December 19 - December 25, ter than the head coach...Believing People Continued from page 75 "I'm not afraid of heights I'm just scared of airplanes. Once I went out the door I was fine." Mike de- nied reports that in place of screaming "Geronimo" like the 82nd Airborne in Vietnam, Toohey was heard to scream, "Second Checker!" STUPID QUESTION- It's New Year's Day and it's raining. The Lewes Polar Bears along with polar bears around the world are getting ready to plunge into freezing water in a ceremonial cleansing of the soul for the new year. "My phone is ringing like an ice cream truck in the Sudan. (That's stupid but better than "off the hook"!) "Is there polar bears today? Do you still go when it's raining?" Ah no, blizzards and ice chunks are no problem. But, when it rains, we stay home. STUPID ACT- Without a doubt it's international performer Christopher who performed at the Slam Dunk To The Beach tourna- ment the last two years. Christo- pher wears a headdress and is the central and only live dancer of the Village People. Four dummies, including the policeman, the cow- that "back in the day" athletes like yourself had more talent and guts than kids do now... Polar Bearing into the ocean in front of the zoom lens of a "News Journal" photogra- pher when you're a big, fat white guy. "Three-two-one, let's get wet, the rest of you posers, go on now, git!" Plantations Power Team places first in lifting The Plantations Power Team, from the Plantations Fitness Cen- ter in Lewes, traveled to Sterrett's Health and Fitness Center on Sat- urday, Dec. 6, for a Bench Press/Deadlift competition, The team, composed of seven mem- bers from the Lewes area, one from Milford and two from Mary- land, placed first among a field of five teams. Individually, no one placed lower than first place. The individual placings at the competition were: Sinath Sam, 148 lb. Open Class, bench press. 320 Ibs.; deadlift, 455 Ibs. Chris Daisey, 198 lb. Novice Class, bench press 290 Ibs.; deadlift, 485 Ibs. Bill Daryman (age 70) 198 lb. Masters Class, bench press 200 lbs. Neil Murphy (age 73) 220 lb. Masters Class, bench press 155 Ibs. Paul Timmons, 181 lb. Open Class. deadlifl, 455 Ibs. Charles Cannon, 220 lb. Masters Class, bench press 240 Ibs. John Anastasia, 148 lb. Novice Class, bench press 225 Ibs. Brian Miller. 123 lb. Open Class, bench press, 270 Ibs. boy, firefighter and construction Sinath Sam not only won his di- worker, are connected to Christo- vision in both the bench press and pher by a series of rails and ropes, the deadlift, but was also named The act is hysterical but the idea is the outstanding light-weight lifter incredibly stupid, and best lifter overall. 1997 Kim Smith's 24 points lead Cape girls to 60-zi7 win over Dover By Susan Frederick Led by Kim Smith's 24 points, the Cape Henlopen girls' basket- ball team shot out to an early lead and held it till the lights went out to defeat the Dover Senators 60- 47, improving its season record to 2-1. The foul-filled marathon (27 Cape, 20Dover) took more than two hours to complete and saw more "whistle stops" than a vaudeville tour. But team co-cap- tain Smith was still happy to take the win. "I think we played pretty well," smiled Smith, the sole starter from last year's Henlopen Conference championship team. "This year, I knew that other people would be looking at me to do a lot for this team, and I guess that put some pressure on me. But Jessica [Witherspoon] and really all the players have taken a lot of that pressure away." It was teamwork that put Cape up 34-19 at the end of the first half, but Smith played first among equals as she sparkled for 16 first- half points, including three triples. Early foul trouble benched With- erspoon and Sigita Cahoon in the first quarter; but strong bench play, particularly from Julie Parseghian, and a full-court de- fense kept the Viking lead com- fortable as the teams went into the locker room. "We are a team," said sopho- more Witherspoon. "We know everybody will be wanting to beat us, but I think we're going to show some people what we can do this year." Fouls plagued both teams through the first three minutes of the third quarter, but not before Witherspoon managed five quick points and Danielle Guerin chipped in a quick transition bas- ket to bring the Vikings to a 41-20 lead at 3:52. Dover guard Latosha Scott forced two turnovers to close the gap to 44-26 as the quar- ter ended. Witherspoon again erupted ear- ly in the period to contribute five fourth-quarter points before foul- ing out and Smith added five of her own late in the period to lead the Cape team to the eventual win. Smith led all scorers with 24 points, followed by Witherspoon with 12. Cape traveled to Seaford Thursday night in a postdeadline game. "Seaford will be a big game for us, a hard game," said Smith after the Dover victory. "But we're feeling more confident as we play together and know each other better on the court. We're thinking of what we can do to win the conference." Smith and fellow seniors Alexia Waples and Jaimme Witherspoon have been selected by Coach Josette McCullough to serve as tricaptains for the Vikings. Angie Moon photo Cape's defense swarms over early-season.opponents STUPID STATEMENT- Most stupid statements seem plausible at the timc; otherwise, people wouldn't make them. Ea- gles Coach Ray Rhodes, who should do chewing gum commer- cials, said before the season, "This is the most talented team since I've been here." Let's just throw in here the Eagles' first- round draft choice, Jonathan Har- ris from Virginia, who can't get on the field; Mike Mamula's ex- posing himself to a female bounc- er in an Allentown bar and then believing she wouldn't sue him if he apologized; and holder Tom- my Hutton for not getting the ball down for a winning touchdown at Dallas on Monday night football. Cape Region Al:hletes Of The STUPID SNIPPETS- Bungi- cording a small, cut pine tree to the grill of a pickup truck...Going on a diet the week before Christ- mas...Buying a rottweiler puppy when you live in a condo...Giving a catnip mouse to your dog or sniffing it yourself...Putting vod- ka in eggnog...Thinking lite ciga- rettes won't jeopardize your health...Going for your maximum bench weight without a spot- ter...Thinking that after 40 you can still run the court in a pickup basketball game...Allowing Bob- by Jacobs, posing asia doctor, into a hospital after hours with a Slam Dunk program under his arm to visit convalescing sportswriters captive down the hall...Thinking you can run a football offense bet- MARDY BILES The senior transfer from Lake Clifton High School in Baltimore went to the bench during the first half of Tues- day night's victory over Dover and the crowd started chanting, "We want Mardy." The sudden-impact player ran the point with tough- hess, scoring 11 points, grab. bing five steals and dishing off eight assists. "I got him,,, Biles said referring to steal- ing the ball from Dover's 6-8 big man Ray Moore. " STRAUGHN GORMAN Pound for pound, Gorman is tougher than most people bigger. The 112-pound "Straughnman" captured the Milford Invitational wrestling title last Saturday night. Gorman placed sec- ond at the Haverford Tour- nament and has a 6-1 record on the seison, which in- cludes four pins. "Straughn has a great attitude and has been working hard in prac- tice," said coach Chris Mat- tioni THERON PAVLIK Senior Pavlik has been in- to some incredible cell divi- sion since his junior year. Last Saturday the quarter- back-turned-grappler "Pav- man" won the 189-pound in. dividual title at the Milford Invitational Tournament. Pavlik wrestled at 145 pounds last season. He reached the finals of the Haverford tournament two weeks ago and sports a 6-1 record on the season. O.J. WILSON O.J. Wilson has quickly gotten himself into basket- ball shape running the court and getting up on the boards. Last Tuesday, Wil- son led the team in rebounds and scoring as Cape shocked Dover 55-45. "Football is over and now it's basket- ball," Wilson said. "They're both the same to me." The words Cape fans use to de- scribe Wilson is "natural athlete,, and several times during last Tuesday's game the fan's screamed "did you see that?,,