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CAPE GAZETTE, Thursday, December 24 - December 30,1998 - 67 SPORTS & OUTDOOR,S Angle Moon photo Cape's O.J. Wilson, left, battles Brandon Palmer of Sussex Tech to gain control of a rebound in the game Dec. 18 at Tech, which Cape lost 66-58. Cape lost again Dec. 22, to Sussex Central, with a final score of 49-42. Cape basketball lacks offe00 knocked out by defensive By Dave Frederick The Dec. 22 sparse crowd at Cape's Little Big House could have been anywhere on a frigid night three days before Christmas. Most of the crowd wished it was anywhere but sitting courtside watching a lackluster game plagued by turnovers, missed layups and poor shot selection in the Vikings' game loss to Sussex Central, 49-42. The game was the second straight, strangely inept effort by the Vikings, who trailed 15-4 at the end of the first quarter and 29- 17 at the half. "We have guys with great talent who don't do what they need to do until they're in terrible trouble," Waples said. "And until they learn Leonard," Slade said. "That's how we beat them and that's how we beat Cape tonight." Central pounded the ball inside to the burly Leonard until the Vikings cried uncle (Cape's Ed Waples is Leonard's uncle) as Waples sent in a barrage of players to share the load of fouls including Adam Scott, Tom Sheehan, Haywood Burton and Mark Moore. And as badly as the Vikings played and trailing by 45-36 with 2 minutes 31 seconds to play in the game, four football players - Moore, Sheehan, O.J. Wilson, Ricky Thompson - and a jump shooter - Darrell Davis - made a final run at the suddenly tight Golden Knights. Davis hit a pair of jumpers and a three-p()inter, 00sive punch; 00entral, 49-42 while Thompson and Moore forced a pair of turnovers, as Cape closed to 46-42, with less than 10 seconds remaining in the game. But a made free throw, followed by a Leonard "stick back," put Cape out of commission for the second game in a row. "We have guards who are learn- ing on the job," Slade said. "Every game in the Henlopen Conference is going to be close. There are no automatics or pushovers." Davis lead Cape scorers with 15 points, followed by Thompson, with 11. Sussex Central was paced by Leonard with 17 and John Gordy with 11. Both teams are headed to the Slam Dunk, where they'll play on the opposite side of the Mayor's Cup bracket. to play together, they're going to stay in trouble. They are just not doing the things we work on in practice." Sussex Central was coming off a big win over Salesianum and is a team just beginning to take form under rookie head coach Tim Slade. "We're playing 11 people and the energy of these kids has been an inspiration to me," Slade said. "Against Sallies we started to click when we started getting the ball inside to [Travis] Tech table00,; Cape, 66-58 By Dave Frederick Brian Polk is the enemy athlete the "good guys" love to hate. Polk transferred to Sussex Tech this year from Sussex Central and has made an immediate impact for coach Jerry Kobasa's Ravens. "He plays with a loosey-goosey, somewhat cocky demeanor, blocking shots, throwing down spectacular dunks and shooting the three-pointer," he said. "Brian's a great kid and very unselfish player," said the veteran coach. "This is the most unselfish group of kids I have ever coached." Cape proved more unselfish in the first half, turning the ball over Continued on page 68 Teachers take hands, open minds and touch hearts By Dave Frederick MEG DOG - Senior Cape bas- ketball player Megan Oakes has a drop-dead smile and easy-going attitude that always makes people feel better about themselves. She is battle-tough and "don't take no stuff" on the courts and in the hallways. As a teacher and journalist, I am privileged to be around lots of bright young people, OAKES not only to chronicle their suc- cesses in my writing, but also to spin my own philosophies in their direction as I teach them. Christmas is a great time for teachers at all age levels, I mean for teachers who teach all age lev- els, because students give you stuff and write messages on cards that can be both direct and honest - "I thought you would make a good Santa but you are too fat" - and usually the messages are sin- cere and heart felt. Meg Dog - her nickname in school - gave me a card, along with a smile and little a flurry of punches to the stom- ach; the card read, "Fredman, Merry Christmas! I saw this quote and thought of you. 'A teacher takes a hand, opens a mind and touches a heart!' Love Meg-Dog." And then I opened a card from Julie Jackson that read "Dear Big Freddie - You're one of the best teachers I've ever had in my entire life! And you're defifiitely the best first period teacher ever! Thank you for the great Athlete of the Week article. Sincerely Julie Jackson." My present was a gift- wrapped cream donut from Dave Frederick Fredman as adolescent, prior to the advent of bagels, after eating donut with cream oozing out the sides. Dunkin' Donuts, which came as a result of me chastising Julie sever- al weeks earlier for smearing cream cheese on a bagel at the beginning of class in CLEAR vio- lation of a well-crafted school dis- cipline policy. "Bagels are plain and boring and weren't even invented when I was your age," I said, raising my voice and scaring no one. "When I was growing up as a lower-mid- dle-class adolescent with an atti- tude problem, no one in my fami- ly would eat any donut that didn't have cream shooting out the side when you squeezed it from the top." My secret pal at Cape gave me a present of red flannel boxer shorts with white polar bears embla- zoned on the ample cloth surface. The shorts were double-X, and I joked that I would wear them for the Jan. 1 Polar Bear jump and that they could pick up the sight- ing on their police scanners. Lastly, I received a card from bright and bouncy and always enthusiastic Maggie McDonald, PEOPLE IN SPORTS whose mother now teaches at H.O. Brittingham while father John operates the Garden Gourmet. John, by the way, deliv- ered an unbelievably decadent- lookihg, cream-filled chocolate cake to the staff at the Cape Gazette, and that round ring of caloric overload disappeared faster than a per0gie at a Polish block party. I heard it tasted pretty good! Here's Maggie's message: "Mr. Fred! Mrs. Fred! Merry Christmas to you and Fred- woman. Both of you are great teachers and I hope you never leave the school because everyone loves you two the best. Thanks for being such cool people, because the world definitely needs more of you. Oh yeah, have a happy New Year too!" Dawn Baker -The Baker's Exxon heiress - was making a vase for me in John Gardoski's ceramics class, but it turned out so beautifully that Mr. G told her to keep it. - "Forget Fredman! He doesn't know a vase from a coffee mug" - and enter it an art show. And because I ribbed Dawn for selling me out, she presented me with a backup vase to place on my mantel. Finally, Courtney Millman, daughter of Becki and the Judge, and who plans to appear on the "Montel Williams" show as soon as she satisfies all her graduation requirements, gave me a dozen uncooked cookies because of Continued on page 68