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68.- CAPE GAZETTE, hurday,December,24 - leeembeAt ot998. Tech game Continued from page 67 and missing free throws. A 20-6 first quarter lead for the Ravens featured a Polk rejection and re- bound-slam, along with eight points. "We'll be OK," coach Ed Waples said after the game. "We just dug too deep a hole to climb out of. We actually won the game over the last three quarters," said Waples. Another thing Cape actually did was miss 10 free throws in the second quarter alone while shoot- ing 10-22 for the ballgame. "We were down 19 [38-19] at the half and could have just folded completly," Waples said, "but we made an early run in the third quarter and started to get back into the ballgame." Mercurial-fast evenguard Ricky Thompson sandwiched a two- point and three-point jumper, with a layup, as Cape closed to 38-27 early in the fourth quarter, but Raven point guard Brandon Palmer kept hitting key baskets as Sussex Tech resurged to a 51-36 third-quarter advantage. "We had guys in foul trouble and lost our continuity in the game," said Kobasa. "Cape has one of the proudest traditions in the state. Guys like [Ricky] Thompson and [O.J.] Wilson are great competitors and athletes. "I expected Cape to make a run at us and they did," he said. A highlight of the third quarter was an Adam Scott two-handed slam on a drive to the basket that had sufficient follow-up hang time to warrant a technical. The vikings outscored the Ravens, 22-15, in the final period but they lost the game, 66-58. Darrell Davis led all scorers in the game with 23 points. Thompson scored 15, while Scott added 10. The Ravens were led by Brian Polk 18, Brandon Palmer 16, and Tyrell Tingle, 14. Angle Moon photo Cape girls take it to Tech, 36-30 Cape girls beat Sussex Tech 36-30 in the Dec. 17 game at Cape. Shown is Tech's Martha Arthur, right, passing the ball past the outstretched arms of Cape's Arshar Smith. Cape Relgion Athletes Of The Week MATT GRAVIET "Matt's just gotta be an Athlete of the Week," said his coach, Chris Mattioni, af- ter Big Gravman posted a 6-1 record, including four pins, en route to a third-place fin- ish at the Dee. 19, Mid-At- lantic Wrestling Classic held at the Bob Carpenter Cen- ter. "Matt was aggressive and attacked throughout the tournament," Mattioni said. "He impressed several col- lege coaches who attended." The meet is considered the toughest tournament in the country. KYLE INMAN Kyle Inman is a 171 pounder and a Mr. Nice Guy personality type. "We try to do things to make him mad, but none of them work," said teammate Straughn Gor- man. Inman cranked up his mean machine last weekend and posted a 2-2 record at the Mid-Atlantic wrestling tournament against some of the nation's toughest compe- tition. "Kyle's turned over a new leaf," Mattioni said. "He was aggressive and physical the entire tournament." JEN HICKS Hicks was recommended for Athlete of the Week hon- ors by rookie swim team coach Bill Geppert. Hicks anchors both the medley re- lay and 200-yard freestyle relays and is undefeated in the 100-yard breast stroke, turning in a 1:13 at Lake Forest's metric pool, coming back and winning against Sussex Central with a 1:18. "I think cross country running and swimming make Jen one of Cape's better conditioned athletes," Geppert said. People Continued from page 67 some previous rant of mine in which I confessed to liking batter better than cake and soft dough better than some old hard cookie. Merry Christmas to all the teach- ers and students of Cape. If you're not having a good time, it's your own fault. REMEMBERING ANN - The family of Hail of Fame secretary Ann Marsh took out an ad in last week's Cape Gazette honoring the memory of Ann, who passed away Dec. 18 four years ago. And be- cause I have my own column, my wife and I and all the teachers of Ann's era who loved Ann Marsh without qualification, I would also like to honor her memory. She was the best secretary, athletic di- rector, transportation director, per- sonnel director and news reporter the school district ever had. And what did secretaries do with that free ear before the invention of the telephone? CHRISTMAS CITY - Twenty years ago, during Christmas I took a dozen members of the Cape in- door track team to the Christmas City Relays in Williamsburg, Va., on the campus of William and Mary College. As we rolled into colonial history under cover of darkness, with all the houses taste- fully decorated, hurdler Chico Beckett yelled from the back of the van, "Hey Fredman! Where do DARRELL DAVIS Cape's leading scorer after two games floats Hke Bobby Leggins and even wears the same number - 30 - as the 1997 all-conference guard. "Darrell has been a bright spot in the early part of this season," coach Ed Waples said. "We need players to step up and score points, and Darrell has been doing that. Davis led all scorers, banging home 23 against Sussex Tech and also pacing Cape with 15 points in a loss to Sussex Central." all the black people stay?" Every- one laughed, because Chico al- ways considered himself the spokesperson for America's 13 million Afro-American popula- tion. "Black people don't like big houses Fredman. Too many nois- es and corners! Tell me of one black person you know who has a house with a third floor." I was always lecturing Chico, who at 38 years old is still my friend, about not believing stupid stereotypes about his own race. The next day I took him on a tour of the old colonial town, and we used free tickets given away at a McDonald's breakfast to jump in on a guided tour of the governor's palace. Somewhere near the poster canopy bed in a second- floor room big enough for a bowl- ing alley, we listened to one of those "colonial excitables" dressed in Martha Washington ac- tionwear talking about the fire- place and chandelier and other boring stuff. And then Chico raised his hand as 50 white faces turned in his direction. "Any black people ever sleep in that bed?" Chico asked the women. She gave that smile white people put on just before the deflection of fact. Actu- ally they slept in the quarters di- rectly out back," she said. Chico turned to me. "See. I told you Fredman. Even way back then, black people ain't sleeping in no three-story house!" SNIPPETS - Mike Hilligoss, a 1986 Cape graduate, was just named the new head football coach at Milford High School. (See Quick Hitters for more infor- mantion.) I coached Mike and he coached me his senior year in high school, and what I remember is an offensive line of five players with an average SAT score just slightly under i,200, Those players were center Tom Sombar, guards Shawn Maedler and Mike Hilli- gos, and tackles Jeff Burnham and Myrone Selby. Burnham will be one of Mike's assistants. Selby just completed another season with the Piranhas of Harrisburg, the No. 1 semipro football team in the Mid-Atlantic area. He's 30 years old and still thinks he's a kid," said Selby's mother, Stell. NFL color commentator, the flaky Jerry Glanville, said of Jamie Duncan, the former Chris- tiana linebacker now with the Tampa Bay Bucs, "The amazing thing is where Duncan played football. Somewhere in Vermont - I mean Delaware. Just somewhere not noted for pro players." That is, of course, excluding Steve Wat- son, formerly of Saint Mark's and now of the Denver Broncos, and some guy named Randy White, formerly of McKean, who played for the Cowboys. And don't puff up yet, "Cowboy Puffdaddys," because the Eagles "threw and dropped" Sunday's game for high-draft positioning. The franchise is still smarting over losing O.J. 20 years ago. To your pets: "Have a connip- tion Christmas and a rawhide new year." For the rest of yaw bad selves, "Go on now,gift"