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_ ,'v. x .% lnursaay, ,vecemDer 4 - uecemtmr u, l#t, - tf Hilligoss named head coach at Milford High School By Dave Frederick THE MAYOR IS IN CHARGE - Back in 1986, I nick- named Mike Hilligoss the Mayor of Broadkill Beach. Well, the mayor has just been named the head football coach at Milford High School, and he will attempt to implement a system run successfully by "hisownself' at Milford Middle School during the last seven years. I'll always remember Mike's last game as a Viking who was, on a Saturday afternoon, on the grid- iron of rival Sussex Central. Cape had just scored in the final minute of the game to close to 7-6. As coach Rob Schroeder stud- ied his lamented play chart, decid- ing to go for two points and the win, I just stood beside him for moral support. Schroeder was al- ways calm under fire. "Let's go with the counter pass, " coach Schroeder told quarter- back Eddie Brown. "You're guys OK with that?" Schroeder com- mented to me referring to the of- fensive line. "Sure Coach! What's a counter pass?" Brown went against the flow as rugged fullback Todd Mock sneaked out into the fiat. There was an inside joke that we were going to send Brown to Libya because he was always overthrowing everybody. But Brown hit Mock right be- tween the numbers for the 8-7 lead, and all the defense had to do was hold on for the last minute. In a desperate attempt for an addi- tional yard, the Central ball card- er dropped the pigskin on the tuff. The mayor scooped up the ball and rambled into the end zone for the game clincher. Hilligoss was mobbed by his teammates. Milford has added Cape to the schedule for the next two years on a home and away contract. Coaches George Glenn and Brian Donahue turned a losing Cape program into six consecutive win- ning seasons, crafting one of the most respected programs in the state. And the turnaround was im- mediate. "People just don't want to work at it," coaches Glenn and Don- ahue axe always saying. Hilligoss will work at it and so will assistant Jeff Burnham. Here's wishing the Cape boys a 9- 1 season their f'n'st year on the job. (3radet place:s Mid-Atlantic Wrestling Cat)00 : l)]00aces 35th out of 40 By Mary Beaman The Mid,Atlantic Wrestling Classic, featuring 40 teams and more than 48 nationally ranked individuals from along the East Coast, took its toll on Delaware wrestlers during two days of com- petetion, Dec. 18-19, at the Bob Quick Hitters By Dave Frederick THE RIVER RUNS WIDE - There was much speculation last year when it was announced that basketball coach Jerry Peden would join Pat Kelly at Indian River as co-coach of the Indian River basketball team, currently 0-5 on the young season. Peden is the winningest coach in Delaware, with more than 700 victories. Kelly, with Gene Harris on the bench as his assistant, went through a four-year peri- od with a record of 80-4. Now even fans wishing Peden and Kel- ly all the worst PEDEN can't deny that these two guys know how to coach. So what is the deal? "We don't have a lot of talent and depth," Peden said. "It seems as soon as we put out one fire, anoth- er one crupts someplace else. It has been a struggle." The Indians have lost three games each by 30 points and have also dropped contests to Wood- Continued on page 70 Carpenter Center in Newark. Less than a handful of downstate wrestlers survived to capture a top-eight finish in the grueling contest. Invited for the first time, Cape Henlopen High School made its inaugural appearance count, plac- ing its own blue-chip grappler, heavyweight Matt Graviet, into the consolation finals. Knocked out in the quarterfinal action by the eventual heavy- weight champion, Steve Kovach of West Chester East High School, Pa., Graviet battled his way through three hard-fought matches in wrestlebacks to ad- vance to the finals. There Graviet tussled with Marc Hayes of De Matha High School, Md., and snagged the 6-3 victory for the third-place finish and the highest finish among all downstate wrestlers. Cape Henlopen's wrestling squad also placed the second highest out of all the Henlopen Conference teams participating, placing 35th out of 40 teams, with 48 points. Sussex Central finished the highest, at 33rd, scoring 50 points. Caesar Rodney, Smyrna, Dover and Laurel also competed in the tournament. First-place team honors went to Bald Eagle Area High School of Pennsylvania. Cape wrestlers are idle fo rht cr- est of the holiday break. The next home meet is at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 6, when the Riders of Caesar Rodney will take to Cape's mats. do and and