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 - 8ee! .I Tmunsla - e 9dm99(I ,sbial ,aTT'q[EAO 3qD 64 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, December 26 - January 1, 1998 People Construction ahead of schedule Continued from page 63 paid every Monday following the 16 games of the regular season. There is no post-season team meeting because with free agency no one knows who is going to be on the team for the next season. Many players just have the final check mailed to them. A player with a million dollar a year con- tract makes $62,500 a game. Is that crazy or what? All non-play- off teams will be meeting in the next two weeks to decide who gets invited back and who gets re- leased. It's a heartless and sick business. If you order early, you can get the satellite NFL Sunday ticket at a reduced rate. And have enough left over for a Bam Morris tee shirt. SNIPPETS- Delaware State Athletic Director Bill Collick re- cently dressed up and played San- ta Claus at a little kids function in Dover. Bill's wife, Nancy, report- ed to my wife, Susan, that a little Afro-American girl leaned down and whispered in Bill's ear, "I didn't know Santa Claus was black." That's funny, neither did I. Sitting in my living room is a beautiful Santa Claus created by Cape student and Taiwanese na- tive Chia-Chun Cheng, a.k.a June Bug. I didn't know Santa was Chinese. There is also a big brown-coated German Santa in my house which was crafted by Cathy Pepper. But I didn't know Santa was a big fat German guy. I always thought that was my grandfather. I heard an old Cheech and Chong bit on the ra- dio the other day about Santa get- ting small to fit down the chimney and reindeer using magic dust to "get off" the ground. Cheech swore he saw a Puerto Rican San- ta in the Los Angeles barrio. Re- gardless of the Santa, if you've been bad Santa will put coal in your stocking, if all year previous you've been reeling and rocking. Better to give than to receive, so if you get a Tonka truck bank, do not grieve. And if you bite the head off my gingerbread man, you had better run as fast as you can. Sitting around the tree on Christmas morning, there's no place like home, as the retrievers lap loudly on their rawhide bones. But a catnipped mouse has put Felix in a fit, ornaments are falling, "Go on now, git!" Calm Region Athletes Of The Week Briefly Lewes Little League meeting set Jan. 7 The next meeting of the Lewes Little League will take place on January 7, 1998, at 7 p.m. at the Shields School Cafeteria. All members of the Little League are urged to attend. All managers should have their letters to the Little League by De- cember 3 I, 1997. Rebuilding Viking girls score 26 in By Susan Frederick If this is a rebuilding year for Cape girls' basketball team, con- struction is well underway. A 26- point third quarter rally by the Vikings nailed down their third conference victory of the season on Thursday, Dec. 18, as they out- lasted Sea.ford 60-53 to improve to a 3 and 1 overall record, "I'm pleased with the whole team," said head coach Josette McCullough as her team finished its Monday practice. "I felt that Seaford would be an important game. They had a lot of returning players back this year. And in the first half we came out kind of fiat. But our girls stuck it out and did what they had to do in the third and fourth quarters." Led by Seaford stars Tameka Ross and Shiree Halley, the Blue- jays held a slim 27-24 halftime lead. "They were outhustling us in the first half," said Cape senior tri- captain Kim Smith. "At halftime, Coach McCullough talked to us and really got us up for the third quarter. Seaford came out and scored first, but then we took off. We played so well - back-door cuts, give-and-goes we outscored them 26-9 in the third quarter. It was the best we played all season." The Seaford girls gnawed away at Cape's lead through the fourth quarter, but the Vikings held them off for the eventual victory. "If we can play like the way we played in that third quarter, we'll just kill a team. That's what we're working on now," said Smith. "We played really aggressively in the second halL" said sopho- more starter Jessica Witherspoon. "We've started to know where Angie Moon photo Cape's Jessiea Witherspoon eyes the basket. third period to de:e other players are on the court. When we pass the ball, we know who's going to be there. We're working very well together." New players shine Coach McCullough was pleased with the improvement of new players this season. "Ashar Smith came in off the bench and did a great job for us," she said. "Meghan Oakes was on varsity last year, but she didn't see much playing time. She is starting to feel her role on the team now. The girls are gaining confidence in themselves. As a coach, I'm hav- ing a really good time. These girls make it easy to look forward to practices as well as games." Smith led the scoring with 20 points and four steals, with With- erspoon contributing 13 points and 17 rebounds. Oakes registered double digits in scoring as well, with 10 points and six assists. Ross and Halley threw in 15 and 14 for Seaford, respectively. Cape will travel to Smyrna on Jan. 6. "I've been looking at Smyrna scores in the paper," said Smith. "They're putting up big numbers. I think it'll be a good game, too." BASELINE SHOTS- Junior varsity coach Janet Maull returned at Seaford 60,53 to the coaching ranks this season after a three-year layoff. "It's good to be hack," said the veteran coach, who took the Viking varsi- ty as far as the semifinals in the 1990 DSSAA tournament. "When Josette (McCullough) got the var- sity job, she asked me if I'd help out with the team, and of course I said I would, so I started as a vol- unteer assistant. Then Ike (Mike Eisenhour) resigned, and the ju- nior varsity spot opened up. So here I am. As always, I'm pushing a team concept. The girls have a good, positive attitude despite a 1 and 2 season so far. [Junior Vikings lost close ones to Sussex Tech and Seaford and scored a lopsided win over Dover earlier in the month.] Cape boys Continued from page 63 victory." NOTES- Cape opens play in the Slam Dunk tournament by playing Milford at 8:30 a.m. on Dec. 26. The championship game of the Mayor's Cup will be played on Monday, Dec. 29 at 10:45 a.m. The winner of Cape' s bracket will play the winner of Sussex Central and Loyola, Md. KIM SMITH The senior three-sport ath- lete has held game-time clin- ics for younger players as she provides leadership for a new look Viking squad that has juml6ed to a 3-1 ear- ly season record. She is a team captain and court gen- eral whose specialties in- clude deadeye three-point- ers, sharpshooter passes, and nonstop defensive play. In last week's victory over Seaford, Smith scored 20 - her third 20-point game of the season -to spark Cape's 26-point third quarter. JESSICA WITHERSPOON You better look quick for this athlete, because she can travel the court in warp speed. "Jessica's amazing," said teammate Kim Smith. "She is such an athlete - she can jump, run, play point guard, shooting guard - you can put her anywhere on the court." Witherspoon leaped for 13 points and 17 re- bounds in Cape's victory over Seaford last Thursday. "Jessica is also a great le..-er, " said Coach Josette McCullough of the sopho- more standout. MEGHAN OAKES The junior guard is one of Coach Josette McCullough's early season success stories. "Meghan never played point guard before," said McCul- lough. "When I first told her to take that position, she looked at me and said, 'You know I've never done this before.' When I told her to shoot more, she looked at me and said, 'Me? You want me to shoot more?"Last Thurs- day's Seaford game was an- other confidence builder for Oakes as she contributed 10 points and 6 assists. SINATH SAM The 146 pound Mr. Sam was named the light weightlifter and best lifter overall at the recent Ster- rett's Health and Fitness Center competition. "Sam I Am" bench-pressed 320 pounds - the equivalent of an NFL defensive tackle and more than double his weight - and dead-lifted 455 pounds which is what most men would be if they tried the same weight: dead! Sam is part of the Plantations Pow- er team.