Riders wrestlers at Cape Dec. 18 - it’s showtime!

Aaron Mattioni, center, shows the bracket placard after winning the Penn Manor Holiday Tournament. SOURCE SUBMITTED
December 17, 2013

Grapplers a go-go - The Cape wrestling team has hit the highway the last two weekends, so only relatives and coaches have seen them in action. Aaron Mattioni now has two bracket posters to hang in the living room, having won the Travis Manion Memorial Dec. 7 and the Penn Manor Holiday Tournament Dec. 14  Aaron is all the way up to 195 pounds from 160 last season. He is 9-0 on the season with five pins. Thomas Ott, Cape’s two-time state champion, also won Penn Manor at 220 and nailed down his 100th career win.  Jevon Currie and Justin Lopez placed second while Andre Flowers at fourth; Austin Smith, fifth; and Elliot Young, seventh, were highlights for the Vikings. Cape will host Caesar Rodney Wednesday, Dec. 18, then compete in the Beast of the East Tournament at the University of Delaware.

Chump change - Temple University dropped seven sports two weeks ago and talked about saving $3 million, chump change in that world.  A few years back, Delaware dropped men’s cross country, a program that thousands of Delaware graduates could run out of their wallets. Temple is in the process of trying to purchase abandoned William Penn High School, which sits on five acres of prime real estate on North Broad Street. Temple dropped crew, not wanting to invest $2 million in a new boathouse along Boat House Row on the Schuylkill River. Grand Mom Rose: ”When fat cats tell you it’s not about the money, it's about the money. If they tell you it's all about the money, it's not about the money.” People in power sometimes talk sideways six ways from Sunday; that is why I stopped going to church and head straight to the bakery.

Hawk to Wolverine - Kadijah “DeDa” Doughty was a fan at the Dec. 14 girls' basketball game at Cape. The Vikings' 2013 Athlete of the Year just completed a successful semester at Delaware Tech in Dover, having played volleyball for coach Cindy Savage. “I have transferred to Wesley, and I’ll do track in the winter and spring and volleyball in the fall,” DeDa said. Doughty was a two-time state champion in the shot put, and also long jumped and sprinted on two state champion in the shot put, and also long jumped and sprinted on two state championship track teams. She also played on the Cape basketball team that lost in the finals to Sanford 47-41.

Sound off - Most people sound off by spouting off, but to me it means turn down the volume. I watch football on Sunday, viewing the Red Zone channel with no sound. Teams are just so bad, and it’s impossible to know what any of it means. The Eagles' Nick Foles threw for more than 400 yards, but the Birds got beat, and Tony Romo needs to switch his religion, because his destiny is obviously out of his control. And I think coach Mike Shanahan will be ferreted out of Washington at the end of the season.

My boy B.J. - Milford coach B.J. Joseph is a longtime friend of mine, and when he’s successful I am happy. I’m a Cape guy, and coach Steve Re is a newfound friend. When Cape and Milford battle on the basketball court, it is electric, and most of those players have known each other for years. Milford star players Tikeace Harris and Jason Parker love their coach and are comfortable playing for him.  Keep winning and keep smiling.

Snippets - Chew on these scores from high school girls' basketball this past week.  St. Elizabeth beat Cape 62-16, Sanford beat Saint Andrew’s 68-10, Lake Forest beat Delmar 52-5, Woodbridge beat Indian River 48-7 and Seaford beat Laurel 54-18. “Analyze this!” should be a theme for a teacher/coach inservice. Invite players and parents to share their opinions on this sensitive topic. It’s hard to weigh in on this without sounding unkind to kids. Clothing and canned good drives - throw in used stuffed animals - are not really photo opportunities, because although people are immensely appreciative, no one wants to represent poverty and struggle. I once followed a Cape coach and player to a battered women’s shelter where they were donating Christmas cookies. A woman at the door looked at my camera and said, “Seriously?” I’m a smart person who can rock the stupid card faster than Santa can drop three floors down a chimney shaft. Go on now, git!

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