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Compiled by Pete McEntegart
September 15, 2003
Delawareans weigh in on sports*
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September 15, 2003

The Poll

Delawareans weigh in on sports*

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(4) Dover International Speedway
The 34-year-old NASCAR track known as the Monster Mile draws the state's biggest sports crowds—a combined 500,000—for racing weekends in June and September.

(5) Rich Gannon
The Philadelphia native and 2002 NFL MVP as Raiders quarterback set 21 school records at the University of Delaware, in Newark, running the famed Delaware wing T.

(6) Dave Raymond
The Newark High grad and son of longtime Delaware football coach Tubby was the original Phillie Phanatic. His mascot costume is one of four in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

(7) Walter Davis
The six-time NBA All-Star forward grew up in Pineville, N.C., but attended Sanford Prep in Hockess before North Carolina.

(8) Gary Smith
SI's four-time National Magazine Award-winning senior writer grew up in Wilmington and played basketball at Dickinson High.

(9) Wilmington Blue Rocks
The Class A affiliate of the Royals is Delaware's only pro sports team and has led the Carolina League in attendance for six straight seasons. Hall of Famer Robin Roberts pitched for an earlier Blue Rocks franchise, a Phillies farm team from 1940 to '52.

(10) Vicki Huber Rudawsky
The two-time Olympic middle-distance runner and eight-time NCAA champ at Villanova was an all-state field hockey player at Wilmington's Concord High and set marks in the 800 and 1,600 meters that still stand.

(11) Point-to-Point Steeplechase
The May race is the highlight of the Wilmington social season, drawing 20,000 fans to the 979-acre estate of the late Henry Francis du Pont in nearby Winterthur. The equine event marked its 25th anniversary this year.

(12) Val Whiting-Raymond
The 6'2" Wilmington native and Ursuline Academy grad played three seasons in the ABL and three in the WNBA after winning a pair of NCAA championships during her All-America career at Stanford.

(13) Jamie Duncan
The Rams' middle linebacker, from Wilmington, was a second-team All-America I at Vanderbilt after twice earning all-state honors at Christiana High.

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