The Cape field hockey program hosted its first early season play day on the third day of practice Aug. 17 as 20 teams each played four 20-minute games, all started and stopped by a common horn.
Cape used the Legends and Champions stadiums and the two screaming green Bermuda pitches, which are first-class fields. The Legends Stadium Field House served as ground zero. There were team tents set up and lots of parents and fans, not to mention the last four state champions in Cape and Sussex Tech teams with two apiece and Delmar a state finalist the last two years with an entire team returned for 2013.
Cape broke into a Blue Squad and Gold Squad and a JV team.
Teams representing were Cape, Sussex Tech, Appoquinimink, Delmar, Dover, Indian River, Seaford, Smyrna,Tatnall, Woodbridge, Wooten and Worcester.
“We invited teams from upstate Delaware and Maryland," said assistant Debbie Windett. “We want to play the best teams; it just makes everyone better.”
Cape Gold played rivals Sussex Tech and Delmar in early morning scrimmages while Cape Blue played Wooster and Wooten.
Coach Kate Windett, with all but five players returned from last year’s state championship team and a powerhouse junior varsity squad, mixed and matched players for the first full-field look at the 2013 river of talent.
Cape's next competition is the Polytech play day on Saturday Aug. 24.
Cape opens the season at home against Laurel (2-10-2 in 2012) on Tuesday, Sept. 10, then plays at Milford (10-6) on Thursday, Sept. 12.
Windett Wire - Cleared with head coach Kate and her assistant and mother Debbie, some field hockey stories will feature a postscript Windett Wire, which is like New and Nuggets except a lot cooler: Cape scrimmaged Delmar on the Bermuda grass Aug. 17 with the Wildcats sporting those T-shirts, No Turf - No Lights - Just Tradition. The game ended scoreless. Good teams can hit and run and get a ball past you to score at any time. Delmar and Sussex Tech are those types of teams. We can do that too but we're mostly relentless on attack and a keep possession type of team. We need to convert corners because we get a lot of them. In the 2012 Cape 2-1 state championship win over Delmar at Milford, Cape outshot the Wildcats 13-3 with a 15-1 advantage in corners.