Field hockey is a white-knuckle sport for parents inside the Cape Henlopen School District. The talent pool is deep, and to quote an old cheer, "Ain’t no competition like the real competition.”
The Vikings could field a blue and gold varsity team, and both would easily make the tournament.
A combination of middle school talent would beat a number of Delaware high school teams.
Cape has won a staggering 69 regular-season games in a row against Delaware competition. Two years in a row, 2009 and 2010, they were undefeated and locked in a tie game in the state tournament semifinals against Sussex Tech.
The Ravens won both games and then beat Tower Hill both years in the finals as coach Nancy Tribbitt, the point guard on Cape’s 1973 state championship girls' basketball team, closed out her coaching career with a pair of state titles.
Beacon beat Mariner 7-1 Nov. 4 to close out the season undefeated 11-0. The better news is a slew of good players on both teams are heading to Cape and some to points west.
There are postseason and off-season festivals, futures, camps, indoor national tournaments - all kinds of opportunities to improve skills and no guarantee that any player will crack the varsity lineup at the juggernaut known as Cape Henlopen field hockey.