Hockey for Haxton brings back memories and smiles

Indoor tournament raises funds for scholarship grants
December 26, 2013
Former Cape all-star and Hockey for Haxton cofounder Danielle Renken controls the ball in front of former teammate Amy Shockley. Thirty-eight teams played in this year's Hockey for Haxton Tournament, which raises funds for an annual scholarship for a Delaware Shore Field Hockey player. BY DAN COOK

The annual Hockey for Haxton indoor hockey weekend brought back friends, neighbors and the Cape Region hockey family to play indoor hockey and remember one of Cape's premier field hockey stars, Amanda Haxton.

Amanda Haxton was a member of the Delaware Shore Field Hockey family before passing away as a result of injuries from an auto accident. She first played with Delaware Shore in 2001. Amanda also played high school field hockey at Cape Henlopen High School, graduating in 2005.

After graduation, she played one season at East Stroudsburg University before the accident. Delaware Shore has been honoring Amanda with an indoor hockey tourney since 2007. This event has been coupled with the Georgetown Chapter of Easter Seals, where Amanda spent time in rehabilitation before passing away.

"Amanda was the light in all of us," said former coach Amanda Frampton. "No matter how bad of a day you were having, Hax always found a way to put a smile on your face. Her spirit was so bright that no one could stay angry around her. She had that way on and off the field. On the field, she would beat you with a smile."

She added, "We all have stories every year to tell about Haxton. The way we have fun in honoring Amanda is just perfect because this is how she was; she wanted everyone to be happy and just have fun doing what we loved."

The tournament was held Dec. 21 at Milton Elementary School and Mariner Middle School. Thirty-eight teams participated in the event.

The Hockey for Haxton Tournament raises funds to award grants to qualifying seniors who have participated with Delaware Shore Field Hockey for a significant period of time. This year's awards were presented to Ryan Taylor of Mount Pleasant and Karissa Lemaire of Cape Henlopen. Both award winners plan to play field hockey at the collegiate level next fall.