Delmar seniors have won a DIAA championship game in four straight years, going out with yet another DIAA trophy, as they defeated the Indian River 6-3 Nov. 16 at Sussex Academy.
“I can go on and on about these seniors,” said Delmar head coach Jodi Hollamon. “They all have different roles on the team. Even the seniors that don’t get much playing time were a part of it every single day. We’re just lucky to have kids like that at Delmar.”
The Wildcats struck first not two minutes into the game, as Olivia Twilley put a shot past Indians keeper Allyson Clark off a pass from Josie Hollamon. But the Indians came right back, knotting the game at 1-1 on a shot by Kayler Townsend from Avery Congelton.
The Wildcats scored the next four from Twilley, Logan Walls, Maci Bradford and Hollamon.
Congelton and Emma Ruley added the final goals for the Indians.
Hollamon was awarded a corner after getting knocked to the turf on a breakaway, and she put an exclamation point in the book as she pounded a drive off the back of the cage on a corner with no time on the clock.
“All I remember was that I was dribbling the ball all by myself and she came out of nowhere, and the next thing I knew, I was on the ground,” said the smiling freshman. “So I tried to capitalize on the next play and that’s what happened.”
Delmar outshot the Indians 17-9 and held a 16-4 edge in penalty corners. Clark made 10 stops for IR, while Kelly Davis made six saves.
“It’s awesome,” said Delmar senior Mya Kemp, who was a ball girl in seventh grade with teammate Morgan Fletcher. “We thought it was the greatest thing ever. And to be here winning a state championship for my fourth year in a row means absolutely the world to me. It’s the highlight of my high school career. I love these girls. They are like my sisters to me, and I love them to death.”
“It’s definitely a big difference than being a ball girl,” smiled Fletcher. “It’s been a dream of ours. It’s our fifth state championship and to go out with a fourth ring, it’s amazing. It’s an amazing honor to do it for our town, do it for our coaches and do it for each other.”
“We’re upset that we didn’t get the win and didn’t get the rings,” said Indian River senior Kaylee Hall. “But we’re here and we made history. There’s no other place we would rather be on this cold Saturday. We’ve accomplished goals in our heart, and that’s all that matters.”
“I’m absolutely proud,” said Indian River head coach Jodi Stone. “To score three goals against Delmar. They haven’t had that much scored on them in over four years. My team is a very special team. It’s been an amazing journey with them.”
The Wildcats have scored 517 goals in their four championship seasons and have only allowed 26 goals in those 74 games.
“Hockey is a game of scoring,” smiled coach Hollamon. “As long as we have more goals than they do in the end, it really doesn’t matter.”