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Hockey for Haxton brings back memories and smiles

Indoor tournament raises funds for scholarship grants
By Dan Cook | Dec 26, 2013
Photo by: Dan Cook 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.

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.

Lauren Shiels of the Warrington-Warren family team moves the ball up court in the Annual Hockey for Haxton Tournament. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Amanda Haxton's former teammate and Wesley College all-star Brooke Bennett controls the ball in front of the cage. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Former Milford High School all-star Sara Kolobielski blocks up a Kelly Smith pass attempt. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Lauren Shiels of the Warrington-Warren family team blocks a BAMFS Abby Hilligoss pass. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Madi Irwin, who was a stand-in player for the Seniors 2005 team, controls the ball from BAMFS player Abby Hilligoss. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Former Cape coach Amanda Frampton passes the ball up court for the Seniors 2005 team. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Dream Team player Brooke Bennett, right, clears the ball from in front of her goalkeeper Sarah Johnson. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Former Cape and BAMFS player Veronica D'Amico dribbles the ball up court. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Cape 2009 graduate Kyle Norwood shows his shooting skills on the hockey court with the BAMFS team. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Dream Team goalkeeper Sarah Johnson makes a save. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Mia Carulli battles for the ball. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Christina Benson makes a drive pass in front of her team's bench. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Jody Boyer of the Crazy 8s team moves the ball up court during the Hockey for Haxton tournament. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Annie Judge of the Crazy 8s plays tough defense. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Timmy Vitella makes a move, shoots and scores. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Marcella Sabbagh controls the ball in the midcourt area. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Maci Long of the Happy, Happy, Happy team drives the ball to a teammate. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Marcella Sabbagh takes a shot on goal. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Crazy 8s player Katie Frederick dribbles the ball on a fast break. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Marlee Geppert makes a save. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Crazy 8s forward Lindsay Monigle drives a pass across court. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Kaylie Truitt chases down a loose ball. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Delaware Shore Field Hockey Executive Director Mike Eisenhour, standing, and Cape assistant coach Debbie Windett enjoy the tournament. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Delaware Shore Field Hockey Executive Director Mike Eisenhour calls the next two teams to do battle in the Hockey for Haxton Tournament. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Karissa LeMaire is presented with the Hockey for Haxton scholarship by Delaware Shore Field Hockey Executive Director Mike Eisenhour.
Ryan Taylor of  Mount Pleasant High School is presented with the Hockey for Haxton scholarship by Delaware Shore Field Hockey Executive Director Mike Eisenhour.
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