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Sept. 10, 2022 — A tournament, with champions

This year’s Bi-State Challenge, a four-team scholastic field hockey tournament hosted by Lewes Cape Henlopen (Del.) has more starpower than ever.

Yes, three out of the four participants in last year — Delmar (Del.), Pocomoke (Md.), and the host Vikings — return. But there’s another team participating in this year’s tournament, Severna Park (Md.).

This means that all four teams are sitting state champions — Delmar is the current DIAA Division 2 title-holder, Henlopen holds the Division 2 championship, Pocomoke won the MPSSAA 1A trophy last fall, and Severna Park won its 25th state championship last fall in the 4A bracket.

To say the least, this doesn’t happen all that often — especially when it comes to the number of state championships won. Aside from Severna Park’s 25 titles, Pocomoke has 20, Henlopen has 12, and Delmar has six.

But even though Delmar may have “only” six titles, these championships coincide with a rich seam of form for the Wildcats, as the team formed a win streak which has reached 97 games with last night’s 9-1 win over Severna Park. In the nightcap, the host Vikings were able to fend off Pocomoke with a 5-0 win. The Warriors, however, were close to evening the score at 1-1 in the middle of the first half, but a goal was waved off for an attacking foul. Minutes later, Cape took a 2-0 lead and went on to win from there.

This afternoon, Delmar meets Pocomoke, and Cape Henlopen meets Severna Park. It should be a great day of hockey.