Indians field hockey putting the pieces together


Coming off a 2-13 season in the 2012-2013 school year, newly appointed Indian River Field Hockey head coach Jodi Stone is determined to turn the program around.

Coastal Point • File Photo: An Indian River field hockey player dribbles the ball on the field during last year’s field hockey season.Coastal Point • File Photo: An Indian River field hockey player dribbles the ball on the field during last year’s field hockey season.“I’m very excited, ecstatic,” she explained before practices officially began on Thursday “We have a great coaching staff this year.”

Julene Williamson, Abi Buchler, Anne McBride and Wendy Perm will join Stone in the rebuilding process. Stone brings more than 14 years’ experience to the team, most recently in the Howard Country, Md., public school system at Atholton High School and River Hill High School. She has also coached locally at Seaford High School.

With seven seniors, seven juniors, nine sophomores and seven incoming freshman, the regular-season roster is far from set.

“Right now, we’ve got puzzle pieces,” she went on to explain of their mentality headed into the season. “We’re going to see where everyone fits.”

The pieces will start to fall into place on Aug. 17, when the team travels to Cape Henlopen for a “play day,” where they will join 12 other high school teams. According to Stone, the 20-minute working scrimmages are the team’s best opportunity to see what they have.

The Lady Indians are then scheduled to attend a similar play day at Polytech High School on Aug. 24 and will also face Stephen Decatur High School in a scrimmage on Aug. 21 before they begin the regular season at Holly Grove Christian School on Sept. 9.