It was a milestone occasion for two Indian River High School field hockey players Wednesday morning, as Kaleigh Cordrey and Mya Parks on April 11 signed their national letters-of-intent to play at the next level.
Both seniors were flanked by their parents, as well as high school coach Jodi Stone and travel program coach Ike Eisenhower, for the ceremony that took place in the library at Indian River High School.
Cordrey, a midfielder/defenseman, has chosen to continue her career at Coker College in Hartsville, S.C. She will be joining a whole new program at Coker, which includes first-year head coach Katrina Heterbring.
“It’s a new program, and I kind of wanted to be part of something new,” admitted Cordrey when asked why she selected Coker. “I thought that was interesting at first. When I first visited in February, it was 70 degrees, and I thought that it was an amazing beautiful place in South Carolina. Mostly though, it is because I wanted to be a part of a new team, a new program.”
Cordrey, the daughter of Becky and Keith Cordrey, has been a three-year starter for the Indians. According to Stone, Kaleigh is “a quick, agile and aggressively low player that has great stick-handling ability, and would always seem to catch the opposition off-guard.”
For the season, Cordrey scored three goals to go with two assists. She was named to the First-Team Henlopen South All-Conference team in 2017 as a midfielder, following a 2016 campaign where she received First-Team honors at defense. The co-captain was named the 2017 Most Valuable Player for her Indians squad as well.
Parks was a two-year varsity starter in the goal cage for the Indians.
“McDaniel was my first camp I ever went to, to play field hockey,” confessed Parks, the daughter of Denise and Burt Parks. “So ever since then I knew I wanted to play at McDaniel. I played field hockey ninth through 12th, and then finally in 12th grade I got serious about wanting to play in college.
“I emailed the McDaniel coach,” Parks said of Kellina Yarrish, “and asked her if she was looking for another goalie. She said she was, so I went on a recruiting tournament in Florida. I met up with her there, and she emailed me to schedule a visit. After the visit, she offered me a roster spot. It was between two colleges, but I always knew I wanted to go to McDaniel, so it was an easy decision.”
Parks, a co-captain this past season for the Indians, is “unstoppable when the pressure is on” according to Stone. “She prefers turf over other surfaces, and the turf really seems to bring the beast out of her. At times she looked like Spider Woman when she was protecting our goal.”
The goalie appeared in appeared in all 15 games for the Indians in 2017. She faced 138 shots and made 96 saves. She was named a Henlopen Conference South Division Honorable Mention for those efforts. She was also selected to represent IR in the annual Blue-Gold field hockey game at Milford High School back on Nov. 19, 2017.
“I began this program six years ago as an assistant, and took over the program as head coach the following year. This is the first time in five years we’ve had two players attend college for field hockey,” Stone said happily.
“This is an exciting time for our program. We’ve been building this program for the past six years, and have now made the state tournament two years in a row. This is just a very nice accomplishment for the hard work and endeavors that these girls have pursued, and I am very excited for them for their next adventure.”
Both Cordrey and Parks are members of the Delaware Shore travel field hockey program, based in Lewes. Eisenhower, coach for the Shore, was in attendance for the ceremony.