Cape Henlopen Girls Named Delaware '09 Team of the Year

The Cape Henlopen High School girls' lacrosse team has been honored as Delaware team of the year for 2009 by the Delaware Sportswriters and Broadcasters Association. The Vikings were selected from a pool of over one thousand youth, high school, college, and professional teams.

The girls became the first Cape Henlopen athletic team ever to win the award. Head Coach P.J. Kesmodel attributes this "to the fact that we were the first public school to ever win the Delaware state championship was a big factor in us winning."

Last season, Cape Henlopen was the first public school team to take the championship away from St. Andrew's School or Tower Hill, which had previously dominated Delaware state play since 1999. The Vikings avenged their only two regular season losses to St. Andrew's with a 11-7 upset win for the state championship.

Kesmodel, one of the architects of the Mt. Hebron girls' lacrosse dynasty, is also renowned for having introduced the concept of "community" into the girls' game. He is the only coach to have won girls' state championships in two states and also have winning states with boys' and girls' teams.

For a nice story on the team, see the article at the web site.


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