By Kevin Eickman
It’s been a hectic few weeks in Delaware interscholastic sports. What looked as if a fall season would be taking place in spring, has now become a shorter season played in the fall. One of the more exciting programs at Milford High School has always been field hockey. Milford alum and head coach Andrea McPike takes great pride in her coaching staff comprised of MHS graduates that have returned to help create the culture she envisions. Sarah Silicato, Meg Fry, Kayla Brennan, and Peyton Shockley are crucial to the future of Milford field hockey. “I can’t begin to tell you how much their generosity and commitment has meant to the team,” McPike said. “Each of them brings something special to the team, but the most important item they bring is Milford pride.”
We will be getting to know the field hockey staff over the course of the year. First up on the list is Shockley. A 2013 graduate, who along with playing field hockey, also played softball and swam for two years as a Buccaneer. “I always felt that it was important to not focus on just one sport. The more well rounded you become as an athlete, the more likely you are to be successful in your chosen sport,” Shockley stated.
Following graduation from Milford, Shockley attended Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania, where she continued her playing career and cracked the books. Shockley graduated with a bachelor’s degree in mid-level mathematics. Earning her degree was very important to Shockley, who now teaches Algebra I and II at Milford. “It was always a goal of mine to be a teacher. There were so many teachers that did so many great things for me, I always wanted to be able to help other students, the same way I was helped,” she said.
Another passion Shockley wanted to pass on was her love of field hockey. Understanding early on that she always wanted to help in some way, Shockley has been always eager to lend a hand however she can. “At first I helped with the middle school camps and clinics. Then I helped with the Oranje travel team, which was a great deal of fun. Then I finally landed on Andrea’s staff,” Shockley said. “It’s been a pretty quick journey and I am very excited to be a part of it. The communication and friendships are simply fantastic, I love it here.”
Asked about why she chose to come back to Milford, Shockley was quick to respond. “I just love it here, I love the people, the community, the school. It’s great to be around my family and to be able to give back. I have my parents here along with my sister Hayden. There is no place else I would rather be. Plus, I just bought a house, which is very exciting to me personally.”
When word came down that there were going to be fall sports after all, Shockley was very excited about the prospect. “I’m so excited that we are going to be able to compete this fall. It’s going to be great having them on the field and watching the excitement build as we head to the regular season. Being able to interact with their teammates and friends, it’s going to be great if it all goes well.” Shockley concluded the start of fall sports actually feels like the first step in the right direction of getting back to normalcy.