Defense is often overlooked in high school sports, but it’s crucial for any team that has championship aspirations. Helphenstine was a true leader on defense for Ocean City in both field hockey and lacrosse and was one of the top all-around athletes in the Cape-Atlantic League.
She lost her mother to a battle with cancer during her high school career, but that didn’t stop her from making a huge impact on the Red Raiders teams she played for. Last fall, Ocean City’s field hockey team went 14-4-2, won the CAL Tournament and made it to the sectional semifinals before a heartbreaking 1-0 loss to Clearview. With Helphenstine leading the way the Red Raiders allowed more than two goals only once all season.
In lacrosse, she helped lead Ocean City to 16 wins, including a CAL Tournament title and two victories in the state playoffs.