The littlest jousters: Kids take the reins of Maryland's state sport

Sitting on the roots of a shade tree, Delaney Hawks squints and fans away a cloud of gnats. Around her, other kids joke to pass the time. But the 8-year-old’s face grows serious as she watches older jousters kick up dust on the track. In a matter of minutes, it will be time for her to saddle up....

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