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EAST GREENWICH â€” East Greenwichâ€™s first venture into the world of co-op interscholastic sports may put five local girls on the ice for R.I. Interscholastic League hockey this winter.
The School Committee voted unanimously Tuesday night to endorse a request by East Greenwich High School Athletic Director Chris Cobain to enter a pilot agreement with Cranston to create a co-op girlsâ€™ hockey team, bringing together players from East Greenwich, Cranston West and Cranston East high schools.
Cobain and Mike Traficante, Cranston school athletic director, will request a waiver from the RIILâ€™s Principalsâ€™ Committee on Athletics at a Monday meeting which would allow them to operate a co-op team. Due to their size, the two Cranston schools needed a waiver last year to play with a combined team.
After hearing from some local girls interested in playing interscholastic hockey whose only previous options were to play on the EGHS boysâ€™ team or attend school out of town, Cobain looked into co-op as an option.
With no more than three schools allowed in a co-op under RIIL rules and North Kingstown, South Kingstown and Narragansett high schools already having formed one, Cranston was the most suitable partner available.
â€śThis is the way theyâ€™re going to be doing it for the long term to sustain the numbers they have now,â€ť he said.
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