Students attending Little Wolf High School will have another sport to play starting with the 2012-13 school year.
Two male students asked the district if it would be willing to co-op with another high school that has a hockey program. At the Manawa School Board meeting in February, Athletic Director Jeff Bortle informed the school board of the request and informed them that he was contacting other districts to see if there was any interest in forming a co-op program with Little Wolf High School.
At the school board meeting on March 19, it was brought before the school board to approve a co-op hockey program with Stevens Point Pacelli.
Bortle said the agreement would be at “no cost to the district.” The costs would be paid by the Little Wolf High School students participating in the co-op hockey program.
School board member David Strebe said he was concerned that a co-op hockey program may decrease the numbers in other sports. He said it wasn’t a major concern, but cited the open weight classes in the Little Wolf High School wrestling program and the limited participation in boys’ basketball.
School board Clerk Corrine Zielke said, “We have to provide opportunities to our kids.”
When asked if the co-op would also include girls’ hockey, Bortle said the agreement with Stevens Point Pacelli would be for boys, but he had received information earlier in the day that the Waupaca School District would be willing to co-op with Little Wolf High School for girls’ hockey. Bortle said due to issues with its conference, Waupaca couldn’t co-op with Manawa for boys’ hockey.
Bortle said at least one female student, and possibly a second were interested in playing hockey.
The board amended the motion to include a co-op girls’ hockey program with Waupaca High School, in addition to the boys’ hockey program with Stevens Point Pacelli. The motion passed unanimously. Both co-op agreements are for two years.