Alexander and Batavia will skate together in 2012 as Ice Devils
Alexander High School has never had a hockey team, but starting this season, players there will get to play varsity level hockey for the first time.
Batavia HS is facing a shortage of varsity level players this year, so Alexander and Batavia will come together to form the Batavia/Alexander Ice Devils.
Batavia Athletic Director Mike Bromley said when school officials realized there would be a shortage of players this year, the school held a meeting with the parents of hockey players and the parents took the initiative to get the puck rolling on a possible merger with Alexander.
Once the idea was raised, things came together pretty quickly, Bromley said.
"Several students (in Alexander) expressed an interest," Bromley said. "We expect that anywhere from five to 10 students may try out."
The problem the Ice Devils faced, Bromley said, is that several seniors graduated after last season and then three varsity players elected to play in another, more advanced, hockey league.
That left Batavia not only with fewer players but also with a team of mostly ninth- and 10th-graders.
"There's a lot of hitting in hockey," Bromley said. "Hockey can be just as tough physically as football, but where you play only one game a week in football, with hockey sometimes you play two or three games a week, and trying to play ninth- and 10th-graders out there could be tough."
For Alexander, the opportunity is welcome by administrators, parents and players alike, said Athletic Director Ben Whitmore.
"All of these kids play together in youth leagues and they always dreamed of playing high school hockey, so to be able to give them that chance is very exciting," Whitmore said.
Will the costs be split 50/50...Doesn't this have to come before the school board......
It's been approved by both boards (Alexander's vote was last night, which was the final piece to put in place).
Alexander is obligated to share the cost of its players, but the district does not anticipate any additional cost because the participating parents have volunteered to cover the cost of their own childrens' participation.
I'm just glad the parents of the players were involved. Nothing is worse then thinking you made the team only to have some crazy crap happen and someone takes your roster spot.