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Woodland Park gets hockey team

Woodland Park and Chaparral were approved for hockey programs at the Colorado High School Activities Association's Legislative Council meeting on Thursday.

The Panthers will field a varsity team next season. Woodland Park athletic director Michael DeWall called it "a logical next step" as 11 of the school's students participated in hockey with different programs around the area a season ago.

"It's very exciting," DeWall said. "We've probably been building toward this for a decade."

The uncertainty surrounding the addition of two more hockey teams is the amount of ice time available around the state. Many athletic directors were also forced to tweak their hockey schedules for next season to accommodate the new teams.

The Panthers are expecting to play at least one home game at the outdoor rink at Meadow Wood Sports Complex in Woodland Park next season.

Basketball calls mercy

The legislative council approved basketball's mercy rule to bring them up to date with the other team sports in the state.

The rule states that a running clock will start when one team is ahead by 35 points or more after three quarters.

"It's a good thing, it's a really good thing," Doherty athletic director Chris Noll said. "It's the only team sport we have that doesn't have something in place to curb that."

Angelico bids farewell

CHSAA's outgoing commissioner Paul Angelico, a Wasson High graduate, said farewell to the legislative council as Rhonda Blanford-Green was introduced to succeed him.

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