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SILVER BAY - The Lake Superior School District has voted to merge the Two
Harbors and Silver Bay boys hockey teams for the upcoming year and some players
aren't too happy.
Garrett Aho, a senior forward at Two Harbors said, "Personally
I don't like it. There are a lot of kids that don't like it I think."
"A lot of people
aren't really looking forward to it because they don't think they're going to bond
very well with Two Harbors," said Corey Napper, a soon to be freshman at
The Lake Superior School District decided to merge the two
boys hockey teams into one co–op.
The decision was made after it became
apparent both teams were struggling for numbers.
"I know Silver Bay was hurting for numbers. We were
struggling for goalies. They have goalies and we have players so it just fell
into place," said Tyler Schram, a junior forward at Two Harbors.
Silver Bay proposed a 50–50 agreement where games and practices
would be split evenly, but Two Harbors says they have more players and argue
academics will suffer as a result.
"When you come up here for a half an hour practice
around seven o'clock after the girls and go home at about 9:30 p.m. or 10 p.m.
you're going to be exhausted. You'll go oh well I'll just wait and not do
homework and you won't have it done," said Schram.
Two Harbors and Silver Bay already share girls hockey with
everything taking place in Silver Bay.
So a relationship is already there, but throughout the years
the two schools have been rivals, which is something that's hard to forget.
Schram said, "Just the atmosphere when you play Silver
Bay up here or in Two Harbors you can tell people know it's a rivalry, the
arena's just packed."
Players are already starting to bond, Tyler Schram even helped
his fellow hockey player, Silver Bay's Corey Napper move into his new home. So,
the two are hopeful that despite their differences they can grow and build a
winning team together.
Napper said, "I think we'll become an overall better
team just because there's more variety, just more people."
"I'm looking forward to that. I hope we can cooperate,
become a team and see where it goes from there," said Schram.