STEVENS POINT - Next winter, Lakeland's girls hockey team might face a large co-op team to advance in the high school playoffs. Lakeland, like some other Northwoods schools, thinks the girls hockey system is stacked against it.
This week, Marshfield joined a girls hockey co-op with Stevens Point, Wisconsin Rapids, and three smaller schools. The schools will pool their interested students to create a team.
"When it comes time to start the playoff series, the WIAA playoff series, we're going against co-ops that have 8,000 kids, 6,000 kids, 4,000 kids," said Lakeland Athletic Director Don Scharbarth at this week's WIAA Annual Meeting in Stevens Point. "Equity-wise, it's not fair."