(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam boys and girls hockey co-ops will remain intact. The school board heard from first year boys coach Jose Matamoros Monday night who says the program would be more competitive if the co-op would be disbanded. He says the team would play in division two rather than in division one. Matamoros says the varsity program would be sustainable because of the number of Beaver Dam kids that are participating in youth hockey camps.
The boys co-op includes Wayland Academy, Dodgeland, Horicon and Hustisford. Twelve schools make up the girls hockey co-op and includes Fond du Lac, Wayland Academy, Dodgeland and Waupun, among others.
Girls co-op coach Paul Uttech, who asked the board to hold off on making any decisions, says that Fond du Lac has shown some indication that they would not be continuing in the co-op. He says Fond du Lac could make a decision on the matter within the next three to four weeks. Uttech added he is not concerned about fielding a team.
Beaver Dam High School Athletic Director Melissa Gehring asked the board if the district is looking out for Beaver Dam kids or kids in general. Gehring says the district is under a one year obligation to certify the co-ops and recommended keeping things as is. The school board agreed and voted unanimously to keep the co-ops together.