Mashpee And Monomoy In Talks To Form Ice Hockey Co-op
By: RICH MACLONE, June 27, 2014
In the wake of Upper Cape Tech disbanding their hockey co-op with Mashpee High School, the Falcons ice hockey players will most likely have some new teammates for the coming season. Despite UCT offering to allow the Falcons to join them, as a part of a UCT-centric team, for next year, which was supposed to be the final year of the cooperative agreement between the two schools, Mashpee High will most likely be joining forces with Monomoy High School going forward.
Monomoy High School has had numbers issues and trouble fielding a varsity team on its own, similar to what Mashpee High School has dealt with. Mashpee athletic director Matt Triveri reached out to his counterpart at Monomoy, Paul “Spanky” Demanche, and the duo agreed that the formation of a new co-op between the schools, which have been rivals in other sports in the South Shore League, would be beneficial to both.
“It seems to be the direction that we’re both moving in,” Triveri said.
Mashpee still has an agreement with the Hyannis Youth and Community Center, and that would be the new team’s home ice. “It’s really a nice center point between the two schools. The distance from Harwich to Hyannis and Mashpee to Hyannis is nearly identical,” Triveri said.
The deal is not yet set in stone, though. Triveri said that the paperwork for the new hockey team has not yet been submitted to the MIAA, which will need to approve the new partnership. Triveri said he hopes to have that paperwork ready and delivered to the governing body early next week. “We’d like to get this done as soon as possible. Ideally, I would have liked to have had this done before the end of the school year. We’ll get it out next week and go from there,” he said.
Triveri said that Mashpee would serve as the home school for the new co-op, should it be accepted. Should the MIAA allow the Falcons and Sharks to join forces, which is most likely, that would leave Upper Cape Tech to its own devices going forward.
UCT Superintendent Robert Dutch said last week that Upper Cape Tech has more than enough players to field its own squad. The Rams may have trouble finding a new home, though. As the host school to the co-op, before Upper Cape dissolved it, it was Mashpee that held the agreement for ice time, which it still does.
Available ice time at the three major local rinks in Falmouth, Bourne and Hyannis is tough to come by. The Falmouth Ice Arena hosts both the Falmouth High School boys’ and girls’ teams, as well as the Bourne/Mashpee/Wareham girls’ team. Gallo Ice Arena, in Bourne, is home to the Sandwich boys’ and girls’ teams, as well as Bourne High School’s boys’ program. At Hyannis, Barnstable’s boys’ and girls’ programs, Mashpee, and Pope John Paul II all call the rink home. All three facilities also host large youth programs, which leaves available ice time at a premium.