A big change is in store for Waupaca High School’s girls’ hockey program.
Instead of teaming up with area high schools to form a co-op team known as Waupaca Area, Waupaca players will join a 10-school co-op team with Stevens Point, Wisconsin Rapids, Marshfield, Amherst, Iola-Scandinavia, Assumption, Pacelli, Spencer and Athens,
Waupaca Area joined the Great Northern Conference for the 2013-14 season. Tim Guyer coached the team for its first four seasons, while Dan Bauer coached the squad last year.
The 2016-17 roster included 14 players, including 13 from Waupaca and one from Amherst.
“There were some parent concerns about where our numbers are,” WHS athletic director Carl Eggebrecht said. “Realistically, we were looking at between nine and 12 girls for this upcoming season.
“WAYHA (Waupaca Area Youth Hockey Association) just doesn’t have any girls coming through the youth program for probably the next five years,” he said. “They’re starting to pick up numbers down at the lower levels and they’re very optimistic as to rebuilding it at that point.”