The captains of the 2012-13 Skaneateles High School girls hockey team (left to right) Sarah Sauda, Nora Garrett, Madison Singler and Amanda Lupo. The captains, who were elected by the team, all go to different high schools.
Though Skaneateles remains the only high school with a girls varsity team in the area, the growing number of girls starting to play from a young age should lead to a greater demand for other schools to start teams in the future, Marquardt said.
The increase in participation by girls has happened naturally as more girls seem to be interested in playing year after year, Marquardt said.
“There’s a lot of ways you could look at it, but I think the girls are playing just because they like the game and they’re having fun,” he said.
This sentiment rang true for Skaneateles captain Madison Singler. “I always saw my brother’s practices and I didn’t like figure skating,” she said.
All four of the captains of the high school team started playing hockey in youth leagues in their towns when they were very young and all four said they plan to keep playing, at some level, once they go to college.
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