WESTMORELAND, N.Y. (WKTV) - Westmoreland has dropped their hockey program. The team had players from Adirondack, Oriskany, VVS, Oneida, and Rome Catholic for this season but due to lack of numbers they had to officially fold the team.
They notified all schools, athletes, and section III of this unfortunate decision last week on Wednesday November 3, 2010. "We are very disappointed that we will not have the program as it was a pleasure to host these athletes and be able to give them an opportunity to play high school hockey." said Athletic Director John Sharrino. " They represented our school and community extremely well and were a pleasure to watch."
According to Sharrino, Westmoreland had struggled with numbers but yet always remained competitive in Division II East. This year they were going to move up to the larger Division I. The state requires them to be put in the larger division as they are a combined program which meant they would be playing much larger and tougher teams and the travel would have increased tremendously causing athletes to get home from games at a much later time.
High school hockey practices are set to start on November 22nd.