When Kristyn Alexander played ice hockey at Wareham High more than a decade ago, she had no choice but to join the boys’ varsity team.
That formative experience has steeled her resolve, as coach of the fledgling Bourne/Mashpee/Wareham cooperative girls’ team, to make sure her players have the chance to compete against girls. Even if that means skating under the purple and white colors of Bourne High School.
“I wish this opportunity was there when I played high school,” said Alexander, Wareham High Class of 2003.
The Bourne/Mashpee/Wareham team is representative of a recent wave of cooperative girls hockey teams throughout the region that give girls the chance to lace up their skates alongside their peers. Other co-op teams include Cohasset/Hanover, Whitman-Hanson/Pembroke, Quincy/North Quincy, and Mansfield/Oliver Ames. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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