Cotter Schools moving forward with boys hockey co-op dissolution

Awaiting response from MSHSL

Cotter Schools is moving forward with a dissolution to their boys hockey co-op with Winona Senior.
Cotter president Sister Judith Schaefer tells me that the school officially applied for dissolution last week and are awaiting a response from the MSHSL.

Schaefer says the co-op program has been in place for boys hockey since the late 80s, but some parents pitched the idea to her earlier this year about creating Cotter’s own program.
Schaefer says she’s excited to see Cotter present a new opportunity for their students.

“There’s a certain pride of wearing your own school name and colors,” Schaefer said. “We’ve been seeing that there’s been some sports where there’s been a little less participation, and so I’m hoping that this might be one that will really engender some enthusiasm and some interest.”

The MSHSL redirected News 8 Sports to the schools when asked about the state of the dissolution application. The league’s own by-laws state that the league has to vote on all dissolution applications.

The school board at Winona Public Schools gave its approval for the co-op to dissolve in late November.

If approved by the league, Cotter will have its own program next winter playing a JV schedule, with the jump to varsity coming for the 2021-22 season.

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