MONUMENT - Lewis-Palmer High School will offer two more varsity sports next school year after the District 38 school board approved the addition of boys’ ice hockey and girls’ field hockey Thursday. Both coaching positions were posted Friday. Rangers athletic director Seann O’Connor said the addition of ice hockey culminated years of work by parents. Girls’ field hockey was played as a club sport in 2005. Adding the sports will cost an additional $31,000 per school year in ice rental, travel and coaches’ stipends. The cost is a 10-percent increase in the overall athletics budget, O’Connor said. The two new teams will allow 60-80 more athletes to compete. Lewis-Palmer ice hockey players played on District 20 teams in the past.
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