The thrill of hockey is exhilarating. The chill of the ice, the competition that crashes into the boards. Chaparral High School Ice Hockey has been a club of Chaparral, but was never recognized as an official CHSAA sport. With the help of Social Studies teacher and future hockey coach, Ryan Finnefrock this change has been made. Next season, the Chaparral Club Hockey Team will combine with Ponderosa and Legend, creating a single, unified Parker team.
The process of becoming a recognized sport has been a long time coming for Coach Finnefrock. A former player player for the Chaparral Club Team, including the 2010 State Championship Team, Finnefrock was waiting for his chance to take the next step for Chaparral. By presenting his idea to CHSAA on March 3rd, Coach Finnefrock officially took that next step and succeeded. CHSAA granted Coach Finnefrock an official sports team, encompassing all three Parker high schools. This new unified team will not only be the third DCSD hockey team recognized by CHSAA, but will also be a new addition to the Pinnacle Conference.
Similarly, the transition of becoming a CHSAA recognized team, will carry impacts not only to the local schools, but the also the community as well. Being a combined team that encompasses all three of the high schools, the hockey team will help to unite the entire Parker community. Chaparral Athletic Director Robert Johnson states that “Especially within the hockey community. They go to battle everyday together… but in moments like this, [Parker] still a big family.” The process of becoming a CHSAA recognized team has worked two-fold; first it has given the Parker high schools a team to prove themselves against the best CHSAA schools, but has also given Parker a single team to cheer under. There are no more worries of three different schools to cheer for here in the hockey world. Only a single unified Parker team.
By Regan Smith