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Male high school field hockey player denied 2012 participation

Keeling Pilaro, an eighth grade boy on the

Keeling Pilaro, an eighth grade boy on the girls varsity field hockey team at Southampton High School, plays in a game against Miller Place. (Oct. 21, 2011) (Credit: Gordon M. Grant)

Keeling Pilaro, a male field hockey player, was denied permission to play for Southampton High School's team this fall.

In a March 30 meeting and an April 18 appeal hearing, Section XI’s Mixed Competition Committee ruled that the eighth-grader, essentially, proved to be too good a player last season to continue to compete against girls. Field hockey, at the high school level in the United States, is a predominantly female sport.

Pilaro, 13, had been approved last summer to play at the varsity level. At the time, it was determined that his size (4-6, 82 pounds) wouldn’t put girls at a physical disadvantage. He went on to lead Southampton in scoring with 21 points (nine assists) and the Mariners went 10-7, losing to Rocky Point in the first round of the Suffolk Class B playoffs.

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