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Male high school field hockey player denied 2012 participation
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.