Sophomore Ian Lamerre participates on the Blake Co-op Ice Hockey team which consists of members from different schools within the Maryland Scholastic Hockey league.
Previously, Blake had enough players to house their own pure team, but over the years there has been less student involvement causing them to join a co-op team. This allows players from other schools to participate in the Maryland Scholastic Hockey League. “The chemistry is going pretty well; they always have your back once they have the confidence,” Lamerre says.
Each year the league draws boundaries for schools to be placed together on teams. Blake’s team has merged with the Northwest Co-op team forming a cross-county team with Springbrook, Sandy Spring Friends School, Kennedy, Northwest, Seneca Valley, and Poolesville High Schools. “ Despite the fact that there are so many different schools in this, they get along as a team.” Team Sponsor Ted Pazulski says, “They have a unified focus and drive to compete in the sport.”
The team has practices twice a week and has a 12 game season, from October through February. Throughout practices to coaches teach them how to fix their mistakes that were made in the previous game and work on discipline. Lamerre adds, “No matter what happens on the ice or off, we always play as a team.”
Lamerre has been playing this sport for five years. He says, “it comes from my family; it’s kind of like a religion for us.” He is part Canadian and goes to Montreal Canada every summer to to practice and play, “My dad pushes me hard on it,” he adds.
Blake’s sponsor decided to help not only because of his passion for the sport, but for playing and watching as well. Mr. Pazulski helps inform students about the team and organizes them throughout the season. “Since ice hockey is not recognized by MCPS as a varsity sport, I like to help those students get recognition in other ways,” Pazulski adds.