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Oakland’s first high school ice hockey team

By Katy Murphy
Friday, September 18th, 2009 at 4:18 pm in athletics/physical education, high schools, students, teachers, teens.


photo by Ray Chavez/Tribune staff

Last year, I wrote about the 100 Oakland Technical High School kids who woke up extra early, three days a week, to skate at a downtown ice rink for a class started by P.E. teacher Kelley Haskins. (It’s still going strong this year, I’m told.)

Out of that unexpectedly popular class — and generous community support for the program, in the way of equipment grants, expertise and time — a coed hockey team has emerged. I went to the program’s first practice of the season yesterday, a clinic with the Sharks, and talked with players Rachel Potter, Katy Ramos-Thompson, Calvin Washington, Monica Elvin and Kamrin Lewis.

A story about the fledgling team, which will face its first opponent in January, will appear in tomorrow’s paper.

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  • Karen

    Go Kelley! Keep doing what you are doing because it is great for the kids!

  • Althea

    KELLEY: WHAT A WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE YOU HAVE HELPED CREATS FOR THE CHILDREN WHO MAY NEVER HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE PART OF A REAL TEAM. YOU ARE ENRICHING THEIR YOUNG LIVES MORE THAN YOU CAN IMAGINE. I BELIEVE THEIR FUTURES WILL BE DIFFERENT BECAUSE OF IT. THEY ARE VERY LUCKY TO HAVE SUCH A CARING AND COMPETENT TEACHER. SO MUCH HAS BEEN ACCOMPLISHED IN SO LITTLE TIME! ps I LOVE LOVE LOVE THEIR HOCKEY SHIRTS – VERY COOL.