Pilaro benched for being too good

After two years playing alongside girls, male field hockey player ruled ineligible

Updated: May 16, 2012, 3:54 PM ET
By Mike Grimala | ESPNHS

Keeling Pilaro doesn't understand why he's not being allowed to play the sport he loves.

The eighth-grader from Southampton, N.Y., has played in the Southampton High School field hockey program for the past two seasons, the only boy on what are typically all-girls squads. But on March 30, the local high school athletics governing body, Section XI, ruled that Pilaro would no longer be allowed to compete, effective next season.

Citing a state education law that ...

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