Ruling: NY Boy can play on girls field hockey team

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SMITHTOWN, N.Y. (AP) -- An athletics committee on Long Island has ruled that a 13-year-old boy can keep playing field hockey on the girls' team at Southampton High School.

The ruling is a reversal of fortune for the student, Keeling Pilaro.

Keeling had played on the girls' team at Southampton High this season. But the committee decided earlier this spring that his skills had become too advanced for him to continue playing on a coed squad.

The boy appealed. And after a hearing Tuesday, the committee reversed its earlier decision.

That will allow the 4-foot-8, 82-pound student to return for one more season with the girls.

There are no boys' high school field hockey teams on Long Island.

The decision was announced by the committee's attorney.