After some work by former coach Rich Sobilo, Bishop Noll will add an ice hockey team to its list of programs for the 2014-15 season, bringing a sport back to the school that had been dormant since 2002.
Sobilo, who coached there from 1989-2002, said that the interest exists and the high school league run out of Midwest Training and Ice Center has an opening to add the Warriors.
The team would consist mostly of players from Noll, but that interested athletes would be welcomed from the region's other Catholic schools, Andrean and Marquette Catholic.
"Last year, we didn't think we could get it off the ground as a full team," Sobilo said. "We didn't have the backing of the administration. Now, the administration is very involved and very interested."
A call-out meeting will be held from 7-8 p.m. on March 5 at Midwest Training and Ice Center in St. John, a school news release stated.
Noll was a state runner-up in 1999 under Sobilo, who is also the school's softball coach. He played hockey at Bishop Noll and at Notre Dame.
The team disbanded after the 2002 season when rule changes in the league allowed for drafting of players regardless of home school, and the institute's administration preferred to keep the school-based players on one team.
With the interest found at a preliminary signup meeting last year, Sobilo said it could take a few years, but a competitive team could be fielded.
"The vast majority of kids that played in the past, maybe they played pond hockey, or roller hockey, or street hockey, but they get involved as freshmen and sophomores and they progress to pretty decent players," Sobilo said. "That carries on now to their kids that are going into hockey. The most important thing that the Noll program has done is given the ability to play hockey to kids that wouldn't have that chance otherwise."