Two new field hockey programs to begin play in the fall

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AURORA — Arapahoe and Liberty are set to add field hockey programs this fall, bringing the sport's total number of teams to 15 schools.

It marks the first expansion for the sport since Regis Jesuit added a program in 2009.

"We have been seeing a growth in participation over recent years, and it's really exciting to see that transition into a growth of teams," said CHSAA assistant commissioner Bethany Brookens. "We're hopeful that the trend continues."

Both Arapahoe and Liberty will play varsity schedules this fall.

Like the majority of the teams in the sport, both programs will draw athletes from other district schools.

Liberty is just the third Colorado Springs-area team to house a field hockey program, joining Cheyenne Mountain and Palmer Ridge.

Field hockey begins practice on Aug. 15, and teams may scrimmage on Aug. 20. The season officially begins with games on Aug. 25.