CLARK, N.J. — A youth basketball team decided it would rather give up the rest of its season than play without its two female teammates.
The Catholic Youth Organization league recently notified officials at St. John’s in Clark, New Jersey, that their fifth-grade team should never have been coed and their girls wouldn’t be permitted to finish the season.
St. John’s prior record was forfeited because the girls were technically playing “illegally” on a boys’ team, parents said. The team’s lineup has been coed for the past four years because there weren’t enough interested girls among the same age group to form their own team.
Denise Laskody, parent of one of the players on the St. John’s team
An Archdiocese of Newark spokesman said Catholic Youth Organization league rules clearly state that teams should be composed of boys or girls only. St. John’s athletic director Jack Cajuste admitted he made a mistake in allowing …