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The best for a public is to get the invite to the play-in and lose, drop down and make a run for the 'State Public School Championship.' They don't hang banners or hand out rings for getting blown out of the Super 8.
Ssssssshhhhhh, don't tell the coaches.
A public will be in the final 4
MIAA loves the publics and the $ the gate will bring!
You can either have in the stands 50 school mates and 50 parents or you can have 400 school mates and 50 parents. And while the MIAA is stupid beyond belief for mixing private regional recruited kids with town high schools they are not stupid when it comes to the Benjamins. And remember what Puff Daddy & The Family said, 'It's All About The Benjamins Baby'
Plus most kids skate more than 50% of the time outside & many of their games are played at local outdoor rinks in their parks. Apples to oranges.