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Winter track is approved


Team sprints ahead to increase sports options



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The Southbridge High School Jazz Ensemble performed its annual holiday performance at a meeting of the School Committee on Tuesday, Dec. 15 at Town Hall. Christopher Tanguay. (click for larger version)
December 16, 2009
SOUTHBRIDGE — There is now another option for students who want to participate in winter sports but don't necessarily feel at home on the basketball court.

The Southbridge School Committee approved formation of an indoor, winter track program for high school students at a Town Hall meeting Tuesday night.

Athletic Director Brian Davis met with the committee to discuss the proposal — which had already built up quite a bit of momentum before even making it to the floor.

"We just kind of polled some of the students back in the fall," Davis explained. "The amount of interest just really took off."

Davis said 31 boys and 19 girls have already signed up for the track team. Only nine of team members are seniors, leading the athletic director to believe the program will have some longevity to it, as the majority of students involved so far are underclassmen.

"For a first year program, it's a really a remarkable number and it gives our students another option," for a sport besides basketball," Davis said.

Track meets will be run at Tantasqua Regional High School and Northbridge High School, with the final statewide meet being held at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston.

Davis explained that in exchange for use of the Southbridge Community Center as a practice space, the winter track team would be responsible for some cleaning and janitorial services there.

See Thursday's Southbridge Evening News for complete coverage of community news.

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