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League change in the cards?


AD: Losing trend can cause athletes to 'forget how to win'



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September 19, 2011
SOUTHBRIDGE — The School Committee's approval of what's becoming an annual athletic event — a multi-team trip to Cape Cod — recently turned into a debate over whether it might be time for the school to change leagues.

Athletic Director Brian Davis said he felt the trip was a good chance for some of the 45 teens to travel farther than they might ever have been from home, and for the "smallest school in the Southern Worcester County League" to play a few teams that are closer to its own size than most SWCL members are. Since he started here two years ago, the Southbridge teams' combined record has been just 32-97, something he partly attributes to the school's size.

Member David DiGregorio, who chaperoned the trip last year, agreed. Although he praised the players' willingness to play hard, he noted he's seen several games in which starters were still on the field or court after opponents had been able to send in rested replacements. Under such circumstances, DiGregorio expressed concerns they were being "outmanned" by larger schools, and the resulting losing records — some games by double digits — can cause players to "forget how to win."

On the Cape, by contrast, he said they have "a more level playing field," and can therefore "play a full game and be right there at the end." Even if they lose, the games tend to be close, he added.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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