THS plans to switch to Mid-Wach LeagueMonday, February 08, 2010 By Eric Bomuil
Tyngsboro High School athletic teams will leave the Dual County League (DCL) and switch to the Mid-Wachusett League (Mid-Wach) beginning in the fall of 2011. The Mid-Wachusett League consists of towns in central Massachusetts, and high schools like Groton-Dunstable Regional, Clinton, and Oakmont Regional are part of this league. According to Athletic Director Mr. Scott Moreau, the new league has teams with similar competition, as compared to the DCL where the competition was tougher. The decision was made through a long process taking place during the past couple of weeks. According to Mr. Moreau, a small committee was formed, consisting of himself, Superintendent Dr. Darell Lockwood, Principal Mr. Don Ciampa, and several members of the town committee. After the committee was formed, they had to go through the DCL and ask for a release, then ask for a release from the district athletic committee. The league agreed to release Tyngsboro from the DCL in the fall of 2011. Once the league and the district approved, the committee had to inform the town because they wanted to make it more of a community decision. A meeting was held last Wednesday, January 6, 2010 in the high school gymnasium. "Most people were in favor of the decision to switch leagues," said Mr. Moreau about the meeting. Mr. Moreau is happy with the decision to leave the DCL because it's "good for the kids to [be part of league] with more of a chance". Freshman Cam Thirkell thinks switching leagues is good as well because "there will now be more equal competition between the teams were are facing". Even though this is Thirkell's first year at THS, he did not come up from the middle school unaware of the DCL. Thirkell swam for the high school swimming and dive team as an 8th grader. He also runs cross country and is going to run track in the spring. The first season THS will play in the Mid-Wach won't be until the fall of 2011. As for the 2010/2011 school year, scheduling will change as well. Sports teams will only be playing small school DCL teams. There will also be several non-league games scheduled with teams in central Massachusetts, specifically teams in the Mid-Wach league.