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We are repositioning our program to one that better serves multi-year, student-athletes who are committed to our academic mission and aspire to matriculate and potentially play basketball at competitive colleges. This decision comes after careful consideration and the evaluation of many factors, most importantly the School’s mission, strategy, and the potential benefits to the greatest number of students.
Our goal is to transition to a varsity basketball program that serves a significant portion of underclassmen as well as seniors who have been students at Winchendon for multiple years. We would like to have this team compete in a division with schools of similar size, goals, and visions. The emergent program will provide those qualified athletes with aspirations to play at college with visibility, and our target will be to regularly qualify for post-season play in the appropriate division. A junior varsity team will provide a developmental opportunity for those students who have the passion for basketball and want to further develop their skills, hopefully to at some point step up to the varsity team.
For classification purposes, we expect to maintain our boys’ enrollment at approximately 140 and our girls’ enrollment at 100. I believe our enrollment places us in class C, but understand that the coaches’ association plays a role in making that determination and that it may be some time before that reclassification occurs. Please contact me with any questions regarding this transition, as I move to restructure our basketball schedule.