Athletic Director Reports Successes of Sports Program
At the recent Groton-Dunstable School Committee meeting Athletic Director Michael McCaffrey gave his annual update of athletic activities at the school. Although McCaffrey’s talk covered some wide-ranging topics such as the award-winning concussion awareness program at the high school and some of community service performed by district athletes, the bulk of the presentation was an overview of team performance throughout fall, winter, and spring 2016 sports seasons.
Most notable was the Boys Baseball team which won the division III state championship. The team was the first in Massachusetts to be undefeated since 2008 with a 23-0 2016 Season.
Girls Lacrosse team also progressed to the state level but lost in the semi-finals. Similarly, Boys Lacrosse went to the state tournament only to lose in a semi-final match.
The Softball team also went to the semi-finals with standout senior pitcher Sarah Woods. Sarah is currently pitching for Clark University with a 2-0 record.
Girls Cross Country team did particularly well, going undefeated and capturing second place in the district. The team includes junior Emily Willson who is “one of the top runners in central Massachusetts.”
Boys Football team won their seventh consecutive “Colonel’s Cup” by defeating Tyngsborough 21-14 Thanksgiving Day. It was noted that the only time Tyngsborough actually won the annual Thanksgiving Day match was when they were being coached by recently hired G-D High School Principal Michael Woodlock.
Girls volleyball qualified for district competition but lost in the first round.
Both the boys and girls soccer teams failed to qualify for districts. Overall a total of 420 students participated in fall sports, 349 at the High School and 71 at the Middle School.
The recently-concluded winter season yielded some successes for Groton Dunstable athletes. The boys basketball team did well but was defeated by Nashoba in the district finals 59-47. Senior Gavin Keough contributed to the teams success scoring his 1000th career point during his final season at GD.
The girls basketball team won the league title but lost to Marlboro in the quarterfinals.
The boys hockey team almost made it to the district championship losing their final match in double overtime.
Junior Emily Willson was a standout again, this time in indoor, long-distance running. She won the league championship in the two-mile, placed eighth in Division IV championships and sixteeth in the all-state championship.
Finally, the Alpine Skiiing team did well as a whole with team member Emily Brush winning her second straight state championship in the Slalom. The Alpine team is one of two co-op teams fielded jointly with Tyngsborough High School (swimming and skiing). Co-op teams are formed when neither town in the partnership has enough participants to form a team on their own. Emily is actually a student at Tyngsborough High School, although the ski team is “hosted” at G-D.
Not mentioned in the director’s report but worthy of note are the TGD girls varsity swimming and diving team which captured their fourth straight Mid-Wach Title and were MIAA South/Central finalists. The TGD boys finished 2nd in the Mid-Wach Championship. George Colarullo, a member of the Swim/Diving Team has committed to Springfield College next year to study Sports Mgmt. He recently participated in the AAU Nationals. Kyle Fraser-Mines broke the school record in the 200. Meghan Veestra established a school record in the Individual Medley. This past season, the TGD Girls swim team swam to a perfect 14-0 season and claimed the Dual Meet Champions Mid-Wach Conf. league
Although not part of Athletic Director Michael McCaffrey’s report to the School Committee, mention should be made of the Unified Track & Field Team which was introduced at G-D in 2013 in conjunction with Special Olympics. Unified Sports® brings together athletes with intellectual disabilities and those without to train and compete on the same