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Party could jeopardize fall sports start

By Mike Flanagan
Hometown Weekly Sports Editor

By now, most have probably heard the news about the big 150-person party broken up by Sherborn police at the home of a Dover-Sherborn Regional High School student on September 7.

Those in attendance were said not to be practicing social distancing. Students from DS and other surrounding high schools were reportedly present at the party. In response, Dover-Sherborn Superintendent Andrew Keough released a letter to the two communities that the school district would delay hybrid in-person classes until September 21 instead of the scheduled September 15 start date.

Earlier this week, the Tri-Valley League announced its plan to form pods for the upcoming Fall I athletic season (soccer, field hockey, cross-country, golf, tennis). One of the main focuses of the pods is to help with contact tracing once sports begin. The six-team pods were also designed to better allow schools to reschedule games if COVID outbreaks occurred at specific schools. Fast forward to this week and the DS athletic department may have to become the first TVL school to institute postponements for Fall I athletics. DS has yet to announce whether or not the high school will delay its start for Fall I athletics.

Obviously frustrated with having to begin their academic year from home, many DS students and student-athletes spoke to reporters throughout the week, disappointed in the actions of some of their classmates. Some student-athletes took to social media to scold those who attended the party, angry that this delayed start to the academic year could also mean a delayed start to their Fall I athletic season. DS administrators asked students to take down social media posts that denounced the party-goers.

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