Winter Sports

Athletic Directer Jennifer K. Lynch: 508-829-6771 ext. 1629

Winter Sports

Congratulations WRHS girls indoor track team, 2014-15 Massachusetts State Champions.
Kneeling, from left, senior captains Alissa Innamorati, Audrey Keohane, Chelsea Owusu, Mariessa Ricciardi. Standing, from left, coach Mike O'Malley, coach Jen Massey, Emma Saart, Rachael Farley, Sarah Matys, Olivia Burnes, Allie Olson, Ryan Blake, coach Kevin Briggs, Kate Gobi, and Victoria Steffon. Missing from photo: Emma Trudeau.

Photo courtesy Newton Sports Photography

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Winter Sports at Wachusett Regional High School

Wachusett Regional High School fields eight sports teams during the winter season, at the varsity, JV, and freshman levels. The cost to participate in a sport is $250/athlete per athletic season with a maximum of $350/family per season. People seeking more information about the WRHS athletic program should contact athletic director Jennifer Lynch.

Payment of Athletic Fee: Parents should pay their child's athletic fee through our online payment center. The winter sports payment is due after final cuts are made and the student is selected for a team.

Expectations for WRHS Sports: Playing a high school sport requires of students tremendous dedication. Athletes at the varsity level make a huge commitment of time, effort, and energy. This commitment comes on top of their primary focus on their academic classes. Students who choose to play a winter sport should be aware of the expectations of their chosen sport. All winter sports teams begin practice the Monday after Thanksgiving and continue until March. At the varsity level, most teams practice on weekends and during school vacations, including during the holiday and February breaks. In addition, athletes are often expected to take part in off-season workouts and in-season conditioning sessions. Wachusett Regional High School encourages students to play a sport and get involved in extracurricular activities, but we want everyone to be aware of what is involved. Linked to each sport below are the expectations for that sport. Parents or athletes who have questions should contact the coach of that sport.

To take part in tryouts for a WRHS sports team, all candidates must register online and turn in a valid physical to the school nurse. The MIAA requires physical exams every 13 months to the day of the exam. Students are responsible for ensuring their physical is valid for the duration of the season. The students proof of a physical examination should be completed by the family's physician. 

Students who do not register online and/or do not present a physical examination form to their coaches will not be allowed to participate in tryouts/practice sessions.

WINTER SPORTS

Winter Sports Home Venues
All home games/meets for basketball and track are contested at Wachusett Regional High School, 1401 Main Street, Holden, MA. Other sports' home venues are:

  • Alpine Skiing: Ski Ward, 1000 Main St., Shrewsbury
  • Ice Hockey: Northstar Youth Forum, 15 Bridle Lane, Westborough
  • Swimming: Worcester Jewish Community Center, 633 Salisbury St., Worcester

2018-2019 WRHS Winter Sports Tryouts

Winter Sports registration is now open: All candidates for a WRHS sports team must register online to try out. To access Online Winter Sports Registration, click here.

All candidates must turn in a valid physical examination form to the school nurse. The MIAA requires physical exams every 13 months to the day of the exam. Students are responsible for ensuring their physical is valid for the duration of the season. The student's proof of a physical exam should be completed by the family's physician. This Physical Examination Form may be used if the doctor does not provide his own form.

Students who do not register online and/or do not present a physical examination form to their coaches will not be allowed to participate in tryouts/practice sessions.

NO ONLINE REGISTRATION + NO PHYSICAL = NO TRYOUT

Payment of Athletic Fee: Parents should pay their child's athletic fee through our online payment center. The winter sports payment is due after final cuts are made and the student is selected for a team.

2019-2020 Tryouts: Candidates should report for tryouts according to the schedule below. Unless otherwise noted, all winter sports tryouts begin Monday, December 2nd.

Tryout sessions will take place for as long as necessary to evaluate all candidates. This means tryouts may be extended for multiple days. Please plan accordingly.

  • Winter Cheer: We will be hosting winter cheer tryouts on Tuesday 12/3, & Thursday 12/5 from 2:30-4 in the cheer room. Students trying out must attend one of these days. Team placement/ final tryout day will be on Friday 12/6 from 2:30-4:30.  For more information, contact head coach Holly Boulay, hollyboulay@aol.com.
  • Ice Hockey:
Day 1:  Monday 12/24:10 - 5:10 pm at NorthStar in Westboro (arrive by 3:30)
ALL PLAYERS should attend.  
First cut:  We will send any sophomore or freshman to the JV Tryout on Sunday, Dec. 8.

Day 2:  Tuesday 12/3  (arrive by 3:15)
3:50 - 4:50 pm at NorthStar in Westboro
Only players that made the first cut.
Second Cut after this tryout for all players.

Day 3: Wednesday 12/4  (arrive by 5:30)
6:10 - 7:10 pm at NorthStar in Westboro
Only players that made the 2nd cut.
Hopefully we will have our final cuts after this night.

If need be, final varsity tryout and cut will be Friday 12/6 at 3:50 - 4:50 pm at NorthStar.  (arrive by 3:15)

JV TRYOUT:  For any FRESHMAN or SOPHOMORE that did not make the Varsity team:

Sunday 12/8:  Veterans Rink in Gardner from 4 - 5 pm (arrive by 3:15)There will be three days of varsity tryouts. Tryouts begin at 4:10 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26, at Northstar Rink A. A first cut will be made this day. See the Ice Hockey Tryout Schedule for all tryout times and days. For more information, contact head coach Matt Lane: matt_lane@wrsd.net
  • Girls & Boys Indoor Track: The boys and girls indoor track & field teams will begin practices Monday December 2nd starting at 2:30 p.m. in the gym, continuing through the week. Please contact Coach O'Malley with any issues or conflicts @ wrhscoacho@gmail.com.
  • Alpine Skiing: The Alpine Ski Team first practice is in the weight room with the Off Season BFS 2:30-3:30 on Monday, December 2nd, followed by a Mandatory Team Meeting 3:45-4:15. For more information, contact head coach Yury Vashugin, yury.vashugin@gmail.com
  • Swimming: All candidates will be evaluated based on their performance and attitude during the the first week of practice. At tryouts, swimmers will be asked to demonstrate proficiency in the four competition strokes; will be evaluated on their ability to complete workouts; and when necessary, will compete in multiple time trials. For more information, contact head coach Jochen Welsch, jochen_welsch@wrsd.net

Winter Sports Expectations

Alpine Skiing
Varsity, JV, and Freshman Girls’ Basketball
Varsity, JV, and Freshman Boys’ Basketball
Cheering
Boys Varsity and JV Ice Hockey
Girls Cooperative Ice Hockey
Swimming
Indoor Track
Online Schedules: All WRHS sports schedules are available online. Click here to access complete WRHS schedules. A Parent Guide offers help in navigating the site and gives parents instructions on how to access our schedules and receive updates regarding scheduling changes, postponements, etc.

Winter Sports Home Venues
All home games/meets for basketball and track are contested at Wachusett Regional High School, 1401 Main Street, Holden, MA. Other sports' home venues are:

Alpine Skiing: Ski Ward, 1000 Main St., Shrewsbury
Ice Hockey: Northstar Youth Forum, 15 Bridle Lane, Westborough
Swimming: Worcester Jewish Community Center, 633 Salisbury St., Worcester
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