“It never got far in the past because it was easy for people to say it’s too expensive,” said Palin, whose son, Jake, an eighth-grader, plays on a town team.
“But fortunately [the current school administration] said, ‘Hey let’s figure out a way to make this happen.’”
Palin said the school system will not fund the team, but the Norton Hockey Organization has already accrued about 80 percent of the $30,000 required for the program’s first year through fund-raising with athletes’ families and local businesses. In addition, the athletic user fee ($250) will be doubled.
The only Tri-Valley League school without hockey, Norton will play an independent schedule for the first two years before applying to join the TVL.
“These people work hard, they’re passionate about things, and they were really organized,” said interim superintendent Chris Martes . “I give them all the credit. I opened the doors; they did all the work. I’m very confident this thing will be first-class.”
Archbishop Williams piles up wins in big week
The Archbishop Williams boys’ program (9-1) has been clicking on all cylinders for much of the season, but last week was particularly successful.
Archies enjoyed wins over Central Catholic (9-1), St. Joseph Prep (8-1), and Dover Sherborn (9-3). The Bishops are averaging 6.7 goals per game.
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