Athletic Department Overview
Athletics at Grafton High School are an extension of the academic school day. Therefore, the athletic program will enhance the preparation of students intellectually, physically, and socially for their role as life-long learners and responsible citizens with a focus on sportsmanship, responsibililty, commitment, and community.
- To provide opportunities for physical, mental, and emotional growth
- To develop confidence and self-esteem
- To develop and understand the concepts of individual and team play
- To learn that good sportsmanship means winning and losing with grace and dignity
- To learn to make decisions under pressure
- To become an involved member of the community
***Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) Alert***
As of Friday, August 16th, 2019, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MA DPH) and Grafton Board of Health have confirmed the first human case of EEE in the Town of Grafton, a serious, viral, vector-borne illness commonly spread by infected mosquitoes. While transmission and infection are rare, EEE poses serious health concerns.
Grafton Athletics is staying up-to-date on any developments, however we will begin looking to make all necessary changes to the Fall 2019 athletic schedule out of an abundance of caution, and in order to follow the recommendations of the MA DPH. As always, our ultimate goal is to provide a safe environment for healthy participation in educational athletics by our student population and, subsequently, our friends, family, and many supporters. All schedule changes will be made in the best interest of these individuals, and will be communicated frequently. As these changes begin to occur over the next several days, please do not hesitate to contact me directly with any questions or concerns. Several public agencies have released public statements regarding the presence of EEE in the Town of Grafton, along with a variety of educational resources, some of which are provided in the link below.
**UPDATE** As of Tuesday, November 5th, 2019, the Grafton Board of Health has eased the restrictions on outdoor activities on town and school-owned property, related to Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). While we appreciate the patience and cooperation of all community members throughout this Fall season, we still ask you to remain vigilant as we approach and surpass "hard frost" temperatures. Grafton Athletics remains committed to providing a safe environment for our students, friends, family, and many supporters. We will continue to make insect repellent available to our teams and staff through the remainder of the Fall season. Please do not hesitate to contact me directly with any questions or concerns.
GHS Winter Sports 2019-2020
**MANDATORY preseason meeting for all prospective student-athletes on Wed. 10/30/19 at 2:00pm in the GHS Auditorium**
All Winter Sports begin Mon. Dec. 2nd
ALL prospective student-athletes must be registered through Parent PowerSchool, cleared with a valid physical and ImPACT baseline concussion test on file, and attend tryout sessions in order to be considered eligible for participation on a team. Coaches will directly communicate specific tryout dates, times, and expectations to all prospective student-athletes. Please see Mr. Scanlon in Room A124 with any other questions.
**If you have questions regarding try outs, team expectations, or general inquiries about a specific sport, please see the following contact list for Winter Sports**
Boys Basketball: Coach Patraitis - firstname.lastname@example.org
Girls Basketball: Coach Hollis - email@example.com
Boys Ice Hockey: Coach Binkoski - firstname.lastname@example.org
Girls Ice Hockey (coop @ Auburn): Coach Laprad - email@example.com
Boys Indoor Track: Coach Bazinet - firstname.lastname@example.org
Girls Indoor Track: Coach Cote - email@example.com
Swimming & Diving: Coach Foster - firstname.lastname@example.org
Wrestling (coop @ Northbridge): Coach Mills - email@example.com
MS Boys Basketball: Coach Patraitis - firstname.lastname@example.org
MS Girls Basketball: Coach Cooper - email@example.com
James D. Scanlon, MS, ATC, CAA
Director of Athletics
Head Athletic Trainer
Office: (508) 839 - 2808
Fax: (508) 839 - 8544
Follow Us on Twitter: @GraftonAD
Sarah Mealy, ATC
Certified Athletic Trainer
Office: (508) 839 - 5425 ext. 4122
Fax: (508) 839 - 8544