AUBURN, Mass. – Repeating last year's success might be a tall order, but Auburn High School Athletic Director William Garneau cannot wait for the fall high school sports season to begin this week.
“We’re looking forward to good start," Garneau said. "We had a phenomenal fall last year, and to top what our kids and coaches did last year will be pretty tough, but they’ve worked hard all summer long. They’ve been in the weight room and at speed camps, getting conditioned, so they’re ready to go. We’re very excited.”
The football team is coming off a 7-0 Super Bowl win over Hudson last season to win its fourth straight Central Massachusetts title. Garneau said that head coach Jeff Cormier and his staff have done “a phenomenal job building the program here.”
“They probably work harder than any other team in the weight room in the offseason,” Garneau said. “I think there’s 27 seniors on that team, so leadership shouldn’t be a problem.”
The Auburn High School girls soccer team had a special season last fall, allowing just five goals all season as it took home a Central Massachusetts championship and a state title. The team’s impressive record was 24-0-1. Garneau said that will be “a tough one to top.”
“They lost almost a dozen seniors, so they have some big shoes to fill,” Garneau said. “But they’re excited, and coach [Larry] Midura always does a great job with them. They’ve played in the state finals two years in a row, so to get back to that point, not only do you have to be good, but you have to be lucky too.”
The boys soccer team will have a new face on the sideline this season, as Christopher Bailey takes over as head coach. Bailey, who has coached soccer for more than 30 years, has been an assistant coach for the school’s girls soccer team for the past six years.
“He’s only the third boys soccer coach in school history,” Garneau said. “They’re a young team, they need a lot of work, but he’s excited and the kids are excited. Hopefully they can jump out and get a couple wins in the first games to get some confidence going.”
Anybody interested in buying game passes should head to the high school athletic office. The pass is good for 10 games, and it costs about half of what fans would pay for regular ticket price.
“It’s a great deal for people, and they can even carry it over to next year if they don’t get to 10 games this year,” Garneau said.