July 22, 2009 DRYDEN — Following months of discussion, it is now official.
Dryden has decided to go ahead with their plans of joining the Genesee Area Conference Blue Division, becoming a member at the start of the 2010-11 school year.
Webberville and Morrice were voted in by the league's superintendents as newcomers to the league as well recently.
Prior to that, athletic directors and principals had given their okay to the proposed newcomers.
Their addition boosts the number of GAC Blue Division schools to 10. Burton Bentley, Burton Atherton, Burton Bendle, Genesee, Byron, Flint Hamady and New Lothrop are also a part of the league.
Brian Tresnak, Dryden's varsity football coach, believes the move to the GAC Blue Division is a good one.
"This wouldn't have happened if weren't for the hard work of our Athletic Director Loren Dockins," Tresnak said. "He put a lot of hard work into it and deserves a lot of credit," he noted.
"This is going to be good for our kids. Travel times have been a concern ever since we joined the NCTL. Those weeknight trips to Port Hope and Caseville make it hard on our student athletes. In terms of football, it will be great to have a full schedule. It has been tough getting games to fill the holes left by the NCTL teams that switched to 8-man football. Overall, I think the competitiveness of the GAC will be a good fit for us and will be helpful for us in developing successful programs in the future."
Dryden has been a member of the North Central Thumb League since the 2002-03 season.
They joined that league after the longstanding Southern Thumb Association disbanded at the following the 2001-02 school year.