Aroosotok League prepares for season

Published: Dec. 3, 2020 at 11:05 AM EST
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PRESQUE ISLE, Maine (WAGM) - Schools around the state continue to prepare for the winter sports season. Earlier this month the Maine Principals Association set a date of December 7th for the start of conditioning and the following week for team practices to begin. The season is tentatively set to begin on January 11th. The Aroostook League has been working on their plans and how they will juggle a high school and middle school schedule.

Tim Watt:” We have talked about what do with both Middle School and High School and the low number of officials. Also being able to sterilize the facilities and that type of thing. It looks like most of us will be doing a split with the Middle School after the High School season.”

The MPA also recommended that teams play in their region That means that Aroostook League basketball teams will have a complete County schedule.

Watt:” Divided them up classification wise. There will be some overlap with some Class C teams playing against Class B and Class C against Class D teams.

Nordic and Alpine skiing will also have a county schedule and will crown Aroostook League Champions. Cheering would have virtual Arostook League and State Competitions.

Watt says they also hope to have end of year basketball playoffs

Watt:” We have been told that we can start on January 11th. and get 12 regular season games done by February 27th. If things are good at the end they may open the first two weeks of March to be able to do some sort of County tournament like we did in soccer.”

The Aroostook League was kind of a model for other parts of the State during the fall sports season. The majority of the schedule went off without a hitch and most of the playoff games were completed with three County Champions crowned. The fourth championship game between Caribou and Fort Kent was cancelled because of COVID cases in Caribou. Watt says he was very happy with the fall season and said that people in other parts of the states liked the playoff format the Aroostook League used.

Watt:” We did very well up here in the County. They liked to see that we did some sort of playoff structure so they re-evaluated and tried to open it up to be able do that with basketball also.”

Of course all of the planning could go out the window if the number of cases continues to increase.

Watt:” It will come down the cases and where they are and if we can do it safely. At any time anyone of those organizations could have us stop.”

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