DISHS opts to forgo fall soccer season

DEER ISLE – Late last week, a meeting was held at Deer Isle-Stonington High School, where it was decided that the Mariners would not field a boys’ soccer team for this coming fall season.

“We had low numbers, and a few injuries that would prevent us from having enough students to start these first few games,” said new Athletic Director Dan Campbell.

DISHS had already decided not to field a girls’ team due to the lack of numbers, but the boys’ team held several practices under coach Evan Rollins as they prepared for an opening day match on Sept. 3 against Shead High School in Eastport that was subsequently canceled.

“The kids ultimately made the decision, and I think they made the right one,” said Rollins, who noted that forgoing the season would help to keep the team’s eligibility intact for future seasons.

Rollins also mentioned that the school briefly considered fielding a co-ed team, but with only six boys and five freshmen girls available at the time even that would have been a tenuous situation.

“There are 20 kids on the junior high team, so the numbers are there,” Rollins explained. “There’s just a bit of a lull at this moment in terms of interest.”

AD Campbell noted that the school will still have athletes competing in cross country and golf this season.

Zachary Lanning

Zachary Lanning

News reporter Zach Lanning covers news and features in the Ellsworth area. He comes to Ellsworth by way of New Jersey, which he hopes you don't hold against him. Email him at [email protected].

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