Ellsworth/Sumner’s Connor Crawford runs with the ball as Charlie Hughes (left) and Will Johnson block downfield during a high school football game against Washington Academy on Oct. 20 in Ellsworth. The Eagles will begin the 2018 season at home against Dexter on Aug. 31. FILE PHOTO

EHS unveils 2018-19 fall sports schedule



ELLSWORTH — The start of the new school year is still six weeks away, but athletes at Ellsworth High School now know when and where they’ll be playing when the 2018-19 fall sports season begins.

Ellsworth released schedules for football, soccer, volleyball, golf and cross-country last week. Games and matches are set to begin in late August with regular season games being held through October and the playoffs wrapping up in December.

Teams are eligible to begin practice at midnight Aug. 13. Below is a list of Ellsworth’s regular season events.

Football

Ellsworth/Sumner football qualified for the playoffs for the first time in 2017, and the Eagles will be trying to make it back again this year.

The Eagles open at home Aug. 31 against Dexter before taking on Orono, Washington Academy and Stearns/Schenck, teams they beat by a combined 116 points last season. The back half of the schedule includes the program’s first meeting with Foxcroft and a road contest against Bucksport.

  • Game 1: 7 p.m. Aug. 31, vs. Dexter
  • Game 2: 7 p.m. Sept. 7, @ Orono
  • Game 3: 7 p.m. Sept. 14, @ Washington Academy
  • Game 4: 7 p.m. Sept. 21, vs. Stearns/Schenck
  • Game 5: 7 p.m. Sept. 28, vs. Foxcroft
  • Game 6: 1 p.m. Oct. 6, @ Mount View
  • Game 7: 7 p.m. Oct. 12, vs. Mattanawcook Academy
  • Game 8: 7 p.m. Oct. 19, @ Bucksport

Boys’ soccer

The Ellsworth boys’ soccer team made the regional quarterfinals last year before losing to eventual Class B North runner-up Washington Academy. The Eagles will open this season on the road against Presque Isle and will also play two games apiece against local rivals Mount Desert Island and George Stevens Academy.

  • Game 1: 3 p.m. Sept. 1, @ Presque Isle
  • Game 2: 6 p.m. Sept. 4, vs. Belfast
  • Game 3: 11 a.m. Sept. 8, @ Mount View
  • Game 4: 6 p.m. Sept. 10, vs. George Stevens Academy
  • Game 5: 6 p.m. Sept. 12, vs. Washington Academy
  • Game 6: 6 p.m. Sept. 17, @ Mount Desert Island
  • Game 7: 6 p.m. Sept. 19, vs. Old Town
  • Game 8: 11 a.m. Sept. 22, @ Hermon
  • Game 9: 6 p.m. Sept. 24, vs. John Bapst
  • Game 10: 4 p.m. Oct. 1, @ GSA
  • Game 11: 4 p.m. Oct. 3, vs. Caribou
  • Game 12: 1 p.m. Oct. 6, @ Foxcroft
  • Game 13: 4 p.m. Oct. 10, @ Washington Academy
  • Game 14: 6 p.m. Oct. 15, vs. MDI

Girls’ soccer

Last season, Ellsworth snapped a winless streak of 22 games dating back to Sept. 25, 2015, when it beat Belfast in its second game of the year. The Eagles, who graduated just three players from that 2017 squad, open the season Aug. 30 when they host Old Town.

  • Game 1: 6 p.m. Aug. 30, vs. Old Town
  • Game 2: 1 p.m. Sept. 1, @ Presque Isle
  • Game 3: 6 p.m. Sept. 5, vs. Belfast
  • Game 4: 10 a.m. Sept. 8, vs. Mount View
  • Game 5: 6 p.m. Sept. 11, vs. GSA
  • Game 6: 6 p.m. Sept. 13, vs. Washington Academy
  • Game 7: 6 p.m. Sept. 18, @ MDI
  • Game 8: 6 p.m. Sept. 25, vs. John Bapst
  • Game 9: 11 a.m. Sept. 29, @ Hermon
  • Game 10: 4 p.m. Oct. 2, @ GSA
  • Game 11: 4 p.m. Oct. 4, vs. Caribou
  • Game 12: 4 p.m. Oct. 6, @ Foxcroft
  • Game 13: 11 a.m. Oct 11, @ Washington Academy
  • Game 14: 6 p.m. Oct. 16, vs. MDI

Volleyball

Ellsworth volleyball earned the No. 7 seed in the Class B playoffs last year in Jamie Calandro’s first season as head coach. The team will open its 2018 season at home against Washington Academy.

  • Match 1: 5:15 p.m. Sept. 6, vs. Washington Academy
  • Match 2: TBD, vs. Gardiner
  • Match 3: 6:30 p.m. Sept. 10, @ Brewer
  • Match 4: 11:30 a.m. Sept. 15, @ Cony
  • Match 5: 5:30 p.m. Sept. 17, vs. Sumner
  • Match 6: 5:30 p.m. Sept. 20, @ Washington Academy
  • Match 7: 5:30 p.m. Sept. 26, vs. MDI
  • Match 8: 5:30 p.m. Oct. 2, vs. Brewer
  • Match 9: 5:30 p.m. Oct. 4, @ Sumner
  • Match 10: 5:30 p.m. Oct. 5, vs. Gorham
  • Match 11: 5:30 p.m. Oct. 10, @ MDI
  • Match 12: 5:30 p.m. Oct. 11, vs. Bucksport
  • Match 13: 11:30 a.m. Oct. 13, @ Gardiner
  • Match 14: 5:30 p.m. Oct. 16, @ Bucksport

Cross-country

It was a strong 2017 season for the Ellsworth cross-country team as the girls’ team took fifth overall at the Class B state championships and the boys took eighth place at regionals. The team opens the season Sept. 1 when it hosts the Ellsworth Invitational.

  • Meet 1: 11 a.m. Sept. 1, Ellsworth Invitational
  • Meet 2: 1 p.m. Sept. 8, Caribou Invitational
  • Meet 3: 4 p.m. Sept. 14, GSA Invitational
  • Meet 4: 1 p.m. Sept. 22, Old Town Invitational
  • Meet 5: 11 a.m. Sept. 29, Festival of Champions (Belfast hosts)
  • Meet 6: 4 p.m. Oct. 5, Hancock County championships (hosting)
  • Meet 7: noon Oct. 13, Penobscot Valley Conference championships (Presque Isle hosts)
  • Meet 8: 11 a.m. Oct. 20, Class B North championships (Belfast hosts)
  • Meet 9: 11 a.m. Oct. 27, Class B championships (Belfast hosts)

Golf

The Ellsworth golf team will be the first to start its 2018 season when it does so at home Aug. 24 against Old Town, GSA and Machias. The golf season will also be the first to conclude with the Eagles playing their final match on the road Sept. 21 against Penobscot Valley, Carlisle and Foxcroft.

  • Match 1: 4 p.m. Aug. 24, vs. Old Town, GSA, Machias
  • Match 2: 4 p.m. Aug. 28, @ Hermon (Bucksport, Sumner also competing)
  • Match 3: 4 p.m. Aug. 30, @ Orono (John Bapst, Dexter also competing)
  • Match 4: 4 p.m. Sept. 4, @ Calais (Bucksport, MDI also competing)
  • Match 5: 4 p.m. Sept. 7, vs. Sumner, Calais
  • Match 6: 4 p.m. Sept. 10, vs. Carlisle, Foxcroft
  • Match 7: 4 p.m. Sept. 12, @ Old Town (Bucksport, Sumner also competing)
  • Match 8: 4 p.m. Sept. 14, @ Hermon
  • Match 9: 4 p.m. Sept. 17, @ John Bapst (Dexter, Houlton also competing)
  • Match 10: 4 p.m. Sept. 19, @ Bucksport (MDI, GSA also competing)
  • Match 11: 4 p.m. Sept. 21, @ Penobscot Valley (Carlisle, Foxcroft also competing)
Mike Mandell

Mike Mandell

Mike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at [email protected]