Ellsworth’s Pascal Poirier (left) and Matt Reid look to gain possession during a high school boys’ soccer game against Mount Desert Island on Sept. 17, 2018, in Bar Harbor. The Ellsworth boys’ and girls’ soccer teams are scheduled to open their 2019 campaigns with a doubleheader against Caribou on Sept. 7 at Del Luce Stadium. FILE PHOTO

Ellsworth High School unveils 2019 fall sports schedule



ELLSWORTH — The first competitions are still more than a month away, but the Ellsworth football, soccer, volleyball, cross-country and golf teams know when and where they’ll play in 2019 after the school unveiled its fall sports schedule Friday.

Below is a list of Ellsworth’s games, matches and meets for the upcoming fall sports season, which will begin with the first day of practices Aug. 19. Times and dates for all events are subject to change.

Football

After seven years of 11-man football, Ellsworth/Sumner has switched to the eight-man version of the sport for the 2019 season. The Eagles are one of 10 teams participating in the new format, which was approved in April.

Eight-man football means a brand-new slate of opponents for Ellsworth/Sumner, which is scheduled to open its season at home Sept. 6. The Eagles play home-and-homes against Yarmouth and Gray-New Gloucester with other contests pitting them against Maranacook of Readfield, Mount Ararat of Topsham, Sacopee Valley of Hiram and Traip Academy of Kittery.

  • Game 1: 6 p.m. Sept. 6, vs. Yarmouth
  • Game 2: 6 p.m. Sept. 13, vs. Gray-New Gloucester
  • Game 3: 1 p.m. Sept. 21, @ Mount Ararat
  • Game 4: 7 p.m. Sept. 27, vs. Sacopee Valley
  • Game 5: 7 p.m. Oct. 4, @ Maranacook
  • Game 6: 7 p.m. Oct. 11, vs. Traip Academy
  • Game 7: 6 p.m. Oct. 18, @ Yarmouth
  • Game 8: 6 p.m. Oct. 25, @ Gray-New Gloucester

Boys’ soccer

A young Ellsworth boys’ soccer team finished strong in the second half of the season last year with wins over Hermon, Foxcroft and Mount Desert Island. With many of last year’s sophomores and juniors back for another go, the Eagles will look to build on that late-season success in 2019.

Ellsworth opens the season Sept. 7 against Caribou when it plays the second game of a doubleheader featuring both schools’ boys’ and girls’ teams. The Eagles host Presque Isle for Senior Night on. Oct. 9.

  • Game 1: 4 p.m. Sept. 7, vs. Caribou
  • Game 2: 4 p.m. Sept. 10, @ George Stevens Academy
  • Game 3: 6 p.m. Sept. 12, vs. Hermon
  • Game 4: 4 p.m. Sept. 17, @ Old Town
  • Game 5: 1 p.m. Sept. 21, vs. Maine Central Institute
  • Game 6: 6 p.m. Sept. 23, @ Foxcroft
  • Game 7: 6 p.m. Sept. 25, vs. GSA
  • Game 8: noon Sept. 28, vs. John Bapst
  • Game 9: 6 p.m. Oct. 2, vs. Mount Desert Island
  • Game 10: 4 p.m. Oct. 5, @ Caribou
  • Game 11: 5:30 p.m. Oct. 9, vs. Presque Isle
  • Game 12: 11 a.m. Oct. 12, @ MCI
  • Game 13: 6 p.m. Oct. 17, @ Hermon
  • Game 14: 6 p.m. Oct. 22, @ MDI

Girls’ soccer

Ellsworth’s girls’ soccer team won seven games in 2018 to clinch the Class B North playoffs for the first time in five years. The Eagles will have high hopes once again this time around with the bulk of last year’s roster returning.

The Ellsworth girls will play the same home-and-away schedule as the boys’ team, though most matchups are slated for different days. Senior Night for the girls’ team is scheduled for Oct. 8 against Presque Isle.

  • Game 1: 2 p.m. Sept. 7, vs. Caribou
  • Game 2: 4 p.m. Sept. 9, @ GSA
  • Game 3: 6 p.m. Sept. 11, vs. Hermon
  • Game 4: 4 p.m. Sept. 16, @ Old Town
  • Game 5: 11 a.m. Sept. 21, vs. MCI
  • Game 6: 6 p.m. Sept. 24, vs. GSA
  • Game 7: 6 p.m. Sept. 26, @ Foxcroft
  • Game 8: 10 a.m. Sept. 28, vs. John Bapst
  • Game 9: 6 p.m. Oct. 1, vs. MDI
  • Game 10: 2 p.m. Oct. 5, @ Caribou
  • Game 11: 5:30 p.m. Oct. 8, vs. Presque Isle
  • Game 12: 1 p.m. Oct. 12, @ MCI
  • Game 13: 6 p.m. Oct. 16, @ Hermon
  • Game 14: 6 p.m. Oct. 21, @ MDI

Volleyball

Ellsworth used a late-season surge last year to qualify for the Class B volleyball playoffs as the No. 9 seed. The Eagles are scheduled to open the 2019 season at home against Nokomis on Sept. 5.

  • Match 1: 5:30 p.m. Sept. 5, vs. Nokomis
  • Match 2: 5:30 p.m. Sept. 9, @ Cony
  • Match 3: 5:30 p.m. Sept. 12, vs. Brewer
  • Match 4: 6 p.m. Sept. 17, @ Gardiner
  • Match 5: 5:30 p.m. Sept. 20, @ Washington Academy
  • Match 6: 5:30 p.m. Sept. 23, @ GSA
  • Match 7: 5:30 p.m. Sept. 26, vs. MDI
  • Match 8: 5:30 p.m. Oct. 1, vs. Westbrook
  • Match 9: 6 p.m. Oct. 3, @ Brewer
  • Match 10: 11:30 a.m. Oct. 5, vs. Washington Academy
  • Match 11: 5:30 p.m. Oct. 10, vs. GSA
  • Match 12: 5:30 p.m. Oct. 15, @ MDI
  • Match 13: 5:30 p.m. Oct. 18, @ Nokomis
  • Match 14: 5:30 p.m. Oct. 21, vs. Cony

Cross-country

The Ellsworth girls’ cross-country team brought home its first state championship in 40 years last season with a first-place finish at the Class B meet in Belfast. The Eagles also enjoyed a strong campaign on the boys’ side, placing third at regionals and seventh at states.

With seven girls and eight boys back from last year’s squads and a big crop of freshman incoming, Ellsworth is poised for a solid year again in 2019. The Eagles will open the season on their home course when they host the Ellsworth Invitational on Sept. 7.

  • Meet 1: 11 a.m. Sept. 7, Ellsworth Invitational
  • Meet 2: 1 p.m. Sept. 14, Presque Isle Invitational
  • Meet 3: 4 p.m. Sept. 20, GSA Invitational
  • Meet 4: 1 p.m. Sept. 28, Old Town Invitational
  • Meet 5: 10:30 a.m. Oct. 5, Festival of Champions (Belfast hosts)
  • Meet 6: 4 p.m. Oct. 11, Hancock County championships (Sumner hosts)
  • Meet 7: noon Oct. 19, Penobscot Valley Conference championships (Searsport hosts)
  • Meet 8: TBD Oct. 26, Class B North championships (Belfast hosts)
  • Meet 9: TBD Nov. 2, Class B championships (Greely hosts)

Golf

The golf team will be the first Ellsworth squad to start its 2019 season when it hosts Hermon on Aug. 28. The Eagles will play 12 regular season matches prior to the start of championship season in October.

  • Match 1: 4 p.m. Aug. 28, vs. Hermon
  • Match 2: 4 p.m. Sept. 3, vs. MDI
  • Match 3: 4 p.m. Sept. 5, @ John Bapst
  • Match 4: 3:30 p.m. Sept. 6, @ Presque Isle/Caribou
  • Match 5: 4 p.m. Sept. 9, vs. Old Town
  • Match 6: 4 p.m. Sept. 11, @ Foxcroft
  • Match 7: 4 p.m. Sept. 13, @ Hermon
  • Match 8: 4 p.m. Sept. 18, @ MDI
  • Match 9: 4 p.m. Sept. 20, vs. John Bapst
  • Match 10: 3:30 p.m. Sept. 23, vs. Presque Isle/Caribou
  • Match 11: 4 p.m. Sept. 25, @ Old Town
  • Match 12: 4 p.m. Sept. 27, vs. Foxcroft
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]

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