Mount Desert Island football players huddle up to conclude the first practice session of the year Aug. 13 in Bar Harbor. Monday marked the first day Maine high schools could begin practices for the upcoming fall season. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELL Fall sports practices begin in Hancock County August 13, 2018 on Sports ELLSWORTH — Fall sports practices began Monday morning as high schools in Hancock County and the rest of Maine were eligible to begin their preparations for the upcoming season. In Ellsworth, Mount Desert Island and Bucksport, football players began with the morning sessions of their two-a-day practices. Teams from George Stevens Academy, Sumner and Deer Isle-Stonington began later in the day. Teams are eligible to hold their first official games and meets Aug. 31 with the exception of golf, which can do so one week earlier. Teams can hold their first exhibition matches tomorrow, Aug. 17. Full schedules for the upcoming season can be found on the Maine Principals’ Association website and in the Sept. 13 edition of The Ellsworth American.