Ellsworth’s Olivia Dyer gets set to serve during a high school volleyball game against George Stevens Academy on Sept. 16, 2016, in Blue Hill. Although the Ellsworth and Mount Desert Island volleyball teams will remain in Class B next season, GSA will be joining Bucksport and Sumner in the newly created Class C. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELL

Reclassification to affect local high school volleyball teams



ELLSWORTH — The Maine Principals’ Association finalized its reclassification proposal last Thursday, and three volleyball teams in the area are on the move.

Bucksport, George Stevens Academy and Sumner will move from Class B to the newly created Class C in the sport. Joining them will be Washington Academy, Machias, Jonesport-Beals, Lee Academy, Calais, Narraguagus, Woodland and North Yarmouth. Maine Girls’ Academy could also join the new class.

The Ellsworth and Mount Desert Island volleyball teams will remain in Class B, in which the nearest opponent for both teams will be Cony High School in Augusta. Yet Ellsworth Athletic Director Josh Frost said the Eagles plan to play a schedule that includes both their new opponents and the three local teams that switched classifications.

Ellsworth will drop its football partnership with Sumner beginning next fall, but the team will remain in Class D with Bucksport. Class D champion Maine Central Institute has been bumped up to Class C, which includes MDI. Foxcroft goes from Class C to Class D.

The six Hancock County high schools will stay at their current classification levels in soccer, cross-country, golf, basketball, swimming, wrestling, competition cheer, baseball, softball and track.