New Football League Requests Use of Ellsworth Soccer Fields



SULLIVAN — The Ellsworth Football League asked Regional School Unit 24 (RSU 24) last week for permission to use the Ellsworth Elementary-Middle School soccer playing field at Del Luce Stadium for several of its games next fall.

The RSU 24 board, which had just received the request at the Dec. 15 meeting, did not say exactly when it would make a decision, although the league representatives said they needed to know by February or March in order to schedule their games.

League representatives said in their presentation at at the Mountain View School that they would need the field for a total of eight nights during the season, which runs from September through October — four Monday nights for the junior varsity team and four Tuesday nights for the seventh/eighth-grade team.

They also asked to use the field on eight Saturdays for the third-to-sixth-grade team.

The league also would like to use the city-owned Wilson Field at the DeMeyer Complex in Ellsworth as a practice field.

“It is our understanding that the middle school does not use the field on the weekends,” the league said in its letter to the board. “We fully understand that this would create a little more work in field scheduling, but feel it is very attainable given that schools like MDI (Mount Desert Island) schedule a multitude of events on their one game field ranging from varsity football to middle school soccer tournaments.”

The Ellsworth Football League was formed earlier this year with nearly 100 players on three teams — third and fourth grades, fifth- and sixth-graders and seventh- and eighth-graders.

Harold “Tug” White, president of the league, said all of the teams played an eight-game schedule against various teams from eastern and central Maine.

He said the youngest group ended the season with a 3-4-1 record. The fifth- and sixth-graders were 1-4-1. The older team did not win any games, but battled MDI to a 6-all tie in its first game of the season and posted respectable results against such teams as Hampden, Bangor and Brewer, White said.

Players were drawn from the following municipalities and schools: Ellsworth, Cave Hill, Gouldsboro, Airline, Lamoine, Sullivan, Mountain View, Beech Hill, Acadia Christian, Surry and Hancock.

“The field that we are currently using is not of regulation size and will not support both practices and games in the future,” the league said in its letter.

The league also is anticipating an increase in player participation for 2010.

“In all, we estimate as many as 40 high school level student-athletes playing in the fall of 2010 for a total of approximately 140 students playing football,” the league said. “With this type of participation we are in desperate need of a home field.”

League representatives said the seventh/eighth-grade team played all of its games on the road last year, while the younger teams played on a field that was not regulation size and had no goal posts.

 

For more sports news, pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American.

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