Washington Academy’s Siobhan Duffy looks to keep the ball away from Bucksport’s Alexis Wardwell during the first half of a high school girls’ soccer game Oct. 21 at Bucksport High School. Sports at Washington Academy and other Washington County schools are on hold after the Department of Education gave the county a “yellow” designation. FILE PHOTO

Sports off in 2 additional counties after “yellow” designations

MACHIAS — High school sports are on hold in two additional Maine counties following the latest update to the Maine Department of Education’s color-code guidelines.

Washington County and Somerset County were added Friday to the list of counties under the DOE’s “yellow” designation. They join Waldo County, which was the lone county listed as yellow last week following York County’s return to green Oct. 16.

The announcement puts the fall sports season, which must conclude no later than Nov. 14, in peril for the 10 high schools in Washington and Somerset counties. Administrators from the three Waldo County high schools, Searsport, Belfast and Mount View, announced upon the county’s initial yellow designation Oct. 23 that the rest of the fall sports season was canceled.

Schools in yellow (hybrid learning mandated) or red (full remote learning mandated) counties may not participate in high school athletics. With the next update not coming until tomorrow, Nov. 6, even a return to green would give schools in those counties just eight days to restart and conclude their seasons.

The announcement prevented runners from the seven Washington County high schools, Narraguagus, Calais, Jonesport-Beals, Machias, Shead, Washington Academy and Woodland, from participating in Saturday’s regional cross-country meet at Saxl Park in Bangor. Hancock County teams had no other competitions scheduled against Washington or Somerset County schools.

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