George Stevens Academy’s Vanessa Sherwood looks to drive to the basket against Ocean-side’s Hope Butler during a high school girls’ basketball scrimmage Nov. 27 in Blue Hill. Teams across Hancock County are participating in preseason games, scrimmages, meets and tournaments to prepare for the start of the winter sports regular season next week. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELL

Winter sports preseason events begin



BLUE HILL — With the winter sports regular season set to begin next week, teams across Hancock County are gearing up with preseason games, scrimmages, meets and tournaments.

Local basketball teams opened play against teams from different classification levels all over the state to prepare. Among the cross-class showdowns were Tuesday’s contests, which pitted Mount Desert Island against Class A Hampden Academy and George Stevens Academy against Class B Oceanside.

In wrestling, Bucksport took part in a dual meet Saturday in Dexter. The Golden Bucks will head to Penobscot Valley High School for a tournament along with Ellsworth and MDI, which is offering a team for the first time since the 2014-15 season, Saturday, Dec. 1.

Basketball, wrestling, swim and indoor track teams are eligible to hold their first regular season events next week. The competition cheer season will begin in January.