Mount View High School won’t play home football games on its campus this fall — but the Mustangs are getting closer.
Mount View, which has hosted games at Belfast Area High School since joining the Class C varsity ranks three years ago, will play this fall at Larrabee Field, not far from the Thorndike school on Route 137, according to the school’s new athletic administrator, Chuck Karter.
“We need to do some work to get things up to speed down there,” said Karter, “but we’ll do what we can to have a good playing surface.
“We really appreciate what Belfast and [athletic administrator] Mark Babin has done for us, but this year we really want to keep taking steps to bring it closer to home.”
Mount View does have a brand new football field that was built in conjunction with the new high school that was occupied for the first time last fall.
“It’s getting closer and closer and closer to being ready,” said Karter, who added that the school continues to work with the contractors who built the field on the project. “But with the way things are in the Northeast, we want to make sure we not only have a good surface to play on, but to have a good foundation for future growing years so we can have the best facility possible.”
Karter hopes Mount View will be able to play its home games on campus in 2011, and in conjunction with that goal are plans for the installation of bleachers and a concessions facility at the on-campus field.
A modern eight-lane track that circles the football field has been completed, Karter said.
“We just need some kids to run on it at this point,” he said.
Karter is hopeful that Mount View will be able to host some Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B outdoor track meets next spring for the first time in many years.
Karter recently replaced the retired Dan Fitzpatrick as Mount View’s athletic administrator. The Waterville High School and University of Maine-Farmington graduate comes to the school after more than 20 years as chief operations officer at what is now known as the Alfond Youth Center in Waterville.
Among his other current tasks in addition to helping round Mount View’s new athletic complex into working order is the filling of two varsity coaching vacancies, girls basketball and baseball.
Four receive Schmidlin Trophy
Four players, including three who led their teams to state football championships last fall, were presented with the John R. Schmedlin Trophy during halftime of the 21st annual Maine Shrine Lobster Bowl Classic at Waterhouse Field in Biddeford.
Jackson Taylor of Class A champion Windham, Josh Strickland of Class B champion Leavitt of Turner Center, Nic Crutchfield of Class C champion Dirigo of Dixfield and Jared Prugar of Class B York High School were named recipients of the fifth annual award, which recognizes the state’s outstanding senior football player in each class.
Along with play on the field, criteria for selection are good citizenship, team play, loyalty and reliability.
Head football coaches from schools in each class nominated candidates for the award, and then coaches voted for the recipient in their respective classes by secret ballot.
Others nominated for the award in Class A were Lonnie Hackett of Bangor, Jared Herring of Skowhegan, John Williams of Brunswick, Frankie True of Mount Ararat of Topsham, Travis Vigneault of Biddeford and Sam Lalezari of Thornton Academy of Saco.
Also nominated from Class B were Josh Beal of Belfast, Forrest Chadwick of Gardiner, Cole Clark of Mountain Valley of Rumford, Taylor Valente of Gray-New Gloucester and Pat Wolfe of Morse of Bath.
Other Class C candidates were Josh Boucher of Old Town, Ian Champeon of Foxcroft Academy and Caleb Wallace of Stearns of Millinocket.
The award was created by Schmidlin, a former University of Maine football player who went on to coach football and serve as athletic director at Gardiner Area High School. He also was executive secretary of the Maine High School Coaches Association from 1956 to 1982 and during his tenure was instrumental in expanding the association and its membership to an all-time high.
Schmidlin concluded his career as athletic director at the University of Maine-Machias from 1967 to 1976.