BANGOR, Maine — The main grandstand at Cameron Stadium is but a memory these days, the 69-year-old structure having recently been razed to be replaced by new bleachers that will seat an estimated 2,800 fans.
But the bleachers aren’t expected to be in place until approximately Sept. 13, and the stadium lights are also being replaced as part of Phase 1 of a two-part renovation project under way at the Garland Street complex.
That means athletic administrators for two of the stadium’s primary fall tenants, the Bangor and John Bapst high school varsity football teams, have had to adjust their teams’ home schedules to accommodate the work.
Bangor is planning to move two early season contests, an exhibition game against Lawrence of Fairfield and its regular-season opener against Edward Little, to Husson University in Bangor, according to the school’s athletic director, Steve Vanidestine.
The Lawrence game is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, at the Winkin Complex on the Bangor campus, while the Edward Little home game will be played at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, also at Husson.
Vanidestine did add the possibility that the Edward Little game could be shifted to that Saturday afternoon at Cameron Stadium if the bleacher project was completed by then.
Bangor home games against Deering of Portland and Portland High School will be played at Cameron Stadium on back-to-back Saturday afternoons, Sept. 21 and Sept. 28, likely at 1 p.m.
The Rams’ final regular-season home game against Cheverus of Portland also is likely to be played on a Saturday afternoon (Oct. 19) at Cameron Stadium, but according to the project schedule there is the possibility that the new lights could be installed by then, which would allow for a night contest that weekend.
John Bapst will play three of its four regular-season home games at Husson University, according to athletic administrator Rick Sinclair.
The Crusaders will play home contests at Husson beginning at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, against Ellsworth-Sumner and then against Mount View of Thorndike at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20.
John Bapst will play its homecoming game against Maine Central Institute of Pittsfield at Cameron Stadium at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, then play its final home game against Stearns of Millinocket at Husson at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18.
The Husson games are three of the five regular-season contests John Bapst will play on artificial turf this fall, Sinclair said.
The Crusaders will play their Oct. 13 road game against Bucksport at Maine Maritime Academy in Castine, as well as their annual mutual Senior Night game against Orono at the University of Maine on Thursday, Oct. 24.
John Bapst’s other LTC road games are at Dexter on Saturday, Sept. 14, and at Mattanawcook Academy of Lincoln on Friday, Sept. 27.
McAuley’s Smith Dartmouth-bound
A second returning player from Catherine McAuley’s three-time Class A state championship girls basketball team has settled on a Division I collegiate future even before she begins her senior year at the private Portland high school.
Olivia Smith, a 6-foot-3-inch senior center-forward from Yarmouth, recently made a verbal commitment to attend and continue her basketball career at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H., after she graduates from McAuley next spring.
Smith also considered Fairfield, Quinnipiac and Rhode Island before deciding to attend the Ivy League school, according to the Forecaster newspaper of Falmouth.
Smith was named to the Bangor Daily News All-Maine second team last April after averaging 10.0 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game in helping McAuley extend its overall winning streak to 48 games while securing its third straight state title.
Smith scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the state final when the Lions defeated Bangor 60-45.
She suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus in her left knee in May and subsequently underwent surgery that is expected to sideline her until January.
Smith’s McAuley teammate, first-team BDN All-Maine guard Allie Clement, previously made a verbal commitment to play at Division I Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., beginning in the fall of 2014.
MPA to host golf tourney at Belgrade Lakes
The Maine Principals’ Association will host its inaugural MPA Golf Tournament on Sunday, Sept. 29, at Belgrade Lakes Golf Course.
The event will begin with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. and feature a scramble format with four-person teams.
The tournament will serve as a fundraiser to continue support of student scholarships granted at the MPA’s annual award luncheon and the MPA Statewide Student Advisory Committee.
For more information on entry forms or sponsorship opportunities, call the MPA at 622-0217 or access the organization’s web site at www.mpa.cc.