Bucks forced to call audible on field early

Posted Aug. 18, 2009, at 11:50 p.m.

The Bucksport High School football team is scheduled to open its regular season on Friday, Sept. 4, with a rematch of the 2008 Eastern Maine Class C title game against defending state champion John Bapst of Bangor.

But while it’s listed as a home game for the Golden Bucks, it will not be played on Carmichael Field.

The school had made plans to re-sod the field earlier this year in the aftermath of last year’s regional final played amid rainy conditions that left the field more a sea of mud than a lawn suitable for football.

John Bapst won that game 21-14, avenging a 40-39 overtime loss to the Golden Bucks at Cameron Stadium in Bangor on the opening weekend of the 2008 season.

But the persistent rain of this spring and summer delayed the sodding process until early August, according to new Bucksport athletic administrator and assistant principal Dan Clifford.

He said the newly sodded field won’t be ready for hosting games until mid-September.

Bucksport will host Winslow in the teams’ first preseason scrimmage next Monday, with that being played on the Golden Bucks’ practice field.

But coach Joel Sankey’s club then has a home exhibition game scheduled against Mount Desert Island on Aug. 29, followed by its season opener against John Bapst, and both of those games are expected to be moved to an alternate location, perhaps Ritchie Field on the campus of Maine Maritime Academy in Castine.

“We’re working with Maine Maritime Academy right now to host the games there,” said Clifford.

Ritchie Field, however, hasn’t escaped the wrath of coastal weather, as spring storms caused damage to bleachers and the press box at that facility, Clifford said, and the college is working on making those repairs.

If the Bucksport-John Bapst game is moved to Castine, Clifford said the game also could be rescheduled for Saturday afternoon instead of its original Friday night date.

The Golden Bucks are scheduled to play on the road during the second and third weekends of the season, at Maine Central Institute of Pittsfield on Sept. 11 and at Foxcroft Academy on Sept. 18.

Clifford said he is hopeful that Bucksport can host its second home game of the season against Rockland on Carmichael Field as originally scheduled on Friday, Sept. 25.

Heal Points to go electronic

The Maine Principals’ Association will launch a new electronic reporting system this fall involving games in all sports that use the Heal point rating system.

As the result of the new reporting system, schedules, scores and up-to-date Heal points are now available at www.mpa.cc.

In order, to access the information, go to the MPA’s Web site and select the “Team Schedules/Heal Points” link.

Select the sport you wish to access and the current Heal points will appear.

To access individual school schedules and scores, click on the school name. Along with the schedules and scores, the starting time of each game and directions to the school through Google are also available.

Each school will be responsible for reporting scores for games in all Heal point sports, and once a game result has been reported, that score will appear on the schedule submitted to the MPA by the school, and the Heal points in that sport will be automatically updated.

Each sport committee will release the final Heal points as soon after the conclusion of the regular season as possible. The final dates for the fall Heal point sports are the following: girls and boys soccer, Oct. 20; field hockey, Oct. 10; and volleyball, Oct. 16.

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