Fans of LTC football will have an additional resource for keeping up to date with all that’s going on in the Eastern Maine Class C ranks this fall.
The conference is developing its own website — littletenconference.com — which will include such information as a master schedule, league history and records, all-star teams, players of the week, team rosters, and weekly statistical updates.
“We started talking about this about three years ago,” said Orono athletic administrator Mike Archer. “We thought wouldn’t it be nice to provide a place for fans, media, coaches, and college coaches could go and have easy access to information about the conference and its players.
“It was basically a matter of getting with the times.”
The LTC actually will be one of the forerunners among the state’s high school football leagues in creating a comprehensive website.
Paul Shaw, the technology coordinator at Dexter Regional High School, developed the website without any previous web page experience.
“When people find out you’re the technology coordinator or computer guy, they automatically think you can do a website,” joked Shaw, who also serves as girls varsity soccer coach at Dexter. “It’s a totally different animal.”
Shaw learned about how to develop web pages on his own — “there was a lot of Google research,” he said — but has come up with a site that fits the LTC’s needs.
“Paul’s done a lot of legwork,” Archer added.
Archer, who co-wrote a history of the conference with Ian Braun several years ago, is providing much of that information as well as updated career coaching records and other statistics for the site.
In addition, during the season Archer will gather statistics from each team on a weekly basis as he has done for many years, but now he will provide a compilation of those statistics to Shaw to be uploaded onto the website each week, as well as the LTC’s players of the week.
“We’re looking at this as an informational type of service,” Archer said.
Club football to set at Ellsworth
The fledgling club football program for players from Ellsworth and Sumner of East Sullivan high schools has a full nine-game schedule for its first season of competition.
According to head coach Duane Crawford, the slate is highlighted by the team’s first-ever clash against Hancock County rival Mount Desert Island of Bar Harbor, as Ellsworth is slated to play the Trojans’ junior varsity squad on Sept. 27.
The game, to be played on the team’s home field in Lamoine, is set to be broadcast on WDEA radio.
Also scheduled is a homecoming game on Saturday, Oct. 9, against Hermon, which enters its second season at the developmental level this fall.
Other games against varsity-level programs include a date against Washington Academy of East Machias, while the Ellsworth team has additional matchups lined up against subvarsity teams from Belfast, Brewer and Hampden Academy.
This will mark the first year of developmental play at the high school level for Ellsworth. Maine Principals’ Association rules stipulate a program must play a developmental schedule for a minimum of two years as one of the prerequisites for becoming eligible to apply for varsity status.
Elsewhere within the Ellsworth Football program, its seventh- and eighth-grade team is now a member of the Eastern Maine middle school league and will play a full seven-game schedule including home dates against MDI, Bucksport, Rockland and Hermon, Crawford said.
The privately funded Ellsworth Football program also plans a number of teams for players in grades three through six, each with an eight-game schedule.
“In all we could end up with 23 home games, which will really help push the EFL to the front,” wrote Crawford in an e-mail.
While Crawford added that fundraising remains a primary concern for the developing program, he added as many as 100 players could be part of the Ellsworth Football program this fall.