Runners in the seeded boys race, including Bangor's Dan McCarthy (right) charge off the starting line during the 2019 Maine Cross Country Festival of Champions in Belfast. Cross country is among the sports that will be contested in Maine this fall. (Glendon Rand Photo)

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Thursday’s announcement by the Maine Principals’ Association and various state agencies that most high school interscholastic sports may be played this fall has raised many questions for athletes, coaches and fans alike.

First and foremost, they want to know whether their schools will field teams.

Under revised guidelines designed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the MPA gave the go-ahead to high school soccer, field hockey, cross country and golf. Football and volleyball, because of their designation as high-risk and medium-risk sports, and the indoor nature of volleyball, means they will not be played this fall.

The BDN is compiling here a working list of Maine high schools and their plans for the fall sports season.

If your school is not listed and you know for certain the situation in your district, please ask your school administrator to let us know by leaving a comment at the bottom of the story and/or by sending an email to

Here’s what we know at the moment.

Planning to play

These schools have approved or expect to approve playing fall sports:
Ashland, Belfast, Bonny Eagle, Brewer, Bucksport (golf, cross country; others TBA), Camden Hills (golf, XC), Caribou, Central Aroostook, Cony, Deer Isle-Stonington (all), East Grand, Easton, Edward Little, Ellsworth, Fort Fairfield, Fort Kent, Foxcroft Academy, Gray-New Gloucester, Gorham, Greely, Hermon, Hodgdon, Houlton, Madawaska, Maine Central Institute, Maranacook, Mattanawcook Academy, Morse, Mount Desert Island, Mt. Ararat, Nokomis, Old Town, Orono, Presque Isle, Scarborough, Southern Aroostook, Spruce Mountain (golf, XC), Van Buren, Washburn, Wisdom, Yarmouth

Waiting to be determined

School administrators and school boards in these districts are still working on plans or have votes pending: Bangor (meeting Sept. 17), Calais (Sept. 16), Hampden Academy (Sept. 16), Narraguagus, Stearns

Not fielding teams

The following schools are not planning to field sports teams this fall: Maine School of Science and Mathematics, Mt. Blue, North Haven, Spruce Mountain, Sumner, Vinalhaven, Woodland

Pete Warner

Pete graduated from Bangor High School in 1980 and earned a B.S. in Journalism (Advertising) from the University of Maine in 1986. He grew up fishing at his family's camp on Sebago Lake but didn't take...