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Previews: Class E

Postby Tom Nolette » Tue Aug 22, 2017 6:52 am

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1.Camden (667)
2.Maranacook (390)
3.Sacopee (332)
4.Traip (257)
5.Boothbay (215)
6.Telstar (212)
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Re: Previews: Class E

Postby Seacoast » Tue Aug 22, 2017 6:53 am

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Re: Previews: Class E

Postby Fosters » Wed Aug 23, 2017 5:41 am

Robillard looks to lead Traip to better future

...In a Traip Academy football program struggling with participation so much it’s dropped into a new, developmental classification, Robillard, a starting fullback and inside linebacker, will play his senior season with no chance at making the playoffs or winning a championship.

Just six years after the program reached the regional title game in Class C, the Rangers are practicing for their first year in Maine’s new fifth division, Class E, comprised of six schools that have either suspended their varsity programs in recent years or been on the brink due to low turnout.

Traip activities director Mike Roberge and first-year coach Ed McDonough are hoping a two-year Class E cycle is a detour on the road to better things. But for Robillard, one of just 17 players on the team, it’s where his high school journey will end. ... ter-future
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Postby PPH » Sun Aug 27, 2017 7:29 am

PPH preview: New Class E allows struggling programs to regain footing
The six-team division features four schools that had dropped their varsity teams in recent years.

...“We fought and clawed our way back to this point to become a Class E varsity,” Thurlow said. “And I’m happy about that.”

Participation in Maine high school football dropped by 9.6 percent in the decade between 2006 and 2015, largely the result of an overall decline in the state’s high school population of 12.9 percent. Increased awareness of the risk of head injuries also contributed to the participation decline.

As a result, more schools struggled to field rosters large enough to conduct 11-on-11 practices – or to compete safely as players succumbed to injuries.

When Boothbay folded its varsity team on the eve of the 2016 season, it became the fifth Maine school in as many years to drop varsity football. Calais-Woodland (in 2012), Sacopee Valley (2014), and Telstar and Camden Hills (both 2015) previously eliminated their varsity teams. Each situation was different, but it all boiled down to not having enough players. ... n-footing/
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Re: Previews: Class E

Postby Fosters » Thu Aug 31, 2017 5:34 am

Foster Football preview: Class E capsules


Outlook: With a new coach and only a handful or returning players, the Rangers begin a rebuilding process that they hope can grow their numbers and elevate them back to a championship division for the 2019 season. There are currently 17 players in the program. ... McDonough, who previously coached at Wells, taking his team to four state championship games, will run a Wing-T offense with Lane under center and Robillard getting heavy carries. Defensively, the Rangers will play a 4-4. ... Traip will play an eight-game schedule in Class E, including two games apiece against Boothbay and Maranacook. They open at Sacopee Valley on Friday. ... ng-reports
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Re: Previews: Class E

Postby CM Newspapers » Fri Sep 01, 2017 10:32 am

KJ Class D/E football preview:

...Maranacook moved down to the developmental Class E after low numbers turned into a winless season. The numbers are low again, but new coach Walter Polky said being in Class E with other teams in a similar position will allow the team to focus more on rebuilding and improving until numbers rise again. ... k-d-south/
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Postby CM Newspapers » Thu Sep 07, 2017 4:54 am

New coach Polky eager to lift Maranacook football program
After successful stretch at Spruce Mountain, Polky looks to rebuild Black Bears.

...“Certainly, it’s a challenge,” he said. “I love coaching football, I love teaching. And helping these kids out would be an unbelievable experience.”

He has the experience. A former player at Winthrop, where he was on the 2000 state championship team, and assistant coach at Bates College, Polky was the head coach at Spruce Mountain from 2012-16, where he went 24-17 and guided the Phoenix to three Class C playoff appearances and two regional semifinals.

Now Polky — who declined to comment on why he left Spruce — is trying to do his part in lifting Maranacook to those kinds of levels. It’s a tall order; Maranacook football, which dates back to only 1997, doesn’t have the long tradition other programs do, and the players are coming off a winless season in Class D during which each week meant being outnumbered and overwhelmed by bigger players and deeper rosters. ... l-program/
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Re: Previews: Class E

Postby WCSH » Fri Sep 22, 2017 3:07 am

Struggling programs get a chance to rebuild ... /477680476
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