(NEWS CENTER) — Fall sports practices are underway, and teams across Maine got up early Monday morning to begin working hard. The Bucksport Football team actually practiced at 12:01 this morning so they could be the first team out on the field getting it done.
From football, to field hockey, to girls and boys soccer, to golf, to volleyball and cross country, teams practicing hard, many two times a day, to get ready for the regular season.
The Eastern Maine Class D champion Bucksport football team hit the field the second it was officially Monday as part of their Midnight Madness practice. Being the first team to practice has become a tradition for this team. Bucksport was also the first team out last year. The Golden Bucks lost a high scoring Class D State Championship game to Oak Hill last season, and while this may have just been a thirty minute practice, players say it’s step one to getting back to the championship game.
Also on the field this morning, the reigning Class A champs in football, the Bonny Eagle Scots. Coach Kevin Cooper’s kids had one practice at the high school this morning, and they are now up at Kamp Kohut in Oxford for a week of hard work and team bonding. Protecting the championship title is a lot of pressure for this year’s team, but it is pressure they expected to face. Returning players say they have the same game plan as they did last year: Put in the hard work and you’ll see the rewards.
On a nearby field the Bonny Eagle girls soccer team was getting some conditioning in after morning practice. The girls are coming off a tough season last year, but practice certainly makes perfect. The girls take a trip to Tiger territory for their first game on September 6th.
More soccer action over in South Portland, this time on the boys side of things. The Red Riots were 8-5 last year, and like many, they had a tough time figuring out how to take down perennial powerhouse the Scarborough Red Storm. But this year, the South Portland players think they have the team that can take down the reigning champs.
NEWS CENTER’s often imitated, never duplicated, highly anticipated Fifth Quarter show kicks off September 5, and will air every Friday night on NEWS CENTER at 11PM during the high school football regular season. We’ll bring fans highlights from games all over the state. Then at 11:30 we take to the web for Maine’s only Postgame LIVE web show where we interact with the fans via email, social media and Lee Goldberg, Jessica Gagne and Johnny Mehler break down the Friday night action.
We also have a USA Today High School Sports Page that is newly redesigned this season. This is the gateway to find everything (scores, schedules, stories, highlights, social media) about all high school sports. Here is the link:USA TODAY High School Sports
After a successful 2013 schedule of streaming high school football and basketball and a great experience streaming the Lobster Bowl All Star Game in July, NEWS CENTER will once again bring a schedule of regular season LIVE STREAM games right on our USA TODAY High School Sports page. Stay tuned for more specifics this week.
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Lastly, we’ll also have polls like Play of the Week, East and West Players of the Week and Top 10 Polls of some of the fall sports teams. Stick with NEWS CENTER for all your high school sports needs!