The high school volleyball season culminates this week with tournaments taking place at four venues across the region.
Members of Van Buren District Secondary School’s girls and boys intramural volleyball teams practice, Monday afternoon, March 13, in preparation for taking part in the upcoming annual Aroostook League tournament. The league organizes the tournament each year for schools in the region, who do not have volleyball as a varsity sport. Van Buren’s athletic director, Jay Edgecomb said the sport is played in the fall at other, larger schools downstate. However, that is soccer season in the St. John Valley and Aroostook County, where that sport is “king,” he said. The Crusader girls are scheduled to play in their tournament Friday, March 17, in Washburn. The Boys are set to play, Saturday, in Fort Fairfield. Edgecomb said Van Buren was unable to assemble enough volleyball players last year, but that the school had previously gone to the annual tournament for more than 20 years. Division I teams include Caribou, Fort Kent, Madawaska, Houlton and Presque Isle. Div. II includes Fort Fairfield, Ashland, Central Aroostook, Easton, GHCA, Hodgdon, Katahdin, LCS/MSSM, Van Buren and Wisdom.
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AROOSTOOK COUNTY, Maine — The high school volleyball season culminates this week with tournaments taking place at four venues across the region.
The Div. I boys’ tourney takes place at Presque Isle High School Thursday, March 16 beginning at 3:30 p.m. Caribou, Fort Kent and Madawaska are expected to participate along with the host Wildcats.
The girls’ Div. I event is at Caribou High School, also beginning at 3:30 p.m. March 16. Houlton, Madawaska and Presque Isle will join the Vikings in competing.
At Washburn, Div. II girls will have their tournament, which gets underway Friday, March 17 at 2:30 p.m. The boys’ Div. II teams travel to Fort Fairfield for their tourney, which begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 18
Div. II schools include Ashland, Central Aroostook, Easton, GHCA, Hodgdon, Katahdin, LCS/MSSM, Van Buren and Wisdom in addition to the host teams.
All-tournament teams and MVPs are presented following each event. Tournaments feature pool play, with the top seeds advancing into the playoff round.
The defending champions are the Presque Isle girls and boys, the LCS/MSSM girls and the Washburn boys.