Fall sports a go for St. John Valley schools

FORT KENT, Maine — Athletes at all four St. John Valley High Schools will be able to engage in fall sports this year after the boards of directors for SAD 27, SAD 33, SAD 24 and Madawaska School Department all agreed to the Maine Principal Association guidelines.

The fall sports programs for all St. John Valley schools will be regional, with Valley teams only taking on other teams in Aroostook County. 

Among the MPA guidelines enacted to protect players from COVID-19 the schools will follow are a 100-person limit on event attendees, which includes players, coaches, officials, ball runners and fans. 

Athletes will be required to wear face masks and maintain six-foot social distancing when not on the field of play. All fans attending must also wear face masks and maintain six-foot social distancing.

Fort Kent Community High School (SAD 27) will offer boys and girls soccer, cross country running and golf this fall. Wisdom Middle/High School (SAD 33), Van Buren Regional School (SAD 24), and Madawaska School Department will all offer boys and girls soccer this fall.

Madawaska will also offer golf. 

St. John Valley community members demonstrated their support for interscholastic fall sports at an August “Let Them Play” walk event in Fort Kent. 

Athletes at each school will have two tickets to offer to their family members and friends to attend the home events, as long as the number of people present at each event remains under 100 per the MPA guidelines. 

Guests from visiting teams will not be allowed to attend any of the Valley sporting events. 

The fate of winter athletics for Valley high schools remains up in the air as indoor sports such as basketball and volleyball currently face stricter MPA guidelines than outdoor fall sports. 

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