BAHS sporting events on hold through early next weekInconsistent power to schools, water issues among reasons for postponements
Belfast — Due to a variety of reasons, from power issues and burst pipes at Belfast Area High School to difficult weather and road conditions throughout Waldo County, Regional School Unit 20 has opted to postpone all school-related trips, games and practices, most of which are sports-related, through Monday, Dec. 30.
John C. McDonald, assistant superintendent at RSU 20, stated in an announcement that after consulting with the county's emergency management agency, the district decided the prudent thing was to postpone all school-related events.
While many recent Waldo County sporting events had been postponed due to inclement weather and poor road conditions from a bundle of snow and ice storms, the latest postponements are due mainly to the lack of consistent power and frozen pipes at schools, most directly at BAHS.
Power had been on and off at BAHS in recent days and the school also is dealing with frozen pipes. "Bottom line is we need to keep students and other non-essential personnel out of the buildings," McDonald said in announcement.
Thus, all trips, games, event involving BAHS student-athletes will not take place Friday through Monday, Dec. 27-30.
"We have frozen pipes, some of which have burst in parts of the school," said BAHS athletic director Terry Kenniston. "[We] hope to have these issues rectified by Tuesday [Dec. 31] so teams can resume practice. Most of our teams haven't practiced in over a week."
What has been affected for Lion student-athletes, in addition to missed practice time, is a varsity basketball doubleheader scheduled for Friday, Dec. 27 with visiting Winslow. The games were to be played at 11:30 a.m. (girls) and 1 p.m. (boys) at BAHS, but were postponed (makeup date not determined).
Also affected was the Belfast wrestling team's trip to the Noble Tournament in Berwick for Friday and Saturday, Dec. 27-28. The Lions did not travel to that tourney.
Additionally, the Lion varsity hoop teams were to play Waterville on Monday, Dec. 30, and the BAHS indoor track team was scheduled to attend a meet that day at 10 a.m. at Bowdoin College in Brunswick. The basketball games will not be held and the Lions will not attend the track meet.
The basketball games with Waterville will be made on Saturday, Jan. 4, with the Lion boys hosting the Purple Panthers at 1:30 p.m. that day and the Lion girls at Waterville at 1 p.m.