BAR HARBOR — Winter sports practices and tryouts begin Monday at Mount Desert Island High School. This year a freshman girls’ basketball team will be added to the offerings.
For the varsity basketball teams, preseason play begins at home Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend. The girls are set to host George Stevens Academy at 11 a.m. and the boys will play Fryeburg Academy at 2 p.m.
The boys’ season opener will be at 3:30 p.m. Dec. 8 at home against Old Town. The Trojans’ rivalry games against Ellsworth will take place at 7 p.m. Jan. 10 in Bar Harbor and Feb. 7 in Ellsworth, respectively.
MDI will seek revenge for last year’s Class B North title game loss to Hermon when the teams face off at 7 p.m. Jan. 18 in Hermon and Jan. 30 in Bar Harbor. The Hawks gave the Trojans three of their four losses last year.
The Trojan girls will also open their season against Old Town, which they will host at 7 p.m. Dec. 7. MDI will host Ellsworth at that time Jan. 9 and face the Eagles on the road Feb. 6
The Trojans’ annual Aroostook County trip featuring both the boys’ and girls’ teams will take place Jan. 25-26. Caribou and Presque Isle will come to Bar Harbor Dec. 27-28.
The Islander will have full schedules for MDI and the other Hancock County high schools in upcoming basketball preview pages. They are currently available online via the Maine Principals’ Association website.