BAR HARBOR — A preseason scrimmage against took on Fryeburg Academy on Saturday was the first varsity game action in nine months for the Mount Desert Island High School varsity boys basketball team, who followed up a state championship in 2017 with a run to the Northern Maine title game last year.
Then on Tuesday, the Trojans hosted Hampden Academy, last season’s Class A state champions.
Playing the strong team from a bigger school is a preseason tradition for MDI.
“You play someone that’s a class above you and really solid like that, and it gets you ready for February,” head coach Justin Norwood said. “It’s important for us to get that experience.”
The team has only a week of practice under their belts. Norwood laid out his priorities for practice in the coming weeks:
“Defensively, we need to get better in the half-court,” he said. “Our rotations are a bit slow right now. We’re also trying some new stuff on offense that hasn’t quite taken hold yet.”
The team has two more preseason games planned before the regular season gets under way next week. The Trojans will host Maine Central Institute at 5 p.m. next Thursday, Nov. 29. On Saturday, Dec. 1, the they are set to take on GSA, also at home.