After decades of publishing high school team preview stories — more recently in online profile form — Courier Publications/VillageSoup will not continue those write-ups, with the most significant reason being timing.

The change essentially is due to the short window of time between each season's initial team practices and the final selection of the squads — as well as the the time needed to gather the information for previews — and, ultimately, publishing them before the regular seasons begin.

Each fall, winter and spring, Courier Publications/VillageSoup would publish several dozen team previews in a few-day span.

The media company will, of course, continue to provide consistent, often in-depth, coverage of all high school varsity sports via stories, photographs and videos during the regular season and postseason.

Additionally, by not investing the time needed to gather information on each team before the squads begin their regular seasons, Courier Publications/VillageSoup will be able to devote more time to flush out other Midcoast stories on student-athletes and sports topics.

Courier Publications' sports staff can be reached by email at or by phone at 594-4401.