ROCKPORT — For the first time in nearly two years, Camden Hills Regional High School soccer players were back on the pitch doing what they do best — namely, playing a heady kicking game they love against an in-season, out-of-school opponent who does not have the mascot Windjammers.

On a foggy, overcast, damp Saturday morning and afternoon, Aug. 21, the Windjammers welcomed Yarmouth — the Clippers, admittedly a close cousin of a Windjammer — to Don Palmer Field for a pair of preseason scrimmages.

They were the first “official” in-season games for Camden Hills pitch squads since the girls won their fourth straight state title in 2019 with a 2-1 victory over Scarborough.

In the 2020, the Windjammers were relegated to team practices and scrimmages against, well, team members due to the pandemic. Camden Hills did not play out-of-school foes last fall.

But, for now, that has changed, as it did Saturday, with scrimmages against talented Southern Maine foe Yarmouth as high school student-athletes, including for soccer, football, golf, ross country and field hockey, among others, prepare for the regular season in the coming weeks.

On Saturday, the Camden Hills boys lost to Yarmouth 2-0, while the Windjammer girls overcame an early deficit for a 5-2 victory. In the win, Brenna Mackey and Ella Powers scored two goals and Ali Tassoni one for the hosts, while Britta Denny, Tassoni and Mackey added assists.

Camden Hills’ Ella Powers, back, and a Falmouth player converge on a head ball. Ken Waltz