High school basketball

Eagles take flight: Islesboro shoots back into court play for 2019-20

Island teams compete in Class D South
By Mark Haskell | Nov 21, 2019

Islesboro — The hope, from the onset, was that one year off for Islesboro Central School, would be just that. One year.

And, that is exactly what transpired as the Eagles' varsity basketball programs have returned to the hardwood for the 2019-20 season.

Last year, ICS was forced to make a last-minute decision and cancel their seasons due to not enough student-athletes to field teams.

ICS principal Charles Hamm said it is “great” to have the varsity teams return to the court this winter.

“Basketball is a long-standing and important aspect of the Islesboro community and school,” he said. “I attended most of the middle school games last year and was very impressed with fan support, especially at home games. Varsity will surely have even bigger crowds. We're already seeing tons of support as evidenced by volunteers showing up to practices, donations coming in to help with new uniforms, and a cadre of new coaches.”

The boys team will be led by longtime island coach Don Johnson, while the girls will have a new leader in Cami Richards.

Hamm said while he was reasonably confident given the numbers on last year’s middle school teams that ICS would be able to have two squads this winter, “the decision wasn’t fully made until after we had enough students sign-up this fall.”

“Basketball has an ambitious schedule and requires students to make a big commitment, which makes it difficult to know until students show up after summer break,” said Hamm. “Students are pumped about playing and bringing the game back to the island.”

In the most recent numbers reported to the Maine Principals’ Association basketball classification committee in January, Islesboro, which will compete in Class D South, has the second smallest enrollment of schools in the state at 29 students, with Penobscot Bay neighbor North Haven (18) the fewest.

The Islesboro boys will open the season on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 11 a.m. when it hosts Greater Portland Christian, while the girls begin on Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 5:30 p.m. at Pine Tree Academy of Freeport.

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