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Fields of fun: Windjammer athletes back in action

Scenes from Camden Hills soccer, football, field hockey, cross country practices
By Staff | Sep 16, 2020
Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer Scene from fall athletic practices at Camden Hills Regional High School on Sept. 15.

Rockport — The glorious sights and sounds of teenagers — masked and socially distant when possible due to COVID-19 — playing sports returned to Camden Hills Regional High School this week as Windjammer cross-country, field hockey, football, golf, mountain biking and soccer student-athletes found a sense of normalcy and a return to fall outdoor fun.

At this point, only the school's golf and cross-country squads will participate in Maine Principals' Association-sanctioned interscholastic events this fall, while other Windjammer sports will continue to practice and operate with a variety of possible competitive in-school events.

Watch video and see more than 60 photos below.

Jeff Hart, school athletic director, said golf and cross country can participate in outside school events this fall because they are two sports "listed as lower risk, and which we think we can be consistent with our school reopening plan. All of our other sports will be doing intrasquad skill-and-team development with some scrimmaging allowed within the teams. But what they are doing is consistent with what we are doing in school every day. We have modified our rules in soccer, 7-versus-7 football, and field hockey to meet those protocols. The mountain bike team will train with the same protocols in place, and we're still investigating whether or not there might be some ways to compete this fall.

"While this has been extremely challenging for everyone — coaches, student-athletes, administrators, parents — everyone … it is time to move forward and make the best of what we can do. We have 170-plus students signed up for fall sports, and through this adversity, and with the hard work of our coaches, I think this can end up being our finest hour. The great part of education-based sports programs is that they teach so much more than how to win. We're going to help these kids learn some real-life lessons, and I truly believe that we will all be stronger when it's said and done."

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

Fall practices at Camden Hills Regional High School
Fall practices at Camden Hills Regional High School on Sept. 15 in Rockport. (Video by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from fall athletic practices at Camden Hills Regional High School on Sept. 15. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from fall athletic practices at Camden Hills Regional High School on Sept. 15. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from fall athletic practices at Camden Hills Regional High School on Sept. 15. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from fall athletic practices at Camden Hills Regional High School on Sept. 15. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from fall athletic practices at Camden Hills Regional High School on Sept. 15. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from fall athletic practices at Camden Hills Regional High School on Sept. 15. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from fall athletic practices at Camden Hills Regional High School on Sept. 15. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from fall athletic practices at Camden Hills Regional High School on Sept. 15. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from fall athletic practices at Camden Hills Regional High School on Sept. 15. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from fall athletic practices at Camden Hills Regional High School on Sept. 15. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from fall athletic practices at Camden Hills Regional High School on Sept. 15. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from fall athletic practices at Camden Hills Regional High School on Sept. 15. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from fall athletic practices at Camden Hills Regional High School on Sept. 15. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from fall athletic practices at Camden Hills Regional High School on Sept. 15. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from fall athletic practices at Camden Hills Regional High School on Sept. 15. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from fall athletic practices at Camden Hills Regional High School on Sept. 15. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from fall athletic practices at Camden Hills Regional High School on Sept. 15. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from fall athletic practices at Camden Hills Regional High School on Sept. 15. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from fall athletic practices at Camden Hills Regional High School on Sept. 15. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from fall athletic practices at Camden Hills Regional High School on Sept. 15. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from fall athletic practices at Camden Hills Regional High School on Sept. 15. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from fall athletic practices at Camden Hills Regional High School on Sept. 15. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from fall athletic practices at Camden Hills Regional High School on Sept. 15. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from fall athletic practices at Camden Hills Regional High School on Sept. 15. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from fall athletic practices at Camden Hills Regional High School on Sept. 15. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from fall athletic practices at Camden Hills Regional High School on Sept. 15. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from fall athletic practices at Camden Hills Regional High School on Sept. 15. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from fall athletic practices at Camden Hills Regional High School on Sept. 15. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from fall athletic practices at Camden Hills Regional High School on Sept. 15. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from fall athletic practices at Camden Hills Regional High School on Sept. 15. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from fall athletic practices at Camden Hills Regional High School on Sept. 15. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from fall athletic practices at Camden Hills Regional High School on Sept. 15. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from fall athletic practices at Camden Hills Regional High School on Sept. 15. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from fall athletic practices at Camden Hills Regional High School on Sept. 15. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from fall athletic practices at Camden Hills Regional High School on Sept. 15. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from fall athletic practices at Camden Hills Regional High School on Sept. 15. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from fall athletic practices at Camden Hills Regional High School on Sept. 15. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from fall athletic practices at Camden Hills Regional High School on Sept. 15. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from fall athletic practices at Camden Hills Regional High School on Sept. 15. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from fall athletic practices at Camden Hills Regional High School on Sept. 15. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from fall athletic practices at Camden Hills Regional High School on Sept. 15. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from fall athletic practices at Camden Hills Regional High School on Sept. 15. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from fall athletic practices at Camden Hills Regional High School on Sept. 15. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from fall athletic practices at Camden Hills Regional High School on Sept. 15. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from fall athletic practices at Camden Hills Regional High School on Sept. 15. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from fall athletic practices at Camden Hills Regional High School on Sept. 15. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from fall athletic practices at Camden Hills Regional High School on Sept. 15. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from fall athletic practices at Camden Hills Regional High School on Sept. 15. (Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from fall athletic practices at Camden Hills Regional High School on Sept. 15. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from fall athletic practices at Camden Hills Regional High School on Sept. 15. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from fall athletic practices at Camden Hills Regional High School on Sept. 15. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from fall athletic practices at Camden Hills Regional High School on Sept. 15. (Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from fall athletic practices at Camden Hills Regional High School on Sept. 15. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from fall athletic practices at Camden Hills Regional High School on Sept. 15. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from fall athletic practices at Camden Hills Regional High School on Sept. 15. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from fall athletic practices at Camden Hills Regional High School on Sept. 15. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from fall athletic practices at Camden Hills Regional High School on Sept. 15. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from fall athletic practices at Camden Hills Regional High School on Sept. 15. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from fall athletic practices at Camden Hills Regional High School on Sept. 15. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from fall athletic practices at Camden Hills Regional High School on Sept. 15. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from fall athletic practices at Camden Hills Regional High School on Sept. 15. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Scene from fall athletic practices at Camden Hills Regional High School on Sept. 15. (Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer)
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