High school basketball

Hawk boys basketball grounded this winter

After Islesboro opts to cancel hoop seasons, another Penobscot Bay island school has trouble with numbers
By Mark Haskell | Nov 28, 2018

North Haven — Only weeks after Islesboro Central School announced it would not field varsity basketball teams for the 2018-19 season, the Eagles' Penobscot Bay island neighbor to the north also has run up the white flag on a hoop campaign.

And now the North Haven Community School Hawks — one team — and Islesboro Eagles — both squads — are grounded for the winter.

The good news, however, is at least the Hawk girls, also small in numbers, will continue to fly this season.

North Haven athletic director Laura MacDonald said on Wednesday, Nov. 28 the school’s boys basketball team, due to lack of players, will be unable to hit the hardwood this season.

MacDonald said the decision was made on Wednesday, Nov. 21 “right before Thanksgiving break.”

Had the Hawks fielded a team this winter, they would have had only five available players. Meaning, of course, all five players would have been tasked to play the full 32 minutes of each regular-season game without substitutes.

NHCS has only 15 high school students. The girls basketball team will have seven players this season.

“We made a decision Wednesday the 21st right before Thanksgiving break,” she said. “We just had a meeting with the boys to see who was on board to play basketball and the numbers weren’t right. We had some unforeseen circumstances pop up and we’d thought we’d had the numbers.”

She added, “It was a very hard decision to make as a first-time AD.”

“With only five, it’s very hard to just put five on the floor,” she said. “What if someone got injured? What if someone was ineligible? What if someone had to go away? There’s lots of things we had to think about.”

MacDonald said no official boys basketball practices, which were to begin on Monday, Nov. 19, were held.

“One night there was only going to be two [players] and the other night there was only going to be three [players] and so we decided we needed to sit down and make a decision before the break,” she said.

MacDonald said the school informed the Maine Principals’ Association “and they were very supportive.”

“They were very helpful,” she said. “They contacted all the schools we had games with and opened up the schedule for them to fill those spots.”

MacDonald said the North Haven middle school boys and girls teams have enough players and their schedules in the Busline League’s Small School Division will stay as scheduled.

“We have the numbers next year to have a [boys] varsity team,” said MacDonald.

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