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Dexter field hockey team opens to Central players as co-op

DEXTER — A rivalry will be put aside for the sake of student-athletes as field hockey players from Central High School in Corinth will have the opportunity to dress for the Dexter Regional High School Tigers this fall. The Central Red Devil program lacked numbers for a full squad in the first week of pre-season training.

DEXTER — A rivalry will be put aside for the sake of student-athletes as field hockey players from Central High School in Corinth will have the opportunity to dress for the Dexter Regional High School Tigers this fall. The Central Red Devil program lacked numbers for a full squad in the first week of pre-season training.

A field hockey cooperation agreement between the two schools connected by Route 94 was approved by the SAD 46 School Board during a meeting at Ridge View Community School on August 24.

Across the state, there are dozens of similar arrangements for schools to combine teams rather than going alone or not being able to offer the sport. For Dexter, students at nearby Piscataquis Community High School in Guilford – which does not offer football – have been part of the Tiger Gridiron team for several years.

This will be the first season that Central has not fielded its own field hockey team. The cooperation agreement with Dexter has not yet been presented to the RSU 64 school board, which held its last regular meeting on August 16 (the second day of the fall preseason.

File photo by The Observer/Stuart Hedstrom
CLOSE CONTACT – Preslee Dow of Dexter and Kaitlin Lord of Foxcroft Academy are battling for position in the corner for a 2021 game. This season, the Dexter field hockey roster will be open to Central High School players as part of a a cooperation agreement.

Superintendent Kevin Jordan said co-op teams need board approval.

“Our feeling is that it continues to give these children an opportunity and we may be in a similar situation,” he said.

Dexter manager Steve Bell said Central started practices with just eight players, three fewer than on the field in a game. He said that number dropped to six the next day and so far only two Central students have indicated a willingness to travel to Dexter to play on the field hockey team.

“Everyone helps everyone when needed,” he said of the cooperation agreements. The manager said he’s not sure the field hockey co-op is only for 2022.

Bell said Dexter’s field hockey coaching staff was fine with the arrangement. “If hearts and minds are in the right place, it should be easy,” he said. “It’s about the children.”

The principal said field hockey head coach Brittany McAllister teaches health at Central, so she already knows many of the students there. He also said Hannah Farrar, who ran the Red Devil program, teaches Dexter the art.

Board member Leilani Cyr, whose daughter plays field hockey, said some parents were not originally in favor of the co-op, but now agree with the arrangement as only a few Central players will be on the roster.

In 2021, Dexter finished ninth in the Class C North standings with a 6-8 record while Central was 11th at 2-12. In the only matchup between the two, the Tigers won at Dexter 3-0. Both teams lost in preliminary play under the then open tournament format.

In its report, Bell said fall sports are in the second week of the preseason and most teams have had their first scrimmage.

He said Dexter will field a men’s soccer team after not doing so a year ago due to low player numbers. He said the 2022 roster includes 16 players, part of more than 100 students who play on all seven fall sports teams.

“We’re close to being fully staffed for the school’s opening,” Bell said, saying other schools in Maine and across the country still have vacancies just before classes begin.

Ridge View manager Jessica Dyer said college football practice had started the previous week and other sports would begin next week. She said the numbers were low for field hockey and men’s soccer, and later in the meeting district officials gave her the go-ahead to allow fifth-grade students to play on those teams for expand the lists.

“This morning, I was bragging, we’ve filled all of our open teaching positions,” Dyer said. That changed later that day with the creation of a teaching vacancy for Maine graduates.

Dyer said school nurse Crystal Greaves was named nurse of the year by the Maine School Nurses Association.

“We were extremely proud and honored,” Dyer said, as she and Jordan attended a Maine Schools Nurses Association event for Greaves. Dyer said a celebration honoring Greaves with the students was planned.

In other business, Jordan said the regional comprehensive high school committee is scheduled to meet next month. “We have upfront project costs around the architectural and engineering work,” he said.

The Maine Department of Education will not provide upfront funding for these estimated $800,000 expenses on the $100 million project.

“We don’t have a plan on how we’re going to cover that debt,” Jordan said, which will be discussed at the September meeting.

The local districts, SAD 46, Guilford-based SAD 4, Milo-based SAD 41 and Corinthian RSU 64, will need to cover the costs of an engineering study and other planning efforts before receiving the $100 million in funding. of the state to build the project. The school would be voted on by referendum if progress was made in determining the location of the facility somewhere in the region.

Two renovation projects at the secondary school are underway.

Funding is in place to replace part of the roof. Engineers are preparing tender documents to find a contractor to start work in June 2023.

In the referendum last June, all 46 SAD voters agreed to receive an offer of just under $375,000 from the Maine Department of Education’s School Renovation Revolving Fund for the project. In order to receive the money from the state, the district would have to contribute nearly $160,000 to the project, but this would be tied over 10 years at a 0% interest rate.

The chairlift will no longer pass inspection and will be replaced with an elevator for $200,000 (part of the 2022-23 SAD 46 budget).

Jordan said this project has been put out to tender and “we expect it to be done in early fall.”