BELFAST — A trio of athletic programs at Belfast Area High School will be stepping onto different fields this fall.
The Belfast field hockey program will not play on their traditional home field at the high school this season, while the soccer team will no longer practice in their usual location.
The field hockey team will hold its home games at the Point Lookout athletic field in Northport as the school’s baseball infield was recently re-sodded and the field hockey field, mostly in the baseball field’s outfield, goes across the infield.
“We really don’t want to tear up a brand new infield,” said Athletic Director Terry Kenniston at an Aug. 12 school board meeting. “We’ll practice there and we’ll move things accordingly, but we don’t want to bring other teams in and spectators and all those things and stomp all over that new infield.”
The field hockey team will play seven of its 14 regular season games at Point Lookout this season. Potential home playoff games also would be played there.
In the past, the field hockey team has raised funds to play three or four games at Point Lookout for the last three seasons, Kenniston said, while noting the rental fee usually comes out to about $100 a game.
On the soccer side, the teams will no longer practice at the Captain Albert Stevens Elementary School and will instead hold practices at the high school.
That decision was made to protect the new greenhouse at the elementary school.
Despite Point Lookout being sold, Kenniston is under the impression the athletic field will still be available for rent under the new ownership.
Future field hockey games and even soccer games could potentially be played in Northport, he said.
Reach George Harvey and the sports department at: email@example.com.