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Athletics & Activities News
Fab freshmen Fizpatrick and Lizotte help give coach Billy Goodman a birthday present, 55-31.
Stags sweep Yachtsmen and capture third game in a row, 51-35, as freshman Maddie Fitzpatrick scores 23 points.
Stags erase 16-point deficit, earn No. 4 seed for AA North tournament.
These girls are off for 11 days in Tokyo, Japan! “Friends of Shinagawa” is the hosting organization of this team of goodwill ambassador athletes. The team will play 4 basketball games while in Tokyo and spend the rest of the time sightseeing. We have five girls representing Cheverus: sophomores Tae Caterina, Helena Bolduc, Neve Cawley, Mari-Beth Leavitt, and Ella Davie. Good luck girls! #GoStags
Team USA went 2-0 yesterday. The attached pic is Team USA with the Team Japan group that will be visiting Portland, Maine in August.
Cheverus senior Emme Poulin, joined by her family, signs her National Letter of Intent Tuesday to attend and play basketball at Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts. Poulin, who has received several honors during her time with the Stags, is also a high honors student, a rector and leader of campus ministry retreats, a member of Cheverus’ Key Club and an ambassador for the admission office. (Source: The Forecaster)
Portland, ME—Cheverus High School Announces the Selection of Gary Fifield as Varsity Girls’ Basketball Coach
Cheverus High School Director of Athletics and Activities Gary Hoyt is pleased to announce that veteran women’s basketball coach Gary Fifield has been named as the Stags Varsity Girls’ Basketball Coach. Coach Fifield will take the helm immediately and implement the summer program. Fifield served as the women’s basketball coach for 27 seasons for the University of Southern Maine, and compiled an outstanding record of 660-137, leading the Huskies to the NCAA Division III Final Four five times (1988, 1998, 2000, 2005 and 2006), including three appearances in the national championship game. During his career (1987-2008, 2010-2015), Fifield guided the Huskies to 20 Little East Conference tournament championships, including a string of 11 straight from 1997 through 2007. Additionally, Fifield’s teams won or shared the LEC regular season crown an outstanding 21 times.
Under Fifield’s leadership, the Huskies earned a berth in the NCAA Division III National Championship tournament in 24 of his 27 seasons. His teams extended the Huskies streak of 20 or more winning seasons, setting an NCAA Division III record for consecutive seasons with 20 or more wins with a streak of 30. Having coached and recruited some of the best Division III women’s basketball players over his career, seven players of his former players have won the Little East Conference Player of the Year award a combined total of 12 times.
Among Fifield’s many accolades, the Huskies veteran head coach was named the NCAA Division III National Coach of the Year in 2005 after leading the Huskies to a 31-3 overall record and a third-place finish in the NCAA tournament. Named the Little East Conference Coach of the Year a record 14 times, Fifield’s teams have dominated their conference opponents amassing a record of 315 and 43 for a remarkable winning percentage of .879. In the LEC tournament, Fifield’s teams have been equally as dominating amassing a record of 57-9 (.863 winning percentage).
Fifield was named the head coach of the Little East Conference’s 25th Anniversary Team and was inducted into the conference’s inaugural Hall of Fame Class in 2013. Fifield is a member of the USM Husky Hall of Fame (2015), the New England Basketball Hall of Fame (2013) and the Maine Sports Hall of Fame (2012) and will be inducted into the Maine Basketball Hall of Fame in August 2017. Respected nationally for his coaching ability, Fifield was selected and served as an assistant coach at the U.S. Olympic Festival in 1993.
Fifield arrived at USM from South Royalton (Vermont) High School in 1987, succeeding legendary coach, the late Dr. Richard “Doc” Costello, as the women’s basketball coach. A 1975 graduate of the University of Vermont with a B.S. in physical education, Fifield earned a master’s degree in educational administration from Vermont in 1982. Fifield, and his wife, Mary, have one son and reside in Gorham, Maine.
Regarding his new appointment, Fifield stated “Cheverus is an institution of academic excellence and athletic tradition and it is with great excitement that I join the Cheverus family. I am truly excited for the opportunity to promote a culture of positive energy, enthusiasm, hard work, and trust in the Cheverus Girls’ Basketball program, while inspiring the young women in the program to succeed on and off the court.”
Cheverus High School’s athletic and activities program is designed to further the educational development of young men and women through participation. We at Cheverus believe that the competition, camaraderie, loyalty, and respect for others experienced in athletics and activities will serve as a foundation for each student’s continued growth and life-long learning experience. It is our hope to maintain a program that is sound in purpose, reflects the Goals and Objectives of Cheverus, furthers each student’s educational maturity and health and contributes to school spirit and morale.
Congratulations to our Fall Athletes! To watch the entire Fall Sports Award Ceremony, see full video below.
Return to Play Guidelines
- All students are required to pass a screening before entering the building for school each day. On the weekends, students will be required to pass a screening before a practice,a game or boarding the bus. (See Cheverus handbook for guidelines)
- Masks are required both inside and outside except when during active practice or competition. Players must wear face coverings when not engaged in active play (during coaching strategy sessions, on the sidelines, water breaks, etc).
- Coaches and staff are required to wear masks at all times.
- To facilitate the use of a face covering, coaches will use an artificial noisemaker in place of a whistle.
- Cloth masks must be washed daily.
- Students must wash or sanitize their hands before arriving at practice or games.
- After practice/games conclude, students must sanitize their hands immediately.
- Sanitize stations will be available for use at each field and outside the restrooms in the concession stand.
Athletic Training Room:
- No more than 3 athletes in the AT room at one time, allowing for 6 feet spacing between each.
- Individuals must sanitize when entering the room.
- Treatment and taping tables: must be disinfected between each use.
- No ice bath use unless heat illness related. Ice packs available but not wrapped on.
- No hydrocollator use.
- Disinfect all surfaces prior to leaving the AT room.
- Athletic Trainers will wash hands prior to every treatment.
Guidelines for practices:
- Student athletes must stay socially distant before and after practices.
- Discourage unnecessary physical contact such as high fives, handshakes, fist bumps or hugs.
- Public hydration will not be available at fields. This includes shared water bottles and water sources. Each athlete will be required to bring their own individualized and labeled bottles. If an athlete arrives to practice or competition without an individualized bottle, they will not be allowed to partake in the practice/competition.
- Bags and personal items must remain 6 feet apart. Physical guides, such as cones and signs will be provided to help everyone remain physically distanced.
- Locker room use- see below.
- If carpooling with individuals outside of one’s household, wear face coverings, increase ventilation and and use hand sanitizer.
- There may be no sharing of gear. This includes shirts, shorts, pinnies, cleats, mouthguards, etc.
- Athletes should bring and wear their own braces (ankle, knee, wrist).
- Athletes should bring their own labeled equipment (water bottles, foam rollers, ankle braces, etc)
- After the conclusion of practice, students need to leave campus to head home. There is no loitering allowed and students should shower once they return home from practices.
- All coaches are required to take the NFHS “ COVID-19 for Coaches and Athletic Administrators” training course.
- Coaches are required to take attendance daily and keep records of attendance.
- Coaches are required to be screened daily by our Athletic Trainers. Screenings will take place upon the coach’s arrival on campus and will be conducted outside the Athletic Training room by the Athletic Trainers.
- Once the coaches pass the daily screening, they will exit the Athletic Training room by the ice machine and pick up their sanitizing kit on the labeled table. Kits must be brought outside for use during practices/games and returned to the table outside the training room after every practice and/or game.
- Coaches are required to wear masks on campus at all times including sidelines during games.
- Coaches will be provided an electronic whistle to use during practices.
- Coaches will sanitize all shared equipment after each practice.
- Coaches are expected to stay with their team until all members have been picked up by a parent after every practice and/or game.
- Coaches shall help enforce that kids do not loiter after games and in the parking lot. Players must leave campus immediately following the conclusion of practice.
- Coaches will communicate policies with players prior to the first practice.
- Contact Athletic Trainers in the case of injured athletes. Keep the injured athlete in place.
- Coaches should provide socially distant cones for personal items.
- Remind athletes they must stay home if they are feeling ill or have any symptoms of COVID-19.
- Shared equipment will need to be sanitized after each practice by the coaching staff.
- Remind athletes-spitting is not permitted.
- If isolation is necessary due to development of Covid symptoms, document and refer appropriately.
Locker room/after school guidelines:
- The locker rooms will only be accessible from 2:15-3:00PM Mon-Fri. The locker rooms will be CLOSED on Saturday’s.
- Each team will have a set time to access the locker room to change.
- Loitering is not allowed in the locker room.
- There are designated changing areas marked with an “X” where you will be able to change in the locker rooms. Due to the size of the locker rooms, the men’s locker room can hold 14 socially distanced athletes at a time and the women’s can hold 12.
- Nothing can be left in the locker room and lockers cannot be utilized. The locker room has a carry in/carry out policy. Athletes will bring their bags to practice where they will be given a socially distant visual marker to keep their belongings during practice.
- The Indoor track is only open to student athletes who are waiting for their turn to get into the locker room.
- The locker room will be staffed by a member of the athletic staff. They will ensure that the locker room limits are enforced.
- To use the training room students will enter and exit through different doors. They will enter through the front door, change and then exit through the back door. There will be stanchions to direct students back to the front by the entrance so they can “check out” with the staff member.
- Students must immediately exit through the hallway and head outside after changing.
- There will be no loitering in the indoor track or hallways.
- Please proceed to the outdoor tent, cafeteria or car if you have a later practice.
- Once a student leaves campus, they will be subject to another screening before practice begins. That screening will occur at the back door by the athletic training office.
- Students must drop off their sports bags in a socially distant manner on the indoor track
- Locker rooms will be locker during the day and opened at 2:15
Locker room schedule:
- 2:15-2:25 Cross Country and Field Hockey
- 2:25-2:40 Football and Volleyball
- 2:40-3:00 Boys Soccer and Girls Soccer
*Students should shower immediately following practice as well as wash their workout clothes*
Attention Stag Fans!
We will be LIVE STREAMING our HOME games this fall!
We have created a new Cheverus Athletics Facebook page (give us a like!) and we will be live streaming via Facebook Live to make sure you don’t miss the action. This is a great opportunity for us to expand our fan base. You can share the Cheverus Athletics Facebook page with friends and family across the country!
A reminder to our dedicated fans: in accordance with the SMAA guidelines and the Governor’s Executive Order regarding outdoor and indoor gatherings, there will be no fans allowed at games. We know this is disappointing. At Cheverus, our mission is to educate our young men and women to be people for and with others. Protecting the health and safety of our community is critical during this global pandemic - it is for the common good. We know you love to watch your student-athletes play and have created a plan for live streaming home games so we can come together as a community virtually to support our student-athletes. #gostags
Finally, we have a favor to ask: We have created a YouTube channel (link) dedicated to Cheverus Athletics. In order to live stream from YouTube, we need to have 1,000 followers. Can you click on this link and subscribe to our channel? We will be using Facebook Live in the short-term, but hope to share more video in the future and would appreciate your subscription!
Southwestern Maine Activities Association
“For Immediate Release - Thursday, August 20, 2020”: Southwestern Maine Activities Association postpones in-person interscholastic athletics until Tuesday, September 8, 2020
On Wednesday, August 19, 2020, the Cumberland and York County superintendents voted to delay in-person interscholastic athletics to a date no sooner than Tuesday, September 8.
This date represents the official start date the MPA announced in July. We are awaiting word from the MPA on the status of the Fall Sports Season and what that may look like. SMAA schools cannot risk a further delay to the start of the school year by holding athletic programming on school grounds for two weeks prior to the start of school (MPA Phase 4 summer conditioning program). By delaying until September 8th, SMAA schools can focus on starting the school year and open schools without the fear of on campus transmission occurring through our own sports programs prior to that.
With MPA guidance due to arrive next week, SMAA schools will be able to determine next steps regarding the fall sports season with a full understanding of what the season will look like. This will allow the association and its member schools an opportunity to develop a comprehensive plan for interscholastic athletics that may have reduced or canceled interscholastic seasons. SMAA Athletic Administrators