The Maine Principals’ Association has announced the times of Saturday’s state football championship games, to be played at Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland.

The Class B contest between Leavitt of Turner Center and Mountain Valley of Rumford will kick off the state championship tripleheader at 11 a.m., with the Class A game featuring Bangor and Cheverus of Portland following at 2:30 p.m.

The day wraps up with the Class C matchup, which has Stearns of Millinocket facing Yarmouth at 6 p.m.

One ticket is good for all three games.

Jones commits to Seton Hall

Seton Hall University has landed another one of Maine’s top softball players.

Skowhegan Area High School senior Whitney Jones has signed a National Letter of Intent to play softball at the Orange, N.J., institution next year.

Jones, a shortstop for the Indians, joins former Fryeburg Academy pitcher Hannah Hill with the Pirates.

The two were also teammates on the Frozen Ropes travel team.

Jones batted .500 in leading Skowhegan to the Eastern Maine Class A championship game last spring, hitting two home runs, driving in 20 runs and leading the Indians in stolen bases.

She also made just one error at shortstop.

The Pirates of the Big East conference compiled a 19-31 record in 2010 while going 8-14 in the Big East.

Also a talented basketball player, Jones led Skowhegan to an undefeated regular season and Eastern Maine championship in that sport last winter while earning BDN All-Maine third-team honors.

Jones, a point guard, quarterbacked the Indians to their first regional crown in three decades while averaging just over eight points per contest.

Skowhegan is expected to be a strong contender in Class A again this season.

The Indians also won an Eastern Maine softball championship in Jones’ sophomore season, losing to Scarborough in the Class A state championship game.

Manion has strong run in NEs

Last fall, Dacie Manion narrowly missed earning All-New England status at the New England Cross Country championship meet, placing 31st.

But the Old Town senior improved vastly on that effort this time around, running to a 10th-place finish in Saturday’s race at Thetford Academy in Vermont.

She completed the 5-kilometer race in 20 minutes, 8.5 seconds, joining runner-up Emily Durgin of Cheverus, the 2009 New England champion, in the top 10.

Manion is the second Old Town runner in three years to attain All-New England status, as Hilary Maxim placed 15th in 2007 at Twin Brook Recreation Center in Cumberland.

This caps a storybook season for Manion, who won the Class B state championship, the first girl from Eastern Maine to accomplish that since Maxim did it in 2006.

The New England race was missing one of the Northeast’s top runners in Kennebunk junior Abbey Leonardi, who opted not to compete as she’s gearing up for the Foot Locker Northeast regional championship race later this month.

Leonardi competed in the Foot Locker nationals in San Diego a year ago.

The Foot Locker Northeast championships are set for Nov. 27 on Long Island, while the nationals are Dec. 11 in San Diego.

Leonardi was second in the Northeast last fall while Durgin was eighth.

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