Deering last week named Scott Parsons its new football coach. Parsons, a Kennebunk High School graduate, coached in college at Fordham, Becker and St. John Fisher. Deering will have an evening to meet the new coach Monday at 6 p.m., at the high school auditorium.
The inaugural Portland Bulldog Challenge, a 2.5-mile race through mud, water, obstacles and more mud, will be held May 18 at the Portland Arts and Technology High School, 196 Allen Ave. Run/crawl as an individual or as part of a four-person team to support scholarships and provide equipment, training and other athletic needs. Prizes will be awarded to top finishers and T-shirts will be given to those who register before April 30. FMI, portlandbulldogchallenge.com.
The Portland Area Youth Soccer Association is sponsoring a six-week Spring Skills n Scrimmage program on Sundays for children in the U-6 to U-8 age groupds. Coaches from the Portland Phoenix club team will teach basic skills at Portland’s Presumscot School. Players receive a ball and jersey. The program begins May 12 and is $49. PAYSA is also holding fall travel team tryouts Sunday, May 5 at Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland. The program runs from mid-August through October and boys and girls U-10 through U-14 are eligible. FMI, paysasoccer.com.