WESTBROOK – Todd Sampson is leaving his job as Westbrook High’s athletic director to become AD at Mt. Ararat High in Topsham.

Longtime Mt. Ararat AD Colin Roy is retiring.

Sampson’s last day at Westbrook is June 30. He assumes his duties with the Eagles the next day.

Saying it was the toughest decision he has had to make in leaving Westbrook, Sampson cited two reasons for the move.

“At Mt. Ararat, my responsibilities are just with the high school athletic program,” said Sampson. “At Westbrook, I was in charge of the high school athletic program, the middle school athletic program and all the extra curricular activities at both schools.”

The other reason for the move is that his daily commute to Mt. Ararat will be shorter. He and his wife, Allison, and three children live in Auburn. Commuting to Topsham will be about 10 miles fewer than to Westbrook.

“It doesn’t sound like a lot, but that’s 20 miles overall and that adds up. For one thing, I will have more time with my children before and after school,” said Sampson.

In his six years at Westbrook, Sampson cited improvements to the athletic fields as something he is proud of.

“But perhaps the biggest thing and challenge was moving the football program from Class A to Class B. We didn’t really know what to expect when we started it, but it proved a great success. Seeing the kids faces after they won the school’s first ever football playoff game was so fantastic,” he said.

The Blue Blazes beat Falmouth last season in the first round of the Campbell Conference playoffs before losing to eventual Class B champion Wells.

Sampson started a middle school lacrosse program in Westbrook four years ago. The benefits of the feeder program have been felt.

Sampson was hired by Westbrook after being the athletic director at Lake Region High.

On Wednesday, his coaches gave him a surprise party.

“The Westbrook people have been great to me,” he said.

BOYS’ LACROSSE

NORTH YARMOUTH ACADEMY 8, YARMOUTH 7: T.J. Daigler, Jacob Scammon and Matt Hawkins each scored twice and Weston Nolan made 20 saves as the fourth-seeded Panthers (9-6) edged third-seeded Clippers (9-6) in the Eastern Class B final Wednesday at Yarmouth.

It’s the second straight regional title for NYA, which will face defending Class B champion Falmouth at 12:30 p.m. Saturday in the state championship game at Fitzpatrick Stadium.

Anders Overhaug had three goals for Yarmouth.