THE YEAR IN PICTURES: MDI, Ellsworth enter 50th year of rivalry

September 20, 2020

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first_img Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Latest Posts MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Biocenter_img Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 ELLSWORTH — Island vs. mainland; family vs. family; green vs. maroon; bragging rights on the line. Any way you slice it, there’s something exceptional about Mount Desert Island vs. Ellsworth.Showdowns between MDI, Hancock County’s largest high school, and Ellsworth, its second-largest, have been taking place across sports of all kinds since the former was consolidated in 1968. 2018 marked 50 years of games, meets, matches and tournaments between the Trojans and Eagles, and athletes from both schools made the year a memorable one.Although the Trojans swept the season series against the Eagles in boys’ and girls’ basketball in January and February, the rest of the year was evenly matched as could be. The teams split head-to-head series in baseball, softball, boys’ soccer, girls’ soccer and volleyball with Ellsworth finishing as Class B North runner-up in baseball and MDI in boys’ basketball.“It’s exciting [to play in an Ellsworth vs. MDI game] because it’s a rivalry game and a chance to get an important win,” MDI girls’ basketball’s Maddy Candage said after the Trojans’ 51-32 win in Ellsworth on Jan. 9. “Both teams are playing really hard, and you have to bring your best.” MDI players celebrate after Nick Stanley’s walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth inning gave the Trojans a 5-4 win over Ellsworth on April 24 in Bar Harbor. The two teams, which split the season series, both had fantastic years with Ellsworth finishing as regional runner-up at 17-2 and MDI finishing 12-6 and placing third of 21 Class B North teams in the regular season. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLEllsworth’s Sara Shea slides into second base against MDI’s Maddie Thornton during the first inning of a high school softball game May 7 in Bar Harbor. 2018 marked one of the most competitive years yet in the rivalry between Hancock County’s largest schools with the teams splitting season series in five different sports and both winning state titles (MDI in boys’ swimming and track and EHS in girls’ cross-country). ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLEllsworth/Sumner’s Javon Williams rolls out to pass while a teammate blocks during the second half of a preseason high school football game against MDI on Aug. 24 in Bar Harbor. After the two teams spent part of preseason camp participating in joint practices, the Trojans beat the Eagles 28-27 in the closest game between the two teams to date. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLEllsworth’s Olivia Robidoux goes up for a block against MDI’s Kate Hoff during the second set of a high school volleyball match Sept. 26 in Ellsworth. The two teams split the season series in 2018 with MDI topping the Eagles in a thrilling match at Ellsworth High School and Ellsworth getting revenge with a 3-1 victory over the Trojans in the rematch Oct. 10 in Bar Harbor. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLEllsworth and Mount Desert Island cross-country runners compete in the Penobscot Valley Conference championships Oct. 13 at the University of Maine at Presque Isle. Ellsworth’s Caitlin MacPherson (front) finished first in the Class B girls’ race. The two teams fought for championships all season long with MDI with the conference title and Ellsworth claiming the county, regional and state crowns. KEVIN SJOBERG PHOTO/PRESQUE ISLE STAR-HERALDEllsworth’s Lexi Rossi attempts a shot on goal as Mount Desert Island’s Julia Watras defends during the first half of a high school girls’ soccer game Oct. 15 in Ellsworth. The Ellsworth boys and girls swept MDI on Senior Night with the girls’ team clinching its first playoff berth since 2013 and the boys snapping a three-game losing streak against the Trojans. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELL123456PreviousNextThis is placeholder textThis is placeholder textAt meets and tournaments, the two teams found themselves battling each other for trophies more often than not. Both schools added state titles in Class B with the MDI boys winning swimming and track and the Ellsworth girls winning cross-country.That MDI boys’ swim title came less than two weeks after the Trojans fell a single point short of the Eagles at the Penobscot Valley Conference championships Feb. 9. The two teams claimed the top-two spots once again at states, where Ellsworth capped off a terrific season with a runner-up finish.Then came baseball, in which MDI edged Ellsworth in the first of the teams’ two contests with a 5-4 win in extra innings April 24 before the Eagles won 8-3 in the rematch a month later. As Ellsworth head coach Dan Curtis said of the matchup between the No. 1 Eagles and No. 2 Trojans, “Neither one of us ever gives in.”In girls’ cross-country, the Eagles’ championship was the culmination of a season in which MDI and Ellsworth were miles ahead of the field. After the Trojans followed the Eagles’ Oct. 5 Hancock County title win with their own first-place effort at PVCs, the two fought for first in a Northern Maine championship meet so close it took more than two full days to determine Ellsworth, not MDI, as the winner.Even in football, the only sport in which the two are in different classes and thus don’t meet in the regular season, the Eagles and Trojans met for preseason joint practices in August. This year’s exhibition game between the two was the closest yet with MDI topping Ellsworth/Sumner 28-27.When the 2018-19 school year comes to a close, the faces at both Ellsworth and MDI will change as some players graduate and others arrive. Yet at these two schools, where athletes have to play with and against each other in sports of all kinds before they’re able to walk, the next chapter in the rivalry is always just around the corner.No matter who wins or loses those matchups, the words of MDI baseball’s Nick Stanley will ring true: “Whenever you have Ellsworth and MDI playing, it’s going to be a fun ride.” Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at [email protected]last_img read more


DOL: Nania crushed 6-1 by Inter Allies on match-day-1

August 28, 2020

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first_imgThe first day of promotion play-off matches for teams in Zone 3 saw Nania thumped 6-1 by Inter Allies on match-day-1 on Saturday at the Baba Yara Stadium.It wasn’t the best of starts for Nania FC for their ambitions to join the Premier League.The defeat leaves Nania at the bottom of the standings but can turn around their campaign with two more matches to come against Okwawu United and Danbort FC.In the other fixture, Okwawu pulled a 2-1 win over Danbort at the Len Clay Stadium to go level on points with leaders – 3 apiece – Inter Allies, who top the log by a better goal difference.The side finishes the competition on top the standings after three rounds of matches will gain promotion to the Premier League.Match-day-1 Result – June 1 Inter Allies 6-1 Nania FC – Baba Yara StadiumOkwawu United 2-1 Danbort FC – Len Clay StadiumRemaining fixturesMatch-day-2 – June 5Okwawu United v Inter Allies – Baba Yara Stadium Danbort FC v Nania FC – Len Clay StadiumMatch-day-3 – June 10Nania FC v Okwawu United – Baba Yara StadiumDanbort FC v Inter Allies – Len Clay Stadiumlast_img read more


Black Princess trounce Ethiopia to qualify for World Cup

August 28, 2020

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first_imgGhana’s Black Princess have qualified for the 2016 U-20 Women’s World Cup in Papua New Guinea with a convincing 4-0 win over their Ethiopian counterparts at the Baba Yara StadiumA brace each from Princella Adubea and Sandra Owusu Ansah ensured the Princesses qualification to the World Cup next year.Ghana won 6-2 on aggregate after drawing the first leg 2-2 in Addis Ababa.The deadlock was broken in the first half when Princella Adubea found the net in the 33rd minute. Sandra Owusu doubled the advantage right after the break with a strike in the 48th minute of the game.Adubea got her brace on the 50th minute mark with Sandra Owusu Ansah put the icing on the cake in the 68th minute.Ghana will be joined by Nigeria in Papua New Guinea after the Falconets defeated South Africa 3-1 on aggregate. –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more


Meet the Volunteer of the Year Award nominees

November 7, 2019

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first_imgThe 2016 Volunteer of the Year AwardTouch Football Australia has countless volunteers who dedicate their time across the country to make significant contributions to our Touch Football family.To celebrate and recognise these contributions, for the second year running Touch Football Australia will award the Volunteer of the Year Award to one of our highly valued volunteers.  Each State and Territory were asked to nominate one individual to be considered for the TFA Volunteer of the Year for 2016, as well as two nominees from a National Level.Nominations were to be considerate of their exceptional service to the sport and that have made a notable and measurable contribution and difference in their respective communities.The nominees for the 2016 TFA Volunteer of the Year Award were:Benjamin Dempsey – Western Australia “Ben is a key driver of the TFA Values and these are consistently showcased in his work throughout Touch Football”. Read more  Klaire Carrick – Tasmania “Klaire is seen as a role model and leader among the team and other volunteers”. Read moreBen Cooper – NSW “Ben’s commitment to our sport is shown in the great pride, professionalism and integrity that he delivers our product with”. Read more Megan Harapa and Mel Jones – National “Megan and Mel are consistently a beacon for everything that Touch Football Australia looks for and values in a volunteer”. Read more  Graeme Clancy – Queensland “He has single handedly given children/adults with special needs’ opportunities through our sport which have never been previously available”. Read more  Sean Harvey – ACT “His level of involvement at both a junior and senior level shows his commitment to the delivery and sustainability of the sport within the ACT”. Read more  Greg Mason – Victoria “One of the most trusted and esteemed members of the community and for all these reasons and more has been nominated for this award”. Read more The winner will be announced at 3.00pm today; good luck to our nominees! You are each extremely valued and respected members of our Touch Football family. We are very excited for this opportunity and the chance to formally thank and reward you all as individuals who are truly committed to our sport. Related Filesvoy_nomination_-_ben_dempsey-pdfvoy_nomination_-_klaire_carrick-pdfvoy_nomination_-_megan_harapa_and_mel_jones-pdfvoy_nomination_-_ben_cooper-pdfvoy_nomination_-_graeme_clancy-pdfvoy_nomination_-_sean_harvey-pdfvoy_nomination_-_greg_mason-pdfRelated LinksMeet the VOY nomineeslast_img read more


10 months agoArsenal, Everton target Samuel Chukwueze admits Premier League contact

October 28, 2019

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first_imgArsenal, Everton target Samuel Chukwueze admits Premier League contactby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveVillarreal winger Samuel Chukwueze is leaving the door open to a move to England.While a target for Atletico Madrid, Chukwueze is also being linked with Arsenal and Everton.”I have a contract with Villarreal that ends in the summer and the club knows what to do. I can confirm that there are some clubs interested – the best English teams, but for Atlético Madrid I’m not sure, really,” he said. “Then, we’ll just keep our fingers crossed and see what happens. For now, the focus is still for me to help the club.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


Suitors Launch Their Bidding for Long Beach Terminal

October 23, 2019

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first_imgzoomIIlustration; Image Courtesy: Kees Torn /Flickr under CC BY-SA 2.0 COSCO Shipping Holdings’ sale of the Long Beach Container Terminal (LBCT) has reportedly sparked interest from U.S. private equity firm Blackstone Group LP and compatriot private investment company KKR & Co., Bloomberg reported.The terminal divestment is being pursued by COSCO as part of its USD 6.3 billion takeover of Orient Overseas International Limited (OOIL), a concession required by the U.S. regulators in order to clear the merger.OOIL’s shipping arm OOCL holds a 40-year concession to operate the facility at the Port of Long Beach, which is one of the biggest gateways for imports into the US.According to Bloomberg, the bids for the terminal, valued at USD 1 billion, were solicited last week, and they also include proposals from EQT Partners and an arm of Macquarie Group.“The sale of the Long Beach Container Terminal is indeed still a work in progress and we have no further updates to provide. All interested parties and their offers will be reviewed accordingly,” OOCL spokesman Stephen Ng told World Maritime News.COSCO and Shanghai International Port (Group) concluded the acquisition of OOIL’s shares on July 13, 2018. The merger will provide for a combined fleet of 400 vessels, with capacity exceeding 2.9 million TEUs including orderbook, Drewry’s data shows.The transaction is in line with the prominent consolidation trend in the container shipping industry which has seen numerous heavyweights forge ties in order to combat industry headwinds.The liner industry has been facing severe market conditions since 2016 which are being further aggravated by the recent bunker price spikes and slow recovery of freight rates.Both LBCT is yet to provide WMN with a comment on the matter.Port of Long Beach Thriving on the back of U.S.-China Trade WarAccording to the November figures from the Port of Long Beach, cargo volumes continue to rise setting the stage for a second consecutive calendar year record, mainly due to the ongoing trade war between the U.S. and China.The port handled 621,835 TEUs of container cargo during the month, a 1.5 percent increase compared to November 2017. Last month’s performance pushed 2018’s total TEU count to 7,349,377, enabling the port to most likely eclipse its record of 7,544,507 TEUs set last year.Imports continuing to outpace goods shipped overseas coupled with the large number of unloaded containers illustrate how the higher tariffs imposed this year by the United States and China have impacted the flow of commerce, according to Port of Long Beach Executive Director Mario Cordero.“American retailers are stocking up on goods made in China to avoid anticipated higher tariffs,” said Cordero. “You’re seeing the opposite effect on the other side of the ocean. Chinese businesses seem to be already looking to other countries for goods and raw materials, meaning there’s less demand for American exports and more empty containers are being shipped.”World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more


Elle refused to watch sister on Friends

October 12, 2019

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first_imgLos Angeles: Actor Elle Fanning has revealed she decided to boycott ‘Friends’ after she could not clear the audition for a role in the cult show and her sister Dakota made the cut. In an interview with the PorterEdit, the 20-year-old actor said, “I might be remembering this wrong but I think I was gonna be one of Phoebe’s triplets. I auditioned for it but I didn’t get it and I was like, ‘I’m boycotting the show, I’m never watching this again’.” Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka”Then my sister was on it and I refused to watch the episode. I was like, “I am not watching this!” she added. The very popular series – ‘Friends’, which started airing in 1994, was a worldwide phenomenon and even today, continues to have a large fanbase. The show, which features Hollywood celebrities like Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer, enjoyed a decade long run on NBC. There were reports that the cast will reunite once again.last_img read more


Deepak Kashyap takes over as PowerGrid CVO

October 12, 2019

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first_imgNew Delhi: Deepak Kashyap has assumed charge of the post of Chief Vigilance Officer in Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd.(POWERGRID). He is a graduate in English (Hons.) from Patna University and a 1986 batch officer of Indian Railway Traffic Service. He has held various key posts in and outside Railways such as CVO, BSNL, DRM, South Eastern Railway, Ranchi, Chief Commercial Manager/ General, Northern Railway, Member/ Rail Land Development Authority and Director, Central Vigilance Commission. Having varied experience in general administration, establishment, vigilance, operations, revenue, tendering and allied disciplines, he is also credited with conceptualizing and commissioning Indian Railways’ popular onboard magazine “Rail Bandhu”.last_img read more


Turkey says to produce S500s with Russia after S400 missile deal

October 12, 2019

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first_imgAnkara: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday said Turkey and Russia would jointly produce S-500 defence systems after Ankara’s controversial purchase of the S-400 missile defence system from Moscow. Turkey’s push to buy the S-400s has further strained already tense relations with the United States which has repeatedly warned Ankara of the risks including sanctions as a result of the purchase. “There is absolutely no question of (Turkey) taking a step back from the S-400s purchase. That is a done deal,” Erdogan said in Istanbul. “There will be joint production of the S-500 after the S-400,” Erdogan told an audience of young people asking questions. Ties between NATO allies Turkey and the US have frayed over multiple issues including American support for a Syrian Kurdish militia viewed as terrorists by Ankara and the US failure to extradite a Muslim preacher blamed for the 2016 coup attempt against Erdogan. Washington says the deal with Moscow is a threat to Western defence and in April suspended deliveries of the F-35 stealth fighter jet to Turkey in a bid to halt the purchase. Turkish pilots are in the US receiving training on the F-35s, manufactured by Lockheed Martin. Turkey is expected to buy 100 of the jets in total. Erdogan said Turkey conducted technical studies amid US concerns over the compatibility of the S-400s and the F-35s but found there were no issues. He also insisted “sooner or later” Turkey would receive the F-35 jets. Despite the threat of sanctions, Erdogan repeated that the S-400s were expected to be delivered in July, “but this could be brought forward”, he added.last_img read more


The Thunders Slow Starters Couldnt Keep Up With the Clippers

September 28, 2019

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In Monday night’s loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, Oklahoma City Thunder coach Scott Brooks made his first substitutions eight minutes into the game. Nick Collison and Caron Butler came in for Thabo Sefolosha and Serge Ibaka with the Thunder down four points.This wasn’t the first time the Thunder’s starting lineup had been outscored in its first stint of a game — it was the 48th this season (including the playoffs). The first few minutes of a game are a relatively small sample, of course, but it’s a telling trend: The Thunder’s starters have put them behind in 53.3 percent of the team’s games. And yet the Thunder have won 70 percent of all games so far.Monday night, though, they didn’t. Everything tightens in the playoffs; small weaknesses become magnified and exploited. The narrowest of margins in the beginning can become the deciding factor between victory and defeat. For the Thunder, figuring out how to start building a lead right from the opening tip could be the difference in extending a playoff run.All season, the Thunder have struggled with their starters. In part because of injuries, the Thunder used nine different starting lineups by the time the playoffs rolled around. Those nine different starting lineups had a raw plus/minus of -10 in the 589 minutes they played before the first substitute came in, which is an average point differential of -0.8 per 48 minutes. That number doesn’t seem overwhelmingly negative until we compare it to the Thunder’s season-long differential of +6.3 per 48 minutes using all lineups.In other words, the Thunder’s ability to recover from slow starts is a reflection of their immense talent. Their starting lineups play an average of just over six minutes a game, and in that time the -0.8 per 48-minute point differential works out to just hundredths of a point per game. Their win percentage is almost identical regardless of whether their starters build a lead or dig a hole, 74 percent to 67 percent.But there is an enormous difference in the Thunder’s margin of victory between those two scenarios. In games where the starters build a lead to begin the game, the Thunder have won by an average of 10.86 points. In games where the starters have left the team behind, the Thunder have won, but by an average of just 1.77 points. The Thunder are good enough to eventually overwhelm almost any opponent, but the lead, or lack thereof, that they create for themselves at the beginning of a game carries enormous weight in determining the final margin of victory. It’s something to keep in mind as the Thunder’s starters take the court on Wednesday for Game 2.A methodological note for those interested: The lineup data for this post came from the gameflow charts at popcornmachine.net. I took the game results, final-point margins and number of starting lineups from Basketball-Reference. The per-48-minute differential for all lineups came from NBA.com. I’m kind of a stats polygamist when it comes to sources. read more