Articles by: Blake Davis

Blake Davis

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
Former Islander reporter Blake Davis covered sports and maritime events. He is a graduate of College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor.
  • Old design gets new wind behind its sails

    Old design gets new wind behind its sails

    MOUNT DESERT — Production of a classic day sailer originally made by Bridges Point Boatyard, Inc., is being taken over by Bill Wright, production overseer at John Williams Boat Company. Wright recently purchased the molds of the BP24 and is collaborating with his employer, Jock Williams, to produce the vessels at Williams Boat in Hall

  • Lobster traps to be moved for survey

    Lobster traps to be moved for survey

    BAR HARBOR — Lobstermen in Frenchman Bay are being requested to move their gear in coming weeks to make way for the biannual Maine-New Hampshire Inshore Trawl Survey. The survey is slated to enter area waters May 27. The study collects data on the abundance of lobster, ground fish, shrimp, scallops and other species. State

  • MDI sailors finish in middle of pack

    PORTLAND — Steady winds whisked the Mount Desert Island High School varsity sailing team to the middle of the pack in the 2013 Cape Jamboree at SailMaine on May 11. The Trojan sailors placed fifth overall against teams from 12 other schools in the regatta. The next regatta for Trojan sailors is the Downeast Classic,

  • MDI sailors finish in middle of pack

    PORTLAND — Steady winds whisked the Mount Desert Island High School varsity sailing team to the middle of the pack in the 2013 Cape Jamboree at SailMaine on May 11. The Trojan sailors placed fifth overall against teams from 12 other schools in the regatta. The next regatta for Trojan sailors is the Downeast Classic,

  • MDI talent heads to national competition

    MDI talent heads to national competition

    ST. PETERSBURG, FLA — Two top sailors who learned the ropes of the sport on Mount Desert Island are headed to a nationwide competition in coming weeks. Tyler Steel, a senior at Suny Maritimes College, and Maggie Bacon, a junior at Tufts University, will be among students representing the best sailing programs in the country

  • MDI softball seeks traction

    MDI softball seeks traction

    EAST MACHIAS — The Mount Desert Island High School varsity softball team has hit a rough patch. Losing its third consecutive game Tuesday evening, the Lady Trojans lost to the Washington Academy Raiders with a score of 3-0. The last MDI win was against Foxcroft Academy in early May. After falling to the Raiders, the

  • MDI boys nicked by Raiders

    MDI boys nicked by Raiders

    EAST MACHIAS — Following a definitive win earlier in the week, the Mount Desert Island High School varsity baseball team lost to Washington Academy Tuesday night. The final score was 4-1, improving the Raiders’ record to 8-2 while MDI fell to 7-4. Before facing Washington, MDI easily outplayed Hermon High School on May 9, led

  • Shoeless runner strides to victory for MDI High

    ELLSWORTH — Mount Desert Island High School runner Jordan Harris earned a first place finish and set a personal best in a track meeting last Friday – minus a shoe. A number of Trojan athletes earned top finishes against Ellsworth High School and five other schools pushing MDI to first place. But MDI head coach

  • MDI sailors finish high at nationals

    ST. PETERSBURG, FL — Four sailors from Mount Desert Island and surrounding areas rode light winds to victory in one of the top recreational regattas in the United States recently. Under balmy Florida conditions, Ryan Donahue, Larry Hudgens, Jim Fernald, and Will Welles placed second as a team in the 2013 National Hospice Regatta Alliance

  • New boats get thumbs up

    New boats get thumbs up

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — A sleek new fleet of sailing dinghies is getting the thumbs up from area high school students. Eight lucky members of the Mount Desert Island High School sailing team tested the custom built vessels Monday afternoon. Despite light winds, one takeaway message was clear. The new boats are a big improvement over

  • Golf chips in for basketball

    BAR HARBOR — Golf enthusiasts are invited to the fifth annual MDI Basketball Golf Scramble to chip in for the Mount Desert Island High School Basketball program. The tournament at Kebo Valley Golf Club is the primary fundraiser for high school players participating in upcoming summer basketball tournaments. It is scheduled to begin May 18

  • MDI team sets sail

    BAR HARBOR — A mixture of returning sailors and students new to the sport form the foundation of this year’s sailing team at Mount Desert Island High School. The team took to the water in late March and competed in its first event in Marblehead, Mass. on April 6, where it placed second out of