Articles by: Mike Mandell

Mike Mandell

Mike Mandell

Mike 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]
  • Ellsworth, GSA volleyball teams notch key wins

    Ellsworth, GSA volleyball teams notch key wins

    ELLSWORTH — Two local volleyball teams earned crucial wins in the standings with victories over the past week. Ellsworth avenged a winter/spring season-ending loss with a three-set victory over Hampden Academy in Thursday’s match at Ellsworth High School. George Stevens Academy rebounded from a tough loss last Tuesday against Mount Desert Island with victories Thursday

  • MDI football rolls past Orono at UMaine for 1st 8-man win

    MDI football rolls past Orono at UMaine for 1st 8-man win

    ORONO — Brendan Graves couldn’t believe it when he first learned he would be playing at Alfond Stadium. No stage in the Pine Tree State is bigger for football players than the University of Maine’s home stadium, the state’s largest at a capacity of 10,000. So when the Mount Desert Island junior learned that his

  • GSA boys’ soccer toughs out wins over Ellsworth, MDI

    GSA boys’ soccer toughs out wins over Ellsworth, MDI

    BLUE HILL — Making his way toward the George Stevens Academy bench, Ben Hallett was completely gassed. As he exited Tuesday’s boys’ soccer game against Mount Desert Island, Hallett, a member of the GSA boys’ soccer team, had played the bulk of two 80-minute soccer games in just over 24 hours. After going toe to

  • Ellsworth, Bucksport girls’ soccer teams win big

    Ellsworth, Bucksport girls’ soccer teams win big

    BUCKSPORT — Two local girls’ soccer teams picked up big wins in their recent contests with one squad continuing an early-season scoring spree and another opening the campaign with two decisive victories. The Ellsworth girls’ team kicked off its 2021 season Wednesday with a 6-1 win over George Stevens Academy before posting a 6-0 victory

  • COVID-19 wipes out Week 2 Hancock County football slate

    COVID-19 wipes out Week 2 Hancock County football slate

    ELLSWORTH — COVID-19 troubles late this week have wiped out Hancock County’s entire Week 2 high school football schedule. Ellsworth/Sumner’s home game against Camden Hills, Bucksport’s home matchup against Poland and Mount Desert Island’s home battle with Morse are all off for this week. The games, all three of which were originally set to kick

  • GSA volleyball team hits stride late to top Ellsworth

    GSA volleyball team hits stride late to top Ellsworth

    ELLSWORTH — This is the season the George Stevens Academy volleyball team has been waiting for. For a few years now, GSA has been developing its young volleyball program with the goal of building one of the state’s premier small-school teams. After a 13-3 season in 2019 and an undefeated winter/spring intersession season earlier this

  • Bucks, Trojans, Eagles fall as regular season football returns

    Bucks, Trojans, Eagles fall as regular season football returns

    WINTHROP — After 650 days, regular season high school football games have been played in the state of Maine once again. The Bucksport, Mount Desert Island and Ellsworth/Sumner football teams opened their seasons with defeats in this weekend’s contests. The Golden Bucks fell on the road Friday night against Winthrop, and the Trojans and Eagles

  • Ellsworth girls’ soccer team enters new season red-hot

    Ellsworth girls’ soccer team enters new season red-hot

    ELLSWORTH — The goals just don’t stop coming. Throughout the Ellsworth girls’ soccer team’s two-week preseason slate, the net has seemed to be as wide as the goal line for a prolific attacking unit. From six goals to nine goals to 10, it’s been hard to keep track of just how many times the Eagles

  • EHS volleyball team back in form after short offseason

    EHS volleyball team back in form after short offseason

    ELLSWORTH — Of all the sports dealt unusual hands at Ellsworth High School last year, volleyball might have been turned upside-down the most. Plenty of volleyball was played at Ellsworth and other schools offering the sport, which was played on a limited basis outdoors in the fall before a competitive season was held in March

  • Washington Academy drops football team for 2021 season

    Washington Academy drops football team for 2021 season

    EAST MACHIAS — A Downeast football team that had been scheduled to face two Hancock County teams this year will not be playing this season. Washington Academy informed fellow teams Thursday morning of its decision not to field a football team in 2021. The East Machias school made the decision after it had been reduced