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, Bucksport wrestling teams have successful weekends

    Ellsworth, Bucksport wrestling teams have successful weekends

    ELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth and Bucksport wrestling teams both performed well in their respective meets Saturday. The Eagles won two of their three matches in Belfast, and the Golden Bucks had three wrestlers who topped their weight classes in Howland. Ellsworth beat Belfast 42-36, topped Oceanside 42-26 and lost to Medomak Valley 37-30. Ellsworth captains Trent Goodman, Peyton

  • Ellsworth boys’ basketball dominates in opening game

    Ellsworth boys’ basketball dominates in opening game

    ELLSWORTH — With every passing minute, Peter Austin’s smile got wider. For Austin, the head coach of the Ellsworth boys’ basketball team, that doesn’t happen very much. He’s usually more stoic when he watches his team, but with the way the Eagles played Saturday night, he couldn’t help it. Every time the Eagles shot the

  • GSA boys out to defend state title

    GSA boys out to defend state title

    BLUE HILL — The best peek into George Stevens Academy boys’ basketball team’s mindset can’t be found on a basketball court or in the locker room. Instead, you’ll have to go to an old, rusty attic. Across from the entrance to the GSA gymnasium is a set of stairs that looks as if it leads

  • Santa Walk/Run has another successful year

    Santa Walk/Run has another successful year

    ELLSWORTH — It’s not officially winter just yet, but from the cold weather to folks dressed in Santa costumes and the smell of hot chocolate in the air, it sure felt like it early Sunday. Nearly 100 contestants from all across Hancock County flocked to Ellsworth early in the morning for the fifth annual Santa

  • Ellsworth boys go small for regional title defense

    Ellsworth boys go small for regional title defense

    ELLSWORTH — When Peter Austin takes a look at his players, he doesn’t have to tilt his head very high. He knows his Ellsworth boys’ basketball team, which won the Class B Northern Maine title last year before losing to Lake Region in the state championship game, has a chance at another good season in

  • Ellsworth softball coach Rick Roberts to step down

    Ellsworth softball coach Rick Roberts to step down

    ELLSWORTH — Rick Roberts has spent the better part of two decades coaching the Ellsworth softball team, but there’s one thing that’s always bothered him. Since moving to Ellsworth 18 years ago, Roberts has run coaching clinics for pitchers in the area at Ellsworth Elementary-Middle School. During offseasons, though, Maine Principals’ Association guidelines have put him

  • Ellsworth football to end cooperative agreement with Sumner

    Ellsworth football to end cooperative agreement with Sumner

    ELLSWORTH — Five seasons after joining forces with Sumner Memorial High School to revive its dormant football program, the Ellsworth Eagles are ready to fly solo. Ellsworth will compete as its own football program for the first time in 62 years when it ends its partnership with Sumner prior to the 2017 season. The details

  • Bucksport football season ends with loss to MCI

    Bucksport football season ends with loss to MCI

    PITTSFIELD — A sea of yellow helmets in mid-air dissipated as soon as it came together. There was no waiting for the Bucksport football team this time. No more than 30 seconds after players and coaches left the handshake line after a loss to Maine Central Institute, the team huddled near its bench. It wasn’t