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/Sumner football shows improvement in loss to Houlton

    The Ellsworth/Sumner football team played what head coach Duane Crawford called the team’s best game of the season less than five minutes from the Canadian border on Friday night, but the Eagles fell to the Houlton Shiretowners 32-18. After falling behind 19-6 in the first half, Ellsworth/Sumner (0-3) scored a touchdown with less than a

  • Bucksport football loses to Dexter in defensive battle

    Bucksport football loses to Dexter in defensive battle

    DEXTER — It wasn’t a performance that delivered victory, but Joel Sankey was far from discouraged. As the sun beat down on the field after a hot Saturday game at Dexter High School, Sankey walked to the 50-yard line to meet with his players. After what he felt was a disappointing performance in the team’s 41-21 loss

  • Clarke leads Ellsworth boys’ soccer to OT win over GSA

    Clarke leads Ellsworth boys’ soccer to OT win over GSA

    ELLSWORTH — The moment didn’t unfold as Colby Clarke anticipated, but it ended with him being mobbed by fans and teammates. With a little over a minute remaining in the first overtime period of the Ellsworth boys’ soccer team’s home game against George Stevens Academy on Monday, Clarke carefully paced inside the penalty area as

  • Sumner volleyball overcomes heat to earn win over Bucksport

    Sumner volleyball overcomes heat to earn win over Bucksport

    BUCKSPORT — When Sumner volleyball coach Alisa Long’s players looked overwhelmed, she decided to improvise. Sumner had just lost a hard-fought first set against Bucksport on Friday, and some of the players looked tired. In a hot Bucksport gymnasium without air conditioning, it was difficult for either team to maintain focus. As the Sumner players

  • Ellsworth/Sumner football optimistic despite season-opening loss

    Ellsworth/Sumner football optimistic despite season-opening loss

    ELLSWORTH — As the Ellsworth/Sumner football players shook hands with Mattanawcook Academy following Friday night’s home game, the tones from both sides could hardly have been more different. While the visiting Lynx hooted and hollered as they headed toward the stadium’s north end zone, the Eagles let out sighs of frustration after a season-opening defeat.

  • Times change in Bucksport, but football remains king

    Times change in Bucksport, but football remains king

    BUCKSPORT — There’s not a sound to be heard at the Verso mill on this late-August afternoon, but that silence says more than sounds ever could. Aside from two cars, the parking lot here sits empty. There’s little more than overgrown plants and grass growing from the cracks in asphalt that hasn’t been touched since

  • Paul Lock takes charge as Ellsworth boys’ soccer coach

    Paul Lock takes charge as Ellsworth boys’ soccer coach

    ELLSWORTH — Paul Lock isn’t afraid to be unconventional, and the Ellsworth boys’ soccer team knows it. It was late in the afternoon, and Lock was watching his team conclude its daily practice. After about 10 minutes, he hatched an idea — an unorthodox one, perhaps, but one that would test the Eagles’ sense of

  • Bucksport football falls to Winslow in preseason game

    Bucksport football falls to Winslow in preseason game

    BUCKSPORT — All Sean Geagan could do was shake his head. With the Bucksport football team trailing Winslow 25-6 with just over 10 minutes to go in the third quarter of its first and only preseason game, Geagan, an assistant coach for the team, saw what everybody else could: The Golden Bucks only had nine

  • Higgins honored at Ellsworth alumni soccer game

    Higgins honored at Ellsworth alumni soccer game

    ELLSWORTH — The scene wasn’t familiar, but the face was. Moments after an announcement over the loudspeaker echoed his name, former Ellsworth boys’ soccer coach Brian Higgins trudged toward the middle of the high school’s football field — a field on which his teams had rarely, if ever, played. As Higgins looked out at the