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first_img Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 Latest Posts MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 Biocenter_img BLUE HILL — After opening the season on a difficult course in Aroostook County, a setting closer to home gave Louie Luchini’s Ellsworth cross-country team a bit of a reprieve.On Sept. 12, the Eagles began their 2019 campaign on a hilly, open-air course in Presque Isle. With the wind blowing and grass all throughout the 3.1-mile stretch, the race to the finish line was, by cross-country standards at least, a slow one.When the Eagles competed in their second meet of the year Friday, though, they did so on a Blue Hill course that had none of the aforementioned challenges. With a dirt track covering much of the course, a flat terrain and no wind in their faces, this environment required runners to take a much different approach.“Presque Isle is brutal, and then you come here, and it’s just completely different,” Luchini said. “It’s flat, and you’re going to get a lot of fast times.”This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textSuch was certainly the case in Friday’s George Stevens Academy Invitational, which drew runners from Ellsworth, GSA, Bucksport, Mount Desert Island, Deer Isle-Stonington and Searsport. Even as the waning New England summer cranked out one last hot day, competitors from all six schools posted fasted times on and around the Blue Hill Fairgrounds track.The meet began with the girls’ race, which GSA freshman Thea Crowley won with a time of 19 minutes, 21 seconds. Her time was 31 seconds faster than that of the second-place finisher, Ellsworth senior Caitlin MacPherson.“We knew Thea was fast because she ran against some of the best runners from Orono in her last meet and was right there with them,” GSA head coach Todd Eckenfelder said. “Even as a freshman, she’s the full package already. She’s pretty competitive, too.”Freshmen Casey Carter of Ellsworth and Piper Soares of Mount Desert Island sprint to the finish line during the GSA Invitational girls’ race Sept. 20 in Blue Hill. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLThe girls’ team event, though, went to MDI. The post-race awards ceremony was a sea of green uniforms with the Trojans’ Katelyn Osborne, Grace Munger, Olivia Johnson, Callan Eason, Rachelle Swanson taking places 3-7 and Cassidy Hanscom and Piper Soares finishing ninth and 10th, respectively. Ellsworth finished with 46 points to take second, and GSA recorded 87 to place third.On the boys’ side, both the individual and team competitions came down to the wire. The race for first was decided by a mere three seconds with Ellsworth Nick Cormier (16:41) beating out GSA’s Sol Lorio (16:44), and the team event saw GSA finish with 38 points to top Ellsworth’s 42 and MDI’s 48 in a close battle.“There are some really good runners in Hancock County right now, and I think we saw that in both races,” Luchini said. “Some of those races to the finish went all the way down to the finish line, and there were runners from every school who did well.”For Bucksport, Micah Hileman placed eighth in the 64-runner field with a time of 17:30. Henry Penfold of Deer Isle-Stonington finished in 18:10 to place 16th.In all, 38 runners surpassed the 20-minute mark. Even on an ideal course for such fast times, the sheer quantity of remarkable performances surprised even the host team’s head coach.“When we get together every week, we set goals and ask our kids what kind of times they want to run,” Eckenfelder said. “I think every one of our top runners exceeded what their goals were, so I couldn’t be happier.”With runners from every school but Sumner competing, the event was a preview of sorts for next month’s Hancock County championships. Although that meet will be held in Sullivan, competing against fields similar to what they’ll face in three weeks’ time has at least given these runners ideas of what they’ll be facing when that time comes.“It is pretty much going to be the same teams, and it’ll be interesting to see who gets faster and who stays the same,” Eckenfelder said. “This time of year, every team out there knows they have work to do to improve.” Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 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

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first_imgUpdate on the latest sports TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s professional baseball and soccer leagues will begin allowing fans this week. Soccer and baseball officials say the first day with fans will be Friday. The maximum number will be 5,000 or 50% of stadium capacity, whichever is smaller. Officials say they plan to allow stadiums to be filled to 50% capacity beginning on Aug. 1. Japan has largely held the coronavirus in check with only 1,000 deaths it a country of 126 million. The United States has reported 130,000 deaths with a population of about 330 million. However, new cases have increased recently in Tokyo. New cases on Sunday in Tokyo topped 100 for the fourth straight day.JAPAN-TOKYO GOVERNOR July 6, 2020 SKOREA-TRIATHLETE’S DEATHSKorean officials vow to look into triathlete’s abuse claimsSEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Top South Korean officials have offered a public apology and vowed to delve into the death of a triathlete who had repeatedly told government and sports bodies she had been abused by her team coach and others. Sports Minister Park Yang-woo told lawmakers he “feels heavy responsibility” for Choi Suk-hyeon’s death and apologized to her bereaved family and the South Korean public. A team of investigators was formed to look into why authorities didn’t properly respond to the athlete’s petitions about the alleged abuse. Two former teammates said they had been abused as well. The team coach denied the accusations.REAL MADRIDRefereeing criticism increases as Madrid nears Spanish title After a weekend spent stoking division, Trump wrongly accused Bubba Wallace of perpetrating “a hoax” after one of his crew members discovered a rope shaped like a noose in a garage stall. Federal authorities ruled last month that the rope had been hanging there since at least last October and was not a hate crime. Trump is asking whether Wallace has “apologized to all of those great NASCAR drivers & officials who came to his aid.”GIANTS-SANDOVAL’S SIZEGiants manager Kapler: Pablo Sandoval’s weight not an issue LONDON (AP) — British sprinter Bianca Williams and her partner have accused London police of racial profiling after officers stopped and searched the couple’s car. Williams and Portuguese sprinter Ricardo dos Santos are both Black and were stopped in their Mercedes on Saturday. The 26-year-old Williams says Metropolitan police “put out a fabricated report” about driving on the wrong side of the road. Video of the incident has circulated on social media. Police say nothing illegal was found and no arrests were made. Police say they reviewed footage and “are satisfied that there are no misconduct issues.” BLAGG RETIRESBritish diver Blagg retires at 23 because of shoulder injuryLONDON (AP) — British diver Alicia Blagg says she is retiring from the sport because of a shoulder injury that has ended her chances of competing in a third Olympics at next year’s Tokyo Games. The 23-year-old Blagg has won medals at the Commonwealth Games and European Championships but says “injury after injury” have taken a toll. Blagg had shoulder surgery in May 2019 to repair a torn labrum. She previously had two wrist surgeries. Blagg competed at the London and Rio de Janeiro Olympics. She hoped to recover from the shoulder surgery and qualify for the Toyko Games.center_img Tokyo governor, Abe say they’ll cooperate on virus, OlympicsTOKYO (AP) — Tokyo’s newly reelected governor and her political rival, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, have agreed to cooperate on handling the coronavirus outbreak to safely hold the Olympics next year. Gov. Yuriko Koike met with Abe a day after she was elected to her second term. Koike’s overwhelming victory was buoyed by public support for her handling of the virus pandemic despite a recent rise in infections in the capital region. Abe in contrast has seen his support eroded by perceived missteps and by political scandals. For now, Koike has denied speculation of her return to national politics. Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The San Francisco Giants expect Pablo Sandoval to be in baseball shape and ready to contribute when games begin later this month. Sandoval’s larger size and round middle have ignited the internet and brought out the body critics as baseball begins again. Manager Gabe Kapler expressed empathy for the scrutiny Sandoval faces over his fluctuating weight and is confident the 2012 World Series MVP can make an impact as both an infielder, switch-hitting slugger off the bench or as designated hitter.JAPAN-ALLOWING FANSJapanese soccer and baseball to start allowing fans at games MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid is again being accused of benefiting from the referees as it gets closer to the Spanish league title. Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu is the latest to take a shot after Madrid won this weekend with a controversial video review decision. It was the latest VAR ruling to favor Madrid since the league resumed following the coronavirus pandemic. Bartomeu says “in many games VAR hasn’t been fair and has always favored one team.” He didn’t dismiss the notion that Madrid is ahead in the standings thanks to VAR.BRITISH SPRINTER-POLICEBritish Sprinter accuses London police of racial profiling Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditTRUMP-BUBBA WALLACETrump lashes out at NASCAR, Bubba Wallace over flag, ropeWASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is criticizing NASCAR for banning the Confederate flag at its races and is going after its only Black driver. last_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Published on January 13, 2019 at 7:07 pm Contact Michael: [email protected] | @MikeJMcClearycenter_img Quentin Hillsman was frustrated. Though his star point guard Tiana Mangakahia had her share of brilliant moments throughout the season, he had a game plan for North Carolina. He talked to her about it, but it seemed as if she didn’t listen. Multiple times, she missed players up the floor in transition: an emphasis of her and Hillsman’s, whose quick-trigger offense relies on the ability to get the ball down the court. And quick.Hillsman yelled. And Mangakahia heard it all game. She knew she wasn’t doing everything right. Maybe it even held her back, Hillsman said after the Orange’s (14-2, 3-0 Atlantic coast) 90-77 win over North Carolina (9-8, 0-3). He trudged to the scorer’s table, convinced his point guard played “awful.” But then he saw the stats.“I probably should be quiet,” Hillsman joked.“Because she’s…” he stopped, doubled over and chuckled. “34, 10 and 10. I don’t know what I’m talking about.”Mangakahia’s 34-point, 10-rebound and 10-assist triple-double is the first triple-double of that fashion in Syracuse history and the fourth triple-double all time. When the Orange were challenged by the pace of play early in the game, Mangakahia responded and took control. Through its star point guard, Syracuse tallied its lowest turnover total of the season and extended its winning streak to eight with its third-straight ACC win.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThis isn’t the first time Mangakahia’s brilliance stole the attention: Sunday’s scoring was her season-high point total, and the fifth 20-point game of the season for the pass-first guard, who said she’s the best “true point guard” in the ACC. Between Mangakahia’s takeovers, her ability to control a game’s pace remains an important facet of Hillsman’s directive.Susie Teucsher | Digital Design EditorIn the preseason, Hillsman and associate head coach Vonn Read didn’t hesitate to downplay how an improved frontcourt would slow the game down for the Orange. SU would play fast, as they usually do.North Carolina tried to cheat, though. Knowing well of Syracuse’s pace, UNC guards leaked out behind the SU defense for open looks in transition. Hillsman wasn’t surprised and said it’s a game plan that showed in UNC’s tape from games earlier in the season and in past years. Syracuse caught a couple of early breaks: a wide-open missed layup, and another one a few possessions later led to SU conversions on the other end that halted the Tar Heels’ speed. Coupled with the best first-half 3-point performance in program history (Mangakahia said all game UNC gave SU shooters too much space), the Orange grabbed an early lead and went to the break up 19.But at halftime, the quick plays, the abandoned rebound attempts, the wide open transition looks continued. SU’s lead fell to 11 — timeout SU. Then seven — another stoppage. SU needed a new strategy.“We sometimes come in not ready to go and the teams are able to come back on us,” Digna Strautmane said. “I feel like we need to be more ready.”But a new strategy required the Orange to tap into a frequent contributor. The seismic shift of the game came in the likeliest of forms.  As the Orange settled, the pace of play fell to the hands of Mangakahia. It wasn’t the same play every time: there were some breakaways, there were some drives, there were some jumpers. But anyway she could, Mangakahia controlled the game.She completed passes far from the other side of the court, drove to the hoop and stepped into wide-open shots from the top of the key. Her and-one layup ignited the crowd and her slowed down play with the ball settled an SU offense that flirted with collapse. Hillsman said before the season he wanted balance. Mangakahia, who practiced her 3-pointer this summer to give her something to turn to at any point of the game, gave a lot of everything.Near the end of the fourth quarter, Strautmane leaked into the lane unguarded and jumped up, begging for the ball. But Mangakahia waved her off, smiled and pointed to Hillsman on the sideline. Time was running off the clock, that was the time to slow down. By the end of the game, the Orange once again found its pace. And it went at the speed of Mangakahia.“Last year, nobody knew who I was coming in. Now this season, everyone knew my kind of game. They knew I like to pass,” Mangakahia said. “I kind of like it when teams try to take me away from what I’m trying to do. I just push harder.”She paused and smiled: “Obviously, when things are going well I like it.”last_img read more

first_imgVALENCIA – They talk about the year that torrents of rain turned the posh Valencia Country Club greens to mush. And then there was the year of the whipping winds, and the year with the biting chill in the air. But checking a 15-day forecast that calls for perfect golf weather, this year the AT&T Champions Classic will be about the golf, said Peter De Young, director of the tournament that opens Monday at Valencia and stars professional golfers 50 and older. “Everyone keeps asking me, `What’s the weather?”‘ De Young said. “It looks like a fantastic forecast – after the last couple of years I was beginning to think we were snakebitten. I’ve got a long-range forecast that looks absolutely fantastic.” Debuting at the Champions Classic is Mark O’Meara, 16-time winner on the PGA Tour, who hit the Big 5-0 in January. Other events include Tuesday’s Pro-Junior Champions Challenge – a six-hole exhibition at 3 p.m. Tuesday – and the Classic Gala on Wednesday night at the Hyatt Valencia. Professional play begins Friday morning and runs through Sunday afternoon. The pros love coming to Valencia, in part, because host Hyatt Valencia backs up to the course and its centrally located to restaurants, De Young said. A favorite is Salt Creek Grill – but some come looking for that California treasure, In-N-Out. “I think the course really draws the players and more than the people know, the area draws the players,” he said. “If you just tell them we’re playing in Los Angeles, they think huge metro area, lots of traffic, lots of this and a lot of that. “When you say Valencia, they have their favorite restaurants, hotels. It doesn’t take much to please them. On the other hand, it doesn’t take much to really turn them off. “The city just sets it up so good for us.” Valencia is within the city of Santa Clarita, and the golf tour draws high-profile national attention as well as crowds that spend plenty of money in town. Last year’s tourney drew 40,000 visitors from as far away as Europe and Canada, said Jason Crawford, Santa Clarita’s film and tourism administrator. The 2006 Classic netted $7 million in local revenue – the city’s share came from sales and hotel taxes. “We’re thrilled they’re back and, like everyone, we’re just keeping an eye on the weather,” Crawford said. The city, he said, also is working to get visitors to stay a few extra days by billing the area as home of Six Flags Magic Mountain and several spas. The players often bring their families to the Classic and private parties are scheduled at the Hyatt, including a comedy night this year with Sinbad and a concert featuring singer Kenny Loggins. The tournament also will become a community affair, with scores of local volunteers helping out, local residents golfing with the celebs and thousands showing up to watch the pros play on one of the state’s finest courses. Spectators park at College of the Canyons and will be shuttled to the Tourney Road course. “The golf course is pretty special – it’s in the best shape I’ve ever seen it,” Crawford said. “The course should take center stage. Last year it didn’t get the mention that was due because last year was very, very cold. We were handing out ski hats to the players.” Golf Digest named the Valencia Country Club course one of the top 25 in California. This is the fifth year the club has hosted the Classic, and negotiations are continuing for a new five-year contract. [email protected] (661) 257-5251 Champions Tour The AT&T Champions Classic opens Monday. Tickets range from $15.90 for a day to $53 for a weeklong pass. Information is available by calling (661) 260-1897 or on the tournament Web site at attchampionsclassic.com. The Web site also offers a complete schedule of events as well as advance-ticket purchases. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! O’Meara helped design the nearby Valencia Tournament Players Club, a treacherous course just across Interstate 5 from the country club. “Every year there’s another big player,” De Young said. “It’s Mark O’Meara this year, one of the huge names in golf. He just turned 50; he said he wouldn’t miss it.” Tom Kite will defend his 2006 championship, heading a field of close to 80 “senior” golf pros. The purse is $1.4 million, with the winner slated to take home $240,000. Other big names include Ben Crenshaw, Hale Irwin, Jerry Pate, Fuzzy Zoeller, Loren Roberts and Jay Haas. The real winner may be Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, the tournament’s designated charity. The hospital was awarded $120,000 last year in proceeds from the pro-am. last_img