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 mmandell@ellsworthamerican.com.
  • Girls beat Presque Isle, fall to Hermon

    Girls beat Presque Isle, fall to Hermon

    BAR HARBOR — In the opening days of the 2019 soccer season, the Mount Desert Island High School girls’ team has gotten two tough tests out of the way early. MDI is 1-1 on the season after opening against a pair of strong Penobscot Valley Conference opponents. The Trojans began the 2019 campaign with a

  • Cross-country poised for big season

    Cross-country poised for big season

    BAR HARBOR — In all the years she’s coached, Desiree Sirois can’t remember a bigger Mount Desert Island High School cross-country team than this. Cross-country has always been at or near the top of MDI fall sports in terms of participation with a team of 30 or so students. This year, the Trojans are 38

  • Team looks to build on strong end to 2018 season

    Team looks to build on strong end to 2018 season

    BAR HARBOR — Last fall, one year removed from their second consecutive No. 1 playoff seed and Northern Maine title game, the Mount Desert Island High School football team had their hands full entering 2018 as they had to replace one of their largest and most accomplished senior classes along with a legendary head coach.

  • Nelson sweeps at Claremont Classic

    Nelson sweeps at Claremont Classic

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Playing in an unusually late Claremont Croquet Classic, Dave Nelson’s mastery of the sport reached a new level. This year’s edition of the tournament, which typically takes place the first full week of August, was instead held the second full week of the month. Players came from Maine and all over the

  • 40 compete in Bill Reeve Echo Lake Swim

    40 compete in Bill Reeve Echo Lake Swim

    MOUNT DESERT — With the rain holding off until afternoon, the weather Saturday morning was just right for this year’s Bill Reeve Echo Lake Swim, organized by the Downeast Family YMCA. Forty swimmers competed in this year’s event, which consisted of 500-yard and 1.5-mile swims. The event drew 16 500-yard swimmers and 29 1.5-mile swimmers

  • Former Claremont Classic standout becomes world croquet champ

    Former Claremont Classic standout becomes world croquet champ

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — No matter where he goes, the Claremont Hotel holds a special place in Ben Rothman’s heart. Between the view of the Somes Sound and the scores of people looking on every August during the Claremont Croquet Classic, there are few venues this world croquet standout loves more. Even now, 13 years after

  • American Legion team matches best-ever tournament finish

    American Legion team matches best-ever tournament finish

    BANGOR — From start to finish, 2019 has been a banner year for baseball at all levels across Hancock County. On July’s final day, some of the top local players finished it with one last hurrah. The Trenton Acadians concluded their 2019 season Wednesday with an appearance in the American Legion state championship game at

  • Acadian teams reach semifinals in 21st Annual Marty Lyons Classic

    Acadian teams reach semifinals in 21st Annual Marty Lyons Classic

    BAR HARBOR — Little League teams from across the state came to Bar Harbor over the weekend for the 21st annual Marty Lyons Classic. Caribou Little League and Messalonskee Little League won the 9-10 and 11-12 brackets, respectively, with the Acadian Little League teams also putting forth strong showings in both age brackets. Locally, Acadian’s