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]
  • MDI summer sports programs delayed until Aug. 3

    MDI summer sports programs delayed until Aug. 3

    BAR HARBOR — Mount Desert Island High School athletes must wait until Aug. 3 after a decision by Hancock County’s school superintendents to suspend summer programs for four additional weeks.  Maine high schools were eligible to begin certain offseason workouts Monday after a long hiatus that included the total cancellation of the 2020 spring sports

  • Newly created fields have Acadia Fire back in business

    Newly created fields have Acadia Fire back in business

    LAMOINE — Thanks to some outside-the-box thinking, Acadia Fire Soccer Academy is back in business.  After losing its spring season to the novel coronavirus pandemic, Acadia Fire has returned to action via a nontraditional summer session that began June 3. Unable to play at its indoor facility, the club has found a viable alternative just five miles away from home.  Acadia Fire is

  • Acadian Youth Sports begins modified baseball season 

    Acadian Youth Sports begins modified baseball season 

    BAR HARBOR — The Little League season might be lost, but Acadian Youth Sports is still planning to bring baseball and softball to the Mount Desert Island area’s youth players in the coming weeks.  AYS will begin a modified version of the 2020 season on Saturday, June 20. The season will follow a kickoff skills clinic Saturday with

  • NFHS unveils guidelines for return to high school sports

    NFHS unveils guidelines for return to high school sports

    BAR HARBOR — It’s been three months since the last high school sporting event took place in the state of Maine. Three months from now, players, fans and coaches around the state are hoping a new season can provide much-needed cheer and relief to their communities.  In a normal year, such a wait entails a

  • Lobster Bowl canceled

    Lobster Bowl canceled

    SACO — There will be no Shrine Lobster Bowl this year after officials announced late Tuesday night that they would be canceling this summer’s game.  The Lobster Bowl, which features the top senior football players from across the state, pits East against West in an all-star game of sorts played at Thornton Academy’s Hill Stadium. This

  • MDI’s Osborne, Grierson to run at UMPI

    MDI’s Osborne, Grierson to run at UMPI

    BAR HARBOR — Two standout Mount Desert Island runners are taking their athletic careers 200 miles north.  Outgoing seniors Katelyn Osborne and Stephen Grierson will compete in track and field cross-country next year as they attend the University of Maine at Presque Isle. UMPI broke the news in a press release Thursday after both athletes committed

  • Budget crunch looms; revenue likely to fall short

    Budget crunch looms; revenue likely to fall short

    BAR HARBOR — In the midst of an economic downturn, the state of Maine and its hundreds of communities could have a bumpy road ahead of them.  As the novel coronavirus continues to take a financial toll throughout the country, states and municipalities are tasked with providing assistance and services to millions. Those localities are being

  • MPA Football Committee approves classification changes for 2020

    MPA Football Committee approves classification changes for 2020

    BAR HARBOR — Changes are coming to the Hancock County high school football scene in 2020 after Maine Principals’ Association Football Committee approved new classification changes Monday.  The new season will see 16 additional teams make the move from 11-man football to eight-man football. Ellsworth/Sumner was part of the new format last season, and the

  • MPA cancels spring sports season

    MPA cancels spring sports season

    BAR HARBOR — The inevitable has been confirmed.  The Maine Principals’ Association delivered heartbreaking news Thursday as it canceled the entire 2020 spring sports season. The decision followed Maine Department of Education Commissioner Pender Makin’s recommendation Tuesday that schools in the state employ remote learning for the remainder of the school year.  “It is with regret that the