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.
  • Volleyball beats Cony

    Volleyball beats Cony

    BAR HARBOR — After beginning the season with two tough defeats, the Mount Desert Island High School volleyball team got a big boost of confidence over the weekend. MDI defeated Cony of Augusta in four sets Saturday afternoon at home. The win was the Trojans’ first of the season and was Corey Papadopoli’s first in

  • MDI Football downs Hampden

    MDI Football downs Hampden

    HAMPDEN — Mark Arnold had one goal when the Mount Desert Island football team began practice last week: Get tougher. The first-year MDI head coach was pleased with how his team had played against Oceanside, but he also felt the team needed to be more aggressive in the games to come. Starting with last Monday,

  • Soccer teams earn opening-week wins

    Soccer teams earn opening-week wins

    BAR HARBOR — The Mount Desert Island High School boys and girls soccer teams are hoping to return to the Class B North playoffs in 2018, and their campaigns to do so are off to good starts after opening-week victories. The MDI boys team opened its season last Tuesday when it played at home against

  • MDI volleyball falls to Calais in season opener

    MDI volleyball falls to Calais in season opener

    CALAIS — The Mount Desert Island volleyball team fell to a season-opening defeat on the road Friday at Calais Middle/High School. Calais posted a 25-12 win in the first set to take a 1-0 lead in the match. In the second and third sets, MDI held the Blue Devils but ultimately fell as the home

  • Cross-country posts strong season debut

    Cross-country posts strong season debut

    ELLSWORTH — The Mount Desert Island High School cross-country team has a small contingent, but had considerable success at its first meet, the Ellsworth Invitational Saturday. The girls’ team finished in third place in team scores, and the boys came in fourth. “We focused on team development and utilizing team racing tactics to achieve strong

  • Trojans fall to Oceanside Mariners

    BAR HARBOR — Handling a home loss in the first game of the season is never easy, but the Mount Desert Island football team sees the bigger picture. For a team comprised largely of sophomores and juniors, Friday’s opener against visiting Oceanside was one in which a young squad grew up fast. The Trojans stuck

  • MDI football edges Ellsworth

    MDI football edges Ellsworth

    BAR HARBOR — Hancock County’s first football game under the Friday night lights this year gave two rival schools one last chance to leave good preseason impressions. Whereas the visiting Ellsworth/Sumner Eagles returned the vast majority of the roster that led them to a historic playoff appearance last year, the Mount Desert Island Trojans brought

  • GT Outhouses defend Co-Ed Softball championship title

    GT Outhouses defend Co-Ed Softball championship title

    BAR HARBOR — Another Mount Desert Island Co-Ed Softball League season has passed, and the year has ended in a familiar manner. GT Outhouses claimed yet another MDI Co-Ed Softball League crown last Thursday with a victory over Edlund Ironworks in the championship game. The win marked a solid end to the year for GT

  • Swimmers make crossing to Great Cranberry

    Swimmers make crossing to Great Cranberry

    MOUNT DESERT — Three miles is a measure of distance. Depending on the mode of travel, it can seem instantaneous, endless or anything in between. Between water conditions and the exhausting nature that comes with any 3-mile swim, the stretch from Northeast Harbor to Great Cranberry Island is on the latter end of that spectrum.

  • Strong turnout for fall high school sports

    BAR HARBOR — With the end of August fast approaching, coaches, athletes and administrators at Mount Desert Island High School have been busy at all hours of the day. Whether it’s football and soccer in the wee hours of the morning or volleyball in the evening, practices in Bar Harbor are in full swing. Before