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]
  • MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring 

    MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring 

    BAR HARBOR — At long last, the verdict is in.  High school sports will be offered in Maine this fall after the Maine Principals’ Association received approval from state agencies on a framework for a 2020 season, though not all activities have been cleared to return. Golf, cross-country, field hockey and soccer will be offered with

  • MDI to make decision Sept. 10 as fall sports season stalls 

    MDI to make decision Sept. 10 as fall sports season stalls 

    BAR HARBOR — One week into September, the wait for a final decision on the 2020 fall sports season continues.  The Maine Principals’ Association elected last Wednesday to delay the start of the fall season by one additional week. The decision came a day after the high school sports governing body received a letter from state

  • Fall sports in limbo 

    Fall sports in limbo 

    BAR HARBOR — The Maine Principals’ Association has given sports the OK to return — but the governing body must revise its plan before any athletic activities can take place this fall.  The MPA last Thursday unanimously approved a decision to go forward with a 2020 fall sports season. Yet on Tuesday, the return of high school sports was dealt a

  • MPA approves fall sports season, but hurdles still remain

    MPA approves fall sports season, but hurdles still remain

    BAR HARBOR — The Maine Principals’ Association has given sports the OK to return, but additional steps must be taken before high school athletics can be held in Maine this fall. The MPA on Thursday unanimously approved a decision to go forward with a 2020 fall sports season. Yet the state will have to review

  • MPA expected to make fall sports decision today 

    BAR HARBOR — The Maine Principals’ Association is expected to make a decision on the status of the 2020 fall sports season today, Aug. 27.  The season, which was originally scheduled to begin with practices Aug. 17 and the first countable games, matches and meets Sept. 5, is currently slated to begin with practices Sept. 8 and the

  • Fall sports delayed

    Fall sports delayed

    BAR HARBOR — Fall sports will start later than originally planned after the Maine Principals’ Association delayed the start of the 2020 season last Tuesday.  Practices will now begin Sept. 8, three weeks later than the original start date of Aug. 17. To account for the change, the date teams are eligible to hold their first countable games, matches and meets

  • 2020 MDI grad revamps childhood baseball field

    2020 MDI grad revamps childhood baseball field

    BAR HARBOR — Nick Corson has fond memories of playing baseball on the little field in Town Hill.  When he was a kid, Corson, a recent graduate of Mount Desert Island High School, used to go to the tiny field sandwiched between the village’s playground and fire station on a daily basis. The field, a mere

  • Langley takes Republican primary in Senate 7 race

    Langley takes Republican primary in Senate 7 race

    ELLSWORTH — Republican Brian Langley of Ellsworth will advance to the general election with a comfortable win in the District 7 Republican primary. He will face incumbent and Democratic candidate Louis Luchini in the November General Election. With all of Hancock County reporting, Langley, owner of Union River Lobster Pot in Ellsworth and a former

  • MRC strikes deal to send trash to PERC

    MRC strikes deal to send trash to PERC

    ELLSWORTH — A temporary solution for waste disposal has been reached following the closure of a plant that processed trash and recycling for numerous Hancock County and eastern Maine communities.  The Municipal Review Committee announced in a virtual town hall last Wednesday that the Coastal Resources of Maine site in Hampden had been cleared of all waste and

  • 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