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.
  • JV boys cap off season with dramatic comeback

    JV boys cap off season with dramatic comeback

    BAR HARBOR — No matter the sport, teams all over the world are taught to play until the final seconds tick off the clock. In its regular season finale this year, the Mount Desert Island High School junior varsity boys’ basketball team showed why. On Feb. 7, MDI and Ellsworth took to the floor at

  • It’s shootout time! Great Harbor Shootout is here

    It’s shootout time! Great Harbor Shootout is here

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — With the varsity season now in the rearview mirror, Mount Desert Island is set to host another edition of one of Maine’s biggest basketball tournaments. This year’s edition of the Great Harbor Shootout will begin Friday, March 15, and conclude with the championship games Sunday, March 17. The tournament is a fundraiser

  • New England championships close out indoor track season

    New England championships close out indoor track season

    BAR HARBOR — The Mount Desert Island High School indoor track team brought its 2018-19 season to a close Saturday when five athletes competed at the New England championships at Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center in Boston. Junior Zoe Olson (girls’ 1,000-meter run) and senior Gilbert Isaacs (boys’ shot put) competed individually for MDI,

  • MDI falls to Gray-New Gloucester in state title game

    MDI falls to Gray-New Gloucester in state title game

    PORTLAND — It was a spirited effort, but the return of high school basketball’s Gold Ball return to Mount Desert Island must wait. The MDI High School girls’ team the season as Class B runner-up Saturday with a 43-30 loss to Gray-New Gloucester at Cross Insurance Arena in Portland. The game marked the end for

  • Boys first, girls third at swim state championships

    Boys first, girls third at swim state championships

    By Glenn Jordan, Portland Press Herald and Mike Mandell, mmandell@mdislander.com ORONO — The Mount Desert Island High School boys swim and dive team won the Class B state championships at the University of Maine Saturday, earning the team title for the second year in a row. Two days later, the Trojan girls finished third of 21 teams

  • Stout defense powers girls’ quarterfinal win over MCI

    Stout defense powers girls’ quarterfinal win over MCI

    BANGOR — The Mount Desert Island High School girls’ basketball team’s senior class has won plenty of games over the years, but life at the Cross Insurance Center hasn’t been nearly as kind to the Trojans. Three years ago, this year’s seniors were freshman when the second-ranked Trojans were upset by Hermon in the Class

  • Boys fall to Ellsworth in quarterfinals

    Boys fall to Ellsworth in quarterfinals

    BANGOR — This time, it wasn’t meant to be. The Mount Desert Island High School boys’ basketball team saw its 2018-19 season come to an end Friday with a 71-48 loss to Ellsworth at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. The loss snapped the Trojans’ six-game winning streak in the rivalry. Ellsworth got out to a