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.
  • Shea wins veterans race

    Shea wins veterans race

    ELLSWORTH — Local veterans were among the many competitors at this year’s running of the Veterans Remembrance Road Race held Sunday morning in Ellsworth. A total of 127 walkers and runners competed in this year’s race, which was held behind the Down East Family YMCA. More than 20 of the participants were veterans. The top

  • MDI to revive wrestling program this season

    MDI to revive wrestling program this season

    BAR HARBOR — The high school sports scene at Mount Desert Island High School just got even bigger. MDI principal Matt Haney confirmed the return of its wrestling program Tuesday at the high school board meeting. The team will compete in Class B for the 2018-19 season, which will be its first since 2014-15. “We’re

  • Strong season for JV boys under new coach

    Strong season for JV boys under new coach

    BAR HARBOR — Playing at Mount Desert Island High School taught Max Mason a lot about soccer. Working for a professional sports franchise taught him a lot about player development. As a student at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst about three years ago, Mason, a 2013 MDI graduate, received an internship working for Major

  • JV volleyball posts winning 8-6 record

    JV volleyball posts winning 8-6 record

    BAR HARBOR — The 2018 season was one of new faces for the Mount Desert Island High School volleyball program, and the school’s junior varsity team was at the heart of the changes. Following the 2017 season, both the varsity and JV programs made coaching changes. Richard Grant left the post after one season as

  • Big weekend for local runners across Northeast

    Big weekend for local runners across Northeast

    ELLSWORTH — With the sun setting earlier and temperatures dropping with each passing day, Maine running enthusiasts made the most out of the first November weekend by hitting their favorite trails and courses. From nearby Sullivan to New York City, local runners competed in races of all distances across the northeastern United States. Cold, rainy

  • JV girls’ soccer produces strong year in return season

    JV girls’ soccer produces strong year in return season

    BAR HARBOR — Amanda Munro last coached at Mount Desert Island High School 15 years ago. A last-minute decision as the school was set to begin fall sports practices this year brought her back into the fold. When tryouts for the varsity girls soccer team took place Aug. 16, Munro’s daughter, Ayli, was there trying

  • Girls finish 5-9-1

    Girls finish 5-9-1

    CARIBOU — The Mount Desert Island High School varsity girls soccer team fell to Caribou 0-2 Saturday afternoon in a preliminary playoff game. Jocelyn Hartin and Willow Whitten provided the goals to lead the fifth-ranked Vikings (8-4-3) past the No. 12 Trojans. The team finished 5-9-1, ending the year on a nine-game winless streak after

  • Football blasts Belfast

    Football blasts Belfast

    BAR HARBOR — The Mount Desert Island football team’s season didn’t end with the playoff berth the team wanted. It did end with one of the team’s best performances to date. MDI won 56-14 on the road against Belfast on Friday in what turned out to be the team’s season finale. The win marked an

  • Boys fall to Caribou

    Boys fall to Caribou

    BAR HARBOR — The Mount Desert Island High School boys soccer team ended their 2018 season with a road playoff loss against Caribou Tuesday, but first came a hard-fought playoff win with a shutout victory Friday against Hermon. The ninth-ranked MDI boys earned a trip to the quarterfinals Saturday with a 3-0 road win over