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 resumes sports after two-week hiatus

    MDI resumes sports after two-week hiatus

    Athletic activities have resumed at MDI following a two-week hiatus corresponding with AOS 91’s transition to in-person learning. The school held tryouts for winter sports early in the week with teams set to compete in their first competitions as early as this Friday, Jan. 22.

  • MDI sports still on pause

    MDI sports still on pause

    The wait for the resumption of sports at Mount Desert Island High School continues as the school gets set to conclude its second week of remote learning.

  • MDI athletics paused for two weeks as district goes remote

    MDI athletics paused for two weeks as district goes remote

    BAR HARBOR — After a brief resumption, sports at Mount Desert Island are now on hold once again. The new calendar year has begun with a delay to MDI’s winter sports season following AOS 91’s decision to move to remote learning for a period of two weeks. Athletic events and other extracurricular events at the

  • MDI remembers basketball legend and friend

    MDI remembers basketball legend and friend

    BAR HARBOR — A basketball legend all throughout New England, K.C. Jones was no stranger to folks on Mount Desert Island. Jones, who won eight NBA championships as a Boston Celtics player and two as the team’s head coach, was a frequenter of MDI and a longtime friend to many on the island. The Naismith

  • Pandemic uproots local sports 

    Pandemic uproots local sports 

    BAR HARBOR — For years, sports on Mount Desert Island have been a given. Then, in 2020, everything changed.  An entire season canceled; delays after delays to fall and winter practices and competitions; masked coaches, spectators (if allowed) and, in some, cases, athletes. Those images and many more told the story of a year with no precedent on

  • THE YEAR IN PICTURES: MDI swim teams win state titles

    THE YEAR IN PICTURES: MDI swim teams win state titles

    BAR HARBOR — Even after saying goodbye to a legendary coach, the Mount Desert Island swim team didn’t skip a beat in 2020. MDI claimed both boys’ and girls’ state titles last winter under first-year head coach David Blaney. The championship wins capped off perfect seasons for the Trojans, whose former coach, Tony DeMuro, stepped

  • MDI begins winter sports; DI-S to begin Thursday

    MDI begins winter sports; DI-S to begin Thursday

    BAR HARBOR — After months of uncertainty, the winter sports season is underway at Mount Desert Island High School. Mount Desert Island became the third high school in the area to begin winter sports when it held its first day of skills and conditioning exercises Monday. The first day of practices marked the end to

  • Team-based practices, scrimmages on hold until Jan. 4

    Team-based practices, scrimmages on hold until Jan. 4

    BAR HARBOR — As the return of certain in-person athletic activities nears, the wait for more formal team practices and events is set to go on a little longer. The Maine Principals’ Association announced Friday the delay of team-based practices and scrimmages until Jan. 4. The announcement means a wait of three additional weeks for