Articles by: Taylor Vortherms

Taylor Vortherms

Taylor Vortherms

Sports Editor at The Ellsworth American
Taylor Vortherms covers sports in Hancock County. The St. Louis, Missouri native recently graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism and joined The Ellsworth American in 2013.
  • Acadia Fire soccer team sees State Cup action

    Acadia Fire soccer team sees State Cup action

    TRENTON — This year’s U12 coed Acadia Fire soccer team was just the second one in the academy’s eight-year history to make it to the State Cup. The team also was the only one in the league of some eight teams to have girls on its roster. Sixth graders Lelia Weir of Bar Harbor and

  • Runner with Parkinson’s trains for Boston Marathon

    Runner with Parkinson’s trains for Boston Marathon

    LAMOINE — Michael Westphal’s finish in last summer’s Great Run marathon on Great Cranberry Island resembled something out of a movie. The 58-year-old runner, who has been battling Parkinson’s disease for almost a decade, approached the finish line of the 26.2-mile course to music, bells and cheers. But spectators fell quiet when Westphal lost his

  • Runner with Parkinson’s races for a cure

    Runner with Parkinson’s races for a cure

    GREAT CRANBERRY ISLAND — A few years ago, Michael Westphal fielded an unexpected question while grocery shopping. “Why are you dancing?” asked a 4-year-old girl in the Hannaford aisle. She was referring to Westphal’s excessive movement, or dyskinesia — a side effect of the medication he takes for his Parkinson’s disease. “Oh,” Westphal began, “I

  • Coastal Advances to final in District 1 11-12 baseball

    Coastal Advances to final in District 1 11-12 baseball

    BLUE HILL — Coastal defeated Calais 14-2 in a semifinals matchup of the District 1 Little League All-Star baseball tournament for ages 11-12 on Sunday. Coastal’s Memphis Parker logged nine strikeouts in three and a half innings. Parker Allen recorded a double, a single and three RBIs. Caden Mattson chipped in with two singles and

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