Sports Shorts

Indoor track  

BREWER — Members of the Mount Desert Island indoor track team competed in their third competitions of the season last week. 

Last Thursday, MDI’s throwers traveled to Brewer to compete in the shot put. The Trojans’ Archer Hill (42 feet, 6 1/2 inches) and Ethan Harkins (40 feet, 11 inches) took a respective first and second in the boys’ competition, and Logan Closson (29 feet, 1/2 inch) placed fourth in the girls’ event. 

On Friday, MDI traveled to Ellsworth to compete in jumping events. Miles Burr cleared 5 feet, 2 inches to place 10th in the boys’ competition, and Delaney Sweeney cleared 4 feet, 2 inches to claim 10th on the girls’ side. 

MDI athletes also competed in the long and triple jumps for the first time this season. Hill finished fifth of 30 competitors in the boys’ long jump with a distance of 8 feet, 11 1/2 inches, and Sweeney (29 feet, 8 1/4 inches) and Jon Genrich (41 feet, 3 inches) claimed 17th and ninth in the boys’ and girls’ long jump, respectively. 

Distance events were not held last week as a result of anticipated cold temperatures throughout the region. Those events had been scheduled to take place Tuesday but were called off ahead of the impending snowstorm. 

MDI throwers will return to Brewer for the final regular season competition on Feb. 18 at 5 p.m. Jumpers will compete at Ellsworth at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19. 


Volleyball practice 

BAR HARBOR — The Mount Desert Island volleyball team is set to begin its winter/spring season with practices Monday, Feb. 22. 

The team will hold tryouts from 6-8 p.m. Monday, 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24, 5:30-7:30 p.m. next Friday, Feb. 26, and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. next Saturday, Feb. 27. Practices will continue through early March before the team begins a 10-match schedule against local opponents. 

Those participating in other winter sports are not precluded from participating in volleyball. Future practice times are dependent on gymnasium availability with current winter sports teams also in need of the school’s facilities. 

Volleyball, the lone indoor fall sport, could not be played indoors during the fall season. Teams instead played modified outdoor seasons that ran from late September through late October. 

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]

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