Athlete of the Week: Giovanni McKenzie! Although he didn’t qualify for the Jamaican national team, former Mount Desert Island track and field standout Giovanni McKenzie made the island proud with his strong triple jump effort in Olympic qualifying. With his second jump in last week’s qualifiers, he jumped a distance of 47.6 feet. The 2017 MDI graduate won a state indoor title and a Penobscot Valley Conference outdoor title. PHOTO COURTESY OF MDI HIGH SCHOOL

Sports Shorts: MDI summer basketball, Athlete of the Week

MDI summer basketball 

ELLSWORTH — The Mount Desert Island boys’ basketball team has begun play in a summer league at Ellsworth High School.  

Games began Friday afternoon and will continue through mid to late July. MDI will be competing against teams from Ellsworth, Bucksport, George Stevens Academy, Sumner, Jonesport-Beals, Narraguagus and Searsport. 

MDI’s first team played Monday night against Sumner and Wednesday evening against GSA. The Trojans will be back in action for games Wednesday, July 7, against Ellsworth B (6 p.m.), July 12 against Searsport (6 p.m.), July 14 against Jonesport-Beals (7 p.m.), July 19 against Narraguagus (6 p.m.) and July 21 against GSA (6 p.m.). 

The MDI B team faced Narraguagus on Monday and was set to face GSA on Wednesday. The B squad will face Jonesport-Beals at 7 p.m. Monday, Searsport at 5 p.m. Wednesday, GSA at 5 p.m. July 12, Ellsworth B at 8 p.m. July 14, Bucksport at 7 p.m. July 19, Sumner at 5 p.m. July 21 and Jonesport-Beals at 8 p.m. July 26.  

Fans are welcome to attend games for a $1 admission. Masks are recommended for unvaccinated spectators. 


Giovanni McKenzie.

MDI alum in Olympic qualifying 

BAR HARBOR — Mount Desert Island track and field alum Giovanni McKenzie recently competed in Olympic qualifying for the Jamaican national team. 

McKenzie, a 2017 MDI graduate, took part in the triple jump for Team Jamaica. He failed to qualify in the event but recorded a distance of 14.05 meters (47.6 feet) to place 12th overall. 

McKenzie was a senior on MDI’s state title-winning indoor and Penobscot Valley Conference-winning outdoor teams in 2017. He won the state indoor title in the triple jump with a distance of 42-8 and the PVC outdoor title in the event with a distance of 41-10 1/2. 

Currently, McKenzie is a senior at Keizer University in West Palm Beach, Fla. He set a school record in the event this year with a triple jump distance of 14.26 meters (46 feet, 9 1/4 inches). 

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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