MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 ELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth girls’ basketball team bounced back from a heartbreaking loss Saturday against Presque Isle with a win Monday against John Bapst.At Eastern Maine Community College, Ellsworth (9-6) got 17 points from Trinity Montigny in a 37-32 victory over Bapst. The Eagles trailed 14-13 at halftime but outscored the home team 15-8 in the third quarter to pull away and avenge last year’s season-ending loss to the Crusaders (8-6) in the Northern Maine preliminary round.The win pushed Ellsworth from 11th place to 10th place in the Class B North standings. It also gave the tourney-bound Eagles the signature win they team had been seeking after narrow losses to top contenders throughout the year.“We needed that,” Ellsworth head coach Andy Pooler said.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe game followed Ellsworth’s double-overtime loss Saturday afternoon against Presque Isle. The Eagles and Wildcats were virtually inseparable for four quarters Saturday with both teams hitting numerous clutch shots before the visitors ultimately pulled out a 65-62 win.Ellsworth led top-ranked Presque Isle (13-3) 7-5 through one quarter of play after holding the Wildcats without a point for a stretch of five minutes. Presque Isle fought back to take a 21-16 lead midway through the second quarter, but the Eagles scored the final eight points of the half to take a three-point lead into the break.Ellsworth and Presque Isle exchanged leads numerous times in the second half, but with 13 seconds remaining, the Eagles led 50-47 and appeared to be on the verge of a major victory. Yet the Wildcats’ Maggie Castonguay then hit a 3-pointer that head coach Jeff Hudson called “the shot of her life” with 3.9 seconds left to tie the game and force overtime.Both teams kept up their solid play in overtime before Ellsworth had a chance to win the game on the final shot with the scored tied at 56. Sierra Andrews’ jumper as time expired appeared to be on its way through the hoop but rimmed out at the last possible moment to force another overtime.“It looked really good,” Pooler said of Andrews’ shot. “Sierra plays for 32 minutes and never gives up a possession, and she had great wherewithal to get herself in position and put up that shot. From my angle, it was halfway down that cylinder, and I don’t know how it popped back up.”Presque Isle led by as many as five points in the second overtime period, but Ellsworth pushed the visitors all the way to the wire. Hudson, whose team was fresh off a 46-44 win over Mount Desert Island just 18 hours earlier, knew the game could just as easily have gone the other way.“Ellsworth played awesome,” Hudson said. “They made big shots, and we had to find ways to respond every time. It was a great game.”Ellsworth’s showdown with Presque Isle came a day after the Eagles defeated Caribou 39-28. Montigny scored 18 points for Ellsworth, which outscored the Vikings 24-13 in the second half after the two teams went to the locker room tied at 15.Ellsworth will host Foxcroft (5-10) for Senior Night on Wednesday, Jan. 29. The Eagles will be on the road against second-place Hermon (14-1) on Friday, Jan. 31, before closing out the regular season on the road against MDI next Wednesday, Feb. 5. All three games are set to begin at 7 p.m.With Hermon and MDI having both defeated the Eagles at Ellsworth High School already this year, Pooler knows beating either or both teams will be extremely challenging. As he told his players after the loss to Presque Isle, though, this Ellsworth squad has already shown it can go toe to toe against formidable opposition.“I told the girls in the locker room, ‘Hey, just stay the course,’” Pooler said. “We’re hanging around, and we know we’re right there and have a chance to maybe knock somebody off.” Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Bio Latest Posts Mike MandellMike 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] Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020
KINGSTON, Jamaica, (CMC) – Rookie fast bowler Oshane Thomas says he is thrilled by his call-up for the England tour and hopes it can lay the groundwork for a successful Test career.“It was a feeling of joy when I was selected, because I want to play Test cricket,” the Gleaner quoted Thomas as saying.“Being home not doing anything and just getting this opportunity to be in England even if I am not playing, I will be training and keeping fit, and so I am really happy for this.“I was called up in the England Test tour of the Caribbean, before, but I didn’t get to make my debut, but hopefully I will soon, or even this time around, because I definitely want to play Test cricket for the West Indies.”The 23-year-old Jamaican was last week named among 11 reserves which will act as support for a 14-man squad for the three-Test series against England, starting July 8.However, Thomas has so far only featured in white-ball cricket for West Indies, taking 27 wickets from 20 One-Day Internationals and 15 wickets from 12 Twenty20 Internationals.West Indies legend Michael Holding recently queried Thomas’s presence among the reserves, contending he should have been part of the 14-man squad.Thomas, perhaps the fastest bowler in the region but who has played only eight first class matches, said he had already discussed the prospect of Test cricket with West Indies head coach Phil Simmons.“Everyone kept beating it in my head that I can’t be bowling that fast and not playing Test cricket,” he explained.“Me and the coach (Simmons) have had a lot of conversations about playing Test cricket, and so he always tells me that ‘you have to be in my team because you can’t be bowling that fast and not in the team’.”Thomas is one six fast bowlers in the reserve squad for the series which will be the first set of international cricket to be played since COVID-19 pandemic forced the cessation of the sport globally.