Golden Bucks come up short against Foxcroft in Class D North title game

first_img 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 mmandell@ellsworthamerican.com. Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 Bio Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all)center_img Latest Posts DOVER-FOXCROFT — Since falling to 1-3 after a difficult defeat against Foxcroft earlier this year, the Bucksport football team had been itching for another shot at its top Class D North competitor. With a state title game berth on the line, the Golden Bucks’ hopes of revenge simply couldn’t materialize.Second-ranked Bucksport failed to find momentum on offense Friday night and fell to a 34-0 road loss to top-seeded Foxcroft in the Class D North championship game. The loss snapped a five-game win streak for the Golden Bucks, who had averaged nearly 48 points per game since their Week 4 loss to the Ponies.Bucksport football players break through the team banner before kickoff against Foxcroft on Nov. 10 in Dover-Foxcroft. Despite losing the regional championship game, the Golden Bucks still ended the season 6-4 and finished as the No. 2 team in Class D North. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLBucksport failed to score on its opening drive, and the Ponies took advantage. With 8 minutes, 30 seconds left in the opening quarter, Foxcroft quarterback Nick Clawson threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to Hyatt Smith to put the home team up 7-0.After Clawson ran the ball in from 18 yards out on Foxcroft’s next possession, the home team extended its lead to three scores when it blocked a punt and returned it 17 yards for a touchdown. Neither team scored in the second quarter, and the Ponies (8-2) went to the locker room with a 20-0 lead.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textBoth teams kept each other off the scoreboard early in the second half, but as the end of the third quarter approached, it appeared that was about to change. Needing a touchdown to pull within two scores, Bucksport had moved into Foxcroft territory.Yet with just over a minute left in the third quarter, Foxcroft’s R.J. Nelson intercepted Chase Carmichael’s pass and ran it all the way back to put the home team ahead 27-0. That play was the backbreaker for Bucksport, which gave up the final score of the night with less than three minutes to play to fall to a shutout loss.Carmichael finished the game with 12 completions for 108 yards and added 47 rushing yards on eight carries. Fellow senior Keigan Riccard had 43 catches on four receptions, and junior Carter Tolmasoff had five receptions for 28 yards.Despite the loss, Bucksport’s 6-4 record and five-game winning streak stretching from Week 5 to the regional semifinals cemented it as the No. 2 team in Class D North. The regional title game appearance was the team’s first since it lost to Maine Central Institute in 2014.Tolmasoff will return for the Golden Bucks next year along with impact players David Gross, Logan Stanley, Luke Wardwell and Tyson Gray. Carmichael, Riccard, Devin Darveau, Derick Robbins, Foster Ashmore and Jacob Wilson will graduate in June. MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020last_img read more

Men’s basketball set to face Huskies at Galen Center

first_imgMuch of the Huskies’ struggles can be attributed to the loss of star sophomore guard Quade Green. Green was a sophomore transfer from perennial powerhouse Kentucky who was averaging 11.6 points and 5.3 assists for a Husky team that looked promising for much of the season. After scoring 14 points against USC in the victory against USC, the NCAA ruled Green academically ineligible for the rest of the season.  Freshman forward Onyeka Okongwu struggled to score last Saturday in a loss to Arizona State. (Photo via USC Men’s Basketball / Twitter) “We can’t script everything,” head coach Andy Enfield said after the 85-80 loss to Arizona. “We can’t say we want Elijah to shoot this many or Onyeka to shoot — you just have to play basketball as a team and when it’s your turn hopefully you shoot a high percentage.”  USC is in the midst of a three-game losing streak prompted by tough competition against ranked opponents. The Trojans took a 78-57 thrashing at home to No. 16 Colorado and followed with two close losses against then No. 23 Arizona and Arizona State on the road. USC was outpaced in transition and on the glass in both games.   The Huskies’ ability to shut down USC’s offense led to Washington’s blowout over USC in January. The Trojans’ put up a season low field goal percentage of 20%, going only 13-65 from the field. Star freshman forward Onyeka Okongwu managed only 10 points in the loss — six under his season average — yet he led his team in scoring that game. The Trojans will rely heavily on their veterans, who have been hot for the Trojans of late. Senior guard Jonah Mathews now averages 13 points per game after going 5-9 from beyond the arc against Arizona State and scoring 22 points. The recent road trip was also a chance for senior forward Nick Rakocevic to step up, as he had an impressive 18 point performance in a close 85-80 loss against Arizona and a team-high 12 rebounds against ASU. The USC men’s basketball team will return to Galen Center Thursday to face off against Washington. This will be the two teams’ second meeting this season after the Huskies handed the Trojans a 72-40 loss in Seattle in January.  Freshman forward Isaiah Mobley is averaging a modest 6.7 points per game off the bench for USC. (James Wolfe | Daily Trojan)center_img Both teams will be hungry to break their losing streak, as the Huskies bring a six-game skid into Thursday’s contest. USC’s 9-2 record at home may suggest an advantage for the Trojans, but its last home game against Colorado proved winning at Galen Center is no guarantee.  The game won’t be a cakewalk for the Trojans though. They’ll have to stop freshman forward and first round prospect Isaiah Stewart, who has been playing exceptionally in the paint and leads the team with up to 18 points and nine rebounds per game.  Thursday’s game will be critical in determining the Trojans’ outlook in the Pac-12. Look for Washington to come out with the same defensive toughness that helped achieve their blowout last time, but don’t underestimate the adjustment period that the past month has offered for USC’s freshmen to get accustomed — especially Okongwu and forward Isaiah Mobley. Since the teams’ last meeting, Washington has experienced its fair share of struggles. After blowing out USC, the Huskies have lost six of their last seven conference games at the hands of Stanford, Cal, Oregon, Utah, Colorado and Arizona.  The slump has dropped the Huskies to the bottom of the Pac-12 standings with an abysmal conference record of 2-9. USC will tip off against Washington at Galen Center at 6 p.m. Thursday after a jersey retirement for former Trojan and current San Antonio Spur Demar DeRozan.last_img read more