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] 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) 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, 2020
The Wisconsin tennis program found itself in familiar territory this past weekend at the Big Ten tennis tournaments.For the fifth straight season, both the men’s and women’s teams fell in the first round of the tournament, a fate that has prolonged the development of a program in desperate need of a turnaround.On the men’s side, the ninth-seeded Badgers dropped all points to the eighth-seeded Iowa Hawkeyes, falling 4-0 without winning a single matchup.Four matches went unfinished en route to Iowa’s victory, including UW freshman Josef Dodridge’s, who had garnered second-team all-Big Ten honors earlier in the week.Dodridge, the Badgers’ No. 1 singles and doubles player, fell 2-6 in the first set of his singles match against Hawkeye senior Matt Hagan. Hagan came in after a strong regular season, and was named first-team all-Big Ten this week.In the second set, however, Dodrige came back to lead 4-2, but his match concluded early due to the “clinch rule,” meaning Iowa had already clinched the team win. The match ended as a did not finish and squandered the Badgers’ chance to win any matchup.Jakhongir Jalalov dropped a highly contested match at the second singles spot in straight sets, 3-6, 4-6, to the highly touted Iowa freshman Lefteris Theodorou. Theodorou, a native of Greece, climbed the ITF rankings earlier in October when he ranked No. 134 in world juniors.Dodridge’s doubles partner and fellow freshman Jose Carranza also dropped a close singles match in straight sets, falling 4-6, 4-6. With these three matches ending in losses for Wisconsin, their fate was sealed, and they exited the tournament without making much of a splash. Dodridge and Carranza also lost 6-8 in the No. 1 doubles pairing.The match capped a disappointing season for Wisconsin, finishing with a record of 7-18 overall. With five freshmen, though, the men’s program will have the chance to develop a strong core over the next three years, with chances for better showings in the coming seasons.Purdue halts women’s tennis seasonThe women’s team fared better than the men’s squad, but still found itself with an unfortunately similar result.The Wisconsin women fell 4-2 to No. 38 Purdue, dropping a costly doubles point and losing two singles matches in third-set tiebreakers, which ultimately made the difference.Tenth-seeded Wisconsin lost both the first and third doubles matchups by scores of 3-8, winning only the second matchup 8-3. In a match that ended 4-2 in favor of seventh-seeded Purdue, the lost doubles point proved to be extremely costly.The Badgers’ top singles player Lauren Chypyha registered a DNF in her singles match, which lasted three grueling sets. After taking the first set by a score of 6-4, Chypyha dropped the second set 5-7, losing her chance to finish off Purdue’s Daniela Vidal. By way of the second set win, Vidal forced a third set tie breaker which was halted when Purdue won match point, enforcing the clinch rule. Vidal led 1-0 in the third set at the time of its conclusion.Second and third singles also went to third sets in which Wisconsin fell flat.Maria Avgerinos, Wisconsin’s No. 2 singles player, clawed her way back against Tess Bernard-Feigenbaum in the second set of their matchup. After dropping the first set 3-6, Avgerinos bounced back to win the second set 6-4. But with the matchup reaching a crucial point for the Badgers, she couldn’t win a much-needed third set to take the matchup, falling 0-6 instead.Wisconsin freshman Ekaterina Stepanova also suffered a similar fate after winning the first set of her match, 6-4. She then lost the second set 4-6 and the tie-breaking third set 2-6, effectively ending the match as Purdue gained the last point it needed to win the match.With only three wins out of the nine matchups, it was not the showing Wisconsin was looking for to end its season. The Badgers finished out the year at 10-12 and went 4-7 in conference play. Yet with two freshmen, no seniors and two incoming freshmen, the Badgers have plenty of room and time to grow for next year and beyond.
JOSE MOURINHO was rocked with the news Heung-min Son has been ruled out for the season with a broken arm.The South Korean has joined star man Harry Kane on the treatment table leaving the manager facing a crisis in attack during a crucial stage of the season.3Spurs face RB Leipzig in a crunch Champions League clash this evening as Mourinho aims to become the first manager to win the trophy with the different teams.But their task has been made much harder following the absence of their key men who have 31 goals in the Prem and Champions League between them this season.SPURS NEWS LIVE: Follow all the latest news on TottenhamMourinho, 57, will need to shuffle the pack in his attack that could see 18-year-old academy prospect Troy Parrott handed an opportunity.The clash at the German side will likely be too soon for the striker who has yet to make a senior competitive appearance.Instead, Mourinho could give Lucas Moura the opportunity to lead the line.The Brazilian played as a striker in a thrilling 3-2 comeback win over Ajax last season where he scored a hat-trick to book their spot in the final.Behind him Dele Alli could play in the No10 role with Argentine Giovani Lo Celso and January signing Steven Bergwijn on either flank.Lo Celso, 23, has featured on the right side this season but can also switch his position to play in the middle.3MAKE YOUR DEBUT Bet £5 get £20 in free bets for new customers at Ladbrokesmost read in footballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’NICE RONCristiano Ronaldo goes on family bike ride with partner Georgina Rodriguez & kidsIn midfield, Harry Winks is likely to start and Mourinho will have to decide whether to opt for Eric Dier or club-record signing Tanguy Ndombele to feature alongside him.The Frenchman hasn’t won Mourinho over since his appointment in December although his energy in midfield could prove vital to secure a result.Mourinho appears to have a settled back four but there are fitness concerns over Ben Davies who only returned from two months out last weekend.3Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho refuses to comment on Son Heung-min’s broken arm injury