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Local wrestlers have big days at regional championships

first_img MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 ELLSWORTH — The wrestling scene in eastern Maine revolved around Hancock County on Saturday afternoon as wrestlers from 17 high schools came to Ellsworth for this year’s Class B North championships.Wrestlers from Fort Kent to Calais to Belfast and everywhere in between packed Ellsworth’s Katsiaficas Gymnasium as fans in attendance sported team colors and hung banners. Yet despite tough competition from those teams, local wrestlers enjoyed plenty of success at the tournament.Bucksport took fifth place at the Class B North wrestling championships Saturday as Ellsworth claimed seventh and MDI placed 15th. All three schools qualified wrestlers for the upcoming state championships.Bucksport’s Ricky Perkins (second from right) stands on the podium after placing second in the 152-pound weight class at the Class B North wrestling championships Feb. 9 at Ellsworth High School. Bucksport placed fifth as a team. ROBBY PERKINS PHOTOFor Ellsworth, senior Logan Lord went 3-0 on the day to win the regional title for the host team in the 138-pound weight class. Lord pinned Fort Kent’s Larry Nadeau in 2 minutes, 30 seconds and Belfast’s Jonah Lovejoy in 2:55 before scoring a 12-2 decision over Dexter’s Justin Wing in the championship bout.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textAt 285 pounds, David Gross of Bucksport stayed undefeated on the season to add a regional heavyweight title to his résumé. After pinning Belfast’s Shane Rumney in the quarterfinals and winning his semifinal contest against Foxcroft’s Jared Atkinson via default, he beat Penobscot Valley’s Joe Tuulima in a 14-3 decision to take home first place.The win by Gross highlighted a strong day for Bucksport, which got second-place finishes from Alex Burbank (106 pounds), Kaleb Nightingale (113 pounds) and Ricky Perkins (152).Yet arguably the most intriguing and intense round of the day was the consolation semifinals, which determined the final two state championship spots in each weight class. “The death round,” as MDI coach Tony Dalisio called it, was the deciding factor as to whether or not a wrestler’s season would continue for at least another week or come to an end.“Both wrestlers know that this is it,” Dalisio said. “If you lose, you’re done. It’s a lot of pressure on one round, but that’s what makes it exciting.”Mount Desert Island’s Sam Hoff (top) wrestles Fort Kent’s Manny Pettingill in a 285-pound bout at the Class B North championships Feb. 9 at Ellsworth High School. Hoff, who trailed by a point for most of the match, came back in the final period to pin Pettingill and advance to the consolation championship. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLLocal wrestlers who earned trips to states with wins in the round were Matt Reid, Noah Hughes and Charlie Hughes of Ellsworth (120 pounds, 160 pounds and 182 pounds, respectively), Jacob Coghill of Bucksport (220) and Sam Hoff of MDI (285). Hoff’s consolation semifinal win at 285 came after the senior trailed Fort Kent’s Manny Pettingill for most of the match before earning a pin in the third period.Ellsworth’s Everett Huckins and MDI’s Ethan Harkins will serve as alternates for the state championships. Huckins finished with a record of 2-2 on the day in the 145-pound weight class for the Eagles with wins over Dylan Korsadovich of Calais and Josh Hesseltine of Mattanawcook Academy, and Harkins went 1-2 at 182 for the Trojans with a win over Keith Gehriger of Calais.Foxcroft won the team championship with 169.5 points, and Dexter took second with 148.5. Mattanawcook scored 103 points to beat out Piscataquis (100 points) and Bucksport (96.5) for third. Belfast (95), Ellsworth (71), John Bapst (42), Fort Kent (41.5) and Washington Academy (27) rounded out the rest of the top 10.Qualified wrestlers will head to Mattanawcook Academy in Lincoln next Saturday, Feb. 16, for the state championships, which are scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m.center_img Bio 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 Postslast_img read more

Volunteers Create Quilts for Local Vietnam War Veterans

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Honoring veterans in the Northeast Michigan area who fought in the Vietnam War, one family decided to come up with a unique way to give back. It started when the White’s purchased shirts for the annual ‘Wings over Alpena’ honoring war veterans.Not knowing what to do with the leftover shirts, the White’s solution was to reach out to a group of quilters at the Alpena Senior Citizens Center to take on the job of making quilts for those who served.“Being a veteran myself, and being in the military, it’s great because these vets didn’t have a great welcome home when they came back from their war, it means a lot,” Andy White said.If you ever tried quilting you know it’s a no joke. Taking on the job with no questions asked, 14 beautiful quilts were made in the process.“If there’s anything that I can do it’s this, and it’s very rewarding,” Volunteer, Jennie Gilman said.White said he’s proud of the quilts that were made stitch by stitch over the 8–month period.“They did an excellent job. I couldn’t have done this. I don’t have the patience for one but they turned out great and just the imagination these ladies had with the ideas that we had and the collaboration they did a great job,” White added.Thanks to the White’s, one volunteer will be able to give a quilt back to her own loved one.“He wouldn’t talk much about Vietnam, so when I showed him the quilt he talked about how beautiful it was and so I was just very touched by that. I’m very happy, and it was very generous of them to give one to my brother,” Volunteer, Esther Donald-Briggs said.Now that the quilts are completed, the White’s will be reaching out to the Veterans Affairs Office, Friends Together in Alpena and others to find Vietnam veterans that made need a little warmth in their life.So the next time you think about tossing out shirts, maybe saving them for a quilt is the way to go. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Structure Fire Put Out Quickly With No InjuriesNext Field Trip Friday: A Trip Back In Time (Pt1)last_img read more

Morocco will not host 2019 Africa Cup of Nations

first_imgRabat, Morocco | AFP | Morocco will not be a candidate to host the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations after Cameroon was stripped of the tournament, the country’s sports minister Rachid Talbi Alami said on Wednesday.“Morocco does not intend to run for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations and will not do so,” he told AFP.Morocco and South Africa had been seen as the frontline contenders to host the competition, which is due to start on June 15.Cameroon had originally beaten bids from Algeria and the Ivory Coast to win the right to host the tournament, but saw it taken away by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) last month due to delays in preparation. Morocco, who lost out to a United States/Mexico/Canada bid to host the 2026 World Cup, has regularly been reported as possible replacements.Congo Brazzaville has since emerged as surprise candidates, while CAF has offered the 2021 finals to Cameroon despite having previously awarded the tournament to the Ivory Coast.The 2019 Cup of Nations will be the first to feature 24 teams since CAF expanded the format from 16 countries.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

It’s a Happy Birthday for ace Turner

first_img Ashton Turner (Kenwick Park, Lincolnshire) celebrated his 18th birthday with a hole-in-one during the second round of the Darwin Salver at Rye in Sussex. What’s more, the England boy international’s ‘ace’ came at the 300-yard ninth hole, his 18th, and helped him complete a superb round of 64. This was 17 strokes better than his opening offering and left him in joint fourth place at the halfway mark, five strokes behind the leader, Jamie Dick (Forest Hills, Gloucestershire), who posted two rounds of 70. Turner, who is the defending champion following his victory at Rye 12 months ago, is also the Daily Telegraph Junior champion and was runner-up in last year’s McEvoy Trophy. Dick finished the first day of the Darwin Salver, the South of England Youths Championship, with a four strokes lead from England under 15 and under 16 champion Marco Penge (Worthing, Sussex) and Oliver Daws (Royal Cinque Ports, Kent). Also on 145 alongside Turner are Ben Amor (Marlborough, Wiltshire), the England under 18 champion, and two more boy caps, Robert Burlison (Oxley Park, Staffordshire) and Jack Singh Brar (Brokenhurst Manor, Hampshire, IoW &CI). Leading scores: 140 J Dick (Forest Hills) 70 70 144 M Penge (Worthing) 73 71, O Daws (Royal Cinque Ports) 72 72 145 A Turner (Kenwick Park) 81 64, B Amor (Marlborough) 78 67, R Burlison (Oxley Park) 75 70, J Singh Brar (Brokenhurst Manor) 74 71 26 Mar 2014 It’s a Happy Birthday for ace Turner last_img read more

Road weary Wildcats return with a single point

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsPlaying away from home was not kind to the Kootenay Wildcats.Kootenay managed only a single point during a three-game Female Midget AAA League tournament at this past weekend at Pitt Meadows.After falling to Prince George Cougars 6-3 and Fraser Valley Phantom 5-2 the Wildcats managed to secure the points by playing to a 2-2 tie against Vancouver Fusion.Goals by Kiana Strand of Invermere and Shannon Hall of Midway powered the Cats to the draw. Kootenay led 1-0 after one period before the Fusion struck for two second-period markers.The Wildcats opened All Star Tournament weekend by dropping a 5-2 decision to the Phantom.Kootenay stayed with the Phantom through 40 minutes before the home side pulled away with a pair of third-period goals. Aimee DiBella of Nelson and Holly Nikirk of Invermere each scored for Kootenay.Kootenay then lost 6-3 to Prince George as the Northern squad struck for three second-period goals. Cranbrook’s Daley Oddy, Strand and Nikirk each scored for Kootenay, which trailed 1-0 after one period and 4-2 after 40 minutes.The winless weekend drops Kootenay into fourth spot in the five-team lead with a 5-9-1 record.Thompson/Okanagan Rockets lead the league with a 13-1-1 record.Next action for Kootenay is December 17 when the team plays a tournament weekend in Kelowna.All Star Weekend Friday at the Coquitlam Sports Arena Team Blue and Team White played to a 4-4 tie in the second annual Female Midget AAA All Star Game. Shea Weighill of Nakusp won the breakaway challenge during the second period skills [email protected]last_img read more

Patriots can’t find way back

first_imgDOWNEY – Viewpoint of Calabasas survived a goal in the first two minutes. But it was a penalty kick by Animo Leadership of Inglewood in the final two minutes of the first half that wound up being too much for the Patriots to overcome in the Southern Section Div.VI boys’ soccer championship. Patrick Handy tied the score in the 29th minute for third-seeded Viewpoint (20-1-6), which had allowed only two goals in the playoffs and 10 the entire season before Saturday. But after being fouled near the right edge of the penalty box, Aleman buried a shot in the lower-left corner of the net for his 43rd goal of the season. “We were definitely challenged. They had us a little mixed up (on Handy’s goal) and I think our guys were on their heels a little bit,” Animo coach Sergio Medrano said. “But we made some adjustments at halftime and I thought our kids did a great job in the second half.” The Patriots controlled the first 20 minutes of the second half, with sophomore Evan Raynr almost netting the equalizer on three occasions and senior Spencer Brown missing wide on an opportunity inside the penalty area. Roberto Alvarez then dashed any hopes of a Viewpoint comeback in the 64th minute, bending a 20-yard free kick around the Patriots’ wall and inside the right post to increase the lead to 3-1. Rafael Baca, who scored in the second minute, added his 55th goal of the season with three minutes remaining to put a cap on the Aztec Eagles’ first championship in program history. “When you play a good team like Animo, you have to bury your chances,” Kikugawa said. “Sergio said afterward that we were the only team all year to push them like that. We played about as well as we could, but they just had too much power.” Viewpoint became the first team to score against the top-seeded Aztec Eagles in the postseason, but Animo used the momentum of Johnny Aleman’s penalty shot to net two second-half goals, completing a perfect 30-0 season Saturday with a 4-1 victory at Downey High’s Allen Layne Stadium. “That’s a tough call to swallow,” said Viewpoint coach Travis Kikugawa, whose team had its 26-match unbeaten streak snapped in the program’s first finals appearance. “To have that happen in the final two minutes of the half when it’s 1-1 in a championship game definitely hurts. But take no credit away from Animo, they’re a great team.” center_img Animo’s four goals gave them 28 in the playoffs and 182 on the season, smashing the previous state record of 147 held by Jesuit of Carmichael in 2003. [email protected] (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Tottenham midfielder set for Sevilla switch?

first_imgSevilla have joined the race to sign Tottenham midfielder Etienne Capoue.The France international has been strongly linked with a move to Real Sociedad in the transfer window, after failing to secure a regular first-team place under Mauricio Pochettino.But reports in French newspaper L’Equipe claim Sevilla also want to recruit the 26-year-old as they look to strengthen their midfield.Capoue could be allowed to leave White Hart Lane in January after falling down the pecking order behind Nabil Bentaleb, Benjamin Stambouli and Ryan Mason.Pochettino has not ruled out the possibility of players leaving before deadline day on Monday, but said he wanted to get the Capital One Cup semi-final out of the way before he focused on any transfer activity.However, with Tottenham securing their place in the final, the Argentine coach could now allow Capoue to leave the north London club. 1 Tottenham midfielder Etienne Capoue last_img read more

Fantastic Afcon final on the cards

first_imgHe is a big loss, but Burkina Faso have remained an exciting team on the attack. They’ve got pace and they utilise it well. Pitroipa is one of the keys to their offense. He has teamed up well with Prejuce Nakoulma, while the blonde-haired Aristide Bance was a star performer in the semi-finals and the scorer of the Stallions’ goal in regulation time. It’s worth remembering that there is also more on the line than being crowned the champions of Africa. The winner of the game will also represent Africa in the Fifa Confederations Cup in Brazil later this year. Jonathan PitroipaSince that game, referee Slim Jedidi has been banned for a shocking performance. It included handing Stallions’ star Jonatha Pitroipa a second yellow card, which meant Pitroipa’s dismissal, instead of awarding the Burkinabe a penalty. Jedidi has since admitted he got the decision wrong, so Pitroipa’s red card is likely to be rescinded and he should be able to take his place in the title-deciding contest. 8 February 2013 To get to the final, Burkina Faso shocked Ghana in the semi-finals, winning a match from the 3-1 penalty spot that they should have won earlier. The Nigerians have always possessed fine individual stars, but they have at times struggled to put it all together as a team. Especially in their last two games, the win over Mali and a 2-1 defeat of Cote d’Ivoire, they have looked a complete team, united in their goal and playing for one another. Burkina Faso have appeared to be on the same page since their first match. While the Burkinabe’s previous best result was fourth when they hosted the tournament in 1998, Nigeria have previously been crowned African champions, although their two titles are a light return for a nation with such footballing riches. They’re seeking their first title since 1994. “We will have our chances in the game. Also, surprises are always there. Maybe this time is our time.” The 2013 Africa Cup of Nations final is a classic tale of the underdog taking on a former powerhouse that is trying to find its way back to the top. Burkina Faso, ranked only 92nd in the Fifa world rankings, face Nigeria, a team with star names that is seeking to live up to the potential of its pieces, for the title. They meet the National Stadium in Johannesburg on Sunday. Pace and skillThey’ve been great down the flanks. So, too, have the Super Eagles prospered out wide, where they have tons of pace and skill. They totally tore Mali apart down the right in their semi-final victory and will no doubt try to take on Burkina Faso in the same way. Players like Emenike, Brown Ideye, Victor Moses and Sunday Mba have shone, and they will likely light up the title-decider.center_img The Orange Africa Cup of Nations’ final kicks off at 20:30. Given the attractive, attacking style of football both teams have exhibited so far in the tournament, one expects a free-flowing, exciting final. The most important match in their historyFor Burkina Faso, the match is probably the most important in the history of the country. Coach Paul Put is determined that his players will be able to express themselves and not be overawed by the occasion and the opposition. “I know that Nigeria are a big side, but we are also a big team and we certainly do not need to hide,” he told Fifa.com. Nigeria were stunningly impressive in their semi-final demolition of Mali, who are ranked 25th by Fifa and third on the African continent. They raced into a 3-0 half-time lead and led 4-0 after an hour before settling for a thumping 4-1 victory. ‘We have to have fun’Nigeria’s coach Stephen Keshi told Fifa.com that he has got the best out of his players by ensuring there is enjoyment in the game. “We need discipline on and off the field. And we also have to have fun. Any job you do, if don’t have fun doing it, you won’t give a hundred percent. That was the way I played when I was a player, that is what I want to see as a coach. Fun and also discipline, that’s the key.” There is a strong Nigerian community in South Africa and the Super Eagles are sure to have good support on Sunday, but South Africans love an underdog and Burkina Faso fits the bill. The Stallions have entertained and surprised and as result of that will have plenty of support in the final. The teams met earlier in the tournament in a Group C clash and shared a 1-1 draw, with Emmanuel Emenike scoring for the Super Eagles after 23 minutes and Alain Traore netting for Burkina Faso in the fourth minute of additional time. Sadly for the Burkinabe and the tournament, Traore has since suffered an injury and returned to his club in France for treatment. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Planting soybeans in 2017 for agronomic and economic reasons

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest For DuPont Pioneer Account Manager Matthew Stroud’s territory of Clark, Madison, Fayette and Green Counties, stalk rot issues in many corn fields may have farmers considering putting soybeans in those fields for 2017. As Stroud mentions in this week’s DuPont Pioneer Field Report, that decision may be easier to make from an economic standpoint as well. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins has more.last_img

Soybean quality issues showing up Between the Rows

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Glenn Harsh, Delaware Co.The rain slowed us up a little bit but we had projects to catch up on anyway so it has been a little bit of a relief. We are coming along with beans and they are running through nicely after the problems we saw with the insect damage in that first field. It was an early field and I think it was a timing thing with the insects. We had some damage from stink bugs and we also had some damage from the bean leaf beetle, which causes Phomopsis.We have combined some corn and got a good start on one farm. It is doing very well yield wise and quality is good. It is drying down fast. The corn we are in is right about 21% and it is full season corn, but it was planted early. The first field we were in had some gravel knolls and the stalk quality was deteriorating quickly. The gravel knolls were right at 140 and there were spots around 220 bushels in the good ground. The next field of corn is more even and doing very well. Some of the things we did to push yield look like they are working in that field.The other fields I have checked are standing pretty well. You don’t have to go too far, though, where stalk issues are becoming a problem. Corn wise I have not seen quality issues and I have checked quite a few fields.There are some beans in really black soil that are really leaning to maybe down on the ground, but we can still get underneath them. You don’t like to see that because we are losing some bushels there. That will be a challenge with some of these fields planted at too high of a population.With the beans, the first field was around 50 to 55 and the next fields have been doing quite a bit better than that. I feel good about harvest. We just have to keep the combine rolling.For the rest of this week’s reports, click here.last_img read more

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