Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 BRUNSWICK — A season that’s seen Ellsworth and Mount Desert Island swimmers rank among the best all year long saw the two programs close out their respective campaigns with hardware, ribbons and glory.MDI and Ellsworth concluded the season in grand fashion earlier this week as the two competed in the Class B championships at Bowdoin College in Brunswick. The meet saw the Trojans claim both the boys’ and girls’ state titles and the Eagles put forth a pair of fourth-place efforts despite being at a numerical disadvantage.The action began Monday with the Class B girls’ meet, in which MDI racked up 379 points to take the title. The Trojans beat out second-place Greely (333 points) and third-place Cape Elizabeth (288 points), the latter of which was the three-time defending state champion.Cecilia Saltysiak gave MDI an individual win in the second event of the day with a time of 2 minutes, 0.27 seconds in the 200-yard freestyle. The Trojans later added a team win in the 200-yard freestyle relay as Nina Rozeff, Callan Eason, Daisy Granholm and Ruby Brown posted a time of 1:43.43 to beat the team from Greely to the wall by 0.38 seconds.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text“We had this [state meet] as our focus all year,” MDI head coach David Blaney told the Portland Press Herald after the girls’ meet. “We came off [our usual] events in our conference championships. We trained for this, so I’m not surprised at all.”For Ellsworth, Kristy Barry, Caitlin MacPherson, Caroline Mazgaj and Ellie Anderson combined for a third-place effort in the 200-yard medley relay. Barry and MacPherson finished a respective second and third in the 200 freestyle with the former adding a third-place finish in the 100-yard backstroke.Barry’s 200 freestyle and 100 backstroke finishes set new team records, as did the 200 medley relay finish. The Eagles also set records in the 100-yard freestyle (MacPherson, 2:01.83) and 400-yard freestyle relay (Anderson, MacPherson, Barry and Mazgaj, 3:47.72) as the team surpassed last year’s fifth-place mark to notch the best showing at states in Ellsworth girls’ history.“This was truly inspiring to see [these] efforts by these swimmers,” Ellsworth head coach Jim Goodman said. “We were seeing time drops of five or more seconds in many races from last week at PVCs.”Tuesday was the boys’ time to shine, and MDI did just that as it racked up 336 points to mark the program’s second state championship win in as many days. The result saw Blaney’s team finish 50 points ahead of second-place Cape Elizabeth and 106 clear of third-place Greely.MDI’s Brendan Graves, Sam Mitchell, Jon Genrich and Amos Price took second in the 200 freestyle relay with a time of 1:34.50. Yet that was far from the only solid relay showing for the Trojans, who took third in the 200 medley relay (Graves, Mitchell, Ponce Saltysiak and Tyler Willis) and fourth in the 400 freestyle relay (Price, Willis, Julian Walls and Cody Parker).Individually for the Trojans, Mitchell (1-meter dive and 100 freestyle), Price (200 freestyle), Willis (100-yard butterfly) and Graves (100 breaststroke) recorded third-place finishes. Parker added fourth-place finishes for MDI in the 200 and 500 freestyles.“The kids were focused,” Blaney told the Press Herald after the boys’ meet. “They really knew what they had to do and went out and did it.”The Ellsworth boys’ team’s performance was thoroughly impressive as well as the Eagles recorded 195 points to finish fourth of 20 teams. Ellsworth did so despite fielding a small team of just eight swimmers.Sean Hill gave Ellsworth an event win in the 100 freestyle with a time of 47.98 seconds, and Henry Scheff took second in the event with a time of 50.85 seconds. Later in the day, the two joined forces with Lucas Fendl and Nick Partridge in the 400 freestyle relay to give the Eagles a first-place finish with a time of 3:23.94.“All in all, [this was] a very successful meet and season,” Goodman said. “Ellsworth should be very proud of these awesome student-athletes.” Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) 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@example.com. MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020
Emly overcame Gurtnahoe Glengoole 0-14 to 1-8 in junior A fooball while Loughmore Castleiney defeated Borrisokane in the minor B football championship 0-19 to 2-3. They will play Clonakenny in the final next weekend.Roscrea won the county junior A title beating Clonoulty rossmore 1-17 to 2-12 while in South Tipp St Mary’s Clonmel beat Carrick Swans 0-12 to 0-8 in the minor championshipIn football Drom-Inch beat JK Brackens 3-7 to 0-9 in the mid minor championship while Clonmel Commercials won the South Junior B final beating Cahir 1-11 to 0-8. In the mid junior B football Upperchurch Drombane defeated Moycarkey Borris 0-8 to 1-4 to qualify for the Mid final.
Cook Inlet Razor Clams (Photo courtesy of Alaska Department of Fish and Game)A decline in the number of mature razor clams the past several years has prompted the state Fish and Game department to curtail clamming on East Cook Inlet beaches for the foreseeable future.Listen NowIn an emergency order released Dec. 28, state biologists closed beaches from the tip of the Homer Split to the mouth of the Kenai River to razor clam harvests throughout the entire year of 2017.Both sport and personal use clamming are affected by the order. A continued low abundance of mature razor clams in the area has worried biologists. According to Fish and Game, the closure prohibits the taking of any clam species from East Cook Inlet beaches from January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017.Surveys show mature razor clam abundance at historic low levels at Ninilchik and Clam Gulch, although juvenile clams seem to be above average numbers. Biologists said the numbers may be on the rebound, and a survey planned for next year will determine whether that is the case. The decline in mature razor clam numbers is not known at this time, although biologist Tim Vanya said that it could be due to natural mortality or to poor settlement of clam eggs. Over-harvesting has been ruled out as a cause.The razor clam harvest closure does not affect beaches on the West side of Cook Inlet.