MDI girls shut down Ellsworth in regular season finale

first_img Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Latest Posts MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 BAR HARBOR — The Mount Desert Island girls’ basketball team hasn’t had to play from behind much over the course of the past two weeks. When the Trojans were put in that position Thursday, their relentless defense took control.Whether it was trapping, blocking shots or applying relentless pressure, MDI’s defense found itself in the right places at the right times against a gritty Ellsworth team in the regular season finale. With another rivalry win under their belt, the Trojans now head to the state tournament with high expectations.MDI combined a 15-0 run at the end of the first half with a defensive masterclass Thursday to surge to a 41-28 Senior Night win over visiting Ellsworth. The win gave the Trojans five straight victories and marked the end of the regular season for the two playoff-bound teams.“It’s no secret that we try to get it going on defense and then try to turn our defense into offense,” MDI head coach Brent Barker said. “Even when we got behind early, we kept emphasizing that, and that allowed us to get back in it and make a run of our own.”This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textOver the first 10 minutes, Ellsworth appeared to have cracked a defensive code few teams in Maine have done against MDI this season. Despite the Trojans’ pressure in the paint and tight closeouts against Ellsworth’s jump shooters, the Eagles jumped out to a 15-9 lead with the help of sophomore Trinity Montigny and senior Hannah Sargent.MDI, though, was quick to recover. Six different players scored in the second quarter for the Trojans, who held Ellsworth without a point over the final six minutes of the half to take a 24-15 lead into the locker room.“The girls finally settled in, and that made a big difference,” Barker said. “I think there were some nerves with this being Senior Night and this being a rivalry game, but once we got past that and settled in at the defensive end, we were able to make some shots and get back in the game.”MDI’s Julia Watras spots up to shoot as Ellsworth’s Hannah Sargent defends during the first half of a high school girls’ basketball game Feb. 8 in Bar Harbor. MDI won the game 41-28 to conclude the regular season with a 14-4 record. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLYet Ellsworth wasn’t about to let MDI run away with the rivalry win. Led by 3-pointers from Montigny and freshman Sara Shea, the Eagles cut the Trojans’ lead to 24-23 with 5 minutes, 21 seconds remaining in the third quarter before MDI responded with a 6-0 run to push the lead to seven.After a pair of Montigny free throws, Hannah Chamberlain hit a long 3-pointer for MDI for the final points of the third quarter. The home team then held Ellsworth to three points in the fourth quarter to end its regular season with a win.Chamberlain led MDI with 10 points, and junior Maddy Candage provided nine. Emily Banks scored seven in her final home game for the Trojans, Maddy Good, Lindsey McEachern and Julia Watras scored four apiece and Alexis Clarito provided three.Barker’s two seniors, Banks and Alahna Mild, both earned starts for the Trojans. Although this year’s MDI team is primarily a junior-laden squad, Barker said the Trojans won’t forget the impact its graduating members had this season.“Our two seniors are two of the most loyal, hardworking athletes you’ll find anywhere,” Barker said. “They’re team-first players who have been very important to us this season.”Montigny led all scorers with 12 points for Ellsworth, and Shea scored eight. The Eagles’ other scorers were Sargent with four and Kayla Duhaime and Sierra Andrews with two apiece.MDI’s Hannah Chamberlain (left) defends against Ellsworth’s Sara Shea during the first half of a high school girls’ basketball game Feb. 8 in Bar Harbor. Chamberlain (10 points) and Shea (eight points) were two of the top scorers in MDI’s 41-28 win. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLAlthough Ellsworth wasn’t able to hold onto its early lead, the Eagles still earned a spot in the Class B North preliminary round. The team finished the regular season with a 10-8 record, a one-win improvement from last year.“With this group, I’m really proud of what they’ve done,” Ellsworth head coach Andy Pooler said. “We have a lot of young players — a lot of freshmen — and to get 10 wins and have a winning record is definitely a great accomplishment considering what was stacked up against us.”Ellsworth’s prelim matchup will be on the road against No. 7 Waterville (13-5) at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13. That game will mark the third time in four years the Eagles have faced a Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference opponent in the playoffs.“Those [KVAC] teams are tough, and it’s not easy to go there on the road,” Pooler said. “Whether it’s Waterville, Winslow or anyone else, it’s kind of a pick-your-poison type of deal. We’re going to have to be at our best to win, but our girls are ready for the challenge.”MDI finished third in Class B North with a 14-4 record. The Trojans will face the winner of Tuesday’s prelim game between No. 6 Winslow (13-5) and No. 11 Orono (5-13) in the regional quarterfinals at 5 p.m. next Friday, Feb. 16, at the Cross Insurance Center.In a field that’s stronger than ever, deep tournament runs won’t be easy for Ellsworth, MDI or anyone else. With seven of the 11 Class B North playoff teams having 13 or more wins, the team that cuts down the nets as this year’s regional champion won’t be able to do so without going through a gauntlet in the process.“When it’s tournament time, you play who you play and have to come out on fire,” Barker said. “Teams everywhere have been building toward this and waiting for this all year long, and it’s always fun to watch everybody take it up a notch.”center_img Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 Bio Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. 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40 Bauchi Schools Get Sports Equipment from Lottery Fund

first_imgSegun Awofadeji in BauchiThe National Lottery Trust Fund (NLFT) has donated sports equipment to 40 public primary schools in Bauchi State as part of its commitment towards promoting grassroots sports development in the country. Vice President Yemi Osinbajo officially flagged-off the distribution of sports equipment to 2,000 public schools nationwide in Abuja on Friday, May 20 2016.Presenting the equipment to the 40 benefitting schools in Bauchi State monday, the Executive Secretary/CEO of NLTF, Habu Ahmed Gumel, said the intervention programme seeks not only to promote grassroots sports development nationwide but also in tandem with the federal government’s Change Agenda of transforming the sports sector to enviable heights and in line with best practices of leading nations in sports.According to him, “we will ensure that government’s objectives to promote grassroots sports development through the application of statutory remittances from lottery proceeds remains sustainable, and we will continue to channel resources to key government projects and programmes that will bring succour to ordinary Nigerians.’’“This intervention programme seeks to enhance our capacity to grow and expand the nation’s talent base by securing the interest and involvement of our children of primary school age in sporting activities.“We intend to distribute sports equipment to about 2,000 public primary schools selected nationwide to cover the six geo-political zones and the programme is expected to improve our future performance in sports at all levels by harnessing the potentials of our young talents and nurturing their transition to world-class athletes, sportsmen and women.’’He however warned, “lottery operators and licensees and indeed business promoters that engage in any form of promotional lottery should abide by their obligations of remitting lottery proceeds to the Trust Fund, as government will no longer tolerate sharp practices that undermine the growth and development of lottery good causes in the country.’’The executive secretary then urged stakeholders to continue to work with the NLTF to further raise awareness of the value of lottery funding to modern life and its transformational legacy to the nation.In a brief remarks, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir David Lawal, said that by the directive of President Muhammad Buhari that these sporting items be distributed nationwide goes to show the preparedness of the government to positively impact on every sector of the national life.The SGF who was represented by the Director in-charge of Parastatals in his office, Mr. O. Oyemade explained that “by the distribution of these sporting items, government expects that it will act as a catalyst for the development of future sportsmen and women nationwide, and particularly in the northeast’’.“Playing lottery itself is a precursor to good deeds, and funds from good deeds arising from the play of lottery have been used in various ways several years ago for good deeds. For instance, the Olympic Games held in Britain four years ago was paid for to the tune of 80 per cent by lottery money. Several world-acclaimed universities have been built through lottery activities. Niger Republic literally runs its economy on lottery activities. It is also important to note as a matter of history that the proceeds from the National Lottery had been used to sponsor African Games in Algiers in 2007 and host African Games in 2009,’’ the SGF declared.Vice President Yemi Osinbajo officially flagged-off the distribution of sports equipment to 2,000 public schools nationwide in Abuja on Friday, May 20, 2016.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Vikings can’t find relief on the field

first_img Mewelde Moore rushed for 57 yards, and Jermaine Wiggins caught 10 passes for 68 yards. Urlacher credited defensive coordinator Ron Rivera for the aggressive game plan. “Rivera turned us loose today,” Urlacher said. “He called a bunch of blitzes – they worked. We got a bunch of pressure, and when he did get rid of the ball we tackled the guys. We flew around and had a good time.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! It was their lowest point total since the final game of the 2001 season, when Baltimore beat them 19-3. While players declined comment about the party, Vikings coach Mike Tice said the allegations had a negative effect. “If I was to say it didn’t at all, I kind of would be lying to you,” he said. “And I don’t think any of the local (media) would tell you that I’ve lied.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week How big was the impact? “I don’t know,” Tice said. “I’m not a psychologist. I can’t tell you how much.” Across the field, the Bears let out a collective sigh. Brian Urlacher had two sacks. Charles Tillman and Chris Harris each had an interception, and Thomas Jones rushed for 89 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries as Chicago (2-3) snapped a two-game losing streak. Jones, questionable after stretching a ligament in his right knee last week at Cleveland, saw his streak of 100-yard games end at three. Kyle Orton completed 16 of 25 passes for 117 yards with an interception and two touchdowns, both to tight end Desmond Clark. Daunte Culpepper was 26 of 48 for 237 yards and two interceptions, and the Vikings fell to 1-4. Former Bear Paul Edinger kicked a 23-yard field goal in the first half after missing a 52-yarder, but had a 32-yarder blocked early in the third quarter. center_img CHICAGO – The Minnesota Vikings tried all week to steer the discussion to their game against the Chicago Bears. After a 28-3 loss Sunday, they might want to find another topic. Reeling from allegations of sexual misbehavior and drunkenness during a charter cruise last week, the Vikings were manhandled and their season continued to spiral out of control. last_img read more

Can 49ers’ Bosa follow big bro’s lead and sack Packers’ Rodgers?

first_imgSANTA CLARA – Joey Bosa, wearing No. 97, blasted off the right edge, cut inside the Green Bay Packers’ veteran left tackle and sacked Aaron Rodgers to set the tone in the Los Angeles Chargers’ Nov. 3 upset win.Nick Bosa, wearing No. 97, gets his turn Sunday to do the same for the 49ers (9-1) against Rodgers and the visiting Packers (8-2).“The motor on him is incredible,” Packers coach Matt LaFleur said of the younger Bosa, the 49ers’ rookie defensive end. “It doesn’t shock me because his …last_img read more

Optimum hay yields need optimum fertility

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest With the weather finally allowing hay harvest to get underway across Ohio, it’s also a good time to consider strategies for replacing the soil nutrients that are removed during harvest. Since hay is the basis for most Ohio winter beef cow rations, it’s common for cattlemen to occasionally pull soil samples from hay fields that don’t seem to be as productive as they once were. Often times they’re surprised to discover the fertility is low, especially in fields that have been in hay for some time.It’s not uncommon to hear a farmer suggest they didn’t realize the mechanical harvest and removal of forages took with it a significant amount of soil nutrients. From there conversations sometime evolve into comments like, “But I always thought forages were good for the soil. Don’t we constantly hear that cover crops are good for soil health?” The response is simple — the plant material generated from a “cover crop” is seldom removed from the field, thus does not take with it the soil nutrients it utilized while growing.The fact is, similar to each bushel of corn that we know removes 0.37 pounds of phosphorus (P2O5) and 0.27 pounds of potash (K2O) when harvested, a mechanically harvested ton of forage takes with it 13 pounds of P2O5 and 50 pounds of K2O. To put that into perspective, consider that the total average annual hay yield in Ohio is, and has been for decades, a little less than three tons per acre. At the fertilizer crop removal rates mentioned above, that amounts to an annual removal of 39 pounds of P2O5 and 150 pounds of K2O per acre. Go one step further — since corn grain only removes about 0.27 pounds of K2O per bushel, it would take a yield of over 555 bushels of corn to remove the same amount of potash that an average Ohio hay yield removes annually from a field. This is regardless the quality of the forage that’s harvested.Recognizing that phosphorus and especially potash make up a significant portion of the dry matter in a forage plant, it should be apparent that we can’t sustain production in the absence of either. It’s certainly possible to delay fertilizer application on a hay field but those savings are short term. Never replacing the nutrients removed through harvest results in “mining” of the soil and if the practice continues over a period of years, yields and stand quality decline.Since nearly all the phosphorus sources we presently have available include some nitrogen, when replacing fertility immediately after the first cutting we also enjoy benefit for grass based hay fields to utilize the nitrogen that comes along with the phosphorus for additional forage growth.The basics of fertilizing hay fields are simple:Soil Test, always soil test! In cases where manure nutrients have been utilized or fertilizer applied infrequently over the years, it’s the only way to know if fertility is a yield limiting factor. If we don’t know what we presently have, we can’t possibly know what we might need! Contact your local OSU Extension office for help finding a soil testing lab.Read the soil test carefully or get help reading it. I’d discourage anyone from blindly accepting the fertilizer recommendations that sometimes come back with a soil test. In some cases I’m not even certain I believe the little graphs that are sometimes found on the soil test results that indicate a sample might be high, medium or low in a nutrient. What I’ve been told by more than one Ohio testing lab when I asked how their recommendations are generated, is after they establish the nutrient levels in the soil through their laboratory procedures, the recommendations are typically generated based on the opinions of the company who might have submitted the sample for the land owner. That said, unless you send in the sample yourself, you may get back a recommendation based on data other than what Ohio State or other Midwest university research might suggest is appropriate as published in OSU Extension Bulletin E-2567, Tri-State Fertilizer Recommendations. Ask your local Extension Ag Educator for help in developing a recommendation if you have questions.If one insists on fertilizing without the benefit of knowing the present fertility levels of the hay field, or if you know your present fertility levels meet or slightly exceed critical minimum levels, then it’s prudent to base fertilizer application rates on actual or expected crop removal. As mentioned previously, we know every ton of hay removed (regardless of quality!) takes with it 13 pounds of P2O5 and 50 pounds of K2O. No matter how you slice it, that’s a ratio of roughly 1 to 4, phosphorus to potash. Without benefit of a soil test to tell us otherwise, fertility needs to be replaced in that ratio based on how much hay is harvested.Hay harvested means soil nutrients are removed, immediately after the first cutting harvest is an excellent time to apply fertilizer to a hay field, and one ton of hay removes P and K in a ratio of roughly 1 to 4, or 13 pounds P2O5 and 50 pounds of K2O per ton of hay. To maintain current fertility levels and productivity in your soils, it must be replaced in a ratio of 1 to 4 or 13 to 50, per ton of hay removed annually!last_img read more