Is this the kind of government we deserve? – July 10, 2017 ORONO — The Karate Kid came through for Ellsworth Eagle junior Aleta Looker at Saturday night’s Eastern Maine Indoor Track League competition.Looker, who watched the 1984 martial arts classic for motivation that morning, said with a grin before the meet began that she was going to take her best shot at the EMITL girls’ 800-meter run record.And her best shot was more than good enough.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textShe blazed around the University of Maine fieldhouse track in 2 minutes and 17.31 seconds, slashing more than a second off the previous record set by Oriana Farley of the Hampden Broncos in 2003.A bit later, after receiving accolades from her coaches, teammates and friends, Looker took to the track again.This time, she bested sophomore Caroline Driscoll of the Mount Desert Island Trojans by more than 23 seconds with a time of 12:37.23 in the two-mile run.Hancock County boys and girls took top honors in six other events at the competition, the final regular season meet before the EMITL championship meet scheduled for this coming Saturday at 2 p.m.The Hermon Hawks took top honors in the girls’ seven-team meet with 124 points. Brewer was a close second with 116 points, followed by Ellsworth 50, MDI 40, Foxcroft Academy 37, Bucksport Golden Bucks 28 and Sumner Tigers 3.The Ellsworth foursome of sophomores Mariah Brown and Haley Lawrence and freshmen Kira Kennedy and Julia Zavaleta was first in the four-by-880-yard relay in 11:41.95.MDI’s Driscoll placed first in the mile run with a time of 5:54.33.Senior Lisa Tapley of Bucksport was first in the high jump, clearing the bar at 4 feet, 6 inches.Other girls who scored:55-meter hurdles – Sydnie Howard of Bucksport, fourth in 11.16 seconds.55-meter dash – Britney Eberhardt of Bucksport, fifth in 8.23 seconds.Mile run – Lawrence of Ellsworth, second in 6:00.70; Natalie Coleman of Bucksport, third in 6:01.10.400-meter run – Kayla Ray of MDI, fifth in 1:06.04; Chelsea Alley of Sumner, sixth in 1:11.65.800-meter run – Coleman of Bucksport, fourth in 2:47.28.200-meter run – Eberhardt of Bucksport, sixth in 30.87 seconds.Shot put – Madeline Cook of MDI, second at 29 feet, 10.25 inches; Tori Huntley of Ellsworth, third at 29 feet, 5.25 inches; Elizabeth Perry of Ellsworth, fourth at 28 feet, 4.75 inches; Kelsey Leighton of Ellsworth, fifth at 27 feet, 11 inches.Long jump – Emma Fernald of MDI, fourth at 13 feet, 1 inch.Triple jump – Fernald of MDI, second at 30 feet.In the seven-team boys’ meet, the Brewer Witches were first with 123 points, followed by MDI 101, Foxcroft Academy 70, Hermon 42, Sumner 40, Ellsworth 40 and Bucksport 14.Ellsworth junior Dan Curts placed first in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:59.99.Senior Trevor Alley of MDI had a winning throw of 46 feet, 9.5 inches in the shot put.The MDI foursome of sophomores Jordan Harris, Aidan Robichaud-Ward and Ralph Magnani and senior Max Mason placed first in the four-by-880-yard relay in 9:11.47.Other boys who scored:Four-by-880-yard relay – Derek Hawes, Adam Hitchcock, Conrad Svec and Nate Rockwood of Ellsworth, fourth in 10:05.05; freshman Skyler Fraga, senior Dylan Hall, junior Robin Doyle and sophomore Taylor Soferes of Bucksport, fifth in 10:07.75; and seniors Jason Smith and Braden Wentworth, junior Patrik Orcutt and freshman Ian LaRiviere of Sumner, sixth in 10:37.22.55-meter hurdles – Matt Hanna of MDI, second in 8.91 seconds; Christian Kimball of Sumner, third in 10.46; Alec Bisson of Sumner, fourth in 10.67.55-meter dash – Baramee Janla of Sumner, second in 6.98 seconds; Brandon Murphy of MDI, fourth in 7:03.Mile run – Robichaud-Ward of MDI, second in 4:52.48; Frank King of Ellsworth, fourth in 4:58.28; Robert Looker of Ellsworth, fifth in 4:59.03; Harris of MDI, sixth in 5:00.66.400-meter run – Eric Davis of Bucksport, second in 54.37 seconds; Will Richard of MDI, third in 55.96; Brandon Wade of Sumner, fourth in 56.28; Zac Wells of Sumner, fifth in 56.83; Magnani of MDI, sixth in 58.45.800-meter run – Looker of Ellsworth, second in 2;13.69; Mason of MDI, third in 2:14.68; Doyle of Bucksport, fifth in 2:20.41.200-meter run – Murphy of MDI, second in 24.08 seconds; Hanna of MDI, sixth in 25.25.Two-mile run – Robichaud-Ward of MDI, second in 10:57.90; Dylan Harris of MDI, third in 11:21.47; Fraga of Bucksport, fifth in 11:30.67.Four-by-220-yard relay – Murphy, Mason, Magnani and Richard of MDI, second in 1:39.83; Janla, Samuel Barnes, Wells and Kyle Jordan of Sumner, third in 1:40.27.Shot put – Dan Cox of Ellsworth, third at 43 feet, 9.25 inches; Chapin McFarland of MDI, fourth at 43 feet, 9 inches; Ezra Hallett of MDI, fifth at 42 feet, 8 inches.Long jump – Brandon St. Germain of Ellsworth, third at 18 feet, 4.25 inches; Janla of Sumner, sixth at 17 feet, 6.5 inches.Triple jump – Wade of Sumner, fourth at 37 feet, 3 inches.High jump – Richard of MDI, third at 5 feet, 8 inches; Jordan of Sumner, fourth at 5 feet, 6 inches.Pole vault – Jordan Harris of MDI, fourth at 10 feet, 6 inches.For more sports news, pick up a copy of the Mount Desert Islander. Bio Like he did in the ’60s, Noel Paul Stookey sings out in troubling times – December 27, 2017 Hugh BowdenExecutive EditorHugh writes editorials, covers Hancock County sports and helps out where needed in The American’s editorial department. When he’s not on the sidelines, he enjoys playing jazz and tennis. email@example.com Latest Posts Latest posts by Hugh Bowden (see all) GSA surges in 4th to win Northern Maine title – February 26, 2017
In transitioning between the fall and spring season, the UW women’s golf team has found a way to maintain its consistency. The spring season got off to a strong start with its win at the BYU Entrada Classic, making it the second win this season and sixth victory in school history.“In the fall, one of our strengths was that we were fairly consistent and we had decent depth, and I have seen the same things show to be true so far this spring. Our strength is really truly in our consistency and our depth. We tend to drive the ball very accurately, keep the ball in play and are a pretty steady golf team most of the time we are out there,” head coach Todd Oehrlein said.In the BYU Classic, the Badgers were led by redshirt freshman Alexis Nelson, also seeing strong performances by Kris Yoo, Lindsay Danielson, Alyssa Elliot and senior Carly Werwie to push them past Oklahoma State by five strokes for the win.“I thought I played well; I just had five bad holes the whole tournament that really hurt me. Other than that, I thought I hit the ball really well, and I thought I gave myself really good opportunities to put some low numbers out there. I feel good going into these last couple of tournaments,” Werwie said.Beyond BYU, Oehrlein has been impressed with the team’s nine tournament rounds of play.“I’m happy with where we are at given the time of year, but none of that is going to mean anything if we don’t continue to improve, continue to make it better from this point forward, and that has to be our focus,” Oehrlein said.Although a great start for the team, the girls and coaches are looking forward to the next round of tournament play at the Indiana Invitational starting April 4. The team is banking on continuing its strong play and hard efforts to improve on its early-season play.“The BYU tournament was an excellent event for us, good competition, good tournament, good field and I was really proud of how we played, but that one is done now, and we kind of just have to move past it and get ourselves ready for the next tournament, ” Oehrlein said.Despite what the Midwestern weather can bring, Werwie feels the mindset of the team is really good going into the final stretch of the spring season and has full confidence in the team to pull out another victory at Indiana.“I would say we are fully capable of winning this tournament. It’s a tough course, but I think we see the potential that we have, and we are really excited that it is all starting to click for us,” Werwie said.Werwie providing veteran leadershipThe Badgers are continuing to work towards building a championship caliber level team around young talent.This year’s squad has only one senior in Werwie, signaling the vast potential the program has moving forward.“We have a neat group in that I think we have a whole team full of players that are very committed, very dedicated and are all on the same page. Right now, having everybody on the same page with the same goals, has really made a big difference,” Oehrlein said.Werwie has proven to be a valuable asset to the team given her insight into the game.“Carly has been a great all around kid for us; she has been a great role model and has just been really helpful to all the younger kids,” Elliot said. “She has worked really hard to get where she is; she is very competitive, and that’s great for the younger kids to see, and she puts a lot of time and effort into everything she has done. We hope to bring in more players like that, that have that competitive drive.”Despite her senior standing, Werwie admits to feeling no extra pressure of being the senior of the team. She feels she is surrounded by a great group of leaders regardless.“We get along really well, and it makes it fun; it’s not stressful,” she said.After building a fun yet competitive environment, the Badgers look forward to continued success throughout the rest of the season and into the future.“We have a ways to go yet, and I am proud of the way they are working, I am proud of their approach right now. Their practices are productive; they have purpose. It is nice to see progress, but there is a lot of season left,” Oehrlein said.