Ellsworth senior Madison Card was one of eight local high school athletes who made McDonald’s Senior All-Star basketball teams.FILE PHOTO BY TIM SUELLENTROPELLSWORTH — Eight local high school athletes competed in the Maine McDonald’s Senior All-Star basketball games on Saturday at Husson University in Bangor.Those Hancock County athletes included Ellsworth’s Madison Card, Mount Desert Island’s Sierra Tapley and Kelsey Shaw, Deer Isle-Stonington’s Ally Eaton, George Stevens Academy’s Nicholas Szwez and Will Entwisle, and Bucksport’s Tyler Pye and Riley MacLeod.GSA’s Dwayne Carter coached the boys’ Class C/D North team, which included Szwez, Entwisle, Pye and MacLeod. Szwez and Entwisle scored 12 points each for the North All-Stars en route to their 113-79 loss to the South.Card, who played with Tapley and Shaw for the girls’ Class AA/A/B North, also contributed 12 points. The North All-Stars lost 86-69.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textEllsworth girls’ coach Andy Pooler said he can’t recall the last female basketball player for Ellsworth to qualify for a McDonald’s All-Star team.“She’s a good scorer at all costs,” Pooler said of Card. “She’s going to go through a brick wall to get to the basket.”Eaton was the only local athlete to play on a winning team, as the girls’ Class C/D North defeated the South All-Stars 65-63.Net proceeds from the All-Star games benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Maine. Last year’s All-Star weekend raised more than $32,000 for the charities. Since its founding in 1998, RMHC of Maine has granted more than $3 million to more than 250 nonprofit organizations.
DISTRICT 10 continues to produce champions because they work hard together and with a plan, their successful manager, Carmen Small, said after her team won their fifth consecutive title and 18th overall at the just concluded 59th edition of the National Schools’ Cycling, Swimming and Track and Field Championships.“Talent wins events, but teamwork wins our championship,” Small noted.Carmen Small has won five consecutive titles with District 10 as team manager.At the Nationals, Upper Demerara-Kwakwani were able to dominate the students’ leg of the track and field competition, while they finished second in the cycling and swimming and fourth in the teachers’ competition, which earned them 68 overall points; nine more than second place finishers, North Georgetown.Although several of the districts improved in various disciplines, none showed as much consistency as the champions.According to Small, that consistency is not due to talent alone, but to a systematic approach.“For years, we start preparing for these championships soon after returning from the previous one. We would have Inter-Schools Relay Championships, Relay Festival; we would have U-8 and U-10 Championships in preparation for the next year.”The experienced official, who has managed the side every year over the five years of dominance, added that they are always focused on getting better and, over the years, have concentrated heavily on bettering their weak areas.Additionally, the side has not relied on big names alone and has been able to address their longevity.“In the past five years, we would have used our strategies, we developed a clinic, a nursery…because of the nursery preparations for these championships, we always have someone in line.”Small added that although the aging athletes leave, many of them still help the younger crop whenever they can.“We have those athletes who would come back and coach the other children because we know that we are the defending champions and that we must come to defend our championships.”Teamwork is not just between athletes and coaches, but the wider community. Small said that there is togetherness in the district, and both the regional democratic council and the Department of Education contribute. “We work hand-in-hand so that Linden must bring home the championship, because our pride would be at stake.”Next year, Small is again looking to win; she is confident that title number 19 is within grasp.
Published on May 19, 2019 at 3:43 pm Contact Andrew: firstname.lastname@example.org | @CraneAndrew Facebook Twitter Google+ Three members of the Syracuse tennis program were honored on Saturday in the northeast portion of ITA’s NCAA Division I Regional Awards. Head coach Younes Limam won the Wilson/ITA coach of the year, associate head coach Shelley George took home ITA assistant coach of the year and Gabriela Knutson was awarded ITA senior player of the year. SU’s (14-13, 5-9 Atlantic Coast) season ended with a 4-1 loss to Stanford in the second round of the NCAA tournament on May 5, and only Knutson qualified for the NCAA singles and doubles championships that begin on Monday in Orlando, Florida.Over the past five months, the Orange constructed one of the most successful seasons in their 44-year history. They swept both matches during ITA Kick-Off Weekend — including a 4-2 victory over then-No. 9 Michigan — and advanced to the ITA National Team Indoor Championship for the first time. Two four-match winning streaks sandwiched a two-week losing streak to open the season, but during that time SU climbed to No. 10 in the Oracle/ITA rankings, its highest ever.In his five seasons at Syracuse, Limam has led the Orange to their only three NCAA tournament appearances in program history alongside George — who completed her 12th season with the Orange this year. The pair has developed All-Americans in Knutson and her doubles partner junior Miranda Ramirez, attracted top transfers in sophomore Guzal Yusupova and established international recruiting connections in countries such as Russia.Knutson, who moved into No. 2 for all-time career wins on Feb. 17 against Harvard, has compiled a 16-10 singles record this year to go along with a 14-11 doubles record, both lower than last season. But SU’s top singles player consistently competed with the top-ranked opponents despite nagging arm issues late in the season. Knutson defeated then-No. 5 Makenna Jones of UNC and took Miami’s then-No. 2 Estela Perez-Somarriba to two tiebreakers.Behind her backhand, a strength since she first began playing tennis at age 2, Knutson peaked at No. 4 and No. 13 in the singles rankings the past two years. She begins her second consecutive NCAA singles tournament appearance against Washington’s No. 57 Stacey Fung on Monday at 10 a.m. Last year, Knutson advanced to the round of 16 before falling to Pepperdine’s Mayar Sherif in three sets.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAn Alpena man could be facing up to two years in prison and or five years of probation after pleading guilty to child abuse. 29 Year-Old Merlin Pardike will be sentenced next month after he admitted to hitting his step daughter in the head back in November 2016.Pardike pleaded guilty in court this week to a single count of child abuse in the third-degree. Other charges of second-degree child abuse and lying to a police officer were dropped in exchange for Pardike’s guilty plea. Pardike’s sentencing is scheduled for July 24th at the Alpena County Circuit Court.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Alpena County Sheriff’s Office, Child Abuse, Merlin Aaron Shane Pardike, Merlin PardikeContinue ReadingPrevious Alpena’s Shipwreck Rollers Recognized by FacebookNext Field Trip Friday Heads To Mackinac Island