Ellsworth girls bounce back, hand GSA 1st loss

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) 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 mmandell@ellsworthamerican.com. Latest Postscenter_img Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Bio BLUE HILL — With every passing possession, Andy Pooler couldn’t stop himself from looking up at the clock.Pooler’s Ellsworth girls’ basketball team had built a double-digit lead over George Stevens Academy, but that advantage had dwindled. With 13 seconds left, GSA had the ball down just five — not a likely scenario for the home team to mount a comeback, but far from an impossible one.GSA inbounded the ball, and Pooler held his head in his hands. Two passes later, though, Ellsworth’s Katelynn Bagley had the ball in hers. By the time GSA got it back with three seconds to go, Pooler was doing a Tiger Woods-esque fist pump as Ellsworth’s Sammy Mason and Trinity Montigny celebrated.“We did it,” Mason said to Montigny. “What a win.”This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe Ellsworth girls won for the second time in three games by defeating GSA 38-33 on the road Monday night. The result sent GSA to its first defeat of the year and gave Ellsworth revenge for a 51-37 loss to the Class C North leaders earlier this season.“This whole season, we’ve been looking for that one win we can really hang our hats on, and this was it,” Pooler said. “We had to run them out of time, and we got it done.”Right from the opening tipoff, Ellsworth’s focus was on stopping GSA’s 6-foot forward, Morgan Dauk. Dauk had scored 29 points in the previous matchup between the two teams on Dec. 27, and the Eagles were determined not to let that happen again. With Ellsworth double- and triple-teaming her on every possession, Dauk scored just two points in the first quarter.“She’s just so good, and you have to plan everything around how you’re going to stop her,” Mason said. “When we played them a little while ago, we weren’t able to do that. This time, we had to make it our No. 1 goal.”Ellsworth led 14-8 after the first quarter, but GSA’s tight defense kept the game within five points throughout most the second. With the visitors possessing the ball and a 20-17 lead with 1.8 seconds left in the half, Pooler called timeout and drew up a play that would get the ball to Mason, one of his best shooters.As Bagley looked to inbound the ball under the basket, Montigny set a screen for Mason just beyond the 3-point line. Mason caught a clean pass, spotted up to shoot and drained a 3-pointer to put her team up six heading into halftime. The senior smiled, and Ellsworth went to the locker room with momentum.“At halftime, our team was very loose, and Sammy’s 3 was 99 percent of that,” Pooler said. “We needed that extra bit of a boost going into the half because we knew a good team like George Stevens was going to come out and adjust.”Ellsworth (3-6) rode its momentum into the second half and didn’t allow GSA to score for the first 5:42. Ellsworth entered the final eight minutes with a 30-19 lead. Montigny had five of Ellsworth’s seven points in the third quarter.GSA (9-1) rallied in the fourth and finally started to make shots from beyond the arc, but it was too late. The home team managed just one shot once it cut the Ellsworth lead to five late in the game. By the time it was in the air, the Ellsworth players were celebrating a win at midcourt.“We knew they were going to start making shots at some point, but we made it difficult for them and didn’t allow any big ones until the very end,” Montigny said. “It’s been hard with some of our struggles lately, but a win like this makes us confident because it tells us we can compete with some good teams.”Mason led Ellsworth with 15 points, and Montigny added 11. Hannah Sargent was the team’s No. 3 scorer with nine, and Bagley had the remaining three. Ellsworth committed just seven fouls as a team.Despite dealing with various double- and triple-teams throughout the game, Dauk still led GSA with 16 points. Elsewhere for GSA, Emma Crosby scored eight, Mazie Smallidge and Dawn Hutchinson had four and Julianna Allen had two.Ellsworth’s next game will be on the road against the Orono Red Riots (2-6) at 7 p.m. today, Jan. 12. GSA will head on the road to face the Piscataquis Pirates (7-2) at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14.last_img read more

NBA legend Kobe Bryant killed in Calabasas helicopter crash

first_imgUSC students reflect on Kobe Bryant’s life and legacy. He was an 18-time All-Star and the 2008 league MVP, bringing the Lakers to five NBA championships. (Photo via Los Angeles Lakers/Twitter) Bryant was always one of the most respected players in the league during his career and a staple of Los Angeles inside and outside of sports. The news of his passing impacted USC students — Lakers fans or not — who grew up watching and idolizing the “Black Mamba.”  Bryant moved to Italy when he was 6 as his father had retired from the NBA to play internationally. Overseas, Bryant not only learned how to speak fluent Italian and play soccer but he started to seriously learn how to play basketball. Almost four years after the final game of Bryant’s career — a 60-point performance against the Utah Jazz at Staples Center in April 2016 — his impact is still felt in the NBA. Now, after Bryant’s passing, his legacy in the sport and in the lives of fans around the world is sure to live on.  “Kobe’s legacy isn’t even basketball, it’s work ethic and dedication,” said Jayden Smith, a sophomore majoring in political science. “The way Kobe trained, he did that in every aspect of his life. Everything he does he obsesses over it, over the minute details, and does everything he can to be better than the person that he’s competing against.” Bryant’s legacy is a somewhat complicated one. In 2003, Bryant was arrested and charged for allegedly sexually assaulting a hotel employee in Colorado. The accuser later dropped the charges after refusing to testify but later filed a separate civil suit against Bryant. Bryant did not directly admit guilt but publicly apologized for the circumstances between himself and the employee. After the news of Bryant’s death was first reported by TMZ Sports and followed by confirmation by multiple outlets, numerous celebrities, sports figures and fans were quick to share their grief on social media. Memorials were quickly set up near the crash site and outside Staples Center, the Lakers’ home arena and site of the 2020 Grammy Awards show that began just hours later, bringing a mix of attendees and mourners to L.A. Live. Bryant had three straight championship-winning seasons with teammate Shaquille O’Neal and head coach Phil Jackson from 2000-02 before O’Neal was traded to the Miami Heat in 2004. That trade, however, cemented Bryant’s role as the Lakers’ franchise leader. He would go on to win two more championships with Jackson and teammate Pau Gasol in 2009 and 2010 before tearing an Achilles tendon in 2013 at age 34. “It’s more than just basketball really with Kobe, he kind of just encompassed everything L.A.,” said Diego Briones, a junior majoring in political science. “Especially because it’s such an artsy town, he was such a sophisticated, intellectual person … He really viewed the sport like an art and I think that really resonates with a lot of Los Angeles citizens.” “He’s an international icon,” Briones said. “He helped take basketball international … I think he’s pivotal in that regard.” Bryant has become a household name for many across the globe, including those outside of the basketball community and fanbase. His legacy and approach towards his goals even impacted people off the court that did not tune in to witness his impressive on-court performances. Bryant and Gianna are survived by Kobe’s wife Vanessa and three daughters — Natalia Diamante (17), Bianka Bella (3) and Capri Kobe (7 months). Tributes to Kobe Bryant hang on the windows of Cale & Irani Residential College at USC Village. (Photo courtesy of Jayden Smith)center_img Bryant’s tenacious work ethic, highlighted in his book “The Mamba Mentality: How I Play,” has served as a model for young athletes and others inside and outside the realm of sports. He was known for his unwavering, constant willingness to improve. Former NBA superstar Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna were killed Sunday morning after a helicopter crashed in Calabasas just before 10 a.m. Bryant and Gianna were on their way to Thousand Oaks for her basketball practice. He was 41. Bryant grew up as a fan of the Los Angeles Lakers and played with them for all of his 20-year career. Considered by many as one of the greatest basketball players of all time, Bryant was an 18-time All-Star and the 2008 league MVP, leading the Lakers to five NBA championships.  Bryant — especially after his retirement — was also an outspoken advocate for growing women’s basketball, frequently attending college and WNBA games, coaching Gianna’s teams and using social media to praise women’s basketball players. For many, that drive and determination extends past basketball. “I think his passing is definitely a part of the city is passing, too,” Ghajar said. “And any sport you can apply his mindset, the Mamba Mentality to it. You can apply the Mamba Mentality to anything in life, really. [He] will be missed everywhere.” “Kobe has been my role model my whole life, sort of my idol,” said Tyler Ghajar, a freshman majoring in art. “I got inspiration from his work ethic and determination … to sort of apply that to my life. He was more than an athlete in terms of what he meant for this city and just for people in general.” “Kobe Bryant really was a huge influence even on those of us who never really were big on basketball,” freshman Economics major Freya Haksar said. “He was the kind of icon that gave you a vision of success…He was always kind of a figure for us to keep pushing forward, to turn our challenges and pressures into lessons, and a drive to always keep our heads up and better ourselves and spread that energy to the people around us.” Bryant was also a two-time Olympic gold medalist in Beijing and London and served as a key figure in helping expand the NBA’s international reach, attracting and inspiring young fans from all across the world. “I hope people — regardless of their affiliation to teams, whether they’re a Laker fan or whether they’re a Celtic fan, whether they’re even a basketball fan or even a sports fan — just recognize what he meant to the city,” Smith said. “He was able to get a whole city to get behind him and embrace him … Kobe is L.A. basketball.” Bryant’s death comes just one day after he was passed by current Lakers superstar LeBron James for third all-time on the NBA’s career scoring leaderboard. James was seen in tears after the Lakers landed in Los Angeles after flying in from Philadelphia, Bryant’s hometown.last_img read more

Colin Kaepernick won’t drop out of NFL’s Saturday workout despite speculation

first_imgWhen Kaepernick’s representatives asked whether a team or teams had asked for the workout, the NFL league office said, “We can’t tell you that,” the reps explained.Because of the mystery around the workout and because none of the teams had been informed before Tuesday, Kaepernick’s representatives began to question the legitimacy of the workout and the process and wonder whether it was a public-relations stunt by the league, sources previously told ESPN. ProFootballTalk’s Mike Florio even speculated all of this could be designed by the NFL in an effort to get Kaepernick to drop out.”The league possibly now hopes that Kaepernick will become sufficiently frustrated with the process and change his mind about attending,” Florio writes. “Then, the P.R. message will be, ‘We gave him what he wanted, and he didn’t take it.'”It seems obvious, at the very least, there was a lot of frustration from Kaepernick’s camp on Wednesday night. There haven’t been any more significant updates on Thursday, so Kaepernick dropping out appears to still be a possibility. As of now, however, no such decision has been made. But the league released a public statement Thursday evening listing teams that already committed while also confirming former coaches Hue Jackson and Joe Philbin would help out.ORIGINAL STORY:The NFL’s sudden scheduled workout for Colin Kaepernick may not happen.According to various reports, the league reached out to representatives for Kaepernick on Tuesday to set up a workout for the free agent quarterback. Once agreed, the league sent a memo inviting all 32 teams an invite to attend. The whole situation caught most involved off-guard.From The Ringer:Kaepernick’s team was contacted sometime Tuesday by NFL representatives explaining the request. Most free-agent workouts happen on Tuesday. According to the source, Kaepernick was told that the NFL needed a response “in two hours” if he was serious about the opportunity. Kaepernick and his representatives scrambled to rearrange their schedules to fit in the request, but several around Kaepernick wondered why it came in such an urgent manner. For one, a Saturday tryout conflicts with the regular NFL scouting of college football games; for another, forcing high-end NFL personnel to get on flights to and from Atlanta hours before Sunday’s kickoffs seems likely to limit the number of attendees. “It didn’t make a whole lot of sense,” the source told me.STEPHEN A SMITH: Colin Kaepernick ‘needs to shut up’ if he wants NFL jobKaepernick’s team reportedly asked the NFL to reschedule to Tuesday and were told no. They then asked if it could be moved to the following Saturday to allow teams a proper notice, and were also told no. It’s not clear why the NFL made Saturday, Nov. 16 the mandatory date.There are other critical elements involved that have given Kaepernick and his team pause, according to Yahoo Sports. A Wednesday night Yahoo report claimed the issues could rise “potentially to the point that the event could still fall apart before Saturday.”Those issues include, according to Yahoo:The NFL is refusing to provide a confirmed list of teams attending;The NFL provided no throwing script;The NFL hasn’t said who Kaepernick will be throwing to.Both Yahoo and ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported the same details regarding the list of teams. The reports say Kaepernick’s camp was promised a list of attendees before the event, but the NFL is denying promising that information.2/2 So Kaepernick camp says it was promised list of attendees and can prove it, and an NFL source said league did not make that promise.Another source in Kaepernick’s camp said he was on the phone call when the NFL said how it would provide the names of attendees. On it goes.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 14, 2019MORE: Eric Reid suspicious of NFL’s workout for KapAs a guest on “The Greg Hill Show” Thursday morning, Schefter provided his personal thoughts on the workout. The hosts made reference to the workout, joking about who the Patriots were sending and Schefter responded, “If that workout even happens.”When pressed on it, Schefter was careful with his words saying, “I’m skeptical, I’ll say that. We’ll see.” He added nothing new has happened recently to make him feel that way, saying he’s been “skeptical all along.”The ESPN reporter added a few more thoughts on “Get Up.””I can’t tell you that that workout is happening … I’m not convinced it will.”@AdamSchefter gives us some very interesting thoughts on Colin Kaepernick’s upcoming workout. pic.twitter.com/c9jkT0lyWD— Get Up (@GetUpESPN) November 14, 2019″You’re assuming that he has the workout Saturday,” Schefter said. “No, that’s not a done deal.”Even though the event was scheduled on very short notice, a few teams have publicly (while others have been reported) confirmed they’re sending someone to attend. Teams reportedly include the Falcons, Bengals, Cowboys, Broncos, Lions, Dolphins, Patriots, Jets, Buccaneers and Redskins. The Browns are not planning to send representation, according to ESPN’s Josina Anderson.Yahoo’s report also confirmed a team will not be attending because if they wanted to sign him, they’d hold their own private workout. Yahoo did not list which team.There’s also another reason why Kaepernick may not feel like attending:I’m just getting word from my representatives that the NFL league office reached out to them about a workout in Atlanta on Saturday. I’ve been in shape and ready for this for 3 years, can’t wait to see the head coaches and GMs on Saturday.— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) November 13, 2019At the end he mentions he “can’t wait to see the head coaches and [general managers].”According to ESPN’s Dan Graziano the people attending are “more likely to be scouts or personnel executives.” Graziano adds it’s “extremely unlikely that any head coach or GM whose team plays on Sunday or Monday will make the trip.”Schefter’s report from Wednesday night also pointed out, “although multiple teams have confirmed that they will attend the workout, none has identified by name who will be going.” Schefter also added: “Several high-level NFL executives reached out as a courtesy to Kaepernick’s representatives to say they couldn’t attend and were caught off-guard and confused by the purpose of the NFL scheduling the workout.”When you combine that with Kapernick’s reported frustration over not receiving an attendees list, it suggests that Kaepernick doesn’t want to work out for a bunch of nobodies. If no one of importance is going to attend this event, then the question can be asked as to who this event is actually for.From Schefter: UPDATE: Colin Kaepernick will participate in the NFL’s scheduled workout for the free agent quarterback, according to a report from Yahoo Sports.Sources told Yahoo Kaepernick “wanted to showcase his commitment to getting back into the league, even if it took place under a warped timeline from the NFL.” There was some speculation during the week that Kaepernick could drop out due to the bizarre nature of how the workout came together. His representatives were also upset that the NFL reportedly backed out of its agreement to provide a list of attendees.last_img read more