THE YEAR IN PICTURES: Ellsworth baseball team wins state championship

first_imgELLSWORTH — The last pitch Matt Burnett threw as an Ellsworth Eagle clinched a state championship. Six months later, he hasn’t stopped thinking about it.With winter’s arrival, green grasses and dirt infields across the state look vastly different than they did June 15, the day Burnett pitched Ellsworth to a 2-0 win over Freeport in the Class B title game at St. Joseph’s College. Yet even though the 2019 season might be a distant memory for some, Burnett, his coaches and his fellow teammates are still basking in their run to No. 1.“It’s something I don’t think I’m ever going to shut up about,” Burnett said with a laugh. “I’m sure I’m going to be telling my kids and grandkids about it some day. To think back on it all and what we did, it’s just unreal.”The 2019 season saw Ellsworth claim its first state title since 1988 and the program’s fourth overall. The Eagles rode remarkable starting pitching and timely contributions up and down the lineup to a 19-1 season, one that ended with a sea of maroon-clad players hoisting the Gold Glove on that sunny evening in Standish.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textEllsworth entered the season fresh off a 2018 campaign in which it went 17-2 and finished as the Northern Maine runner-up. With Burnett and fellow senior Conner Wagstaff back to form one of the state’s top pitching duos and a combination of veteran talent and eager newcomers at the plate and in the field, the Eagles began 2019 with high expectations once again.Ellsworth made its status as one of the state’s elite teams clear early in the year as it outscored opponents 78-5 over its first seven games. The Eagles’ second game of the season, a 20-1 win over perennial Class B North contender Old Town, began a streak of five straight wins by 10 or more runs.“When we crushed Old Town, that’s when I knew we were going to be really good again,” Burnett said. “They’re a big rival of ours that’s always a good team, and winning that game 20-1 showed us what kind of team we could be.”Conner Wagstaff celebrates his RBI triple in the third inning of the Class B North championship baseball game against Hermon on June 12 at Mansfield Stadium in Bangor. Ellsworth’s 9-5 win over Hermon in the regional final came one year to the day after the Eagles lost the 2018 Northern Maine title game to Brewer on the same field. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLAfter winning on the road against a much-improved Belfast team and earning home wins over Mount Desert Island and Brewer, Ellsworth fell to its only loss of the season, a 3-1 road defeat against George Stevens Academy, on May 17. Yet the Eagles responded by finishing the regular season with five straight wins and claiming the No. 1 seed for the second year in a row.Although the GSA loss was a blotch on what was otherwise a perfect résumé, Ellsworth head coach Dan Curtis said the loss sparked a newfound energy in the team. After beating John Bapst on Senior Day and rattling off four consecutive road wins to close out the regular season, the Eagles defeated Lawrence, Medomak Valley, Hermon and Freeport in the playoffs to take home the title.“I think our leadership really stepped up after that George Stevens game,” Curtis said. “We played with a new level of focus and weren’t going to take ‘No’ for an answer.”Ellsworth’s Class B North championship game win over Hermon came one year to the day after the Eagles lost in the same round to Brewer. That game, which took place on the same Mansfield Stadium grass as the Eagles’ regional title game win this year, was a source of motivation for the returning players.“Losing that Brewer game was one of the most emotionally difficult things I’ve ever had to deal with,” Burnett said. “It made us come back and work even harder.”Yet the impact of Ellsworth’s title win, Curtis said, has gone beyond the field; from members of the varsity team serving as role models for the Little Leaguers to businesses going all out for the team’s postseason celebration in August, the 2019 Eagles’ lasting legacy will be about more than baseball to their head coach.“You look at the examples these boys set as people and the way the community rallied behind them, and everybody has given back a lot,” Curtis said. “The city of Ellsworth really invested in these kids, and everybody is going to still be talking about this team and what they did for Ellsworth years from now.” MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Biocenter_img Latest Posts Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 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 protected]last_img read more

WBA strips Brian Castano of super welterweight belt; Soro-Lara next?

first_imgThe WBA has not confirmed a Soro-Lara bout. Soro (33-2-1, 22 KOs) is scheduled to defend his belt vs. Magomed Kurbanov on July 20 in Marseille, France; Lara (25-3-3, 14 KOs) is scheduled to fight Ramon Alvarez, brother of Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, on Aug. 31 in Minneapolis.Castano (15-0-1, 11 KOs) defeated Soro in July 2017 for his first title defense and drew with Lara last March. He vacated the title last week in a dispute over the purse bid for his planned rematch with Soro. Castano’s camp accused Soro’s promoters, who won the purse bid, of refusing to put Castano’s purse in escrow and to agree to have the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) conduct drug noted that Castano’s camp went to court to ensure Castano was paid for fighting Soro the first time. The WBA on Tuesday stripped Brian Castano of his WBA (Regular) super welterweight title for failing to sign the contract for his mandatory defense against WBA (Gold) champion Michel Soro, the organization announced.The Athletic later reported that the WBA ordered Soro to fight Erislandy Lara for the now-vacant belt. Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a year last_img read more

Michelle Yeoh has officially joined the cast of Ja

first_imgMichelle Yeoh has officially joined the cast of James Cameron’s Avatar sequels. Yeoh’s character is a scientist named Dr. Karina Mogue, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Cameron confirmed the news in a statement, saying “Throughout her career, Michelle has always created unique and memorable characters. I look forward to working with [her] to do the same thing on the Avatar sequels”. This role will add to her long and diverse acting career, which includes an appearance in 2017’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and a starring role in the highly lauded 2000 martial arts film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. She also appeared in the romantic comedy Crazy Rich Asians and will be starring in a spinoff of Star Trek: Discovery focusing on her own character. Written and directed by James Cameron, Avatar 2 stars Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang, Giovanni Ribisi, Joel David Moore, Edie Falco, Kate Winslet, Oona Chaplin, Vin Diesel, Michelle Yeoh and David Thewlis. The film is slated to release on December 18, 2020. Avatar 3 is expected to follow on December 17, 2021. Source: CBRlast_img read more