Latest Posts Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 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] ELLSWORTH — Duane Crawford has spent many late-summer and early-fall hours over the past eight years preparing for high school football games. This year, the Ellsworth/Sumner head coach’s preparations look a bit different.After re-entering the varsity fold in 2012, the Eagles have gone from their first win to their first winning season to their first playoff appearance in a span of less than a decade. As Ellsworth/Sumner gets set to conclude its summer practice slate, the team is still dreaming big — but preparing to play a little bit smaller.Ellsworth/Sumner is set to kick off a new chapter in the state’s high school football history this coming season as a member of the Maine Principals’ Association’s new eight-man football classification. The switch to the new format offers Crawford’s program and others throughout the state chances to keep their teams thriving in Maine’s ever-changing varsity football scene.“This is going to be a really exciting season for us,” Crawford said. “It’s a great opportunity for our team to be part of this first season of eight-man football, and we’re hoping it’ll drum up some more interest for us.”This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textAlthough discussions to bring eight-man football to Maine began well before the 2018-19 high school sports season, the plan became a near certainty in November when the MPA Football Committee voted to replace the developmental Class E with an eight-man classification. After more meetings in the winter, the new format was made official April 25.Ellsworth/Sumner’s Connor Crawford runs with the ball as Bucksport’s Luke Wardwell gives chase during the second half of a high school football game Oct. 19, 2018, at Bucksport High School. Ellsworth begins the 2019 season when it hosts Yarmouth in the first regular season eight-man game in state history at 6 p.m. Sept. 6. FILE PHOTOProposals throughout the process varied in regards to which schools would play eight-man football, the enrollment cutoffs used and whether the MPA would be able to keep four 11-man classes. In the end, the four-class system for 11-man football stayed in tact as Ellsworth/Sumner was placed alongside Gray-New Gloucester, Mount Ararat, Maranacook and Yarmouth in the larger of two eight-man divisions.“We didn’t know exactly what it was going to look like, but there was a lot of support from schools of all sizes for an eight-man league,” Ellsworth Athletic Director Josh Frost said. “The general feeling was that this was the right direction.”Eight-man football makes its arrival as schools across the state have seen declining enrollments and, thus, declining roster sizes across a variety of sports. Football has been hit particularly hard with the state’s participation at the high school level dropping 16.9 percent between 2008 and 2017, according to data from the National Federation of State High School Associations.Ellsworth/Sumner has been among the programs facing that numbers crunch over the past few seasons. The team has been deep enough to stay competitive during that span, but with 10 of its 20 players from the 2018 team graduating this summer and a much smaller group of incoming freshmen set to arrive, the Eagles were looking at a different roster situation in 2019.The MPA also changed Class D’s enrollment cutoff from 469 for the 2017 and 2018 seasons to 419 for 2019 and 2020. With the combined enrollment calculation for Ellsworth and Sumner rising from 455 to 483, the Eagles would have had to battle Class C powers such as Hermon, Maine Central Institute, Mount Desert Island, Nokomis and Winslow — a safety concern, Frost said — had they stuck with 11-man football.“We looked at what we had for fall 2019, and we said, ‘We have to go eight-man for this season,’” Frost said. “We were kind of looking at eight-man from the get-go, but once the enrollment figures came out and had us in Class C, that was kind of the final thing that spurred us to see what eight-man football is all about.”Personnel-wise, eight-man offenses operate with two fewer linemen and one fewer back than 11-man teams. On the defensive side, the reduction in players enables teams to use five- or six-man fronts as opposed to the seven- or eight-man schemes used in traditional football.The field will still be 100 yards in length, though the width will be reduced from 53 1/3 yards to 40 yards to accommodate the change in numbers. Eight-man games do tend to be more up-tempo and result in higher scores than 11-man games, but players will still be running, passing, blocking and blitzing just as they’ve done their entire careers.Ellsworth/Sumner head coach Duane Crawford speaks to his players during a high school football practice session Aug. 18, 2016, at Ellsworth High School. The Eagles spent seven seasons in Class D prior to their switch to the new eight-man classification. FILE PHOTO“It gives us a new way to look at things as coaches,” Crawford said. “It’s a bit different and more of a wide-open game, but at the end of the day, you’re still playing football.”Senior Connor Crawford said he expects Ellsworth/Sumner to field 15-20 players this fall. That number would be untenable at the Class C level, but in eight-man play, it should suit the Eagles just fine.“At the end of last year, we had 18 kids,” Crawford said. “It’s hard to work with that number in 11-man, but if you’re playing eight-man, you have a lot more options.”As eight-man football is only a one-year commitment, Ellsworth/Sumner and the other eight-man teams may return to 11-man play in 2020 if they so choose. That arrangement is also in place for the state’s 11-man teams, which are eligible to drop down to the eight-man level next year pending MPA approval.At the youth level, the sport will continue to be played via the 11-man code. The only fundamental change within Ellsworth Football League’s youth program will come at the third/fourth-grade level, where tackle football is being replaced with flag football. Ellsworth Football League will hold registration at 5 p.m. next Wednesday, Aug. 7, at Ellsworth High School.“I think [switching to flag football] is going to be a good change,” Duane Crawford said. “You’re always looking for things that can boost your numbers anywhere, and this has a really good chance to be one of those things that can really become a positive for our football program going forward.”As for the varsity team, Ellsworth/Sumner will be eligible for the playoffs once again this year as the Eagles and the state’s nine other eight-man teams vie for a Gold Ball. The large-school and small-school (Boothbay, Old Orchard Beach, Sacopee Valley, Telstar and Traip Academy) divisions will each send four teams to their respective playoffs with the winners meeting in the new classification’s first state championship game.Players must take two weeks away for the mandatory “hands-off” period from Aug. 5-18 before the start of fall practices Aug. 19. Then, on Sept. 6, Ellsworth High School’s Tug White Stadium will make history as the site of the state’s first regular season eight-man football game when Ellsworth/Sumner hosts Yarmouth at 6 p.m.“We get to be the first team to kick off an eight-man game, and we’re hoping that we get a good crowd with a lot of people showing up,” Connor Crawford said. “It doesn’t matter what the numbers on the field are; we’re just going to go out and play football.” Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 Bio
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Thank you for your input. -5 Vote up Vote down Love Check Points · 312 weeks ago http://fluoridealert.org/content/communities/ I am against using it. Report Reply 1 reply · active 312 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 312 weeks ago Dear “Love Check Points” We don’t care. Signed Wellington City Council. Report Reply -6 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 312 weeks ago Big brother knows best…… Report Reply 0 replies · active 312 weeks ago +9 Vote up Vote down anonymous · 312 weeks ago I seriously dont want anyone other than scientific knowledge types making decisions about our water. How many times the past few years have we received notice that “our water was found to be in violation” printed on the backs of our bills? This council is not qualified and neither are the residents really. This isn’t a taste test anyway…we fail that hands down! Report Reply 0 replies · active 312 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down Ted Logan · 312 weeks ago I like when fluoridation issues arise because it makes it easy to find the morons. Report Reply 0 replies · active 312 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down guest · 312 weeks ago I like it when things float in the water from the tap and taste funny, says no one ever. Report Reply 0 replies · active 312 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down craig · 312 weeks ago Our water is basically dreadful … pseudo Swamp goo… and way overpriced – but at least it will be better for our children’s teeth if we pour fluoride into it? Come on, folks! Report Reply 0 replies · active 312 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Seriously · 311 weeks ago The Mayor has never voted in favor of the people. Nice guy……brainwashed Mayor. Report Reply 0 replies · active 311 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! 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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” Wellington City voters will not be voting this November whether or not to continue the fluoridation of municipal water.The council did not have a majority required to pass an ordinance which would have placed fluoridation as a referendum during the Nov. 4 general election.The vote ended in a 3-3 deadlock with Mayor Roger Stallbaumer declining to cast the needed fourth vote to pass the ordinance. Those voting â€œyesâ€ for an election vote were John Tracy, Jim Valentine and Jan Korte. Those voting â€œnoâ€ against putting it on the ballot was Vince Wetta, John Brand and Kelly Green.Wellington has been fluoridating its water supply since Jan. 3, 1980 when it was passed by an ordinance. For the past 34 years, Wellington has put in one part fluoride to a million parts water.Â Tracy said at a work session a month ago that fluoridation needed to be approved by the voters because recently there was interest by several individuals hoping to end the practice.At Tuesdayâ€™s meeting he stated:â€œI have received some correspondence in favor (of a vote) and correspondence against. To me it is not an issue if fluoride is good, but about giving the public a choice. One of the e-mails I received said it best, â€˜the communities that fluoridate the water by ordinance instead of public vote is effectively medicating our citizens without their permission.â€™ I couldnâ€™t agree more.â€Brand responded:â€œI respect your position, but that is a gross exaggeration saying that we are medicating the public.â€He then read several health studies for the fluoridation of water which included endorsements from the American Dental Association, the Center of Disease Control, U.S. Surgeon Generalâ€™s office, and Oral Health America.â€œI donâ€™t think this should go to a public vote because the people it protects the most are the people who canâ€™t vote because they are not old enough,â€ Brand said.Valentine asked how long they have been putting fluoride in toothpaste and Dr. Gwen Stalcup, who was in the audience, said since the 1950s.When the vote was taken, Stallbaumer had to break the tie and immediately voted no. But City Attorney Mike Brown and interim City Manager Shane Shields had to confer for a few minutes whether or not a mayor can cast a negative vote according to Kansas State Statute.It was determined a mayor can only cast a positive vote. Stallbaumer then stated: â€œI decline to say yes.â€Follow us on Twitter.
Problems are looming for some clubs in England and not just because of pay cuts. The pandemic of coronavirus It is having a great impact on the financial aspect of football, and as explained in Daily MailThis also carries over to the sponsors.As with the players, Advertising agreements, whether it is the brand of clothing you wear or advertising on the chest or sleeves, are usually signed until the end of June. But if this season lengthens, it is possible that there are t-shirts that stop showing off their sponsors and therefore, that some teams earn less money than they expected.This is not the case for clubs that have long contracts with companies, but with those that end this year (there are five who change sponsor on the front of the shirt and five who change the sponsor on the sleeve), since there is no clause in these contracts that makes them stay together until the end of the season, although some of them probably risk losing the bonus for objectives. It is the case of Newcastlewho will stop dressing Cougar (£ 6.5m a year) as well as sporting advertising for Fun88 (6.5 million) on the chest or that of StormGain (1 million) up his sleeve. It is assumed that when those contracts expire, Mike Ashley will make them wear SportsDirect.com, the great sportswear chain of United Kingdom which he owns. But just like Watford will stop wearing Adidas or Chelsea will change Yokohama Tires for the telephone company Three, Liverpool will also change brands And while some clubs would be courteous to their sponsors, at Anfield it may be settled in court.And it is that for months, New Balance and Nike have a legal battle over who dresses Liverpool. Nike should start sponsoring them next season, but if the season is extended, the American company will not yield.There are many millions at stake and all companies will do well if they manage to carry out their strategies in the midst of a crisis, at the same time that the clubs obtain a large amount of financing from it, either with fixed income or depending on the objectives. Something that will not only happen in the Premier League, but also in the Santander League, Serie A, the Bundesliga or Ligue 1.
0Shares0000Captain Kane to the rescue: Harry Kane scored twice in England’s 2-1 win over Tunisia © AFP / Mark RALSTONSAINT PETERSBURG, Russian Federation, Jun 18 – England and Belgium got their World Cup campaigns off to winning starts as the Video Assistant Referee system proved its worth to help Sweden edge past South Korea on Monday.Here, AFP Sports looks at three things we learned today at the World Cup. Kane kickstarts EnglandEngland captain Harry Kane didn’t play down his expectations on the eve of the Three Lions opener against Tunisia, claiming Cristiano Ronaldo’s hat-trick for Portugal against Spain had already put him under pressure in the race for the Golden Boot.Kane didn’t get the hat-trick he wanted, but now trails Ronaldo by just one after riding to his country’s rescue with a double to seal England’s first opening win at a major tournament since 2006.Three points were little more than Gareth Southgate’s side deserved even if they laboured to break Tunisia down in the second-half.The game should have been out of sight but for a series of gilt-edged misses by Jesse Lingard before the break.Kane had already shown his predatory instinct after just 11 minutes to tap home from close range and thankfully for England the ball fell to Kane once more as the clock ticked into stoppage time in Volgograd to produce a deadly near post header to break Tunisia’s resistence.Belgium still seeking balanceRomelu Lukaku scored twice as Belgium beat Panama 3-0 © AFP / Odd ANDERSENUnlike a host of the other pre-tournament favourites, Belgium got off to a winning start against World Cup debutants Panama, but a 3-0 victory did little to convince the Red Devils golden generation are ready to deliver on their potential.Coach Roberto Martinez has tried to cram as much of Beglium’s attacking talent as possible into his starting XI in a 3-4-2-1.However, with Eden Hazard, Kevin de Bruyne, Dries Mertens and Romelu Lukaku all starting from central areas, they often lacked width to stretch the Panama defence in a goalless first-half.Mertens’s sensational dipping volley just after the break and two fine finishes from Lukaku underlined the moments of individual brilliance Martinez can rely on.But much sterner tests await of whether Martinez’s set-up will leave Belgium too exposed against better opposition.‘Keepers blame FIFA for balls upThe World Cup ball is causing big problems for goalkeepers in Russia © AFP / MANAN VATSYAYANAAn old favourite World Cup controversy is beginning to bubble again, with Egypt goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary directing criticism towards the tournament’s ball on Monday.One burst during the match between France and Australia on Saturday while long-range strikes from Aleksandar Kolarov and Philippe Coutinho have caused some to suggest Adidas’ ‘Telstar 18’ is too heavily weighted in the striker’s favour.“We are victims of FIFA and the ever developing football,” said El-Hadary who, at 45 years old, has seen a few.“Every four years there are new footballs. The ball might be more acceptable to the players than goalkeepers but I am sure there have been previous footballs that have been of the same quality in the past.”Russian goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev is also not convinced. “I know what you are talking about and there was a lot of criticism against this ball but we cannot change this now,” he said. “Technology is improving and players are scoring from 40 metres.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)