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first_img Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 Latest Posts Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) ELLSWORTH — Coming off the team’s best season in nearly a quarter-century, the atmosphere surrounding the Ellsworth baseball program is as electric as ever.A year ago, the Eagles combined a nine-member senior class full of contributors at the plate, in the field and on the basepaths with an unflappable pitching duo to capture lightning in a bottle. The result was a 17-2 season, one in which Ellsworth outscored opponents by eight runs per game, won the Penobscot Valley Conference regular season title and finished as Class B North runner-up.“Our main goal last year was to get Ellsworth baseball back on the map, and we did that,” senior Conner Wagstaff said Tuesday at the team’s second day of tryouts, which drew approximately 30 students. “You look around this gym right now, and you can see how many people are excited about this and want to be a part of it.”Conner Wagstaff throws a pitch during a 2018 game against Old Town at Ellsworth High School. With Wagstaff (6-0 with 65 strikeouts and a 2.24 ERA last year) and Matt Burnett (7-0 with 60 strikeouts, 11 walks and a 1.46 ERA) back on the mound, the Eagles will have one of the state’s top pitching duos this season. FILE PHOTOThis year, Ellsworth will look to build on that milestone season with a mixture of its star starting pitchers, a few dangerous threats at the plate and a group of potent newcomers. Replacing the acclaimed 2018 class won’t be easy, but if the Eagles can do it, they believe they can go a long way.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text“Losing nine guys is hard, and we’re going to need some kids to step up,” senior Matt Burnett said. “At the same time, we’ve seen some kids coming through, and we’re pumped about that.”Burnett, the reigning PVC Pitcher of the Year and Player of the Year, overpowered opponents in 2018 as he went 7-0 with a 1.46 ERA, 60 strikeouts and just 11 walks in the regular season. His dominance on the mound has earned him a scholarship to the University of Southern Maine, where he will play for of the nation’s most prestigious Division III baseball programs.Yet Burnett isn’t the only college-bound pitcher for the Eagles, who have another in Wagstaff, a 2018 All-PVC selection and Southern New Hampshire commit. As a junior last year, Wagstaff posted a 6-0 record and 2.24 ERA in the regular season and led the conference in strikeouts with 65.At the plate, two of Ellsworth’s top hitters from last season are returning: Burnett, who posted a team-best .426 batting average a year ago, and Jackson Curtis, who earned an All-PVC honor of his own with a .393 average and team-high 22 hits. Elsewhere in the lineup, Devin Grindle and Tyler Mitchell are slated to return after making notable contributions last season.Ellsworth will also be adding several newcomers to fill the holes left by last year’s seniors. Younger players such as Hunter Curtis and Matt Reid will be among the players looking to make the final roster, which head coach Dan Curtis said will be adding some new wrinkles.“We didn’t play a lot of small ball last year, and we need to be prepared to do that this year,” Curtis said. “Being able to do the little things to get that run across is just going to be even more important.”Matt Burnett takes batting practice during the second day of varsity baseball tryouts March 26 at Ellsworth High School. Burnett, the Penobscot Valley Conference Pitcher of the Year and Player of the Year last season, also finished as the team’s top batter with an average of .426. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLFortunately for the Eagles, they might not need very many of those runs to win games. With its star pitchers in command last season, Ellsworth posted eight shutouts and held opponents to three runs or fewer in 13 of its 19 games.“Having two great pitchers like we do is the perfect lead-in for a younger team,” Curtis said. “It that takes the pressure off those guys to not have to score seven or eight runs to win a game.”Ellsworth will still miss players such as Sam Horne, who led the team with 19 RBIs last year, Austin Baron, who batted .396 and stole a team-high 19 bases, and Brad Smith, Jack Lee and Jared Hamilton, whose speed and hitting prowess set the tone at the top of the order. Providing talent and experience individually and depth as a unit, those players were key to the Eagles’ resurgence in recent seasons.Despite those personnel losses, Wagstaff said the team’s goals haven’t changed. Ellsworth’s returnees now have the experience of playing for a Northern Maine championship under their belts, and although the Eagles’ defeat against Brewer in the regional final last season prevented them from going all the way, he doesn’t want this year’s team to settle for less.“Now that we have a taste of what that title game is, we want it even more,” Wagstaff said. “We want to go back and finish the job, but it starts with taking it one game at a time.”Ellsworth will begin its preseason slate when it hosts Oceanside at noon next Saturday, April 6. The team begins the regular season on the road against George Stevens Academy at 4:30 p.m. April 18 before getting into the meat of its Class B North schedule with home games against Foxcroft, Old Town and a road contest against John Bapst.“In a sport like baseball, one hot pitcher can get you, and that will be a test for some of our younger guys early on,” Curtis said. “Hopefully, some of those younger guys rise up for us, and if they do, I think we’ll be pretty good.”center_img Bio Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 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

first_imgTom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying View comments LATEST STORIES Just like the other Hypercourts that feature sprawling murals of NBA heroes, a special space in the Taguig court for female ballers called Hypercourt for Her has been painted over with the image of WNBA superstar Maya Moore.“I feel like just having Maya Moore painted on a Hypercourt serves a lot of inspiration for girls and just the fact that they are given opportunity, space to have somewhere to be able to play and not have to worry about judgment I feel like that’s gonna really inspiring for a lot of women,” said Trina Guytingco of the Ateneo women’s basketball team.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsHypercourt for Her was officially launched on Sunday, just a few days after the celebration of the International Women’s Day, with activities like group training sessions with female members of the media and 3×3 competition for women lined up for the day.‘Hypercourt for Her’ gives women free space to train. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOThe Hypercourt app, which offers free and extensive basketball training programs, also got an upgrade to 2.0, with features that are made to cater to the needs of female basketball players in the country. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra BVR on Tour: Tan-Rodriguez, Abdilla-Lopez duos win crownscenter_img Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ In the improved version of the app, male and female ballers are featured in the training videos and training sessions for women in the area will be made available.“The goal is to continue to build the basketball community specifically for the female,” Nike sports marketing manager Jino Ferrer told reporters. “The idea behind the Hypercourt 1.0 was to give a training platform for ballers that is free, because when we started building the innovation behind it we found out that Filipinos love to play but they don’t have a platform for training.”While the Hypercourt for Her in Taguig and Hypercourt 2.0 app are not exclusive to females, the women ballers get free space and platform to raise their game in basketball.“Hypercourt is a dual gender initiative, but moving forward but they will be specifically designed for women. We have a focus on helping female ballers to train and progress in the sport of basketball this year,” said Ferrer.This innovation sparked inspiration among the female athletes in the country, who are hoping to lead the charge in taking women’s basketball to the next level.ADVERTISEMENT Murals of WNBA star Maya Moore and NBA icon LeBron James alongside each other in Hypercourts in Taguig. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOMANILA, Philippines—Female ballers are getting their own space.To encourage and inspire other female basketball players to come out and play, one of the Hypercourts in Manila got a makeover.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title “It makes me feel very good [to have this kind of opportunity]. It makes me feel very proud to be a woman basketball player because before when the Hypercourt was first made, [the murals] were both men and now there’s a woman here, there is finally representation,” said Guytingco. SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball PLAY LIST 05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardlast_img read more

first_imgBeijing, Sep 18 (PTI) A group of seven Chinese students has bagged a top international prize for inventing a machine that uses air for cleaning hands and saves water. The device works by stepping on a peddle which mixes compressed air with a small amount of water vapour, allowing the user to efficiently blow the bacteria and dirt from their hands, said Shi Yukun, one of the inventors from Zhejiang University. “The equipment will save 90 per cent of the water, while achieving the same result as washing hands with water,” he said. The seven students spent a year creating the device, which took home top prize at the two-day Global Grand Challenge Summit (GGCS) in Beijing. The summit is co-organised by Chinese Academy of Engineering, the US National Academy of Engineering and British Royal Academy of Engineering, state-run Xinhua news agency reported. “We studied the function of water in the hand-washing process. Very few of the stains on our hands can be dissolved with liquid,but most of the dirt and bacteria have to be washed away by flowing water. We decided to use high-speed air to blow it away, rather than wash it away,” Yukun said. The group beat 13 other contestant groups from some of the worlds top universities, including Cambridge University and Hong Kong University. They shared a thousand-dollar start-up fund provided by the summit organisers. “We will use the money as start-up for our efforts to invent and produce water-saving equipment,” Yukun said. The first GGCS summit was held in London in 2013. PTI KJV MRJlast_img read more