Bucksport honors former baseball standout with “For the Love of the Game” play day

first_img Latest Posts Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) BUCKSPORT — For Andy Wentworth, there’s no limit to how far the Bucksport High School community will go.For the most part, preseason baseball and softball games have been unable to go on this year during a spring season characterized by cold weather, more snow and wet fields. As a result, schools have been forced to make cancellation after cancellation in what’s been a virtually nonexistent exhibition slate in early April.Yet at Bucksport, which has honored Wentworth for three years with an annual preseason play day, the idea of not playing Saturday afternoon was never an option. Baseball was the former Bucksport standout’s biggest passion, and the purple-and-gold faithful had a will, they had a way.Baseball and softball teams from throughout the state traveled to Bucksport on Saturday to participate in the “For the Love of the Game” Andy Wentworth Preseason Baseball Play Day. The event raised money for the Andy Wentworth Scholarship Fund and provided squads with last-chance tune-up opportunities in advance of the upcoming regular season.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textWentworth, who was born in Blue Hill and lived in Verona Island, was a member of the Golden Bucks’ Eastern Maine championship-winning team as a senior. He died of an illness in August 2015 at the age of 30.Sumner’s Brena Patten fields a ground ball during a preseason high school softball game against Houlton. Games at the “For the Love of the Game” Andy Wentworth Play Day were limited to one hour. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY LETITIA BALDWIN“Andy loved many things, but his biggest passion was baseball,” Bucksport public address announcer Steve Hathaway said over the loudspeakers during the opening ceremonies. “He played for the love of the game, and that’s what today is about.”In the week leading up to Saturday afternoon, Bucksport baseball and softball players, fans and coaches got to work shoveling snow, drying dirt and grass and doing whatever else necessary to ready the fields for action after a long winter. With inclement weather in the forecast, the start of the tournament was moved from 9 a.m. to noon.To give every team an opportunity to play at least one game, matchups were limited to one hour or four innings, whichever came first. Old Town, Calais, Houlton, Mattanawcook Academy, Stearns, Sumner and Washington Academy joined the host team on the diamonds.Even with the fog as thick as could be, the chance to be outside at all was a welcome one for players and coaches. Fans were just as eager, lining the cagelink fences at the fields a mile apart to watch their teams for the first times this season.“It’s for the love of the game,” said Stormi Wentworth, Andy’s mother. “It took a lot of hard work, but it’s all worth it.”Regular season play set to beginThe Hancock County baseball and softball regular seasons will begin Wednesday, April 17, when Sumner faces Narraguagus at 1 p.m. in Harrington.The road to the playoffs begins for four other schools Thursday, April 18, with Bucksport hosting Mount Desert Island at 4 p.m. and Ellsworth taking on George Stevens Academy at 4:30 p.m. in Blue Hill. Deer Isle-Stonington will open play at 1 p.m. Friday, April 19, when it takes on Penobscot Valley in Howland.The Ellsworth American will have game results and recaps as well as its seasonal photo preview package in the April 25 edition. 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 runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020center_img Bio 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, 2020last_img read more

UPDATE: Leafs lead Rebels by two points heading into KIJHL stretch run

first_imgThe dreaded KIJHL website came back to bite The Nelson Daily prior to the posting of Sunday’s Nelson Leafs weekend wrap.Following Sunday’s 4-0 loss to Revelstoke, talk in the tunnel outside the Nelson dressing room had Spokane posting a 3-2 defeat of the Rebels in the Lilac City allowing the Leafs to continue to lead Castlegar by two points in the standings.However, the KIJHL site, which is sometimes manned by gremlins, had the Braves and Rebels posting a 3-3 overtime tie.Once the gremlin was scared off, the correct score was posted, with Spokane winning 3-2 and Nelson reclaiming its two-point advantage in Murdoch standings heading into the crucial part of the season, beginning Friday in Fruitvale against the third-place Hawks.In February Nelson faces both Beaver Valley and Castlegar twice, both home and away.The Leafs also travel to Sicamous and Revelstoke to complete its regular season.Leafs hit speedbump as Revelstoke Grizzlies post 4-0 shutout victoryTo coin a Meat Loaf lyric, “Two out of three ain’t bad”.But Mr. Loaf wasn’t in a tight Kootenay International Junior Hockey League playoff run with two teams in hot pursuit.Which is why Sunday’s 4-0 home loss at the hands of the Revelstoke Grizzlies was especially tough to stomach for the Nelson Leafs.“It slipped away from us but I think we played well, they just got a couple of breaks and scored a couple of goals,” Leaf head coach Frank Maida said after the Grizzlies skated to the shutout victory, thanks mostly to the 30 save performance of netminder Aaron Brandoli.The loss, the first in five games for Nelson, gives the Leafs a slim one-point lead over the hard-charging Castlegar Rebels in the run for the Murdoch Division title.Nelson, posting wins over Spokane (8-3) Friday and Grand Forks (4-2) Saturday, maintained its advantage in the division thanks to the Braves holding the Rebels to a 3-3-overtime tie Sunday in the Washington State City.Back at the NDCC Arena, rookie Jordan Holloway scored the only goal the Grizz would need in the first period as the Alberta native beat Leaf starter Brett Soles.Holloway would net his second of the game less than five minutes later. Maida tried shift the momentum by replacing Soles with backup Marcus Beesley. But the change couldn’t turn shots into goals for the Green and White.“I made the change to try to spark the guys,” Maida explained when asked about the goalie switch.“I just tried to get the guys going. It’s the first time we’ve made a change that quick this year.”Dylan Ossman, in the second and a power play marker by Brayden Beckley in the third, was all the scoring the Grizzlies would need.Nelson once again dominated on the shot-counter, 30-14.The Leafs finished the month of January with a 7-3 record.Bruins no easy points for the Murdoch heavyweightsA goal by Colton Schell two minutes into the third period snapped a 2-2 tie and sparked Nelson to a 4-2 win over the pesky Grand Forks Border Bruins.James Sorrey, into an empty net, Dustin Reimer and Damin Devlin on the power play, also scored for the Leafs.Jacob Jeske and Jackson Purvis replied for the Bruins.Nelson out shot the Bruins 40-19, including a 19-5 count in the third period.Brett Soles earned the win in goal for the Leafs.Grand Forks, which only lost to Castlegar 2-1 after being blasted 11-0 earlier in January, came into the game on a high after defeating Revelstoke 7-4 Friday.Purvis and Nelson Minor Hockey grad Coleton Dawson each scored twice for the Bruins.Dakota Kittle had four points while Purvis finished the game with three.Leafs overcome slow start to rout BravesNelson allowed visiting Spokane to build a 3-0 lead before scoring eight unanswered goals en route to the 8-3 victory at the NDCC Arena Friday.Aaron Dunlap scored twice to lead the Leafs with Dustin Reimer, James Sorrey, Linden Horswill, J.J. Beitel, Dallon Stoddart and Seth Schmidt adding singles.After scoring twice in a 30 second span, Nelson turned a one-goal deficit into a 5-3 advantage with three goals in 100 seconds.Captain Colton Schell and Connor Gross each chipped in with three assists.last_img read more

Pat Price — BC Hockey Hall of Fame 2014 inductee

first_imgNelson native Pat Price was recently inducted into the BC Hockey Hall of Fame during a ceremony in Penticton.Price, who toiled in the World Hockey Association (WHA) for the Vancouver Blazers and the National Hockey League (NHL) for the New York Islanders, Edmonton Oilers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Quebec Nordiques, New York Rangers and Minnesota North Stars, was welcomed to the Hall along with Vancouver Canuck goalie Kirk McLean, Bill Ennos as a builder with the BC Amateur Hockey Association and the Kelowna Rockets in the team category.Pat Price has gracious allowed The Nelson Daily to publish in its entirety, his speech to the BCHHOF. Well the first time didn’t work, so she tried it again!! After that didn’t work she decided I was meant to be. So when dad got home she told him…Well he was angry alright! But he was upset she sprained both her ankles and couldn’t make him supper for a week! Greetings Folks.Ladies and Gentlemen, boys and girls… It’s nice to have your 14-year career summed up in a 5 minute video. But I can sum it up in 5 seconds.”I came into the league a rusher.  I turned into a crusher.  And then I was an usher!” Folks, I do have a story to tell you with a little bit of a message…  Especially the kids out there.A very successful man once said… “If you believe you can. Or believe you can’t… you’re probably right!I’ve carried that message with me throughout my life.When I was in Jr. High School we had Guidance Counsellors to help us make the transition to High School and guide us to our choice of careers…Well, when it was my turn to go in and see the counsellor he simply asked me “Pat, what do want to do when you graduate High School?”  I said “Sir, I want to play in the NHL.” He smiled at that and said “Yea, right Pat. Now really, what do you want to do?”My reply “Sir. I want to play in the NHL.” I could tell he didn’t find that amusing and sternly said ” NO ONE from Nelson plays in the NHL. I’m losing my patience and need to know, what do you want to do when you graduate!!” So to avoid confrontation I said ” I’d like to be in the RCMP.”  “NOW WE’RE TALKING!!” he saidWell folks 5 years later I sent him 2 tickets to my first home game in the league…. And along with those tickets I sent him a note that said ” Thanks for your confidence in me… I hope you enjoy the game!””If you believe you can. Or you believe you can’t. You’re probably right!” Among us tonight are shining examples of that philosophy. My fellow inductees’ Bill Enos, Kurt Mclean, the Memorial Cup Champion Kelowna Rockets, as well as Stan Smyl, Trevor Linden and Brian Burke.Try telling Burkie he can’t do something!!Congrats to my fellow inductees tonight and I am truly honored by this acknowledgement. I’m almost speechless!!So with that I’ll say goodnight and wish all of us here tonight… Health and happiness..Oh, and by the way…. It was Henry Ford that coined that saying….. There are many people I have to be thankful for in my life. Both friends and family. And many are with me here tonight. But I’ll begin with Mom and Dad.You know… I’m very lucky just to be here tonight. You see, my brother Clem is 8 years older than me. And my sister Pauline is 14 years older than me. So, needless to say… I wasn’t planned.In fact, when mom found out she was pregnant, she was so worried about dad being angry she tried to remedy the fact.  How? …she jumped off of the porch.last_img read more

Defending champion Warriors get on roll with strong defense

first_imgCoco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set “You can’t win without that,” Memphis center Marc Gasol said. “Even if you look at teams like Golden State, you see a team that obviously has a lot of firepower, their defense is really outstanding, how they all move together at the same time, how they all shift as a unit from one side to the other … Then they give you 125 points, too. But they really do play a lot of great defense.”Against the T-Wolves, Golden State blocked nine shots — its 11th time in 12 games with at least seven swats — three by reserve Omri Casspi and another two from Draymond Green, and didn’t allow a 20-point performance by Minnesota. Nick Young came off the bench to make a career-high four steals in 20-plus minutes.“It’s finally coming along. We’re starting to put it together,” Green said. “We’re taking more ownership in one-on-one defense. We’ve just locked in more on one-on-one defense and taking on the challenge.”Part of that, according to player development coach Chris DeMarco, is “being the aggressors, being active defensively and trusting that the guys around us will help if we get beat.”While a handful of turnovers led to easy baskets by Minnesota, for the most part the Warriors were disciplined in their defensive assignments. It has been that way for a stretch of games now.It didn’t hurt Golden State shot 65.9 percent after halftime in pulling away from the overmatched Timberwolves, who were on a roll with five straight wins before the stop in Oakland.“I think you learn a lot from playing against them because that’s what a championship team looks like. They play hard. They play together. You look at their willingness to sacrifice for each other and make plays,” T-Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau said. “They had 37 assists on 48 baskets. Their defense over the last five games has been back to what their defense is. That’s why they’ve been able to win the way they’ve won. I think their willingness to sacrifice and play for each other is what makes them great. They take good shots. They make the game easy for each other. When you do that, the results will be good.”___AP Sports Writer Teresa M. Walker contributed to this report. “I know if we focus on taking care of the basketball and playing solid defense, and focusing on that, and really, hopefully, regardless of how our offense is, we’ll be in a good position to win games,” Curry said.Golden State limited the Timberwolves to 41.3 percent from the floor and a dismal 5 of 24 on 3-pointers on the way to winning its fifth straight.“You saw how beautiful that was in the second half with 37 assists overall. It’s all about taking care of the ball and defending,” Kerr said. “The defense part I’m really pleased with. I think this is about our fifth straight really good defensive effort we have had so that’s a great sign.”He gave his team a day off Thursday before getting back to work Friday in preparation for Philadelphia.Other teams and opposing players notice the Warriors’ attention to detail on the defensive end, even if their high-flying offensive show is typically the focus of scouting reports and film sessions.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LeBron ‘obviously’ interested in owning Cavs someday It wasn’t this way out of the gates this season, and coach Steve Kerr had some moments of frustration.Lately, he’s pleased with the progress and consistency.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“Defensively we’ve just had longer stretches of high intensity and high level of focus,” Stephen Curry said. “That’s allowed us to control the momentum of games and the flow of games.”The Warriors outscored Minnesota 44-26 in the third quarter of Wednesday night’s 125-101 win — and dominated without NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant, who sat with a bruised left thigh but was expected to be fine by Saturday’s home game against the 76ers. 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Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFPOAKLAND, Calif. — Defense has been the theme from Day 1 for the Golden State Warriors, determined to do all the little things even better on both ends of the floor on the heels of their second NBA championship in three years.They’re blocking shots. Jumping into the passing lanes for timely steals. Getting hands in the faces of shooters.ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Red Pitaya: STEMlab at the heart of radar warning and information disaster management system

first_imgRed Pitaya announced that a consortium including a members from a major European research organisation, two German universities and industry,  is using STEMlab to perform waveform synthesis, IF signal sampling & signal processing on a new radar warning and information system for applications in disaster management (RAWIS) that is currently being developed. During a search and rescue operation, emergency teams and trapped survivors are exposed to high risk from partially- destroyed buildings and structures which can collapse causing injury. More, the situation is constantly changing as debris is moved. RAWIS will monitor any movement in the disaster environment and to warn individual of any danger. Harmless motion – people, rescue vehicles, animals, tree leaves etc – must be successfully suppressed. The RAWIS system consists of a main radar system which monitors the entire scene and measures submillimeter debris movements of any debris, auxiliary radars to perform measurements of individual hot spots, and units which are fastened to clothing worn by the rescuers.Auxiliary radars, which can cover hidden or covered areas, operate within the V-Band as the best compromise between resolution, size and system cost. Synthesis of the Tx waveform, sampling of the IF signal and signal processing are performed using Red Pitaya’s STEMlab, a low cost, credit-card sized FPGA board suitable for Software-defined Radar applications. This platform contains dual-channel AD/DA conversion capabilities with 14-bit resolution at 125MHz sample frequency.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous ADLINK joins Open Networking Foundation as collaborating innovatorNext Maxim works with Qualcomm on infotainment applications for smart, connected carslast_img read more

World Cup 2018: Why Serbia are rooting for England vs Croatia in semifinal

first_imgWhen England face Croatia in the semi-final of the 2018 FIFA World Cup on Wednesday and the ‘Three Lions’ find will find Serbian support in their corner.Serbia were knocked out of the group stage by Switzerland and many Serbs have taken to social media to pledge support for England.The bloody history between Serbia and Croatia dates back to 1991 when more than 20,000 Serbians were killed in the war Croatia declared independence from Yugoslavia. The war ended in 1995 but even though the relations between the two countries has improved, the tensions remain.”England have no choice but to win. Serbia is with them and once they reach the Final, they got to win. Everything just feels so right. I cannot wait,” Daniel Kostic posted on Twitter.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGE”I’ll never cheer on a team more than that game,” he added.”With Serbia out of the World Cup, my adopted country has my support. Sorry Croatia, love you too but England is my home,” Deanna Duda, a Serbian living in England, tweeted.Tennis star Novak Djokovic, who is Serbian, came under considerable fire for supporting Croatia in the ongoing World Cup.Also read – Croatia coach feels World Cup 2018 team will go down as ‘golden generation’Novak Djokovic posted a photo on his official Facebook page of him flanked by Luka Modric, Mateo Kovacic, Ivan Rakitic and Ivan Perisic.”Happy to meet nice guys and great football players from Croatia National Football Team,” he posted. “I am backing Croatia… I know who I would like to lift the trophy,” he was even quoted by the Serbian media as saying.advertisementThere was immediate backlash with people in the Serbian government.”Only idiots can support Croatia. Aren’t you ashamed Novak?,” tweeted Vladimir Djukanovic of President Aleksandar Vucic’s ruling Serbian Progressive Party.”Djokovic is a national hero and I thank him – but support Croatia, how can he not be ashamed?Also read – Why English fans hearing ‘Football’s Coming Home’ relieves Gareth Southgate”So many Serbs… backed him and yet he supports the country who drove them out,” he added.Djokovic later defended his comments, saying that he believes sport is a “universal language” which erases boundaries between people of different religions, races and nationalities.last_img read more

Ships Sabotaged in UAE Waters Identified

first_imgzoomIllustration. Source: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license The Saudi Arabia-flagged tankers involved in the sabotage incident off UAE earlier this week have been identified as the 300,000 dwt Amjad and the 105,200 dwt Al Marzoqah.According to data provided by VesselsValue, the VLCC and the LR2 tanker significant hull damage close to the water line after being fired upon in a suspected sabotage attack off Fujairah.The incident occurred in the Gulf of Oman on May 12. There were no reports of injuries to the vessels’ crews.The ships were on their way to cross into the Arabian Gulf. One of the two tankers was to be loaded with Saudi crude oil from the port of Ras Tanura, to be delivered to Saudi Aramco’s customers in the United States.Besides the two Saudi tankers, the incident involved the Norway-flagged crude oil tanker Andrea Victory and the UAE-flagged tanker A Michel, both of which suffered significant hull damage close to the water line at its stern. A Michel began to list due to water ingress, and booms were deployed as a precaution against potential pollution, VesselsValue added.Khalid Al-Falih, UAE’s Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources, earlier denounced the attack adding that it had an aim “to undermine the freedom of maritime navigation, and the security of oil supplies to consumers all over the world.”World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Sacked school employees body found in pond

first_imgKolkata: Mystery shrouds the death of a youth in Rajarhat on Sunday morning. The body was seen floating in a pond by local residents.Police said on Sunday morning, some local residents saw a decomposed body floating in a pond near Shilpota in Rajarhat. Rajarhat police station was informed. Later, police retrieved the body and sent it for autopsy. The deceased was identified as Kabirul Gaji (27) of Mohammadpur at Gajipara in Rajarhat. According to his family members, Gaji was missing since Friday night. It is alleged that he received a phone call from one of his friend and went out of the home. Since then his family members failed to locate him. After being informed, police lodged a missing diary. However, on Sunday morning local residents at Shilpota saw body of Gaji floating in a pond. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaSome of local residents claimed that there were several injury marks on Gaji’s body. The police claimed that the marks were not due to injury and it developed as the body was decomposed and immersed in the water for a long time. However, the police are trying to know who had called Gaji on Friday night. But till Sunday night no foul play was detected. The police also claimed that Gaji was addicted to drugs and also an alcoholic. He must have fell in the pond in drunken condition, cops said. He used to work in a private school in New Town but was recently sacked from the job. After that Gaji used to sell ‘sattu’ in front of the TCS building in New Town. Police are questioning his friends. No complaint was lodged till Sunday night.last_img read more

FAA Renews Brunswick Executive Airports Participation in Military Airport Program

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The Federal Aviation Administration has selected Brunswick Executive Airport, Brunswick, Maine to participate in the fiscal 2016 Military Airport Program (MAP), allowing the business and general aviation airport at the former Brunswick Naval Air Station to remain in the program for five additional years.Brunswick was the only former military airport or joint use airport added to MAP this year, the third straight year FAA has picked only one participant. A total of 15 airports can participate in the program at one time.Brunswick’s selection will allow it to complete projects that started during the previous five years, according to an FAA fact sheet. Those projects include converting military hangars to civilian use, obstruction removal, drainage upgrades and installing wildlife fencing.MAP provides a critical source of federal funding for capital needs to support joint use airports and to convert former military airports to civilian use. MAP, a set-aside of the Airport Improvement Program (AIP), covers projects such as building or rehabilitating parking lots, fuel farms, hangars, utility systems, access roads, cargo buildings and other airfield projects. Many of these projects are not normally eligible for AIP funding, but projects for MAP-designated airports have unique eligibility rules to convert them to civilian or joint use.Airports already participating in MAP include:Kaleaeloa/John Rodgers Field, Kapolei, HawaiiCastle Airport, Atwater, Calif.Northwest Florida Regional Airport at Eglin AFB, Valparaiso, Fla.Griffiss International Airport, Rome, N.Y.Alexandria International Airport (former England AFB), Alexandria, La.José Aponte de la Torre Airport (former Naval Station Roosevelt Roads), Ceiba, Puerto Ricolast_img read more