BAR HARBOR — The passion and intensity of the Ellsworth vs. Mount Desert Island rivalry filled the Bar Harbor air last week, and the warmth of the pool deck provided a welcome reprieve from the bitter cold.Ellsworth and MDI continued their successful 2018-19 swim seasons Friday with a dual meet at the MDI YMCA. The Trojans won the boys’ and girls’ meets, but the Eagles put up valiant efforts and set multiple records in the process.“There were lots of close races and lots of fast swims,” MDI head coach Tony DeMuro said. “It was nice to have the kids get pumped up to race a really good team, and they responded well.”The girls’ meet between Ellsworth and MDI was particularly thrilling with the Trojans edging the Eagles 88-87. MDI secured the team win with a first-place finish in the final race, the 400-yard freestyle relay.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textFor Ellsworth, the quartet of Ellie Clarke, Miriam Nelson, Caitlin MacPherson and Kristy Barry set a new record in the 200-yard freestyle relay with a time of 1 minute, 46.26 seconds. On the diving board, freshman Elena Springer posted a score of 195.5 to break her old record of 165.MacPherson enjoyed a strong day individually for Ellsworth with wins in the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard breaststroke. Clarke posted two wins of her own with triumphs in the 200-yard individual medley and 100-yard backstroke.For the Trojans, Ruby Brown (200-yard freestyle) and Adria Horton (500-yard freestyle) posted individual wins. The two combined with Addy Smith and Maria Saltysiak to give the Trojans the win in the 400 freestyle relay.On the boys’ side, Ellsworth’s Camden Holmes set an MDI YMCA pool record with a time of 21.66 seconds in the 50 freestyle. Later, Holmes posted his second win of the night with a time of 5:12.43 in the 500 freestyle.Ellsworth’s other individual wins came courtesy of Henry Scheff (200 IM) and Nick Partridge (100 breaststroke). As a team, the Eagles won the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:40.68.Liam Sullivan posted a pair of individual wins for MDI with victories in the 200 freestyle and 100 backstroke. Sam Mitchell (1-meter dive), Tyler Willis (100-yard butterfly) and Tyler Woodworth (100-yard freestyle) posted the other individual wins for the Trojans.Willis, Sullivan, Woodworth and Ponce Saltysiak posted a time of 3:28.67 to give MDI a win in the 400 freestyle relay. The Trojans defeated Ellsworth by a score of 99-81 in the overall team event.“We’re running out of work days,” DeMuro said. “We need to keep the pedal to the metal and just keep getting better.”MDI will face Orono at 6 p.m. this Friday, Jan. 18, at the University of Maine. Ellsworth, which defeated Belfast 53-45 on the boys’ side and 49-45 on the girls’ side Tuesday, will host Old Town at 7 p.m. Friday.“It was a very tight meet, and there were many close and exciting races,” Ellsworth head coach Jim Goodman said of the Belfast meet. “[It was] a chance to have the swimmers compete against a great team that we normally only swim at states. It was a great experience, and Belfast is a great host.” Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Latest Posts Bio 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] Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error ONTARIO >> A deal that will bring a Los Angeles Clippers development team to Ontario’s Citizens Business Bank Arena is close to being inked, an official involved with negotiations said.An announcement could come as soon as the end of the month, arena CEO Michael Krouse, said by phone. Krouse said he’s been in contract talks with the Clippers for several weeks.“We’re hopeful and excited that this will come to fruition,” Krouse said. “We’re excited about the relationship and we look forward to working with our friends, the Clippers.”Krouse, who spoke confidently about the deal, said he the team would start playing in September, if the contract is approved. “I have another casino sponsorship, and that could present some challenges for us moving forward. I need to talk more with the Clippers about what that means to our sponsor partners. … If there is a challenge, we will certainly work it out in some way.”Jacob Coin, spokesman for the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, said his group became aware of the potential Agua Caliente move Thursday morning.“I don’t know enough about the details of that relationship to provide a comment for San Manuel at this point,” Coin said. “It’s just too soon without knowing any more of the details to make a comment.”Krouse anticipates attendance at the games to be around 2,000 at the beginning of the season, but “we expect to grow beyond that” at the 11,000-seat venue. “For basketball, we could do 10,000 (in attendance),” Krouse said.The Citizens Business Bank Arena is home to the Ontario Reign hockey team and the Ontario Fury indoor soccer team.Ontario Mayor Pro Tem Debra Dorst-Porada is looking forward to the deal’s potential positive impact for the city.“Hopefully, people can to come to the arena, the Ontario Mills Mall, to come to our local restaurants, fill up at our gas stations, and visit all the great things,” Dorst-Porada said. “That will give us more money for police services and recreation services, so those are all good things.”Dorst-Porada said that if the team does come to Ontario, it would increase sponsorship opportunities for vendors that want to get their products to the Inland Empire market.NBA spokeswoman Joanna Shapiro referred questions regarding the new Clippers G-League team to the team itself, and directed questions regarding the changing of the name D-League to G-League to a February press release.Beginning with the 2017-18 season, the NBA D-League, or Development League, will be called the NBA Gatorade League, or G-League, as part of a multiyear partnership with Gatorade, according to the NBA. It marks the first time a U.S. professional sports league has named an entitlement partner, according to the NBA.The league, which began in the 2001-02 season, was formed to develop NBA talent. Since then, 40 percent of current NBA players having spent time in the NBA D-League and four current NBA head coaches started as coaches on NBA D-League benches, according to the NBA. “We still have some details to finalize and we’ve had wonderful meetings. The NBA was out here,” Krouse said. “One of the big reasons they were looking at our arena was because we do conform to all NBA standards. Our arena is in compliance with NBA rules.”Earlier this week, ESPN.com first reported Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa of Rancho Mirage, a prominent sponsor of the NBA team, would become the primary sponsor for the new G-League affiliate.The name: Agua Caliente Clippers of Ontario.Seth Burton, vice president of communications for the Clippers, said by phone Thursday that he could not comment on the matter. A representative for the Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa or the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, could not be reached for comment.Krouse said he wasn’t aware of the relationship with Agua Caliente until he read the ESPN account. Krouse said he will work to address and mitigate any issues that could arise from the fact that the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians — which also runs a casino — sponsors the San Manuel VIP Club at the arena.