The Student Union Board (SUB) announced Tuesday that the artist GoldLink will perform at Friday’s spring concert with MadeinTYO! as the opening act. The SUB concert will return to the Stepan Center, after last semester’s concert featuring Quinn XCII was moved to Legend’s. The fall concert was relocated to accommodate for athletics, which was using the center at the time of the concert. Junior and lead programmer of concerts Bethany Boggess said the return to the Stepan Center will allow more students to attend the show.“The Fall Concert featuring Quinn XCII was held at Legends, which has a capacity of 629,” she said in an email. “The Spring Concert will be at Stepan Center, and there are 2,000 tickets available. We reached capacity at Legends pretty quickly in the fall, so the larger venue will allow us to accommodate more students.”According to the SUB website, GoldLink’s single “Crew” reached the 45th spot on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart, and he was nominated for Best New Hip-Hop Artist at the iHeartRadio Music Awards. He will tour a number of sites, both domestically and internationally, including stops in Hungary, Spain, Croatia and Canada, amongst other places.MadeinTYO! is known for his music video, accompanying his song “Uber Everywhere,” which garnered more than 57 million views, according to the SUB website. He is from Atlanta, home to several other hip-hop artists.In bringing these artists to campus, and introducing more affordable tickets, SUB aimed to make the event more inclusive, Boggess said.“We were incredibly intentional in our selection of the artists for this year’s concert,” she said. “Last semester, a member of the student body prompted SUB Concerts to evaluate its track record of inclusivity and representation. Not only were we able to contract artists with diverse backgrounds and sounds, but we were able to offer tickets for only $5 to hopefully allow more students to attend.” Leading up to the announcement, SUB used a Spotify playlist to keep students guessing about which artist would perform at the show.“The best part of planning the concert was planning and maintaining the Spotify playlist as a means to announce the artists,” Boggess said. “We started with 30 artists on a Spotify playlist called ‘Who’s Coming to Stepan?’ and gradually removed artists until only GoldLink and [MadeinTYO!] remained. It definitely built up a lot of anticipation and kept students interested and talking about the concert before it was announced.”Boggess said she encourages all hip-hop fans to attend the event.“Tickets are on sale now in the LaFortune Box Office for only $5 until 11 p.m. on Thursday night,” she said. “On Friday, you can buy tickets at the door of the show for $10. If you like hip-hop at all, you should give these artists a shot — you won’t be disappointed.”Tags: GoldLink, MadeinTYO!, Stepan Center, SUB concert, SUB Spring Concert
BAR HARBOR — All throughout a back-and-forth game between Hancock County’s biggest rivals Tuesday, a sense of something special was in the air on the baseball diamond at Mount Desert Island High School.Whether it was clutch pitching on the mound, timely hitting at the plate or a gaggle of geese disrupting the game, this early-season contest between Ellsworth and Mount Desert Island in Bar Harbor had just about everything. Seven innings weren’t enough to separate these Hancock County foes, who went blow for blow with one another in a matchup between two of the top teams in Class B North.MDI edged Ellsworth 5-4 on Nick Stanley’s walk-off single up the middle in the bottom of the ninth inning Tuesday night in Bar Harbor. It was a joyous win for the Trojans and a difficult result for the Eagles, but it felt as if this could be just the beginning for each of the two rivals.Ellsworth’s Jackson Curtis swings at a pitch during the fourth inning of a high school baseball game against MDI on April 24 in Bar Harbor. Curtis had a single and a run scored for the Eagles. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELL“Both of our teams are special, and we knew it would be a battle from start to finish,” Stanley said. “We brought everything we had, and so did Ellsworth. We’re going to be seeing them in the playoffs, for sure.”This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textFrom the start, this encounter was a battle between two of the area’s top pitchers, MDI’s Matt Perconti and Ellsworth’s Conner Wagstaff. After both pitchers got out of the first inning unscathed, Perconti forced two groundouts and a flyout to retire the side in the top of the second before the Trojans used patience at the plate and situational baserunning to score the game’s first two runs.Perconti continued his strong performance on the mound throughout the next few innings and even had a no-hitter going through five. Yet Ellsworth’s resilience paid off in the top of the sixth inning when it mounted a one-out rally to take a 4-2 lead.“I thought we attacked some fastballs that were up in the zone and drove them,” Ellsworth head coach Dan Curtis said. “Our big bats in the middle of the order started hitting some line drives into the gaps, and good things started to happen for us.”MDI, though, used a pair of runs to tie the game after Wagstaff departed in the bottom of the inning with two men on base. After scoreless innings in the seventh and eighth — and a brief delay as Ellsworth’s Jared Hamilton fought off a pair of geese in center field — Stanley had the chance to win it for the Trojans with a runner on second against Ellsworth’s Brad Smith.“I’ve gone against Bradly a lot of times in the past, and he’s a good pitcher who had made me look silly in the at-bat right before with a curveball,” Stanley said. “He got ahead of me 0-1 with a fastball this time, and I was looking curveball again. I just put my weight back, connected with it and drove it up the middle.”Alden Fournier was the winning pitcher for MDI (2-0) with two scoreless innings in the eighth and ninth, and Smith, who had guided the Eagles through the seventh and eighth after giving up two unearned runs in the sixth, took the loss. Perconti allowed two hits with three strikeouts and a single walk, and Wagstaff allowed three hits with seven strikeouts and six walks.Stanley and Liam Sullivan had two hits each for MDI, which had seven on the night. Jack Lee, Jackson Curtis and Matt Burnett had singles for Ellsworth (2-1).MDI players celebrate after Nick Stanley’s walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth inning cemented a 5-4 win over Ellsworth on April 24 in Bar Harbor. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELL“For us, I think you have to be happy with what we were able to do at the plate,” MDI head coach Andy Pooler said. “Both teams managed to pull off the couple of runs they had to have when they needed them most. It came down to that one hit in extra innings.”For Ellsworth, the loss snapped a two-game winning streak to start the year. The Eagles, who beat Bucksport 14-5 last Thursday and John Bapst 13-5 Saturday, face Washington Academy (1-1) at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 26, before finishing their three-game road stand against Foxcroft at noon Saturday, April 28, and hosting Washington Academy in a rematch at 4:30 next Tuesday, May 1.MDI, which beat George Stevens Academy 10-4 to open the season last week, will be back at home Saturday for a doubleheader against Caribou (0-2) beginning at 1 p.m. The Trojans are then scheduled to play the first of four consecutive road games when they face Hermon at 4:30 p.m. next Tuesday.As for the next game between Ellsworth and MDI, that won’t come until the end of May. Both teams have plenty of games to play before then, but after this battle, the month until the rematch in Ellsworth will seem like a lifetime.“I think you saw tonight how solid both teams are and what we can do,” Stanley said. “Whenever you have Ellsworth and MDI playing, it’s going to be a fun ride.” Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Bio Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 Latest Posts Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) 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] MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020
Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud has said he is unhappy with the lack of playing time he got last season, according to The Times, and with the Premier League club linked to a host of strikers across Europe the Frenchman may find himself even further down the pecking order.Giroud, who was largely used as a substitute last season, netting 12 goals but starting just 11 league games, said he planned to discuss his future with coach Arsene Wenger.”I’ll talk to the coach,” Giroud said. “I had limited playing time but, at some point, there are things I will not be satisfied with — another year with such low playing time. It will be necessary to think with my family and advisers.”I still have three years with Arsenal, so my future is for now with Arsenal. I feel good, I want to win the championship of England. Afterwards, I do not know what my near future will be.”Media reports previously linked Giroud, who signed a long-term contract extension at Arsenal in January, with French side Marseille.