AC/DC fans have had a rough go of things as of late, as the band has lost a handful of their core members over the last few years.First it was founding member, rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young, who was unfortunately diagnosed with dementia back in 2014. Then it was drummer Phil Rudd, who was arrested in New Zealand over murder threats. Most recently it was lead singer Brian Johnson, who’s hearing issues had progressed to the point where touring was impossible for him. Now, it seems that bassist Cliff Williams is the next to leave the group. Unlike the afore mentioned trio of musicians, Williams came to the decision on his own free will, saying, “It’s been what I’ve known for the past 40 years, but after this tour I’m backing off of touring and recording… Losing Malcolm [Young], the thing with Phil [Rudd] and now with Brian [Johnson], it’s a changed animal. I feel in my gut it’s the right thing.”The quote comes in an interview with Gulfshore Life, where Williams says, “When you start out, you kind of hope for success… That’s what you are working for. But you never really know. It’s been surreal, really.” The bassist has been with AC/DC since 1978, recording a total of 11 consecutive albums with them. With his departure, only Angus Young remains at the band’s core.With this news, it seems that AC/DC’s Rock or Bust tour may be their last ever. We salute you.
Eddie Wagner wrapped up the 2017 Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series championship with his Sept. 22 IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car feature win at Bridgeport Speedway.By Erika Palmai WagnerNEWFIELD, N.J. – With the inaugural season coming to an end, Eddie Wagner of Newfield, N.J. was named the 2017 Engler Machine and Tool Mid-Atlantic IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car Series champion after winning the Sept. 22 feature at Bridgeport Speedway.This Saturday, Wagner looks to continue his streak by visiting victory lane at Grandview Speedway to claim the $500 to win payday, which was upped from the regular $300 to win by series sponsor Freiberger Excavating.“I always wanted to win a championship title but I haven’t always had the chance to run a complete schedule. When I have focused on points, I finished second and third each time,” Wagner said. “It really hasn’t hit me yet that I’ve won because the season hasn’t ended, and we’re focusing on coming out on top in the last string of events.“But I am proud to have won this thing with such a small team of just me, my dad and my buddy Mark, who’s stuck with me since the beginning,” he added. “It takes a lot of dedication from not just my part, but from crew guys also, which are hard to find on a weekly basis so I’m very thankful for the help that I have.”The 27-year-old Wagner, who began his career racing quarter midgets at the age of 13, worked his way up to through the micro sprint ranks before purchasing his first full-sized sprint car in 2009, racing with the United Racing Club before joining the Tri-State RaceSaver Sprint Series in 2012.“I learned a lot racing with URC when I first started but it just got to be too expensive,” he said. ”When the RaceSaver Sprint Car division took off in this area, it only made sense to me to start running with those guys because of how close to home we were able to run and also the cost to race a 305 was significantly cheaper than with the 360s.”Now, five years later, Wagner owns five victories all coming from Bridgeport Speedway, a 2015 Poker Series Championship from Bridgeport and now the Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series title.The Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series heads to Grandview for the final time this year, for the Thunder On The Hill Racing Series Triple Thunder Thriller, a much-anticipated event for many teams this season.This event is an open invitation race, allowing teams from all over the opportunity to race at the critically acclaimed Premier Sprint Car Track in the area. More information on this event will be released later this week.
Is this the kind of government we deserve? – July 10, 2017 Latest Posts Hugh BowdenExecutive EditorHugh writes editorials, covers Hancock County sports and helps out where needed in The American’s editorial department. When he’s not on the sidelines, he enjoys playing jazz and tennis. [email protected] Bio Reporter Taylor Vortherms contributed to this report. GSA surges in 4th to win Northern Maine title – February 26, 2017 Like he did in the ’60s, Noel Paul Stookey sings out in troubling times – December 27, 2017 Sam Smith of the Sumner Tigers tries to block the path of Mitch Domagala of the Ellsworth Eagles during Ellsworth’s 42-30 win over the Tigers on Friday night in Ellsworth.PHOTO BY HUGH BOWDENELLSWORTH — After one of the slowest first periods of the season, the Ellsworth Eagles reeled off 14 unanswered points in the second period and held on for a 42-30 win over the Sumner Tigers on Friday at Katsiaficas Gymnasium.Junior Nick Bagley sparked Ellsworth’s second period run, connecting on a pair of three-pointers and scoring a driving layup off an Eagle steal. Ellsworth opened up a 17-5 lead before Sumner’s Sam Smith scored from underneath the basket midway through the period.The big lead proved to be essential as the never-say-die Tigers battled back in the second half, cutting an Ellsworth lead of 13 points back to four early in the fourth period.Trailing by 10 points going into the final quarter, Sumner senior Sam Smith opened play with a conventional three-pointer, and senior Joey Lamoureux followed with a three-point basket from the corner. The Tigers trailed just 32-28 with more than six minutes remaining.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textBut that was a close as they would get.Junior forward Derek Look pushed the Eagles’ lead to six points with a strong effort under the basket. After missing a layup from the right side, Look grabbed the rebound and put the ball back up and in from the left side.With four minutes still remaining in the fourth period, the Tigers lost junior Jordan Bernier, one of their strongest rebounders, to fouls. Ellsworth junior forward Bruce St. Peter connected on back-to-back two-pointers from beneath the basket to boost the Eagles’ lead to 39-28 with 2:50 still to go.The Tigers managed just one more basket the rest of the way as the Eagles ran the clock down at the foul line, with Bagley connecting on three of four shots to finish with a game-high 16 points.Look added nine for the Eagles. Smith and Isaaic Christensen led Sumner with 10 and seven points.Old Town 61, Ellsworth 51Ellsworth lost at Old Town (11-0) on Tuesday night.Alex Braley led the Ellsworth Eagles with 14 points, and Cooper Henderson chipped in 10.The Eagles threatened to end Old Town’s winning streak in the fourth quarter, when Ellsworth’s Bruce St. Peter scored to tie the score 41-41.Adam Richardson and Eric Hoogterp led Old Town with 15 points each.Ellsworth (7-3) will host Calais on Monday.Washington Academy 56, Bucksport 52At East Machias, Austin Seavey scored 21 points to help Washington Academy defeat Bucksport on Tuesday.For the Golden Bucks, Asher Bowden tallied 16 points, and Riley Macleod added 13.Bucksport (5-7) will play at Sumner (4-6) on Friday.MDI 69, John Bapst 39At Mount Desert Island, Russell Kropff paced the MDI Trojans with 11 points to help defeat John Bapst on Monday.For MDI, Drew Rich added nine points while Andrew Phelps and James O’Donnell each had eight.Alex Mooney tallied 14 points for the Crusaders.MDI (4-6) was scheduled to host Foxcroft last night, Wednesday.Machias 80, DI-S 48At Machias, Logan Wood poured in a game-high 33 points, and James Mersereau tossed in 21 to lead Machias past Deer Isle-Stonington on Friday.Mason Oliver’s 14 points paced the DI-S Mariners. Jared Gove and Paul Zoephel had eight points apiece and Ethan Shepard contributed seven.DI-S (2-9) will host Bangor Christian tonight, Thursday.Central 55, Bucksport 48At Bucksport, Tyler Pye led all scorers with 19 points for the Bucksport Golden Bucks in their Friday night loss to Central.The game was won at the foul line, where the Central Red Devils outscored the Golden Bucks 25-2.Bucksport’s Asher Bowden added 14 points in the losing effort.For Central, Andrew Prescott netted 16 points, and Kyle Ham contributed 15.MDI 78, Foxcroft 63At Dover-Foxcroft, Riley Swanson scored 21 points, including six three-pointers, to power MDI to victory over Foxcroft Academy on Thursday.Aaron Snurkowski tossed in 16 points for the Trojans.Hunter Smith scored a game-high 28 points to lead the Ponies.Sumner 71, DI-S 41At Deer Isle, the Sumner Tigers beat the DI-S Mariners on Wednesday.Bucksport 64, Searsport 49At Bucksport, Tyler Pye scored 25 points to propel the Bucksport Golden Bucks by the Searsport Vikings on Wednesday.For Bucksport, Riley McLeod chipped in with 10 points, Kyle Jackson added nine and Asher Bowden netted eight. Alex Dyer grabbed 16 rebounds.Troy Reynolds led the Vikings with 17 points. Latest posts by Hugh Bowden (see all)