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Beth Ann Avery swims the last lap of her event

Beth Ann Avery swims the last lap of her event at the George Stevens Academy home meet with Ellsworth High School and Hampden Academy on Friday, January 28. GSA swimmers are headed to the Penobscot Valley Conference championships this weekend.

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by Chris Billings

With five varsity George Stevens Academy teams participating in basketball, cheering, swimming and wrestling, there was bound to be some post-season action for the Eagles to cap off a busy season.

While at press time it was still too early to determine whether the boys varsity basketball team would squeak into tournament play, the wrestling and swimming teams have been working hard to ensure their place in state competitions.

On Saturday, February 5, the varsity wrestlers traveled to Jay to compete in the Eastern Maine Class C tournament. With 25 schools competing, GSA finished in 10th place overall with a final score of 60.

In the championship round, GSA sophomore Jordan Lord was pinned in the 119-pound weight class by Forrest Cornell. In the 130-pound weight class, GSA senior Storme Macomber was pinned due to an injury default by Adam Gill. GSA sophomore Alex Turanski pinned Megan Pelletier in less than three minutes in the 103-pound weight class. GSA sophomore Julius Tiesler was pinned in the 160-pound weight class by Brandon Hartt, and GSA sophomore Tim Allen was pinned by Rusty Raymond in the 215-pound weight class.

Even though only one of the five GSA wrestlers who competed in the championship round—Alex Turanski—was able to win his match, all five of the wrestlers, Macomber, Allen, Lord, Tiesler, and Turanski, have qualified to compete in the Class C Maine State Wrestling Championships. These GSA wrestlers placed in the top four of their weight classes in order to qualify. “They did a great job. I was very proud of them,” head coach Jacob Sinclair said.

The Class C Maine State Wrestling Championships will be held at the Augusta Civic Center on Saturday, February 12, starting at 9 a.m. Good luck, Eagles!

The GSA swimmers capped off a great regular season with their last home meet on Friday, January 28. Now they are gearing up for this weekend’s Penobscot Valley Championships, which are being held at Husson College. The boys team will compete on Friday, February 11, at 6 p.m. and the girls will compete on Saturday, February 12, at noon. This will be the last opportunity for the GSA swimmers to turn in qualifying times for individual state swimming events. Stay tuned next week for an interview with head coach Jim Goodman and for a complete list of those GSA swimmers who will head to the state competition later this month.

The boys varsity basketball team traveled to MDI on Tuesday, February 1, to face the Trojans. It was a tough loss for the Eagles, with a final score of 44-36, even though senior Nick Doolittle scored 19 points for the team and junior Nick Dillon scored 10. After two attempts to host the Bucksport Golden Bucks fell through due to bad weather, the Eagles were finally able to have the game late last week. What a nailbiter that was! With both GSA and Bucksport tied at 47 points in the fourth quarter, senior Harvard Bridges made a basket with only 16 seconds left in play to break the tie, giving GSA the win. The “Blue Hill Nicks” — seniors Nick Doolittle and Nick Kane and junior Nick Dillon—each had 11 points. Doolittle also contributed 11 rebounds and Kane had 6 assists. Bridges helped the team to a victory with 10 points as well as eight rebounds. On Monday, February 7, the Eagles hosted the Deer Isle-Stonington Mariners for their last home game of the season.

With a packed gymnasium full of Eagles and Mariners fans, cheerleaders and the GSA band, the stage was set, and the Eagles came out of the locker room ready for action. From the first quarter, the Eagles led the game and finished with a win over the Mariners, 52-43. The Eagles will be on the road on Wednesday, February 9, for their final game this season. At press time, the boys varsity team is ranked 11th in the Heal Point standings, with a half a point separating them from a 10th place tournament qualification. We will keep you posted as to how the team finishes out the season. Good luck in Orono, Eagles!

The girls varsity basketball team was very busy last week, having to make up two games due to weather, on top of playing two games that were already scheduled. On Monday, January 31, the Eagles traveled to play the Deer Isle-Stonington Mariners. Although the Eagles were within four points of the Mariners in the beginning of the fourth quarter, they were not able to pull out a win and lost to the Mariners with a final score of 44-30. On Thursday, February 3, the Eagles traveled to Searsport to take on the Vikings. GSA won easily, with a final score of 74-26. Senior Anna Clapp scored 15 points for the team, sophomore Mary Prescott scored 14, and junior Brenna Hutchinson and senior Lexie Brann each scored 9.

On Friday, February 4, the Eagles hosted the Orono Red Riots and lost with a final score of 33-54. Senior Lexie Brann scored 10 points for GSA and seniors Anna Clapp and Mariah Blodgett each scored 6.

By Saturday, February 5, the girls varsity basketball team was spent after a long week of games, but had to host the Mount Desert Island Trojans. Although the Eagles kept the score close to MDI all evening, they weren’t able to pull out a win and ended the game with a loss of 42-50.

Junior Richelle Kane scored a game high of 16 points, including a 3-pointer, and junior Maddie Theoharidis scored 8 points. The GSA girls will host the Deer Isle-Stonington Mariners this week for their final home game of the season. Then they were scheduled to travel to face the Central High Red Devils on Thursday. We wish you luck.

In Middle School basketball news, the Coastal League will have its tournament this weekend at George Stevens Academy. Semi-final playoff games will begin Friday afternoon with the championship to be played on Saturday. Stay tuned next week for news and photos of the winning boys and girls middle school teams.