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by Chris Billings
Saturday, February 12, was a complete day of wrestling at Augusta Civic Center as the Maine State Class A, B, and C schools’ best wrestlers of the season descended in full force to compete for a state title.
With 62 Maine high schools represented at the event, there was little seating left as parents and fans packed into the venue, filling it to the rafters. The George Stevens Academy team had five wrestlers qualify for states this year.
They were: sophomore Alex Turanski in the 103-pound weight class, sophomore Jordan Lord in the 119-pound weight class, senior Storme Macomber in the 130-pound weight class, sophomore Julius Tiesler in the 160-pound weight class, and sophomore Timmy Allen in the 215-pound weight class.
During round one of the competition, Turanski was given a bye into round two, due to his championship win at the Penobscot Valley Conference the week before. This left Lord, Tiesler and Allen to wrestle in round one.
Macomber, who injured his shoulder at the PVC meet, was unable to participate in Augusta. However he was there in full support of his team.
Lord won his match in round one, enabling him to move to round two. Both Tiesler and Allen lost their matches in round one and were knocked out of the competition.
In the final rounds, Lord lost to Patrick McInnis of Monmouth Academy with a 13-8 decision from the judges, but he finished with a solid fourth place in the state in his weight class.
Turanski was pinned by Nick McNamara of Lisbon High School, which left Turanski with a second place finish in the 103-pound weight class.
With so many young wrestlers on the team, the GSA community has many years of great wrestling to look forward to. Congratulations, GSA wrestlers!
February 12 was a huge day for sports teams around the Peninsula. The GSA swim team competed in Bangor at the Penobscot Valley Conference championship meet, which was their last chance to submit a state qualifying time.
GSA swim coach Jim Goodman said he is “very proud” of his team this year and will take five swimmers to compete in the state meet at the University of Maine in Orono.
Competing in individual events at states will be seniors Ben Avery in the 50-meter freestyle swim and the 100-meter butterfly swim and Jessie Dyer in the 50-meter freestyle swim and the 100-meter freestyle swim.
Coach Goodman will also take a girls relay team to compete, consisting of seniors Jessie Dyer and Jessica MacCannell, and sophomores Beth Ann Avery and So Young Ihm.
The relay team will compete in the 200-meter medley, which consists of each girl swimming a different stroke—the backstroke, the breaststroke, the butterfly, and the freestyle. The relay team will also compete in 200-meter freestyle events.
The GSA girls will begin their preliminary swims of the state competition on Saturday, February 19, at 10:30 a.m.
The top 16 swimmers plus two alternates will come back to Orono that evening at 5 p.m. to compete.
GSA senior Ben Avery is the lone boy to compete this year and the boys competition will also begin with a preliminary swim at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, February 21. This will be followed by a competition swim at 5 p.m. for the top finishers. Good luck, GSA swimmers!
The GSA cheering team finished its season at the final home games for the boys and girls basketball teams because the team’s last competition, the Medomak Invitational, was canceled at the last minute. You had a great season this year, girls, and we can’t wait to see you come back next year!
The girls varsity basketball team ended its season with two losses, leaving the girls with a 3-15 record for the season.
On Tuesday, February 8, the girls hosted the Deer Isle-Stonington Mariners and while the Eagles were down at the end of the first quarter, they came back to end the first half up by three points.
It was a very tight game and the Eagles were not able to maintain their lead, losing the game by one point for a final score of 39-40.
Senior Anna Clapp and junior Richelle Kane led the scoring for the Eagles with 12 points each.
On Thursday, February 10, the Eagles traveled to face the undefeated Central Red Devils for their final game of the regular season. The Red Devils stomped on the Eagles and claimed another win with a final score of 26-55. Junior Richelle Kane led the Eagles in scoring with 11 points. Better luck next year, Eagles.
The GSA boys varsity basketball team kept the Peninsula on pins and needles as the points shook out February 10 as teams played their final regular season games.
As reported last week, the Eagles were a half of a point out of 10th place and despite a win on February 9 against the Orono Red Riots, the Eagles were not able to crack into the top 10.
A game played on February 10 against Bucksport and John Bapst did push the Eagles into 10th place late that evening. However, as other games were played, the Eagles were pushed back out into 11th place by the morning of February 11.
The boys finished their season with a record of 10-8. It was a tough pill to swallow for the Eagles, as they had come so far this year. Congratulations on a great season, Eagles.
Finally, on Saturday, February 12, the younger basketball enthusiasts of the Peninsula took over GSA to compete in the annual Coastal League Basketball Championship.
The PenBrook Wildcats (a Penobscot and Brooksville Elementary combination team) beat the Sedgwick Seahawks by a final score of 30-25 to win the girls’ championship. The Penbrook boys also took home the trophy, besting the Blue Hill Bobcats with a final score of 48-44.
While the PenBrook Wildcats took home the championship trophies this year for their basketball skills, the Adams School Cougars of Castine took home Sportsmanship Award trophies for their boys and girls teams.
Coaches and athletic directors for all seven schools who participate in the Coastal League vote upon this award. Great job, Wildcats and Cougars! We look forward to great things from you in years to come.