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by Chris Billings
Saturday, January 29, was a very busy day for George Stevens athletes. The varsity cheering team was among 13 Class C schools competing for the regional title and the varsity wrestling team was among 19 schools competing for a Penobscot Valley Championship.
While it was a long day for athletes, parents, and spectators, it was worth participating to cheer on the Eagles.
The Bangor Auditorium was packed to the rafters for the Class C cheering competition. It began at 11:30 a.m. with each school having a mere three minutes to perform a routine and a cheer for the crowd of spectators and judges.
The GSA Eagles “have come a long way this season,” Coach DeWitt said.
Her team originally scored 102.7 points overall out of a possible 175, but then a 5-point penalty deduction for a foot that touched the floor took the Eagles to a final score of 97.7.
While 5 points are not very many when it comes to a basketball game, they were a huge deduction for the cheering competition because the judges scored by tenths of points. After the deduction, GSA finished in 11th place in front of the Woodland Dragons and the Penquis Patriots.
Although GSA did not place high enough to advance to the state competition, (only the top six schools advanced), DeWitt said she was “very happy” with the team’s performance.
“The team met their goal, which was to score at least 100 points,” she said. “The girls went into the competition competing against themselves and trying to best their scores of the PVC competition and the Sumner Invitational.”
GSA scored 78 at the PVC competition and 89.7 at the Sumner Invitational, making last week’s regional competition their best performance this season.
On Saturday, February 5, the Eagles will compete in the Medomak Invitational, where DeWitt hopes the team will have fun.
With such a new and young squad overall, DeWitt said the competitions this season have allowed the team to gain experience. In addition to competing at Medomak, the GSA cheering team will rouse the students and hometown crowd at the last four home games of the season. Great job Eagles!
The GSA wrestlers traveled to Mattanawcook Academy to compete against 18 other wrestling teams for the Penobscot Valley Championship.
The Eagles finished in 11th place overall with a score of 46, beating Piscataquis Community High School, Sumner Memorial High School, Mattanawcook Academy, Mount Desert Island High School, Orono High School, Central High School, Lee Academy and John Bapst High School.
In the championship round, GSA sophomore Alex Turanski pinned Cody Smith of Hermon High School in the 103-pound weight class in 3 minutes and 53 seconds.
In the same round, sophomore Jordan Lord lost by decision to Brandon Goncalves of Ellsworth in the 119-pound weight class with a score of 8-6. The GSA wrestling team will compete in the regional competition on Saturday, February 5, at Jay High School at 9:30 a.m. Good luck, Eagles!
While the GSA cheering and wrestling teams were competing all day on January 29, the boys and girls varsity basketball teams traveled to far northern Maine to play the Fort Kent Warriors.
Due to bad weather, the girls basketball team had its game with the Searsport Vikings rescheduled and faced only the Warriors last week. The GSA girls lost to Fort Kent with a final score of 48-39.
Junior Richelle Kane led the Eagles with 10 points while senior Lexie Brann and junior Abby Brady each contributed 8 points.
The GSA boys were able to play their game with the Searsport Vikings this week in between snowstorms, although they lost, unfortunately, with a final score of 55-47.
Senior Nick Doolittle led the Eagles with 16 points and senior Nick Kane contributed 11. Rebounding from their loss to the Vikings, the GSA boys whomped the Warriors on January 29 by a final score of 55-38. Senior Nick Doolittle scored a game-high 14 points and senior Nick Kane had 11.
The only GSA athletes who had January 29 off from competition were the swimmers. That was because they were busy the night before hosting the Hampden Academy Broncos for their final home meet of the season.
At press time, GSA senior Ben Avery had qualified to compete at the state competition in the 50-yard freestyle, 100-yard freestyle, 200-yard freestyle, and the 100-yard butterfly events, while GSA senior Jessica Dyer has also qualified to compete at the state competition in the 50-yard freestyle and the 100-yard freestyle events.
According to Coach Goodman, there will be other GSA swimmers who will compete at the state level in the relay events. Their names will be announced closer to the competition date.