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Web exclusive, January 21, 2011
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GSA Girls and boys basketball teams struggle midseason

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George Stevens Academy’s Mary Prescott and Katie Gray

George Stevens Academy’s Mary Prescott and Katie Gray prepare to catch the rebound in a varsity basketball game against Washington Academy on Saturday, January 15.

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by Chris Billings

With records of 5-5 and 1-9 respectively, the GSA boys and girls varsity basketball teams find themselves struggling through the middle of their playing seasons—although each for very different reasons.

The girls team was on the road on January 13 to face the Orono Red Riots. Even though they were able to keep up with the Riots for most of the game, their lack of varsity playing experience kept them from stealing the win. The Riots, who were ranked third in Class C at game time, claimed the win with a final score of 57-48. Three girls scoring in the double digits were senior Anna Clapp with 12 points, and juniors Richelle Kane with 11 points and Maddie Theoharidis with 10 points.

On January 15, the girls hosted the Washington Academy Raiders and were behind from the start of the game. At halftime, the Eagles were down 13-40 and, despite reducing their amount of turnovers, were in foul trouble early on. The Raiders ended up winning with a final score of 60-32 with senior Mariah Blodgett the high scorer for the Eagles. The Eagles were scheduled to travel to play the Ellsworth Eagles on Tuesday, January 18, and the Deer Isle-Stonington Mariners on Friday, January 21. Good luck, Eagles!

A huge snowstorm and subsequent snow day on January 12 caused a cancellation of the home game for the boys varsity basketball team with the Bucksport Golden Bucks. The boys did travel to face the Washington Academy Raiders on January 14 and came up short, losing 77-58 despite great shooting by several players These included the GSA “Nick Trio”—

senior Nick Doolittle scored 15 points, junior Nick Dillon scored 15 points, and senior Nick Kane scored 11 points. Senior Cameron Lawson contributed 10 points as well.

The boys varsity team is in the middle of a ‘transition phase’ according to Head Coach Dwayne Carter. On Friday, January 7, the Eagles hosted the MDI Trojans and during the first quarter of the very heated game senior Tom Crowe injured his knee, taking him out for the rest of the game and unfortunately, as of press time, for the rest of the season.

With the loss of the two-year starter, the Eagles are trying to adjust and regroup with a different starting five. According to Carter, the boys are still focused on making a bid for the tournament. However, “it will take everyone…everybody on the team needs to step up,” Carter said. The Eagles were scheduled to have a big game against the Ellsworth Eagles on January 19 and are working hard to come together.

“We can play with anybody on our schedule, we just need to get more consistent down the stretch of the season,” Carter said. We wish you luck, go Eagles!

Other GSA varsity athletes who missed some playing time due to the weather last week were the wrestlers. Scheduled to wrestle opponents at Foxcroft Academy on January 12, the meet was rescheduled and the Eagles focused instead on their meet with the Piscataquis Pirates on Saturday, January 15. The Eagles were strong, yet lost to PCHS by a mere six points with a final score of 36-30.

Sophomore Alex Turanski won by forfeit for the 103lb. weight class. Sophomore Jordan Lord won by forfeit for the 125 lb. weight class, as did senior Storme Macomber for the 130 lb. weight class. Junior James Szasz pinned his opponent in less than four minutes for a win in the 135 lb. weight class, and sophomore Tim Allen won by forfeit in the 215 lb. weight class.

The wrestlers have three more meets left before the Penobscot Valley Championships, which will be held at Mattanawcook on January 29.

The GSA cheerleaders have been putting in many hours at the Blue Hill Town Hall and at the GSA gymnasium, getting their new routine down for the Sumner Invitational this Saturday, January 22. We wish them luck. Go Eagles!

Also competing on Saturday will be the GSA swimmers. They will travel to Presque Isle to compete against the Wildcats.

Next Friday, January 28, will be the swimmers’ last home meet, in Ellsworth at the YMCA. All seniors will be recognized at that time.

The swimmers are still working to get times recorded that will qualify them for the state meet. Good Luck Eagles!