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by Chris Billings
With only five basketball games apiece for the boys and girls to play, one more wrestling meet and two more swim meets before regional competitions, we are sprinting towards the end of the winter sports season here at George Stevens Academy.
A big cheerleading contest that looms is another sign of that sprint.
Of course, it wouldn’t be winter in Maine without cold temperatures and several feet of snow. These helped keep the boys and girls varsity basketball teams off the court this past week when school was canceled.
On Tuesday, January 18, the girls varsity basketball players traveled to the nest of their longtime foes, the Ellsworth Eagles. There, the girls pulled out a much-overdue victory with a final score of 43-38. Senior Anna Clapp was the high scorer of the game with 15 points, half of which were in the fourth quarter. Juniors Richelle Kane and Maddie Theoharidis each contributed nine points and Abby Brady scored seven.
The next day, Wednesday January 19, the boys varsity basketball team hosted the Class B Ellsworth Eagles, who were undefeated at press time.
With three players out due to injury and illness, Coach Carter’s GSA Eagles were intimidated from the beginning of the game. They found themselves being out-rebounded time and again. The game ended with a win for Ellsworth and a final score of 36-63.
On Monday night, January 24, the boys hosted the Central Red Devils and quickly sent them packing. The game ended in a win for the Eagles and a final score of 68-29.
Looking rested and raring to go, the Eagles had three players contributing double digits to the final score: senior Nick Doolittle with a game high of 18 points, senior Harvard Bridges had 12 points, junior Nick Dillon scored 11 points, and sophomore Jasper Adam scored 7 points and had 9 rebounds.
The boys and girls varsity basketball teams both will take on the Searsport Vikings and the Fort Kent Warriors this week, providing Old Man Winter doesn’t interfere.
The GSA wrestlers were seeking revenge on Wednesday, January 19, when they traveled to Howland to face the Piscataquis Pirates again.
Having lost to the Pirates by a mere six points at their meet in December, the Eagles were ready for their rematch and beat the Pirates handily with a final score of 33-18.
Four GSA wrestlers won matches at that meet: sophomore Alex Turanski won in the 112-pound weight class; sophomore Jordan Lord won in the 119-pound weight class; senior Jamie Moore won in the 135-pound weight class; and senior Josh Bowden won in the 145-pound weight class.
At press time, the wrestling team was scheduled to compete against the Bucksport Golden Bucks on Tuesday, January 25, in its last regular season match. The Eagles will travel to Mattanawcook on Saturday, January 29, to compete in the Penobscot Valley Championships. Good luck, Eagles!
The GSA swim team (with the Ellsworth swim team) is scheduled to host its final meet on Friday, January 28, at the Ellsworth YMCA at 5:30 p.m. against Hampden Academy. GSA seniors will be recognized at the meet as it will be the final home meet of their high school careers. Come out and support the swim team!
On Saturday, January 22, the GSA cheerleading squad traveled to Sumner High School to compete in the Sumner Invitational cheering competition—minus two team members out due to injury.
The Sumner Invitational provided the Eagles with good constructive criticism as they were judged by some of the toughest judges in the state—feedback they can take with them to the Eastern Maine Championship on January 29.
“Cheerleading as a sport is very precise and everyone has a role,” assistant coach Katie Briggs explained. “There are no subs, so when one member of the team is out it affects the entire routine.”
While scheduled to cheer at the boys varsity game against the Red Devils on Monday, January 24, the cheerleading team met before the game to put in some extra stunt practicing.
Although the cheerleading team as a whole has improved since the Penobscot Valley Championship at Stearns High School on January 8, it is still drawing low scores on its tumbling.
Briggs said the 12-member squad would need at least seven experienced tumblers on the team for good scores in that category and that they just don’t have that many.
But with a positive attitude and a smile, Briggs said that what the team lacks in tumbling it will make up for in enthusiasm, voice, and stunts.
This week’s practices were dedicated to tightening up any sloppy areas and tweaking the routine overall to make it as precise as possible.