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Web exclusive, June 10, 2011
Billings Sports Beat
GSA tennis teams to play in Eastern Maine championships

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by Chris Billings

The George Stevens Academy boys and girls tennis teams finished first in Class C this season, the boys with a 10-2 record and the girls with a 9-3 record. Both teams made short work of their opponents in quarterfinal action. On June 3 the boys shut out the Madawaska Owls 5-0 to advance to semifinal play, while the girls kept the Van Buren Crusaders from advancing with a 5-0 win.

The next day, the girls once again took the upper hand by beating the Orono Red Riots 5-0 to clinch the semifinal win and advance to the Eastern Maine championship. In first singles semifinal action, Sotherd Steer beat Giulia Papini 6-2, 6-0, while in second singles Charlotte Reiter defeated Lily Mayfield 6-0, 6-0. Senior Tierney Hally won the third singles match by forfeit as did second doubles team Grace Bugbee and Hannah Dietz. In first doubles play, Maddie Theoharidis and Ramsay Williamson defeated Rachel Garber and Taylor Gray 6-0, 6-0.

On June 6 the boys beat Foxcroft Academy 4-1 to advance to the Eastern Maine championships. GSA’s Johnny Xue defeated Colby Bombero 6-0, 6-0 in first singles play, while Jasper Adam defeated Jaiyang Lu 6-2, 6-2 to take the second singles match. In third singles, Alexander Heilner beat Stephen Sharrow 6-3, 6-7, and 7-5 while Jason Gao and James Chen of GSA defeated Joshua Bombero and Atticus Dennis 1-5, 6-0 in second doubles play.

The GSA boys and girls tennis teams were scheduled to play for the Class C Eastern Maine crown on Wednesday, June 8, at Colby College in Waterville beginning at 12:45pm. Best of luck, Eagles!

Baseball team headed to playoffs; softball season at an end

The varsity baseball team ended its season this year with two victories at home against the MDI Trojans and the Deer Isle-Stonington Mariners. The Eagles beat the Trojans with a close score of 3-2 on May 30 and followed that up with another win at home on June 1 against the Mariners with a final score of 10-3. With a solid fourth place season finish in the Heal Points standings and a 10-5-1 record, this put the baseball team at a home field advantage to play the first playoff game, the quarterfinals, on Thursday, June 9, against the Stearns Minutemen. Good luck, Eagles!

The softball team ended its season with two losses, to the Trojans and the Mariners, giving them a 6-10 record and a 13th place in the Heal Points standings, taking them out of the playoffs this year. Seniors Sabrina Vivian, Emily Lowell, and Anna Clapp had a great season.

Track team competes at states

On June 4 the track team traveled to Bath to compete in the state track and field championships, facing 56 other teams from across Maine. While 40 of the 56 participating teams qualify for states, according to Coach Erich Reed, many don’t score high enough to place. The GSA boys team placed 13th of 20 teams placing, while the girls did not place despite a good performance.

For the boys team, junior Ben Plohr placed second in the 800 meter with a time of 2:00:10 and third in the 110 hurdles with a time of 16:88. Ben also qualified, for the second year in a row, to compete in the New England Championships in the 800 meter next weekend in Burlington, Vermont.

Also turning out a personal best performance was senior Nick Doolittle who matched his best high jump and placed fourth with a height of 5’8”. Nick also placed seventh in the long jump with a distance of 18’5-1/2”.

For the girls team, sophomore Lucy Jakub competed in the 300 and 100 hurdles, while junior Liana Arquette competed in the discus, shot put, and javelin. Senior Vika Grindle competed in the 100 meter run and the long jump.

Congratulations to the track team on a fantastic season.

Correction

In last week’s Billings Sports Beat, we incorrectly identified sophomore Ben Eley as senior Sam Eley in a write-up regarding baseball. We apologize for the confusion.