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Web exclusive, May 20, 2011
Billings Sports Beat
GSA tennis teams stretch record to 5-2

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by Chris Billings

With only four regular season matches left to play before the regionals begin, the George Stevens Academy varsity tennis teams are working hard to make sure they are able to participate in post-season action.

At press time, the girls tennis team is ranked third in Heal Points, behind Foxcroft Academy and Fort Kent, while the boys tennis team is currently in fourth place, behind Orono, Foxcroft Academy, and Houlton.

On May 12, the boys and girls tennis teams traveled to Deer Isle to face the Mariners, and both teams left the Island victorious in shutting out Deer Isle, 5-0. In girls action, first singles Tierney Hally defeated Esther Adams, 8-4; in second singles, Charlotte Reiter defeated Alorah Gellerson, 8-1, and in third singles, Maddie Theoharidis defeated Kristyn Davis, 8-2.

In boys singles, Johnny Xue defeated Ian Pelletier, 8-1, in second singles, Jasper Adam defeated Jerry Lin, 8-2, and in third singles, Alexander Heilner defeated Gareth Warr, 8-0. The GSA boys first and second doubles teams beat Deer Isle-Stonington by forfeit for the 5-0 win.

GSA girls doubles team action was a win as well, when first team doubles Ramsay Williamson and Grace Bugbee defeated Kelsey Quinn and Sasha Zembrusky, 8-0, and second team doubles Maggie Keating and Hattie Wanning of GSA defeated Asia Eaton and Amy Bolton, 8-2.

The next day, May 13, the GSA tennis teams were both shut out when they hosted the Ellsworth Eagles, losing 5-0, giving both teams their second loss of the season. With this week’s rain proving a challenge for most teams in the area, there will be several games that will be made up before post-season play takes place.

One team greatly affected by the damp weather last week was the GSA track team, which was slated to travel to Caribou, but the meet was unfortunately cancelled. The GSA track team will compete next on Friday, May 20, in Bucksport starting at 3:30 p.m. Go, Eagles!

The GSA varsity baseball and softball teams were able to squeeze in three games last week between the raindrops, traveling to face the Deer Isle-Stonington Mariners and the Stearns Minutemen on May 9 and 13.

The Eagles baseball team beat the Mariners, 8-5, in a light mist with senior Josh Gale starting off the game with a three-run home run in the first inning. Senior Nick Kane contributed to the win with an RBI single and an RBI double. The GSA baseball team wasn’t as lucky on May 13 when it traveled to Millinocket, losing a tough game by one run in the bottom of the seventh inning with a final score of 8-7. For the Eagles, Josh Gale had an RBI single, a double, and two runs, while freshman Finn McMahon-Allwine had two singles and an RBI.

Hosting the Searsport Vikings on May 11, the GSA baseball team won 11-2, with juniors Ben Olivari and Schuyler Van der Eb combining their pitching talents to keep Searsport at just one hit, striking out six batters and walking four. Van der Eb had two singles and three RBIs, while Olivari had two singles and one RBI.

The GSA softball team was also able to chalk up a victory against Searsport on May 11, winning 18-3. At press time, no details were reported about the game. The girls brought home an on-the-road win against Stearns, beating the Minutemen with a final score of 14-2 on May 13. Senior Anna Clapp kept the game under control, allowing only three hits, striking out 12 batters and walking four. Junior Shelbi Candage had six RBIs with two doubles and a single, while junior Richelle Kane had a double, three singles and one RBI. Seniors Anna Clapp and Sabrina Vivian each had two singles and combined for three RBIs.

Defeat was a bitter pill for the girls softball team when they lost to the Deer Isle-Stonington Mariners in the bottom of the seventh inning with a final score of 11-10. For GSA, Shelbi Candage hit a double and a single with an RBI, while sophomore Mary Prescott had two singles and two RBIs. Richelle Kane and Sabrina Vivian both hit solo home runs in the third inning.

The GSA baseball team finished out this week with a record of 6-1-3 and is currently in fourth place in the Heal Point standings, while the GSA softball team finished its week with a record of 4-6 and a 12th place standing in the Heal Points. Both teams must rank in 10th place or higher to advance to post-season play. Good luck, Eagles!