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On the prettiest afternoon that Hancock County has seen in the last two weeks, the George Stevens Academy track team traveled on Friday, May 20, to Bucksport High School to compete in the Hancock County championship track meet. With all Hancock County high schools with participating track teams present, the GSA Eagles had a strong showing and narrowly missed a second place finish by 4-1/2 points for the boys team and a mere 2 points for the girls team. This is good news for Coach Erich Reed as his team gears up for the PVC championship meet at Foxcroft Academy on Friday, May 27, as qualifying athletes from the PVC meet determine who competes at the state level on June 4.
For the girls track team, the 4 x 800 team of Amanda Moir, Keira Tachibana, Wenwen Xu, and Brooke Laprise finished first with a time of 12:57:67. Sophomores Lucy Jakub and Shannon Larkin both participated in the 100- and 300-meter hurdles with Lucy finishing second in both and Shannon placing fourth and sixth respectively. Senior Vika Grindle placed fifth in the 100-meter race and second in the long jump with a distance of 13 feet 8.5 inches. In the 1,600 meter race-walk, Sally Li placed third with a time of 11:07:91 and Adah Cheng placed fourth with a time of 12:49:83. Junior Liana Arquette had a great showing with a third place in the javelin, measuring a throw of 77 feet 7 inches, a second place in the discus with a throw of 74 feet 7 inches, and a first place finish in the shot put with a throw of 30 feet 5.5 inches. Awesome!
The boys track team also had a memorable day, with junior Ben Plohr placing first in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 16:54 and also placing first in the 800-meter race by finishing in 2:05:33. Andre Reinero, Abe Ziner, Vincent Fang, and Andy Wu brought home a first place finish in the 4 x 100 race with a time of 49:70. Freshman Ned Wang finished first in the 1,600-meter racewalk with a time of 14:06:94 and sophomore Everett Lindholm-Fiske placed second in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 47:28. The boys 4 x 800 team finished in third place with a time of 9:50:77, while senior Harvard Bridges finished in fifth place in the 400-meter race with a time of just under a minute. Senior Sam Eley had third place finishes in the 100-meter race with a time of 12:19 and the 200-meter race with a time of 25:02. Senior Nick Doolittle also had a great day, placing first in the high jump with a jump of 5 feet 6 inches and in the long jump with 17 feet 10.2 inches. Rounding out the top boys scores were freshman Sam Stahnke placing second in the 3,200-meter race with a time of 11:18:45 and senior Ben Avery placing fourth in the 3,200 with a time of 11:29:47. Finally, in the boys 4 x 400 race GSA placed second with a time of 3:54:63. Way to go, Eagles.
The GSA boys and girls tennis teams played a double header and a regularly scheduled game last week, to bring their total to three games in two days. Despite the exhausting schedule, which was due to the consistently rainy weather, the GSA boys tennis team won all three of their matches while the girls won two of their three.
On May 19, the Eagles traveled to face the MDI Trojans and at the end of the afternoon, the GSA boys won, 4-1. In first singles, Johnny Xue defeated Garrett Lee, 8-1, second singles Jasper Adam defeated Andrew Dalton, 8-1, and in third singles, Alexander Heilner defeated Ian Sampson, 8-6. In first team doubles, Will Brokaw and Roy Xu defeated Elliot Klaver and Mike Dunleavy, 8-4, while the second doubles GSA team of Jason Gao and James Chen lost, 8-5. In the girls match, MDI beat GSA with a final of 3-2. Junior Sotherd Steer lost in first singles with a final of 8-2 and senior Tierney Hally lost in second singles, 8-2, but freshman Charlotte Reiter defeated third singles player Grace Robbins, 8-6. The first doubles team of juniors Maddie Theoharidis and Ramsay Williamson defeated Megan Phelps and Hannah Worcester, 8-6, but second doubles GSA team of Grace Bugbee and Hannah Dietz lost, 8-4.
The very next day, May 20, the GSA Eagles hosted the Washington Academy Raiders for a doubleheader and both the boys and girls tennis teams were victorious, with the boys winning both matches, 3-2, and the girls team beating the Raiders, 4-1 in the first match and 5-0 in the second.
In girls first singles, Sotherd Steer defeated Crystal Naylor, 8-1, and Kira Arnold, 8-3, while in second singles, Maddie Theoharidis defeated Kira Arnold, 8-3, and Mara Lookabaugh, 8-2. To round out the singles action, third singles player Aji Hall defeated Felicia Pepin, 8-6, and Maddy Barker, 8-2. GSA’s Grace Bugbee and Hannah Dietz defeated Maddy Barker and Mara Lookabaugh, 8-2, in first doubles and then went on to defeat Felicia Pepin and Brandelyn Hodgdon, 9-7. GSA’s Ramsay Williamson and Lucy Wanning, the second doubles team, forfeited their first game and then went on to defeat Nicol Hermon and Mary Hayward in the second game with a final score of 8-2.
The GSA boys tennis team experienced some déjà vu with all three singles players winning both their first matches and their second matches, while the doubles teams lost both games. In first singles action, GSA’s Johnny Xue defeated Wei Yen Huang, 8-4 in the first game and 8-5 in the second game. Second singles tennis player Jasper Adam defeated Romayn Richards, 8-3 and 8-4, while in third singles play, Alexander Heilner defeated Nick Raye, 9-7 and then again with a final of 8-4.
The GSA tennis teams play two final regular season matches before preliminary post season play begins. We wish you the best!