The Packet Sports Spotlight

Blue Hill
Originally published in The Weekly Packet, October 11, 2012
GSA Boys hold steady, girls looking for a win

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Senior Shannon Larkin

GSA girls worked hard but could not stop Bucksport. Above, #3, senior Shannon Larkin.

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by Anne Berleant

The Eagles soccer teams struggled in game play this week, but post-season play looks good for the boys and still within reach for the girls.

The boys started with a strong 5-2 win over Sumner on October 3, tied 0-0 against Orono on October 5 and posted a disappointing 5-0 loss against Ellsworth on October 8.

A better balanced team and a deep bench, both strengths Coach Dan Kane mentioned early in the season, have helped the GSA boys hold fast to sixth place in the HealPoint Standings, with two regular season games scheduled before the post-season starts on October 15. The boys look good at least for the regionals, if not the quarterfinals or beyond.

The girls are 0-1-2 in match play for the week and could not score a goal against Bucksport or Orono but tied 1-1 against Sumner on October 2. With wins against Sumner, Deer Isle-Stonington and Searsport earlier in the season, the girls have moved up one place, to 12th, in the HealPoint Standings. If they can play strong in the next three games, they can still qualify for the regional prelims, although two of those games, against fifth place Dexter and Class B Ellsworth, may prove difficult.

Senior Shannon Larkin

GSA girls worked hard but could not stop Bucksport. Above, #3, senior Shannon Larkin.

Photo by Franklin Brown
GSA Golfers finish strong at states

The Eagles golf team placed fourth out of 11 teams in the state championships at the 18-hole Arrowhead course at Natanis on October 6. “All week we talked about playing as a team,” said Coach Dwayne Carter. “I was happy with their accomplishment.” Team members Jasper Adam, Alex Heilner, Brett Ingraham, Joe Maier and C.J. Chen, above left, finished with a score of 355, behind first-place winner St. Dominic, followed by Houlton and Winthrop. Deer Isle-Stonington rounded out the top five finishers.

Photo courtesy of Dwayne Carter
GSA X-Country team races toward post season

Senior Sam Stankhe placed second at a meet held at Bucksport on October 5. The team had a strong showing as well, and looks good for post season, which begins October 15 with the Penobscot Valley Conference at Ellsworth.

Photo by Franklin Brown