The Packet Sports Spotlight

Blue Hill
Originally published in The Weekly Packet, June 19, 2014
Boys tennis struggles at states, baseball team denied Eastern regional crown

The Eagle’s Cooper Smallidge swings against Mattanawcook

Cooper Smallidge (25) up to bat against Mattanawcook in the play-off quarterfinals on June 12.

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by Anne Berleant

The Eagles boys tennis team swung from a triumphant 5-0 win for the Eastern Regional crown to a 0-5 defeat against Waynflete Academy in the Class C state games in Portland on June 16. The Eagles have faced and lost to Waynflete seven times since defeating them for the state crown in 2004. “We have one victory over them and two matches that could have been won in 10 tries,” said Eagles coach Larry Gray. The Eagles are not alone in their struggle against Waynflete, Gray continued. “The rest of Western Maine Class C is having similar issues competing with them.”

In Eagles baseball playoff run, GSA followed a 5-4 quarterfinal win over fifth-ranked Mattanawcook with a 7-5 semifinal upset over top-ranked Bucksport to set up an Eastern regional championship game against #2 Washington Academy on June 17. Despite two hits from Garrison Looke and a run for home plate cut short in the fifth, the Eagles fell 3-0, finishing their season 14-5 and ranked fourth.

The GSA Eagles celebrate their win

The team celebrates its 5-4 quarterfinal win against Mattanawcook on June 12.

Photo by Franklin Brown
The Eagle’s Anthony Bianco pitches against Mattanawcook

Anthony Bianco pitches and then tries to stop a second-base steal by Mattanawcook.

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The Eagle’s McMahon-Allwine scores a run against Mattanawcook

Finn McMahon-Allwine scores a run, breaking the tie against Mattanawcook in the bottom of the eighth to bring the Eagles to a 5-4 lead.

Photo by Franklin Brown
The Eagle’s Cooper Smallidge swings against Mattanawcook

Cooper Smallidge (25) up to bat against Mattanawcook in the play-off quarterfinals on June 12.

Photo by Franklin Brown