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Web exclusive, October 14, 2010
The Billings Sports Beat
GSA Boys soccer team falls short against undefeated Red Riots

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The George Stevens Academy boys varsity soccer team hosted the undefeated Orono Red Riots this week at the GSA soccer field on Friday, October 8.

With enthusiasm and energy at full speed, despite a brisk wind and overcast sky, the Eagles were able to hold back the Riots in the first half, thanks in part to senior Nick Kane’s powerful kick as sweeper. But the Eagles were unable to score themselves.

Fourteen minutes into the second half, Orono scored in the top right corner of the goal with an unassisted breakaway, and a mere two minutes later Orono was able to score again, despite a full layout by junior goalie Ben Olivari.

With confidence and momentum slowly fading, the Eagles were not able to hold the Orono team off from making yet another goal in the final minutes of the game. After 80 minutes of tough play, the final score was a 3-0 shutout in Orono’s favor.

The boys team travels to Deer Isle-Stonington and Searsport this week but will also host Sumner on Friday, October 15. Good luck boys!

Dodging raindrops this week, the girls varsity soccer team was able to squeak in three games, including a win at Searsport and two losses at home. The girls win on Tuesday, October 5 was a 4-0 shutout over the Searsport Vikings.

Freshman Charlotte Reiter scored one goal with an assist by sophomore Abby Nowland; junior Richelle Kane scored two goals assisted by sophomore Katie Gray and Reiter; and senior Anna Clapp scored with an assist by Kane.

Under the threat of rain on Thursday afternoon, October 7, the girls team hosted the Orono Red Riots. Junior Richelle Kane was the lone scorer for GSA with an unassisted goal and the game ended with a final score of 2-1. With sunny and cooler temperatures on Saturday October 9, the Eagles hosted the Sumner Tigers at the GSA field.

Shockingly, mere minutes into the game, GSA scored the only goal of the game but into its own net, giving the Tigers the 1-0 advantage. Despite their desperate attempts to make another goal, the Eagles were unsuccessful and what had seemed an easy win was a tough loss for the team. Sporting a record of 3-8-1, the girls will host their final home game of the season this week on Thursday, October 14, against Deer Isle. Best of luck!

The cross-country team traveled far this week to compete against schools in Hancock County and beyond. On Tuesday, October 5, the Eagles journeyed to East Millinocket to take part in the Wolverine Invitational held at Schenck High School. With seven boys teams competing, GSA placed in the middle of the pack with a fourth-place finish overall by scoring 105 points, although no GSA runner finished in the top 10 of all runners competing.

The Eagles finished in the middle of the pack also for the girls race, finishing a solid third place out of six teams competing, with a combined score of 51 points.

Junior Nicole Bakeman came in second place overall for the girls with a time of 21:15. Under clear but cool skies Saturday October 9, the cross-country team took part in the Hancock County Championships at Bucksport High School. Of five boys teams competing, GSA placed fourth overall with 95 points behind the Ellsworth, MDI, and Sumner teams.

Sophomore Sam Stahnke placed ninth overall with a time of 18:41 and senior Ben Avery placed 14th with a time of 19:35. The girls did not fare as well as the boys, placing last out of four teams competing, even though their final score was five points less than that of the boys’ team, with a 90 overall.

Bakeman was the top finisher for the girls, placing sixth, with a final time of 22:14. Girls teams competing were Ellsworth, MDI, and Bucksport.

On Saturday, October 16, the cross- country team will compete in the Penobscot Valley Conference championship in Bangor. Top finishers at the PVC will then get an opportunity to compete in the Eastern Maine championship and state championship held later this month. Good luck Eagles!

Under windy, crisp conditions on Saturday, October 9, the GSA Golf team traveled to Natanis Golf Course in Vassalboro to compete in the state golf championship. With 10 Class C schools vying for the top spot, the GSA Eagles finished their season in a respectable fourth place, with a combined team score of 373, behind Houlton, St. Dominic, and Dirigo high schools.

The Eagles foursome of Jasper Adams, Nick Dillon, David Bertrand and Alex Heilner placed higher than last year’s seventh-place finish. Sophomore Adams scored a 96, junior Dillon scored a 104, senior Bertrand scored an 80, and freshman Heilner scored a 93 on the par 72 Arrowhead Course.

This Saturday, October 16, Jasper Adams will compete in the individual state golf championship. Full details, including an interview with Coach Dwayne Carter on the state competitions, will be included in next week’s Billings Sport Beat so stay tuned. Good luck, Jasper, at states!