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by Chris Billings

GSA baseball and softball teams split with Tigers and Bucks

On May 23, George Stevens Academy’s Eagles hosted the Sumner Tigers and the baseball and softball teams both walked off the field with a victory. For the baseball team, senior Nick Kane took the mound and made short work of the Tigers, striking out 12 batters in only five innings and giving up just two hits to give the Eagles a 10-0 shutout over Sumner. The GSA seniors led the day with Sam Eley hitting a single to bring in two runs, Jesse Dow contributing a double, Josh Gale a single, and Cameron Lawson a two-run triple.

Over on the softball field, the girls were able to hold off the Sumner Tigers, winning 14-9, with juniors Richelle Kane hitting a triple and a single and Hannah Billings hitting three singles and a double with a combined five RBIs. Seniors Anna Clapp and Sabrina Vivian had three singles each.

Two days later, the Eagles faced stiff competition when they hosted the Bucksport Golden Bucks and both GSA teams ended the day with a loss. For the baseball team, Nick Kane had a triple and a double with two RBIs while Cameron Lawson had two doubles and an RBI and Jesse Dow contributed two singles—but it just wasn’t enough and the Eagles lost, 5-4. The softball game ended with a final score of 15-2 in favor of Bucksport, with Anna Clapp having a double in the game.

Storms halt PVC track meet

With a mere two events yet to complete to establish the Penobscot Valley Conference boys and girls championships, all activity at Foxcroft Academy came to a screeching halt when thunderstorms showed up uninvited. The remaining two events were finished on Tuesday, May 31, at Bucksport prior to the PVC Freshman meet.

The GSA girls finished sixth out of 14 teams with 33 points for the day. Placing for the girls track team was sophomore Lucy Jakub, with a fifth place in the 100-meter hurdles and a time of 19:10; and a sixth place in the 300-meter hurdles and a time of 54:47.

Senior Vika Grindle placed first in the long jump with a distance of 15 feet, 7.75 inches.

The 4x800-meter relay team of Amanda Moir, Keira Tachibana, Wenwen Xu and Brooke Laprise finished fourth.

Junior Liana Arquette placed in three events at the PVCs with a second place in the shot put, throwing 28 feet, 5 inches, a third place in the javelin, throwing 92 feet, and a fifth place in the discus with a measurement of 76 feet, 4 inches.

The GSA boys team finished the PVCs with a final score of 46 points, giving them a fifth-place finish overall out of 14 teams present.

Junior Ben Plohr placed first in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 16:26 and in the 800-meter race, finishing in 2:04:78. Senior Ben Avery placed sixth in the 1600- meter race with a time of 5:15:42, while fellow senior Sam Eley placed sixth in the 100-meter run finishing in 11:95.

Senior Nick Doolittle jumped 5 feet, 8 inches in the high jump for a second place finish. Rounding out the boys’ scores was a sixth place for Everett Lindholm-Fiske in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 48:31, and a third place for the 4x100-meter relay team of Kiyoshi Kuniyoshi, Nick Doolittle, Nick Dillon, and Sam Eley. In a 3,200-meter race Sam Stahnke took third place with a time of 11:02:24 and Ben Avery took sixth place with a time of 11:44:34.

GSA tennis teams prepare for post-season play

The boys and girls GSA tennis teams finished their regular season this week with wins over the Sumner Tigers on May 23 and the Orono Red Riots on May 25.

At Sumner, the GSA girls ended their meet with a final of 4-1. In first singles action, Sotherd Steer defeated Emily Havey, 8-1. In third singles, Charlotte Reiter defeated Emily Ingalls, 8-6. In first doubles, Maddie Theoharidis and Ramsay Williamson defeated Lizzie Arey and Darrian Church, 8-1. In second doubles, Grace Bugbee and Hannah Dietz defeated Brianna Fernandez and Morgan Forni, 8-2.

On the boys’ court, GSA shut out Sumner with a final of 5-0. In first singles, Alexander Heilner defeated Gabe Gerrish, 8-2. In second singles, Will Brokaw defeated Elliot Ossanna, 8-0, and in third singles Roy Xu defeated Braden Wentworth, 8-5. Doubles action found GSA’s Jason Gao and James Chen defeating Casey Slater and Nick Stiles, 8-2. The GSA second doubles team of Terry Tian and John Ciampa won by forfeit.

The ending was similar on May 25 when GSA hosted its last home meet of the season against Orono. The girls shut out the Riots, 5-0, while the boys won, 4-1.

In first singles for the girls, Steer defeated Giulia Papini, 8-2. In second singles, Tierney Hally defeated Virginia Lopez Anido, 9-8. In third singles, Reiter defeated Hanna Renedo, 8-3.

The first doubles team of Theoharidis and Williamson shut down Lillie Mayfield and Ruby Wallace-Ewing, 8-1. The second doubles team of Bugbee and Dietz defeated Rachel Balabow and Veronica Wallace-Ewing, 8-4.

The boys first singles player Johnny Xue defeated Gustav Mansson, 8-6, and the second singles player Jasper Adam defeated Alex Caballero, 8-6.

In doubles action, first team Brokaw and Xu defeated Tannar Francis and Conor McKaig, 8-5, while the second doubles team of Gao and Chen defated Anton Klose and Zack Caron, 8-5.

The GSA boys’ tennis team ended its season with a 10-2 record and the girls with a 9-3 record. Way to go, GSA!