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Web exclusive, October 21, 2010
The Billings Sports Beat
GSA golf in top half as team and individual at states

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State golf championship

From left, Alex Heilner, Jasper Adam, Nick Dillon, and David Bertrand at the state golf championship at Natanis Golf Course in Vassalboro.

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by Chris Billings

After traveling to Vassalboro in pouring rain, sophomore Jasper Adam (with Coach Dwayne Carter by his side) played for the State Individual Golf Championship at Natanis Golf Course in steady 30 to 40 mph winds and standing water on the putting greens. “It was a real test,” Coach Carter said in an interview after the match. “Jasper played well with all things considered.”

Of 39 golfers competing Saturday, October 16, Adam placed 18th in the state competition, scoring an 88 on the par 72 course. “It was a good experience overall for Jasper and now he knows what he needs to do to improve for next year. I expect him to be back competing in states again,” Carter said.

With the golfers finishing 5-3 in the regular season and finishing second in the Penobscot Valley Conference (behind Houlton) as well as fourth in the states, the team looks to be competitive again next year. “Overall it was a good season this year and we were very competitive considering we only played class B schools,” Carter said “It definitely paid off for us in the end.”

This is the second year in a row that Carter has taken his golf team to states and the fourth year in a row that a GSA golfer has competed in the state competition. Carter said he is also proud of the four girls who played this year for GSA, a first for the school. With only 36 girls in the entire state playing on golf teams this season, Carter hopes that his girls will come back next year and will keep working on their game in the off season.

GSA will lose two seniors to graduation this year. “Storme Macomber and David Bertrand will be missed,” Carter said. “With them and sophomore Jasper Adam, junior Nick Dillon, and freshman Alex Heilner, we had a solid top five. It’s always been our strength that any one of the top five could be the medalist, making us more competitive as a team.”

Even with a good nucleus returning next year, Carter said he would like to see more GSA students going out for the golf team, and as another golf season comes to an end Carter said he is still “looking forward to another successful season next year as both a team and as individuals.”

Another GSA team competing in less than favorable conditions last Saturday was the cross-country team, which was in Bangor running in the Penobscot Valley Conference Championship. GSA cross- country Coach Tim Farrar described the day as “wet, cold, muddy and miserable. Despite that, the team ran as well as they could be expected to.”

The GSA girls finished fourth out of four girls teams, competing with a final score of 69 behind Orono, Lee Academy, and Bucksport.

Junior Nicole Bakeman placed fourth overall for the girls with a time of 22:08 and sophomore Sam Stahnke placed 11th for the boys with a time of 19:02.

The GSA boys team finished fourth out of seven teams, competing with a final score of 89 behind Bangor Christian, Orono, and Sumner.

Other top scorers for GSA were junior Amanda Moir in 15th with a time of 24:40, sophomore Kalle Bailey with a time of 19:35 in 17th place, and senior Ben Avery in 20th place with a final time of 19:54.

On Saturday, October 23, the cross-country team will travel to the Thomas Moore Elementary School in Belfast to compete in the Eastern Maine Championship. Cross-country teams from all four eastern classes will compete that day, with the top 30 individuals as well as the top half of all teams competing, then qualifying, for the state championships on October 30. Good luck, Eagles!

In a shocking and redeeming upset, the Eagles varsity girls soccer team handed the undefeated Deer Isle-Stonington Mariners their first loss on Thursday, October 14, with a final score of 4-2. Within the first 15 minutes of the game, both DIS and GSA had scored with the GSA goal coming from junior Maddie Theoharidis with an assist from junior Richelle Kane. DIS scored again with only 19 minutes left in the first half and the Eagles pulled together to stop the Mariners’ quick offensive drive. The Eagles were finally successful in scoring again with just four minutes remaining in the first half as Kane scored with an assist from senior Anna Clapp. With just one tense minute left in the first half, the Mariners were called with a dangerous play penalty allowing GSA an indirect kick (and another goal scored by Clapp), ending the half with a score of 3-2 in favor of GSA. The Eagles kept the momentum going and with 26 minutes left in the second half, sophomore Abby Nowland scored for GSA unassisted. The girls will travel Downeast to face the Washington Academy Raiders on October 20. Good luck!

The boys varsity soccer team celebrated a victory on Wednesday the October 13 when the Eagles successfully shut out the Mariners at Deer Isle-Stonington with a final score of 4-0. With just two minutes left in the first half, junior Schuyler Van der Eb scored with an assist from senior Nick Kane. In the second half, the Eagles put more distance on the scoreboard between themselves and the Mariners by scoring three more goals by sophomore Ben Eley, junior Ben Plohr, and freshman Will Brokaw with two more assists by Kane and an assist from senior Nick Doolittle. The DIS win brings the boys soccer team to a 4-7 record. At press time, the Eagles hadn’t been able to play regularly scheduled games with Sumner and Searsport due to heavy rain. Coverage of those games will be reported in next week’s edition. The Eagles were scheduled to host the Washington Academy Raiders on Monday, October 18.