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GSA State qualifiers - Jessie Dyer

George Stevens Academy swimmers Ben Avery and Jessie Dyer have (pictured) both qualified to participate in the state swim meets—February 19 for girls and February 21 for boys. It’s an action-packed season for the new team.

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by Chris Billings

If you haven’t been to a swim meet yet this season, you are missing out on the action! The GSA swim team is doing “very well” says Coach Jim Goodman, so good in fact that two seniors have qualified for the State Swim Meet.

Jessie Dyer qualified for the 50-meter freestyle and the 100-meter freestyle events while Ben Avery qualified for the 100-meter freestyle, the 200-meter freestyle, and the 100-meter butterfly events.

While only these two swimmers qualified as of January 11, Coach Goodman said he is confident that three or four more will qualify in individual events before the state championships.

With five more meets left in which to submit a qualifying time, including the Penobscot Valley Championships at Husson College on February 11 and 12, the odds are in their favor, Goodman said.

He added that even more will compete in relay events at the championships.

The girls’ state meet is February 19 and the boys’ is February 21. Both meets are at the University Maine, Orono.

The varsity boys basketball team has been busy this week playing at home and on the road. The Eagles lost to the Deer Isle-Stonington Mariners and the Mount Desert Island Trojans, but were able to pull out a win Monday night against the Central Red Devils to bring their record to 5-4.

Traveling across the bridge to battle the Mariners, the Eagles were not able to keep up and lost with a final score of 53-44. Seniors Nick Doolittle and Nick Kane contributed 16 points and 14 points. Two days later the Eagles hosted the Trojans to a packed gym at GSA. The tension was thick and expectations were high as the Eagles took an early lead in the first quarter and were leading by only one basket at the half. With eleven seconds left in the game and MDI up by two points, Kane took and missed a three point shot ending the game with a win for MDI by a final score of 47-45. On January 10, the Eagles traveled to Central High School to face the Red Devils and beat them handily with a final score of 71-38. A triple threat by the GSA “Nicks” proved fatal as junior Nick Dillon had a high of 22 points for the game and seniors Kane and Doolittle contributed 19 and 13 points respectively.

With the GSA basketball season half over, I will talk to Head Coach Dwayne Carter next week to find out how the team will approach the next month’s worth of games and what his strategy will be to make it to Bangor in February.

The varsity boys were scheduled to host the Bucksport Golden Bucks on January 12 and to travel Downeast to face the Washington Academy Raiders on Friday, January 14.

On Saturday, January 8, the Eagles cheering team traveled to Stearns High School to compete against nine other schools in the Penobscot Valley Conference Championships.

The Eagles overcame huge obstacles the week before that could have taken them out of the championship altogether, according to Head Coach Jessica DeWitt.

Just five days before the competition the Eagles lost one of their seniors to injury. Then three days before the competition one of the cheerleaders unexpectedly quit the team. The Eagles were not to be deterred however, and in just six days were able to regroup and learn a new competition program, DeWitt said.

While the Eagles came in seventh place, earning 83 points out of a possible 175, DeWitt said she is “very proud of my girls and the hard work they have put in.”

To prepare for the next competition, the Sumner Invitational on January 22, DeWitt said the team would work on new stunt sequences and tumbling routines. These should bring the team’s competition program a higher point value and DeWitt said she is confident the girls will score higher at Sumner.

One Eagles team that hasn’t had luck on its side this season is the girls varsity basketball team.

Nearing midseason, the Eagles have a 1-7 record so far but have still to play two teams on the schedule for the first time, Orono and Deer Isle.

On January 6, the Eagles traveled to MDI to take on the Trojans and lost 43-25. Senior Anna Clapp was the high scorer with six points.

Two days later the Eagles hosted the Central High School Red Devils and struggled to keep up as the Devils sank basket after basket. The Class C undefeated Red Devils beat the Eagles with a final score of 63-38 and Clapp was again the high scorer with 10 points. The varsity girls will travel to play the Orono Red Riots on Thursday and let’s hope they can pull together and pull off a win.

Good luck to all the Eagles!

Ng Wang performs in the cheering squad’s competition

Ng Wang performs in the cheering squad’s competition for GSA fans.

Photo by Chris Billings
GSA State qualifiers - Jessie Dyer

George Stevens Academy swimmers Ben Avery and Jessie Dyer have (pictured) both qualified to participate in the state swim meets—February 19 for girls and February 21 for boys. It’s an action-packed season for the new team.

Photo by Chris Billings
GSA State qualifiers - Ben Avery

George Stevens Academy swimmers Ben Avery (pictured) and Jessie Dyerhave both qualified to participate in the state swim meets—February 19 for girls and February 21 for boys. It’s an action-packed season for the new team.

Photo by Chris Billings