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Senior Jamie Moore pins his Caribou opponent

Senior Jamie Moore pins his Caribou opponent at a December 21 meet.

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by Chris Billings

With six basketball games, three wrestling meets, a swim meet, and four occasions to cheer for the home team, the George Stevens Academy Eagles kept a very busy schedule over the last two weeks and didn’t let holiday celebrations slow them down.

On December 21, the GSA Eagles and Ellsworth Eagles hosted their first home swim meet of the season by welcoming the Brewer Witches to the Ellsworth YMCA. Although they were down half of their team due to holiday traveling, the GSA swimmers concentrated on increasing their speed and lowering their racing times in order to qualify for the state competition in February. The Ellsworth boys and girls swim teams were able to pull off victories at the home meet. The GSA Eagles and Ellsworth Eagles will host the Caribou Vikings this Friday, January 7, at the YMCA. Good luck, Eagles.

December 21 was a busy evening for the Eagles as the GSA boys varsity basketball team traveled to Bucksport to take on the Golden Bucks. Senior Nick Kane contributed 20 points including a three-point shot with a mere two seconds remaining in the game to give the Eagles a 43-42 win.

The Eagles hosted two teams last week, the Washington Academy Raiders and the Fort Kent Warriors. They split with a loss to the Raiders and a win against the Warriors. Despite a fantastic effort, the Eagles couldn’t keep the Raiders from outscoring them in the fourth quarter and ended the game with a 56-66 loss.

Seniors Nick Doolittle and Tom Crowe scored 15 points and 14 points for the Eagles. The GSA boys came back two days later to host the Warriors looking for a win, and didn’t have to go far to find one. They beat the Warriors handily with a final score of 49-31. Doolittle scored 20 points and had 16 rebounds for the Eagles, while senior Cameron Lawson contributed 10 points and junior Nick Dillon scored eight points and had 10 rebounds. The Eagles were scheduled to travel to Deer Isle on January 5.

The GSA girls varsity basketball team battled three teams over the last two weeks and unfortunately came up short each time. On December 22, the Eagles traveled to take on the Bucks and lost with a final score of 55-29. Junior Richelle Kane scored 8 points for the team. Last week the Eagles traveled to play the Washington Academy Raiders and despite junior Maddie Theoharidis’s nine points, they lost with a final score of 43-24. On December 30, the Eagles hosted the Fort Kent Warriors. Despite two three-point shots made by juniors Abby Brady and Kara van Emmerik in the third quarter to tie the game, the Eagles weren’t quite consistent enough to pull off a win and lost with a final score of 40-34. The Eagles were scheduled to host the Golden Bucks on the evening of Tuesday, January 4.

The GSA cheering squad was very busy cheering at the home basketball games for the boys and girls teams as well as at the home wrestling meet. The squad has also been practicing its competition routine as it will travel to Stearns High School in Millinocket on Saturday, January 8, to compete in the Class C PVC Championships. Good luck, Eagles.

The GSA wrestling team traveled to Washington Academy to compete against the Raiders on December 22. Despite a pin by sophomore Jordan Lord in the 125-pound weight class and wins by forfeit for sophomore Alex Turanski and senior Storme Macomber, it wasn’t enough for the team to pull off a victory.

On December 28, the wrestling team traveled to Herman to compete in a “Holiday Wrestling Tournament.” With 20 teams competing throughout the day-long event, the Eagles came in a solid 10th place. Senior Storme Macomber won the 130-pound weight class championship. Sophomore Jordan Lord placed third in the 125-pound class.