BLUE HILL — The George Stevens Academy varsity golf team was honored with the Eastern Maine Class C Sportsmanship Award at the state championships at Natannis Golf course in Vassalboro.
“This is a great honor, as it is voted on by all the coaches in eastern Maine,” said Coach Dwayne Carter.
The team traveled to the states short-handed by the loss of their top two players C.J. Chen and David Reinke—who stayed behind to take the SATs—and placed ninth out of 12 teams.
Senior Joe Maier shot a personal best with an 89, while freshmen Tyler McKenney and Stefan Simmons “played relaxed and with confidence,” said Carter. Sophomore Dakota Chipman rounded out the team. The team shot a score of 394, 11 strokes lower than its qualifying score at the Penobscot Valley Conference last week.
“We set team and individual goals that we wanted to accomplish [and] we accomplished all of them,” said Carter. “Each player was very focused.”
Senior C.J. Chen travels to Vassalboro on Saturday, October 18, to compete in the state individual championships.
County meet yields cross country winners
The boys took first and the girls second at the Hancock County Small School Meet on October 12.
“In the past 12 years, GSA hasn’t had a team winner in the [county] meet,” said Coach Erich Reed in an email congratulating the teams.
Sophomore John Hassett placed first at 16:37—the second place record for the Ellsworth course. Eliza Broughton was top finisher on the girls sides at fourth at 20:15. Junior Devlin Valle placed third (17:32) among varsity boys, while junior Hanna Gutow (21:00) edged out freshman Mary Richardson for seventh.
The Mount Desert Island team placed first for the girls and second for the boys; Ellsworth and Bucksport finished third and fourth.
Girls soccer stays strong; boys win back-to-back
The varsity girls held steady in fourth place in the season standings, with an 8-4 record following a 3-1 loss to Mount Desert Island on October 7. (Final score from a game at Deer Isle was not available by press time.) The final regular season game is at #5 Dexter where a win will buy a bye in the playoff prelim game on October 24.
The boys are ranked just below the final playoff berth with a 5-7-1 record and a ranking of 13th. A decisive 6-0 win against last place Bucksport on October 9 was followed by a 7-0 crushing of Deer Isle-Stonington on October 14. They finish the regular season at 14th-ranked Dexter on October 16.
Next local game
Cross Country: Saturday, October 18, Penobscot Valley Conference meet, Bucksport High School, 12 p.m.