GSA basketball—a tournament history

Sports; GSA; wins; states; arms; and; ball; 030316; Eagles; GSA; George Stevens Academy; championship; game; gold ball; high school; school; sport; sports; states; team; win The George Stevens Academy Eagles raise the coveted gold ball after winning the Class C state championship on February 29 at the Augusta Civic Center. The Eagles last won at the states in 2003, 1979 and 1943. More photos and story on pages 6,7 & 12. Photo by Anne Berleant

The George Stevens Academy Eagles raise the coveted gold ball after winning the Class C state championship on February 29, 2016 at the Augusta Civic Center. Photo by Anne Berleant

BLUE HILL—Three gold balls. Ten appearances in the regional finals. Four 1,000 point scorers. The George Stevens Academy boys basketball team has had a storied past, including a state championship in 1948 in an overtime win over Corina before the gold ball existed. The team had a brief rivalry with Katahdin High School in the mid-1970s to early ’80s, losing the Eastern Maine final to Katahdin in 1977 and 1978, only to find redemption with a 55-46 upset win the following year. The Eagles would go on to beat Boothbay in the Class C state finals to win its first gold ball.

The girls have had a less storied history, but the team has had its fair share of success over the years. The team made its first appearance in a regional final in 1980, making the tournament in 1981, 1982 and 1984 before experiencing a 12-year drought. The team’s last regional tournament appearance was a 2009 Eastern Maine final win over Washington Academy before falling in the state championship. The also won the regional title in 2000.

Five girls and four boys have hit the 1,000-point career scoring mark. This season, senior Morgan Dauk and junior Taylor Schildroth joined the 1,000-point club. Who holds the most points overall? Dauk, with 1,440 officially on the books, eclipsing former head and current assistant boy’s coach Matt Mattson’s 1,396. Schildroth, however, as a junior, and still counting.

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