GSA boys’ basketball team off to 7-0 start

first_img Part 1: Invisible, incapacitating concussions are sidelining high school athletes – July 19, 2016 Taylor VorthermsSports Editor at The Ellsworth AmericanTaylor Vortherms covers sports in Hancock County. The St. Louis, Missouri native recently graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism and joined The Ellsworth American in 2013. Latest Posts Part 2: When the injury is inside your head, some “don’t get it” – July 26, 2016 Biocenter_img BLUE HILL — It took last season’s George Stevens Academy boys’ basketball team three games for things to start clicking for the young Eagles squad.After opening the 2014-2015 season with three straight losses, GSA didn’t drop another game, notching a 15-3 record heading into the postseason.The Eagles’ regular season winning streak continues. This past week, GSA improved to 7-0 with wins over Sumner (3-4), previously undefeated Lee (5-2) and Penquis (1-6).George Stevens Academy’s Khemani Peasley drives for a layup against Sumner on Thursday.PHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMS“We were really young last year, and the young players played a lot,” GSA coach Dwayne Carter said. “They have a lot of experience.”This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textOne of those young players is sophomore guard Taylor Schildroth, who scored 30 points, including five 3-pointers, in GSA’s 78-58 win over Sumner on Thursday.Carter shrugged after that game, noting Sumner’s 58 points was the most any team has scored against GSA this season. Alex O’Hara led Sumner with 20 points while Issiac Christiansen chipped in 12.“A coach is never happy,” Carter said with a smile. “I’m glad we won, but there are some things I’d like us to do better.”Perhaps Carter has raised his standards because a 20-point deficit isn’t uncommon for GSA opponents. The Eagles have won six of their seven games by similar margins. Calais, which lost to GSA by 16 points on Dec. 12, is the closest a team has gotten to closing that gap.However, Carter said Thursday he expected Saturday’s game at Lee to be a challenge. But GSA outscored Lee 40-25 in the second half to win a battle of unbeatens 69-47.Nicholas Szwez, a 6-foot-4 senior, helped pace the Eagles with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Szwez is one of nine players on GSA’s roster who are 6 feet or taller.“We’re a tall team,” Carter said. “Sumner was pretty tall. But other than them, I think we’re the tallest, overall, of all the teams we play.”Other GSA scorers in Saturday’s win over Lee included 6-foot-5 sophomore Max Mattson with 18 points and Schildroth with 15.GSA’s latest win came Tuesday when the Eagles topped Penquis 70-39. Khemani Peasley led GSA with 16 points, and Mattson tallied 15 and 10 rebounds. Szwez grabbed another 12 rebounds.Carter said this season’s GSA squad is one of the most committed teams he has ever coached.“They show up before practice, sometimes an hour and a half before, and shoot,” Carter said. “It’s to the point I have to say, ‘Guys, that’s too long to be in here. When we have a two-hour practice, you shouldn’t be in here for three.’Sumner’s Alex O’Hara dribbles past a George Stevens Academy player on Thursday.PHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMS“This team is like that. They are really driven to be better.”The Eagles’ practice appears to have paid off, as they are not afraid to take shots from behind the 3-point arc. Schildroth hit four 3-pointers against Penquis while senior guard Will Entwisle added two.“The biggest difference this season is our confidence and maturity,” Carter said. “We’re not freshmen anymore.”GSA will compete next at Searsport (4-3) on Tuesday.Bucksport 68, Lee 64Riley McLeod led all scorers with 26 points, including 12 from the free-throw line, to propel Bucksport (4-2) past Lee on Tuesday. Tyler Pye added 21 points for Bucksport.Sumner 54, Machias 51Alex O’Hara scored 18 points to lead Sumner past Machias (3-1) in overtime on Monday. Issiac Christiansen tallied 16 points while Max Eklund and Patrick Pinkham added eight each for Sumner.Ellsworth 103, Mattanawcook 46Ellsworth (3-1) bounced back from its first loss of the season, scoring 103 points against Mattanawcook (0-4) on Saturday.Greenville 57, DI-S 55Greenville (2-1) edged Deer Isle-Stonington (1-5) on Saturday. Krisford Melanio paced DI-S with 18 points.MDI 57, Houlton 47Russell Kropff paced Mount Desert Island (4-1) with 14 points on Friday in MDI’s win over Houlton (0-5).Bucksport 68, DI-S 34Riley Macleod recorded 16 points and Austin Mason had 14 to lead Bucksport past DI-S on Thursday. Ethan Shepard led DI-S with 16 points.Old Town 51, Ellsworth 40Old Town (4-1) handed Ellsworth its first loss of the season Wednesday. Bruce St. Peter led Ellsworth with 10 points.MDI 49, John Bapst 38MDI built a 15-point halftime lead en route to victory over John Bapst (3-3) on Wednesday. Andrew Phelps led MDI with 13 points. Latest posts by Taylor Vortherms (see all) EHS names new boys’ soccer coach – July 13, 2016last_img