GSA boys’ basketball team wins first state title in 13 years

first_img Part 2: When the injury is inside your head, some “don’t get it” – July 26, 2016 EHS names new boys’ soccer coach – July 13, 2016 Bio Part 1: Invisible, incapacitating concussions are sidelining high school athletes – July 19, 2016 Latest posts by Taylor Vortherms (see all)center_img GSA sophomore Max Mattson receives a half-court-pass in the Eagles’ 59-46 Class C state championship win over Waynflete Saturday night. PHOTO BY TIM SUELLENTROPAUGUSTA – The George Stevens Academy boys’ basketball team won its first state championship in 13 years Saturday night at the Augusta Civic Center.The GSA Eagles defeated the Waynflete Flyers 59-46 for the Class C title.“I’m a little in shock,” GSA coach Dwayne Carter said. “They deserve it.”Sophomore guard Taylor Schildroth led the Eagles (21-1) with 23 points while junior guard Beckett Slayton contributed 14.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textBut Carter said it was GSA’s defense that won the game, noting the efforts of his centers Max Mattson and Nick Szwez as well as forward Jarrod Chase.“It was easier to play offense when the defense creates turnovers,” Carter said. “Everyone stepped up.”GSA came out hot, outscoring Waynflete 14-7 in the first quarter. Schildroth scored half of those points.“What more can you say, he’s just amazing,” Carter said of Schildroth. “He can break down a defense.”Waynflete’s Will Nelligan opened the second period with a basket, but Schildroth quickly cancelled it out with two of his nine points that quarter.With three minutes left before halftime, Schildroth hit a field goal to pull the Eagles up 23-15.Abel Alemayo snatched back momentum for the Flyers with a 3-pointer to kick off a seven-point run that cut GSA’s lead to 23-22. Chase scored at the end of the quarter for GSA, and the Eagles entered halftime up just 25-22.Despite the close game, Carter said his players seemed relaxed in the locker room.“They were making me laugh,” Carter said. “Unlike against Bucksport, I thought we played loose.”It was Slayton who led the Eagles in the third period. Twenty seconds in, he hit a 3, which Schildroth followed with another basket from behind the arc.Waynflete would go on another six-point run, and the Eagles watched their lead dwindle to 33-32.Chase and Nick Szwez both scored next for GSA, but Belleau answered with a basket to keep the Flyers within striking distance.With a minute left in the quarter and GSA up 37-34, a scrambled ensued. Chase dove to keep the ball in bounds, which Slayton grabbed and put up for 3. GSA entered the final period up 40-35.“Beckett Slayton hit a couple really big shots in the third when it was close,” Carter said. “That was the game-changer.”It wouldn’t remain close for much longer. The Eagles pulled away in the final period, with Schildroth, Chase, Mattson and Szwez all contributing points.Belleau led the Flyers (19-3) with 13 points while Nelligan added 11.This is Carter’s third state championship with GSA – once as a player on the team in 1979, once as an assistant coach in 2003 and, now, as head coach.“This was one of my goals,” Carter said. “It’s all because of them.”The George Stevens Academy boys’ basketball team poses with its Class C state championship trophy Saturday at the Augusta Civic Center. PHOTO BY TIM SUELLENTROP 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 Postslast_img read more

Mixed fortunes for Irish fighters at World Championships

first_imgKatie Taylor has set up an Olympic final rematch, with victory this morning in the last-16 of the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships. The Bray fighter will face Russian Sofya Ochigava tomorrow, the woman she beat to claim gold in London two years ago. There was disappointment for Belfast’s Michaela Walsh, who lost her 54 k-g bout on a split decision to Azerbaijan’s Anna Alimardanova.last_img

Sterling charged, NBA sets June 3 hearing

first_imgIn this Nov. 12, 2010, file photo, Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald T. Sterling, right, sits with his wife Rochelle during the Clippers NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons in Los Angeles. An attorney representing the estranged wife of Clippers owner Donald Sterling said Thursday, May 8, 2014, that she will fight to retain her 50 percent ownership stake in the team. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)NEW YORK (AP) – The NBA charged Donald Sterling on Monday with damaging the league and its teams with his racist comments, setting up a June 3 hearing after which owners could vote to terminate his ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers.The league also said the banned owner has engaged in other conduct that has impaired its relationship with fans and merchandising partners.“All of these acts provide grounds for termination under several provisions of the NBA constitution and related agreements,” the league said in a statement.Sterling was banned for life and fined $2.5 million by Commissioner Adam Silver after the release of a recording in which he made racist remarks. He has until May 27 to respond to the charge, and the right to appear at the hearing and make a presentation before the board of governors. He has the right to a lawyer at the hearing, but strict courtroom rules of evidence would not apply.Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor, the board chairman, will preside over the hearing, which is planned for two days before the start of the NBA Finals. If three-fourths of the other 29 owners vote to sustain the charge, Sterling will be forced to sell the team he has owned since 1981.Silver has said he is confident he has the votes.Sterling told a female friend, V. Stiviano, not to bring Blacks to Clipper games during their conversation that was recorded. Sterling specifically mentioned Magic Johnson, then criticized the NBA Hall of Famer again as a poor role model during a recent interview with CNN.“Among other things, Mr. Sterling disparaged African-Americans and ‘minorities’; directed a female acquaintance not to associate publicly with African-Americans or to bring African-Americans to Clippers games; and criticized African-Americans for not supporting their communities,” the NBA said.The league also charged Sterling with issuing a false and misleading media statement about the matter.Article 13 of the NBA’s constitution, which deals with termination of ownership, states that one of the conditions is if an owner fails or refuses “to fulfill its contractual obligations to the Association, its members, players, or any other third party in such a way as to affect the Association or its members adversely.”A number of sponsors suspended their deals with the Clippers in the wake of Sterling’s remarks, potentially hurting league revenues, and players have said they would consider a boycott next season.“Mr. Sterling’s actions and positions significantly undermine the NBA’s efforts to promote diversity and inclusion; damage the NBA’s relationship with its fans; harm NBA owners, players and Clippers team personnel; and impair the NBA’s relationship with marketing and merchandising partners, as well as with government and community leaders,” the league said.If Sterling does not respond to the charge within five business days, or appear at the hearing, it would be deemed an admission of the “total validity of the charges as presented,” according to the constitution.But even the players who want him out believe Sterling will fight, and his attorney sent a letter to the league last week informing it that Sterling wouldn’t be paying the fine.A message on the office voicemail of Sterling’s lawyer, Maxwell Blecher, said he would have no comment now.Sterling’s estranged wife, Shelly, has said she will fight to keep her 50 percent share of the team even if Donald Sterling is forced to sell, but the league said in its statement that “all ownership interests in the Clippers will be terminated” if the charge is upheld.___Follow Brian Mahoney on Twitter: read more