EHS names new boys’ soccer coach – July 13, 2016 Bio Latest Posts Part 2: When the injury is inside your head, some “don’t get it” – July 26, 2016 The George Stevens Academy boys’ basketball team celebrates its 55-43 win over Bucksport in the Class C North final on Saturday. PHOTO BY TIM SUELLENTROPBANGOR – Taylor Schildroth powered the George Stevens Academy boys’ basketball team past Bucksport on Saturday for the Class C Northern Maine championship.Schildroth, a sophomore guard, scored a game-high 32 points for the top-seeded GSA Eagles (20-1) en route to their 55-43 win over the No. 3 Bucksport Golden Bucks (16-5).This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textGSA will play Southern Maine champion Waynflete for the Class C state title on Saturday at the Augusta Civic Center. GSA won its last regional title, as well as a state championship, in 2003.“You know how they always say that it’s hard to play three great games in a tournament?” GSA coach Dwayne Carter said. “You have to gut one out. This was the one we had to gut out.”George Stevens Academy’s Jarrod Chase goes in with a reverse layup in GSA’s 55-43 Class C North final victory over Bucksport on Saturday night. PHOTO BY TIM SUELLENTROPGSA rolled to the championship by beating both Fort Kent and Schenck by 45 and 29 points.But on Saturday, the Eagles got off to a slow start, as they did when they met the Golden Bucks on January 13.“The first half was a carbon copy of the game at GSA,” Carter said. “Only they [Bucksport] were up 11 to nothing last time.”Similarly, Bucksport jumped out to a 10-0 lead halfway through the opening period. Bucksport senior guard Hayden Craig scored the first points of the game, which senior forward Tyler Pye followed with two 3-pointers and a field goal before GSA got on the board.“We knew we needed to play a perfect game to beat them,” Bucksport coach Larry Deans said. “We came out of the gate and played well.”Meanwhile, most of GSA’s shots danced around the rim, unwilling to fall in.Schildroth ended the Eagles’ scoring drought with less than three minutes left in the quarter, which senior center Riley MacLeod matched with a bucket for Bucksport.“We might have settled a bit too much,” Schildroth said of GSA’s shooting in the first half. “I settled for quite a bit of not-great shots.”With a minute and a half left in the first quarter, junior guard Beckett Slayton and Schildroth each hit a 3-pointer for GSA. Schildroth capped off the run with a field goal to cut Bucksport’s lead to 12-10 entering the next period.GSA didn’t make up any ground in the second quarter and ended the half trailing 21-19. Pye scored 13 of those points for Bucksport – including three 3-pointers – while Schildroth scored all but four of GSA’s.“We were lucky to be down by two because we came out so poorly,” Schildroth said. “Bucksport played a great first half.”Unfortunately for the Golden Bucks, the outcome would remain the same as in the first two matchups between the local rivals this season.GSA pulled away in the third quarter, opening the half with eight unanswered points. Schildroth scored nine to lead the Eagles into the final period up 38-30.“Taylor spurred our offense and our defense some,” Carter said. “They had two guys on him, and he still could go by them.”Deans said that, unlike in the first two games, his team could not contain Schildroth with the box-and-one defense.“He was uncontainable tonight,” Deans said of Schildroth. “He had a game for the ages.”The George Stevens Academy boys’ basketball team poses with its Class C Northern Maine championship plaque on Saturday at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. PHOTO BY TIM SUELLENTROPPye and MacLeod both helped keep the Golden Bucks in the game, combining for 10 of Bucksport’s 13 points in the last quarter.Pye – who Deans said is playing on “one and a half legs” after having surgery on his ACL in August – led Bucksport with 20 points.“He has worked extremely hard to make himself into a very good basketball player,” Deans said of Pye. “Unfortunately, he wasn’t enough tonight.”MacLeod contributed 10 points for the Golden Bucks.With GSA now 3-0 against Bucksport this season, even Deans said the better team won.“They beat us three times – I think you can say they’re better than us,” Deans said. “But it’s the old saying: If somebody said you were going to be in a [Northern] Maine final the first game of the season, would you take it?“Of course you would.”Find more photos from the game here.The Bucksport boys’ basketball team’s bench celebrates during a Golden Bucks scoring run in their Class C North final loss to George Stevens Academy on Saturday night. PHOTO BY TIM SUELLENTROP Part 1: Invisible, incapacitating concussions are sidelining high school athletes – July 19, 2016 Latest posts by Taylor Vortherms (see all) 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.
MASON CITY — The sentencing hearing for a Forest City man accused of arson in a Mason City case has been delayed.21-year-old Cedric Harris Junior was accused of threatening to kill a man and dumping gasoline on firewood that was for sale outside of the YesWay store at 1224 North Federal Avenue in the early morning hours of September 22nd of last year. Harris was originally charged with first-degree arson, a Class B felony punishable by up to 25 years in prison.He was scheduled to go on trial in May but entered into a plea agreement with prosecutors, pleading guilty to a reduced charge of second-degree arson, a Class C felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison.Harris was scheduled to be sentenced today in Cerro Gordo County District Court, but District Judge James Drew approved a continuance asked for by Harris’ attorney Steven Kloberdanz. Harris is now scheduled to be sentenced on July 8th. read more