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Posted by: | Posted on: September 20, 2020

GSA girls out to defend state cross-country title

first_img Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at [email protected] Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Bio Latest Posts Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020center_img BLUE HILL — Winning the first state championship in team history was a challenging feat for the George Stevens Academy girls’ cross-country team. Now that a banner commemorating it is hanging from the school gym, the Eagles are ready for what’s next.In 2016, the team spent the entire year battling injuries and fighting off other contenders. It wasn’t until the final week of the season — in the state championship meet no less — that it had its entire squad together, and the result was a historic title win.This year, everyone is healthy to enter the season, and with the first meet less than two weeks away, GSA is ready to carry over its success. With the exception of Bella Cimeno, the Eagles are returning each of their top athletes.“We’ve definitely caught lightning in the bottle with this group,” coach Erich Reed said. “These girls have battled through a lot, and having athletes with this mental toughness and talent come together at the same time is something you can’t take for granted.”This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThat group is now back as seniors rather than underclassmen. Mary Richardson, Eliza Broughton, Zeya Lorio, Tess Williamson and Mary Brenna Catus all enter their final years at GSA, and inexperience isn’t a concern — not that it ever was.George Stevens Academy’s Eliza Broughton runs during the Northern Maine regional cross-country championships Oct. 29 in Belfast. Broughton, who was one of GSA’s top-three runners last season, will return as a senior this year. FILE PHOTO“I don’t think we let the ‘young team’ stuff bother us [last year] because our team had still been running together a long time,” Broughton said. “What we did do was focus a lot on the things behind the scenes that people don’t see — looking at the mental aspect and not just the physical aspect.”Broughton, Richardson and Lorio frequently earned top-five finishes throughout the team’s historic 2016 campaign. Those runners had made a big impact for GSA in 2015 as well, but a change in the team’s approach prior to last season helped the trio achieve a new level of success.“We wanted to stay together in packs more at the beginning of races,” Richardson said. “People often think of cross-country as an individual sport, but when we stuck together on the course as a team early in those races, it paid off for us at the head of the pack over the long run.”The strategy worked. After a third-place finish at the Ellsworth Invitational to open the season, GSA posted a clean sweep of the top six at the Bucksport Invitational the following weekend.“The Bucksport meet was when people started to realize just how special this team was,” Richardson said. “We knew we were a tight-knit group and that we might have a big year, but that was the meet where it all came together.”As the year went on, GSA and Orono, another perennial contender, separated themselves from the rest of the field in Class C. At the conference championships, the Red Riots beat the Eagles on a tiebreaker when both finished with 32 points. Two weeks later, Broughton, Richardson and Lorio finished a respective second, third and fourth to give GSA a one-point win at the regional meet.That set up a showdown at the state championships Nov. 5. GSA’s star trio finished in the top five once again, and Eagles denied Orono’s bid at a fourth straight state championship with a nine-point win.“Orono is a big rival, and everyone in the state is always trying to beat them,” Richardson said. “Both teams had a lot of injuries and had to fight hard through them all year long, but we finally pulled it together and got healthy in time for the state meet.”The Red Riots will be a contender once again this year, and Mattanawcook Academy will also provide GSA with stiff competition. The former must replace top runners Hannah Steelman and Kassidy Dill, while the latter will return what is expected to be a strong junior class from last year’s squad.GSA will open its title defense Sept. 2 at the Ellsworth Invitational. Although the Eagles finished a respectable third at that meet last season, the team’s improvements over the course of the year has its runners thinking they can do even better this time around.“We did well [at the Ellsworth meet last year], but we did better in some of the other races,” Richardson said. “There’s definitely going to be another state championship on our minds, and that means we have to get off to a good start.” Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: September 16, 2020

Gallery: Syracuse tops Boston College, 20-17, in Scott Shafer’s last game as head coach

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Posted by: | Posted on: August 29, 2020

Asmir Begović, Alphonso Davies compete online to aid coronavirus response

first_img Source: UNHCR Renowned AC Milan goalkeeper Asmir Begović and FC Bayern Munich’s teenage sensation Alphonso Davies are set to go head to head in an eFootball PES2020 livestream tournament on Saturday, 25 April.The pair, both former refugees, will fight for supremacy in the much-loved football video game to raise funds for UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency’s COVID-19 response.In a series of online matches, Begović and Davies will follow their personal journeys, playing first as their countries of birth (Bosnia and Herzegovina vs Ghana), followed by the countries where they are currently living (Italy vs Germany).A third and final standoff between their respective current clubs, AC Milan and FC Bayern Munich, will decide the winner.The tournament will be hosted by football journalist Sam Tighe of Bleacher Report.Alphonso Davies, widely lauded as one of the finest teenage talents in the world, was born in a refugee camp in Ghana to Liberian parents.When Davies was five years old, he and his family were resettled in Canada.At just 16, he became the youngest player to ever score for the Canadian national team. In January 2019, he moved to FC Bayern Munich for a then record MLS transfer fee, before helping the German giants win the German championship later that year.“I want to use my platform for causes that I care about,” said Davies. “As a former refugee myself I am very grateful for the help my family received, and the opportunities this opened-up for me and where it has brought me. Right now, there are more than 70 million people around the world forced to flee their homes. These are people who – like my family – fled conflict to find safety, and now COVID-19 is putting them at further risk. I hope that whilst people are keeping themselves and their own families safe, they can also help support refugees who have lost everything.”“It’s important for us to come together as people are suffering, both in our local communities, and beyond,” said Begović. “I have been in a very delicate and vulnerable situation a couple of times in my life. That’s why I want to support UNHCR to help refugees around the world.”At an early age, Begović and his family were forced to flee their home in Bosnia and Herzegovina, first arriving in Germany before moving to Canada. The 32-year-old goalkeeper has enjoyed an illustrious career, playing for some of the biggest clubs in the world and helping Chelsea lift the English Premier League title in 2017. In 2014, Begović represented Bosnia and Herzegovina at the country’s first-ever World Cup. AC Milan’s goalkeeper has also become known for his philanthropic work through his own foundation.UNHCR is taking measures to help respond to the COVID-19 public health emergency and prevent further spread. Working together with governments, UNHCR ensures refugees are included in national health response plans and are well-informed on how to prevent the spread of COVID-19, have access to soap and clean water, and continue to receive the life-saving aid and assistance they need.Donating to UNHCR, even just a small amount, can make a huge difference to protecting refugees from COVID-19 – just 2 euros can buy a bar of soap that would last seven weeks, bringing dignity and preventing the virus from spreading.The eFootball PES2020 Livestream starts on Saturday 25 April at 15:00 UTC. You can follow the livestream on the following platforms:TwitchMixerTwitterlast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: August 16, 2020

Updated Results of the Second Round of BHT Premiere League

first_imgSunday, 10th August:Radnik – Slavija 0:0Borac – Sarajevo 1:3Željezničar – Široki Brijeg 1:1 The results of the second round of BHT Premiere League are following:Saturday, 9th August:Sloboda – Čelik 1:0Drina – Zrinjski 1:2Zvijezda – Travnik 0:0Vitez – Olimpic 0:1Velež – Mladost 0:0 (Source: Fena)last_img