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Hassett leads GSA to first XC state title in 22 years

first_imgCUMBERLAND — The George Stevens Academy boys’ cross-country team didn’t know who had won the Class C state title until the awards ceremony on Saturday at Twin Brook Peak Recreation Area.With Orono having edged GSA in both the Penobscot Valley Conference and Northern Maine championships, GSA coach Erich Reed said his Eagle boys were “quietly thrilled” to learn they had won their first state championship since 1993.“They were really determined, and they ran the whole race with some really good intensity,” Reed said. “Maybe there was some luck involved, too.”The Eagles, who have been fortunate with avoiding injuries this season, won with 60 points. Orono — which had beat GSA by three points for the regional title — took second with 71, and Lisbon finished third with 120.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textGSA junior John Hassett finished the hilly 5-kilometer course first among the Class C boys in 16 minutes and 46.18 seconds.“John is definitely remarkably talented and beyond focused,” Reed said. “He has been setting good goals and, for the most part, reaching them.”Reed said Hassett’s focus has remained set on the New England championship, which he and the rest of the Eagle boys will compete in on Nov. 14 in Thetford, Vt. Hassett will also compete in the Foot Locker Northeast Regional on Nov. 28 in Bronx, N.Y.“John had a very strong race,” Reed said. “He’s definitely really excited about winning the title.”With Hassett leading the pack all season, Reed credits the other four of his top five finishers with finally closing the gap on Orono: Ollie Dillon (seventh in 17:39.84), Will Entwisle (10th in 17:45.85), Aylen Wolf (23rd in 18:19.24) and Devlin Valle (26th in 18:26.89).“Both Ollie Dillon and Will Entwisle ran their strongest races of the year,” Reed said. “Basically, Aylen Wolf and Devlin Valle have been getting faster and faster towards the end of the season.”After the meet, the Eagles returned to Blue Hill where 10 local fire trucks escorted them around town in celebration of their first state title in 22 years.Girls’ resultsThe trio of GSA sophomore girls — Eliza Broughton (fifth in 20:45.49), Zeya Lorio (seventh in 21:02.63) and Mary Richardson (10th in 21:11.10) — all placed among the top 10 Class C finishers.The Eagles finished second with 51 points, behind Orono’s 24. Waynflete took third with 104.“The state meet was one of their best performances,” Reed said of the GSA girls. “They really had a terrific season.”Orono juniors Tia Tardy (19:43.81), Hannah Steelman (19:59.24) and Kassidy Dill (20:17.34) placed first, second and third.Other top GSA finishers included senior Hanna Gutow (16th in 22:09.60) and freshman Tess Williamson (25th in 22:35.83).Reed said Gutow has been a leader on his young team, and he expects the Eagles to grow even more competitive with Orono over the next few years.“Orono is just remarkable,” Reed said. “It has been really positive having competition that is so strong.”Other Hancock County finishers are listed below:Class B boysMDI: Peter Philbrook (38th in 18:31.68); Nick Reznick (77th in 19:28.97); Sean Murray (78th in 19:29.18); Josh Bloom (89th in 20:06.11); Matthew Lambert (96th in 20:33.53); Chase McGee (105th in 21:15.33); and Matthew Perconti (106th in 21:15.74).Ellsworth: Matthew Frost (67th in 19:11.00).Class B girlsMDI: Emma Strong (23rd in 21:27.17); Emily Banks (50th in 22:29.27); Olivia Watson (63rd in 23:00.87); Xingyao Chen (66th in 23:03.85); Erin White (84th in 23:46.96); Abby Moon of MDI (94th in 25:20.40); and Allison Gray (95th in 25:22.89).Class C boysDeer Isle-Stonington: Brendan Penfold (19th in 18:11.62).Bucksport: Skyler Fraga (34th in 19:08.71) and Daniel Gonczy (51st in 19:43.93).GSA: Oliver Broughton (48th in 19:28.96) and Frank Schweizer (64th in 20:08.67).Class C girlsBucksport: Natasha Clement (23rd in 22:28.27).GSA: Rachel DesFosses (36th in 23:00.39) and Bella Cimeno (44th in 23:27.24). 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. Bio Latest Posts Part 1: Invisible, incapacitating concussions are sidelining high school athletes – July 19, 2016center_img Part 2: When the injury is inside your head, some “don’t get it” – July 26, 2016 Latest posts by Taylor Vortherms (see all) EHS names new boys’ soccer coach – July 13, 2016last_img read more


Attorney: NFL, Ravens not helping union Rice probe

first_imgBaltimore Ravens football player and former Rutgers University standout, Ray Rice holds hands with his wife Janay Palmer as they arrive at Atlantic County Criminal Courthouse in Mays Landing, N.J., Thursday, May 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)The attorney leading the NFL players’ union investigation into the Ray Rice domestic violence case told The Associated Press the league and the Baltimore Ravens have not been cooperating.Richard Craig Smith told the AP on Friday night that the NFL has not provided documents and witnesses requested by the NFLPA’s investigators, while the Ravens have refused any cooperation with similar requests.“I am interested in the facts, and if we get cooperation from all the parties that were involved, we will have an understanding of what happened,” Smith said. “We cannot accept public statements that call for transparency, candor and openness and then not allow the investigators to do their jobs.”The union’s investigation, like a similar probe organized by the NFL, isn’t a law enforcement inquiry and the parties involved aren’t under any legal obligation to comply with requests. The league and the union, however, have each said separately that they wanted answers in the case.A spokesman for the NFL couldn’t comment immediately when reached Friday night while a spokesman for the Ravens didn’t immediately return a phone message.NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Rice indefinitely Sept. 8 for violating the league’s personal conduct policy, once video of Rice hitting his then-fiancee was released publicly.The players’ union hired Smith, a former federal prosecutor, one month ago to oversee its investigation into how the Ravens and the league handled themselves during the events that led to the suspension, as well as how the team handled issues like due process. Separately, the NFL hired former FBI director Robert S. Mueller III to conduct a probe into how the league handled evidence as it investigated the claims against Rice. NFL owners plan to make the findings of Mueller’s report public.Smith said the union’s investigation is important to ensuring the process was fair, and that requires transparency.“If the NFL is genuinely concerned about fixing the issues that led to an admitted mistake, then they should be honest and forthright about what they knew and when they knew it,” Smith said. “We want both our team and Bob Mueller’s team each to be able to conduct a thorough review of all the relevant facts.”Smith, the head of regulatory and governmental investigation for the law firm Norton Rose Fulbright, represented the union during the Saints bounty scandal that resulted in four players being reinstated from suspension through an appeal in 2012.Goodell originally suspended Rice for two games. Once the video became public, the Ravens cut Rice, and the league banned him indefinitely. The league considered the video to be new evidence, giving Goodell the authority to further suspend Rice.The players’ union appealed Rice’s suspension, saying he should not be punished twice. Former U.S. District Judge Barbara S. Jones was selected by the commissioner and the players’ union to hear the appeal. A person familiar with the case told the AP that Judge Jones told Goodell on Wednesday that he should testify at the hearing, which will be held Nov. 5-6.The person, speaking on condition of anonymity because details haven’t been made public, said Adolpho Birch, the NFL’s vice president for labor policy, league attorney Kevin Manara and security chief Jeffery Miller also are expected to testify along with Ravens President Dick Cass and general manager Ozzie Newsome. Rice plans to testify and his wife, Janay, might testify, the person said.___AP NFL websites: and Rob Maaddi on Twitter: read more


Let the playoff season begin says this NMHA grad

first_imgBy Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsGeoff Kinrade isn’t just happy to be back in the playoffs, he wants to win it all.The Binghamton Senator rearguard is bubbling with confidence after the Ottawa farm team went on a late-season 6-3-0-1 run to secure seventh place in the Eastern Conference — fifth in the division — of the American Hockey.The B-Sens now play the Manchester Monarchs in round one of the Calder Cup playoffs beginning Thursday at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester.“It’s a different feeling,” Kinrade told The Nelson Daily prior to Saturday’s final regular season game against Adirondack.“It’s been a while since I’ve been on a team that has this kind of potential,” adds the 25-year-old defenceman in his second year with Binghamton.“My first year in Cowichan (Valley of the B.C. Hockey League) would have to be the last time I was on a team that has a really good chance to go all the way.”Binghamton, which did not make the playoffs in 2010, was plodding along during the final weeks of the season sitting on the playoff bubble and looking like a team that wasn’t going to be playing any games after the early part of April.But a late season run shot the B-Sens up the Conference ladder and into a playoff position.“It’s a different team this year,” the 6-foot, 207 pound Kinrade confessed. “We’re a more motivated team with a great power play. We’re a hard working team that has a lot of younger players that have made real big improvements over the season.”Slotted as the seventh seed in the conference doesn’t look good on paper. But Kinrade realizes this is the post season, when nothing really goes according to Hoyle.“We only played Manchester twice, so we don’t know much about them, but obviously it’s playoffs and every team will be a challenge,” said Kinrade, finishing the season with six goals and 19 assists for 25 points good for 13th in team scoring.Two of those goals came during the final weekend of the season. Playing Friday against Rochester, Kinrade scored the first and third goals on the power play — the latter proving to be the winner — of the game to power the B-Sens to a 4-2 victory.“It was a good feeling,” said Kinrade when asked about the two-goal performance that earned him the second star of the game.“I got some more power play time since our two power play defencemen were called up (to Ottawa).  So I used the opportunity and got a little lucky I guess . . . too long over due goals in my mind.”NOTES: Geoff Kinrade is in his second one-year contract with the Ottawa Senators farm team after graduating from Michigan Tech in 2009. That same year the Nelson Minor Hockey grad was signed to a free agent contract by Tampa Bay of the NHL. The undrafted Kinrade, assigned to the AHL Norfolk Admirals, made his NHL debut on April 9, 2009 against Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals. . . .Manchester, 44-26-4-6, and Binghamton, 42-30-3-5, split the season series — each winning in the other team’s rink. The Monarchs won the first meeting 4-3 with Binghamton taking the back end contest 4-2. . . . First AHL Allstar team selection Corey Locke, who finished the season with 86 points including 21 goals, leads Binghamton offensively. Jim O’Brien led the team in goals with 24. . . .The first two games of the series are being played in Manchester with the next three set for [email protected]last_img read more