GSA Baseball Wins Fourth Consecutive Sportsmanship Award
Good sportsmanship is a longstanding tradition for the George Stevens Academy baseball team, under the watchful eye of Head Coach Dan Kane. For four consecutive years, and seven of the last 18, the Eagles have been awarded the Peter Webb Good Sportsmanship Award.
The award, named after a longtime official in Maine, goes to a team in Class C or D whose players, coaches and team staff “have shown outstanding sportsmanship throughout the season,” according to the Eastern Maine Baseball Umpires Association, which bestows the award.
The Maine Principals Association also honored the squad with its sportsmanship award in 2013.
“It is important to us that the team plays well and handles themselves with class,” said Kane, and they take “pride in knowing that other teams and officials respect us for the way we go about our game,” which incorporates a focus on “respecting players, coaches, opponents, umpires, fans and the game of baseball.” These ideals are promoted by the school’s coaching staff, which also includes Assistant Coach Bill Gray and JV Coach Scott Kane.
Winning games takes more than respect, it also takes hard work and a competitive spirit. “As a team, we display a competitive spirit on a daily basis with an attempt to win in both practices and games,” Dan Kane said.
These elements have taken the Eagles to the regional finals five times since 2002 and earned them championship trophies that year, in 2009, and most recently in 2016.
To maintain the team’s winning ways, Kane runs a GSA baseball camp every summer, where he and camp assistants Gray and Matt Haney lay a foundation of solid baseball skills and raise the next generation of good sports.