Middle School Appreciation Night
Game vs. Bucksport a Nailbiter
The Middle School Appreciation Night game between the GSA varsity boys' basketball team and Bucksport was a close one indeed. It started off well enough for the Eagles, with our boys taking and maintaining an early lead through most of the game. The fourth quarter saw Bucksport make up the gap and then take a 47-45 lead with a three-pointer. The Eagles tied the game 47-47, and then when the Eagles were on the offense, a foul was called against Bucksport with 4.8 seconds left in the game. Caden Mattson sank both shots, giving GSA a 49-47 win. The JV game also was a close one, with GSA taking that game 57-54.
Middle School Appreciation Night gave about twenty seventh- and eighth-graders from area sending towns free admission to the game, a free slice of pizza and drink, giveaways, and a chance to see our teams in action.
At halftime, four names were drawn for a game of Knockout. Each competitor got a GSA Together T-shirt, and the winner, Regan Libby of the Surry Elementary School, also won a black, long-sleeved shirt from GSA's collection of spirit wear. (Visit GSA Spirit Wear to find out what's available.)
Our student guests also were entertained by the GSA Band, directed by Steve Orlofsky. The band performed two sets, one before the varsity game and another at halftime, to keep the crowds pumped up, and there was "even more cowbell," said Athletic Director Larry Gray. When the game got tight in the fourth quarter, some of the band members and other fans got into a back-and-forth cheering contest with the Bucksport fans. "E-A-G-L-E-S Eagles!"
Middle School Appreciation Night, organized by Michael S. Foster and Christie A. Snow of GSA Admissions, was a chance for area seventh- and eighth-graders to get a glimpse of what it's like to be an Eagle. Another Middle School Appreciation Night will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 30, when the girls' basketball teams take on Bucksport High School. The GSA band also will play that night, and there will be other giveaways and contests.