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first_imgBANGOR — With one flick of the wrist, Jarrod Chase cemented his place in Maine high school basketball lore.Time was ticking away in a tie game in George Stevens Academy’s state championship showdown with Winthrop, and the Eagles had the ball with 18 seconds left and the game tied at 44. Just as any coach would, GSA head coach Dwayne Carter wanted the ball in the hands of one his best shooters, Chase or Taylor Schildroth.Out of the timeout, Schildroth drove down the court. He dribbled both ways, but Winthrop had defenders everywhere. Then, the junior guard looked toward the edge of the arc. Chase was there, and he had just enough space.Schildroth made the pass. A Winthrop defender flew to the 3-point line in an attempt to contest the shot, but Chase dribbled to the left and let it fly. From the moment the ball left the the senior sharpshooter’s hands, the trajectory was perfect.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textSwish.Immediately, Chase’s teammates tackled him. Carter and assistant coach Matt Mattson beckoned for the players to get off the pile and play defense after the referees determined a bit of time had ticked off the clock after the shot went through the hoop, but there wasn’t enough of it left. The Gold Ball was going back to Blue Hill — again.Chase’s 3-pointer with 1.2 seconds left gave the GSA boys’ basketball team a 47-44 win in the Class C championship Saturday night at the Cross Insurance Center. The win marked the Eagles’ second consecutive state title and completed an undefeated season.“I can’t even describe what it feels like,” Chase said. “That’s something that happens in a movie.”George Stevens Academy head coach Dwayne Carter talks to his team during the final timeout of the Class C boys’ basketball championship game on March 4 at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY TIM SUELLENTROP/REACH MAINE MARKETINGAs was the case in its Class C North title victory against Fort Fairfield last Saturday, GSA was forced to come through late in this encounter after entering the fourth quarter without the lead. The Eagles had a difficult time breaking down Winthrop’s defense and appeared to be in serious trouble when they trailed by six late in the game.Winthrop opened the scoring when it made a layup less than a minute into the first quarter, but a 3-pointer by Chase and two from Schildroth helped GSA (22-0) to a four-point lead minutes later. The Eagles would trail 13-11 near the end of the quarter after a brief scoring drought, but they regained the lead in wild fashion when Schildroth made an off-balance 3-pointer as time expired.The Ramblers (21-1) followed a Schildroth layup with two baskets of their own to start the second quarter, but Schildroth quickly helped the Eagles retake the lead with another layup. After the two teams exchanged 3-pointers, Schildroth made two free throws before the Ramblers made one of their own. GSA went into halftime with a 23-21 lead after neither team scored in the last few minutes of the half.Unfortunately for GSA, the start of the second half was not its finest. After blocking a Beckett Slayton jumper to begin the third quarter, Winthrop went on a 6-0 run before Stefan Simmons scored GSA’s first basket of the half. With Max Mattson fouling out of the game and Schildroth scoring just two points in the quarter, the Eagles entered the final period trailing 33-30.“They really owned that third quarter,” Schildroth said. “They played really good defense, and I didn’t shoot well. We knew we didn’t want them to have that momentum carry over, and it was up to us to put a stop to it.”Winthrop extended its lead to four points with a Cam Wood free throw to start the fourth quarter, but Chase then hit back-to-back 3-pointers to put GSA ahead 36-34 with just under six minutes to play. The Ramblers then went on an 8-0 run to take a six-point lead before Schildroth hit a pair of deep 3-pointers to tie the game at 42 with just over a minute left.Following a layup by Winthrop, Percy Zentz missed two foul shots before getting his own rebound. The Ramblers then fouled him again, and the sophomore forward made amends by hitting both shots from the line. Winthrop called a timeout on the ensuing possession, but Schildroth got a steal off the inbound pass to give GSA an attempt at the last shot.As soon as Schildroth made the pass and Chase released the shot, Carter threw his arms up in the air.“When it left Jarrod’s hand, I knew it was going in,” Carter said. “I’ve seen [him do that] enough.”Chase wasn’t immediately aware that 1.2 seconds had been added back on. With the buzzer having sounded and his teammates on top of him, though, it was hard to blame him for thinking it was over.In essence, it was. When the players cleared the court to allow the game to resume, the Ramblers could barely get a handle on the ball and were forced to release a full-court shot that fell nearly 10 feet short of the basket. It was a shot that was doomed from the start, and it was a mere footnote to a game everyone in the Cross Center realized was over with Chase’s 3-pointer.Chase didn’t have to wait for that, either. When he turned to Schildroth after the ball sank through the nylon, reality set in.“I looked over to Taylor, and he had his arms up and was staring at me with a ghost-faced look,” Chase said. “That’s when I said to myself, ‘Wow, that really just happened to me.’”Schildroth led GSA with 23 points as Chase scored 16, Simmons added six and Slayton provided the remaining two. Senior Jacob Hickey had 13 points for Winthrop, and Wood and Garrett Tsouprake added 11 each.When the ladders came out and the team got ready to cut down the nets, Chase did the honors. He waved one in his right hand while holding up the No. 1 sign in his left. By the time the GSA fans made their way to the court to greet their champions, he had traded his prize to Simmons for the Gold Ball.The scene soon died down a bit, but Chase and his teammates were still there. Carter stood to the side in shock as the Eagles continued to celebrate. Over near the bench was Chase, who was taking photos with his friends and family as his shiny braces gleaned off his team’s newest trophy.“I got to finish my career here with this in my hands,” Chase said. “This is what every kid dreams about, and I got to live that dream.”The GSA bench celebrates after Percy Zentz ties the game at 44 with two free throws with 47 seconds left in the Class C boys’ basketball championship game on March 4 at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY TIM SUELLENTROP/REACH MAINE MARKETING Bio Latest Posts MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all)center_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. 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first_imgDedicated esports bookmaker Unikrn has revealed ambitious European expansion plans, having obtained a Malta license and partnered with French company RBP, one of the leaders in betting in France. The joint-venture created with RBP will be named “Unikrn EU” and will effectively bring the Unikrn platform to Europe in early 2018. In addition to the partnership with RBP, Unikrn has obtained a Malta license allowing it to operate in a swathe of territories. The Unikrn platform is of course not limited to sportsbook as the company have made various investments in recent times. The team has an interest in German Counter-Strike squad BIG, as well as having a casino group and a content team fairly unique to Unikrn.Furthermore, it comes after the company’s ICO was recently revealed as the biggest esports and gaming ICO, having done over $28,000,000 in sales. The number has now surpassed $30,000,000 in Ethereum in over 112 countries and the token will “eventually follow across Europe”, according to the release. “For a little over a year, Unikrn EU has been working with the Malta Gaming Authority to acquire our new license,” said Rahul Sood, CEO of Unikrn. “Malta has some of the highest regulatory requirements and processes, they are by every measure the gold standard and one of of the most respected authorities for responsible and ethical wagering.”“RBP has over 300,000 loyal registered customers, and our sites receive over a million unique visitors per month, making us leader in France when it comes to online betting,” said Emmanuel de Rohan Chabot, CEO of Zeturf and Zebet and co-founder of RBP. “RBP will be a strong partner to Unikrn to help bring regulated, safe, and legal esports betting in markets across Europe, and we look forward to working with their exceptional team.”Esports Insider says: It’s safe to say that Unikrn have been extremely busy of late, and it looks to be paying dividends. More impressive news out of the esports dedicated bookmaker as they look to push on and expand.last_img read more

first_imgThe Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the New Generation of Africa Agriculture Organization (NEGAAO), Moses P. Kollie, has begun his organization’s first livestock management training intended to build the capacity of stakeholders in the agriculture sector.He noted that the practical aspect of the training enables the students to see and get to know firsthand what they are being taught in the classrooms.The lack of productivity over the years, however, is the leading cause of the country’s dependency on foreign food importation.Mr. Kollie recently made the disclosure in Nekalay Town – Lower Johnsonville – at the first livestock management training program intended to help build the capacity of people in the agricultural sector.“There is a need for government to ensure that those graduating from the various agriculture colleges and universities be given the opportunity to try the practical training, because all those graduating from the Agriculture and Forestry College do not engage into practical work during their respective studies,” he said. The practical training, he said, is what can resuscitate the agriculture sector and expressed hope that the government and agriculture organizations can assist in providing the opportunity for the youth to gravitate towards agriculture.“We don’t need to have people graduating from the various colleges, particularly in the agriculture sector, and sitting in offices and looking for people to work for you. NEGAAO believes that the introduction of practical training in the sector will help to increase food sufficiency in the country.We need to come together and ensure that the youth are fully involved in agriculture,” Mr. Kollie said.He said there are good policies and strategies on the book at the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA), but that policies are yet to be put into full action that would yield better results for the forward march to Liberia’s food sufficiency. Mr. Kollie noted that before the country’s 14-year civil crisis, there was more food on the market, which was accomplished by fewer numbers of graduates of agriculture and forestry schools; unlike now with their much higher numbers amid low agricultural output.He said the organization was founded after a survey conducted in 2009 on why postwar Liberia has more people graduating from the Agriculture College but the market is dominated by an invasion of foreign foodstuffs.“Understand that the problem is the government, because of the lack of practicals that can resuscitate (the agriculture (sector).“Why after the war we have more youth graduating from agriculture and forestry but yet Liberia is in food deficit? This survey proved that government was responsible for that, because of the lack of introducing practical (training),” Mr. Kollie noted.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more