Each year Mr. Gorey’s AP Literature class goes on a literary journey, exploring their interests in the form of an extended research project. Every student chooses a topic, creates a question about it, and reads a minimum of three works of literature about that essential question. This is a process that includes a trip to the library at Bowdoin for special research. Some of the topics this year included a look at drug use during the Beat Generation, the reality of the American Dream, why Superheroes and Survival narratives are so loved in society, and can Young Adult novels be considered literature. If you want to read any of these essays or learn more about the project see Mr. Gorey!
First time wrestler Cameron Crocker qualified for the Class B State meet. He placed in fourth in the 182-pound division. Boothbay Region finished last in the 11-team meet with nine points. Dirigo of Dixfield won the Class B South Regional qualifying tournament with 200 points defeating runner-up Mountain Valley of Rumford (147.5) and third place Wells (131.5).
Boothbay Region wrestlers Nick Labonte and Dylan Peters also competed in the tournament.
Seahawks Emma Pearce and Evy Case both qualified and swam at the state championship meet. Pearce qualified in two, the 200 yard freestyle and the 500 yard freestyle. Case qualified for seven out of eight events and placed 16th in the 200 IM at the state meet.
The boys nordic team placed seventh overall in states. Despite the lack of snow the boys powered through. Joey Paolillo placed thirteen in the classic race in a 20:05 time and Blake Erhard placed thirty-first in both races. Captain Liam Conlin came in twenty-eigth in the classic race. “I can’t emphasize enough how impressed I was with each athlete and the gains that we made this season despite our lack of practice time on snow,” Scott said. From the Boothbay Registers article by Sue Mello.
The girls Nordic team had a good run at states this year, having the best results since Coach Scott has started up the team. “Summer Chamberlin had an outstanding couple of days as well, placing 31st and 35th in the classic and skate races, respectively. The only two female skiers to turn in better results were Sophia Thayer and Nell Anthony.” Quoted Coach Scott when asked about her turn out to writer of the Boothbay Register Sue Mello. Even though the girls were a relatively new team they came out 11th out of the 14 teams that competed at Black Mountain for states.
The boys team made it to Class C South Boys’ basketball this year. They finished their season with at 12-8 record. Coming in the boys were up against number two team Winthrop, who had a strong man-to-man defense leading to Boothbay struggling the entire game. Which made it difficult for the boys to play an effective offense. Nick Gorey and Abel Bryer were the leading scorers with eleven points each. Their defeat against Winthrop ended their season.
The Boothbay girls basketball team battled Narraguagus High School for Class C State Basketball Championship. Boothbay started strong against their opponent, hitting two of their first three shots and having a 7-2 first quarter. Yet Narraguagus caught up quickly. Boothbay coach Tanner Grover said the game came down to missing too many open shots.
“In all honesty, the ball didn’t bounce our way,” he said. “We had some good shots against their zone that just didn’t go down. It probably was one of our worst shooting nights, and it definitely came on the wrong night.” When interview by Bill Pearson of the Boothbay Register. Faith Blethen was Boothbay’s top scorer having nine, then Hannah Morley six will two three pointers. This was the girls second time appearing at a state final. Boothbay won its only state championship in 1984.