GFA roundup: Boys basketball finishes regular season with win
The Dragons (13-3) defeated Rye Country Day School 72-61 Feb. 10 to finish the season12-2 in the Fairchester Athletic Association. Junior Zach Baines had a monster game, scoring 29 points and hauling in 11 rebounds. Senior Matt Tate had 12 assists. Freshman Sunday Okeke posted another double-double with 10 points and 15 rebounds. Junior Jimmy Djema put up 20 points.
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GFA competed last weekend in the New England Wrestling Tournament. The Dragons qualified seven wrestlers, but due to an illness and injury, the Dragons only had five wrestlers competing in the tournament. Wrestling for GFA were sophomore Seth Henriquez at 160 pounds, junior Jad Qaddourah (152), freshman Hans Forland (106), junior Riley Grady (126) and junior Ben Holcomb (138). On the second day of the tournament, Holcomb suffered a concussion and was forced to medically withdraw from the tournament. Henriquez had a strong showing and finished a match shy of placing. Forland wrestled to seventh place and qualified for the National Tournament in Lehigh University. Qaddourah finished strong with a sixth place finish, also qualifying for the Prep Nationals. The Dragons highest finisher was Grady who finished in third place and punched his ticket to Lehigh.
GFA (8-5) defeated King 7-0 Feb. 10 and Kingswood Oxford 5-2 Feb. 12.
Against King, the Dragons won all of their games in straight sets. Playing for GFA were Charlotte Kreitler, Arabella Crawford, Tia Carson, Olivia Taylor, Cole Vanacore, Avery Vanacore and Rachel Cohen.
Against Kingswood on GFA's senior day, Carson and Taylor won to give the Dragons a 2-0 lead, only for Kingswood to tie the match at 2. Ball, Vanacore and Kreitler finished the match with wins for GFA. GFA will participate in the New England tournament, which is scheduled for Feb. 22.
GFA (4-9) lost 6-1 to Kingswood Oxford Feb. 12. The only win for GFA came from No. 2 sophomore Jack Mackle, who won in three straight games.