Every basketball season is special, but you could make the argument that the 2012-13 campaign raised the bar to a triumphant new height.
In Western D girls, Hyde had a fantastic year, going 16-1 in the regular year, losing only to Old Orchard Beach. As the No. 3 seed for the tournament, the Phoenix defeated No. 6 Valley, 48-28, in the quarterfinals before finally meeting its match in the semis, losing, 43-36, to eventual regional champion Richmond, to finish 17-2.
In Eastern A, Mt. Ararat had a 15-3 regular season, losing only at Mt. Blue, eventual top seed Edward Little and at home to Oxford Hills. The Eagles earned the No. 3 seed for the tournament and advanced to the semifinals by virtue of a 51-37 win over Oxford Hills. Mt. Ararat’s run finally ended at 16-4 with a 56-44 loss to eventual regional champion Bangor in that semifinal round.
Brunswick (2-16) was not a playoff team this winter.
In Western B, Morse missed the playoffs with a 5-13 record.
The boys’ story was also successful.
In Western D, Hyde won its first 10 games, lost three in a row, then closed on a four-game win streak to wind up 14-3 and second to Forest Hills. In the quarterfinals, the Phoenix defeated No. 7 Seacoast Christian, 45-35, but in the semis, old nemesis Valley ended Hyde’s year at 15-4 with a 55-53 victory.
In Eastern A, Brunswick, after a 10-8 season, qualified as the sixth seed, but was ousted in the quarterfinals by No. 3 Lawrence, 52-41, to finish 10-9.
Mt. Ararat got in as the No. 9 seed after a 7-11 regular season and upset No. 8 Oxford Hills in the preliminary round, 53-52. The Eagles were then sent packing by eventual state champion Hampden Academy, the top seed, in the semifinals, 78-35, finishing 8-12.
In Western B, Morse also qualified with a 7-11 mark, that gave the Shipbuilders the No. 11 seed. Morse battled hard at sixth-ranked Wells in the preliminary round, but was eliminated, 63-53, to wind up 7-12.
Mt. Ararat’s Mallory Nelson was one of the top players in Eastern Class A season, earning first-team all-star mention. Nelson helped the Eagles reach the regional semifinals.
Ryan Black and the Brunswick boys made it to the playoffs again this winter.