A winter of memories for Mid-Coast athletes

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Sabrina Armstrong and the Brunswick girls’ basketball team had another strong season, reaching the Class A South Final.

Morse’s Sydney McCarren scored at the Class B state indoor track meet.

There was a lot for Mid-Coast winter athletes to hail this winter sports season.

Brunswick’s girls’ basketball team didn’t lose a game in December, January and most of February. As the top seed for the Class A South tournament, the defending regional champion Dragons had no trouble with Falmouth or York to get within one step of returning to the state game. Brunswick even got off to a strong start against Greely in the regional final, but ultimately lost, 66-49, to finish 20-1. Morse made the playoffs, but lost to Falmouth, 58-54, in the A South preliminary round. Mt. Ararat went 4-14 and failed to make the postseason.

On the boys’ side, Brunswick got to the tournament and took higher seed Biddeford to the Class A South quarterfinals before dropping a heartbreaker, 50-48, on a buzzer-beater to wind up 12-7. Mt. Ararat (7-11) and Morse (2-16) failed to qualify for the postseason.

On the ice, there was more heartbreak for the Brunswick boys, who let a two-goal third period lead slip away in a Class B South quarterfinal round loss to York. The Dragons finished the year 9-10. The Mt. Ararat/Morse/Lisbon co-op team was 9-9 and missed out on the postseason.

On the girls’ side, Brunswick got to the tournament, but lost, 5-2, to Winslow in the North Region quarterfinals to wind up 7-12. The Mt. Ararat/Morse co-op squad missed the playoffs with a 2-16 mark.

The indoor track Class A state meet saw Mt. Ararat’s boys placed fourth and Brunswick come in 11th. The Eagles girls were 13th and the Dragons tied for 22nd. In Class B, Morse’s girls tied for 27th place.

In the pool, Brunswick’s boys were third in Class A, while Mt. Ararat came in 17th. The Brunswick girls placed 10th, while the Eagles finished 15th. In Class B, both Morse teams finished fourth.

The wrestling state meet saw Morse placed 13th in Class A, while the Mt. Ararat/Brunswick co-op squad was 17th.

Here’s one last look at top local winter athletes:

Individual state champions

Indoor track

Lisandro Berry-Gaviria, Mt. Ararat, Class A boys’ mile


Brian Hess, Brunswick, Class A boys’ 50 freestyle
Matt Yost, Brunswick, Class A boys’ 100 freestyle
Hailey Harper, Morse, Class B girls’ 100 breaststroke
Olivia Harper, Morse, Class B girls’ 100 backstroke (state record)
Olivia Harper, Morse, Class B girls’ 100 butterfly
Ben Willertz, Morse, Class B boys’ 500 freestyle


Jennifer Wilbriham, Morse, Class A Nordic classical 

Sports Editor of The Forecaster since 2001. Find detailed game stories at theforecaster.net. I tweet prodigiously at @foresports.