As we near the midway point of the winter sports season, local athletes in all sports continue to impress. Here’s a look at where things stand.
If the playoffs started today, Mt. Ararat would be the only local boys’ basketball team to qualify. The Eagles entered the week 5-3 and seventh in the Eastern Class A Heal Points standings after wins over visiting Messalonskee (39-26) and host Lewiston (53-47, in OT). Against the Blue Devils, Josh Walker had 20 points as Mt. Ararat rallied to triumph.
“This was an incredible basketball game,” said coach Aaron Watson. “We used great defense in overtime, limiting the Blue Devils to just one shot per possession and we were able to move the ball around to get open looks.”
The Eagles hosted reigning regional champion Edward Little Tuesday, welcome Morse Friday and go to Brunswick Monday.
Brunswick improved to 4-3 with wins last week over host Lawrence (52-49) and Erskine (58-36), then dropped a 64-63 heartbreaker at home to Edward Little Monday to fall to 4-4. The Dragons (12th in Eastern A) hosted Cony Tuesday, visit Oxford Hills Friday and welcome Mt. Ararat Monday.
Morse is 0-9 after losses at Bangor (60-21) and Edward Little (71-31) last week. The Shipbuilders (15th in the region) play at Mt. Ararat Friday and welcome Oxford Hills Tuesday.
In Western D, Hyde lost last week at A. R. Gould (43-26) and Valley (61-27), then got in the win column Monday at Hebron (45-29) to improve to 1-3. After hosting Gould Academy Wednesday, the Phoenix (13th in the Heals) are idle until next Wednesday when they go to North Yarmouth Academy.
On the girls’ side, Morse remains the top team in Eastern A at 9-0 after downing visiting Bangor (52-36) and Edward Little (59-47). The Shipbuilders return to action Friday at home versus Mt. Ararat and visit Oxford Hills Tuesday.
Mt. Ararat is 4-4 and sixth after beating host Messalonskee (45-27) and visiting Lewiston (46-21) last week. The Eagles visited Edward Little Tuesday, go to Morse Friday and host Brunswick Monday.
The Dragons downed visiting Erskine, 66-40, Friday, but lost at Edward Little, 48-38, Monday, to fall to 4-4 on the year. Brunswick (ninth in the region) was at Cony Tuesday, welcomes Oxford Hills Friday, then goes to Mt. Ararat Monday.
In Western D, Hyde 1-3 after losses last week to visiting Old Orchard Beach (51-33) and host Valley (42-20). The Phoenix (12th in the region) hosted Hebron Wednesday and welcome Islesboro Friday and NYA Wednesday of next week.
On the ice, Brunswick and Mt. Ararat’s boys’ teams are fighting for a playoff spot.
The Dragons are on a three-game winning streak after downing host Skowhegan (5-1) and after visiting Cony (4-3, in OT). Brunswick (4-5 and eighth in Eastern A) was at Lewiston Wednesday and visits Gardiner Saturday.
The Eagles are 10th with a 2-4-1 record after sandwiching losses to host Skowhegan (5-2) and Gray-New Gloucester/Poland (3-2) around a home victory over Cony (1-0). Mt. Ararat hosts Windham Saturday and Skowhegan Monday.
On the girls’ side, Brunswick is 5-6-1 after recent wins over host Biddeford (5-1) and visiting Portland (6-3). The Dragons (fourth in the East Region) hosted Lewiston Thursday and visit Yarmouth Saturday.
Brunswick’s girls’ indoor track team was first and the boys second at a seven-team meet Friday. Mt. Ararat’s girls beat five other teams and the boys placed runner-up. The teams compete against each other, as well as Belfast, Cony, Gardiner, Lewiston and Mt. View Friday.
In the pool, Brunswick’s girls tied host Belfast last weekend, 50-50. The boys lost, 59-41. After swimming at Cony Tuesday, the Dragons go to Gardiner Friday.
Morse split with visiting Waterville, as the girls rolled, 122-45, and the boys fell, 89-78. The Shipbuilders go to Camden Friday.
Mt. Ararat swam against St. Dom’s and Lewiston its last time out. The boys beat the Blue Devils (88-78) and the Saints (107-40). The girls downed St. Dom’s (95-50), but lost to Lewiston (91-74). The Eagles go to Gardiner Friday.
Mt. Ararat’s Nordic ski team took part in a meet against Boothbay, Camden Hills and Hampden Academy last week and both the boys’ and girls’ squads came in first.
Morse and Mt. Ararat both hosted wrestling meets last weekend.
The Shipbuilders downed Brewer (48-24) and Lincoln (39-33) and lost to Cony (41-28) and Fryeburg (40-39). Morse was home against Mt. Blue Wednesday and visits Medomak Saturday and Skowhegan Monday.
The Eagles were victorious over Medomak (54-21) and Winslow (51-30) and lost to Gardiner (39-37). Mt. Ararat went to Cony Wednesday and visits Mt. Blue Saturday.
Brunswick sophomore Dakota Foster goes to the post through Erskine Academy traffic on Friday night during the Dragons’ 64-40 home win.
Brunswick’s Lydia Caputi swats away an Erskine shot. The Dragons improved to 5-2 with the win.