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(Ed. Note: The swimming and skiing state meets weren’t complete in time for this edition. We’ll recap those events next week)
The end came suddenly for Mid-Coast basketball teams last week in the quarterfinal round of the Eastern Class A tournament.
The news was a little better on the hockey and track fronts. Here’s a glimpse:
Mt. Ararat’s boys’ basketball went 10-8 this winter and wound up sixth in Eastern A, but unfortunately for the Eagles, they drew No. 3 Edward Little, the two-time defending regional champions in the quarterfinals. The Red Eddies won the two regular season meetings by an average of 21 points and continued their dominance at the Augusta Civic Center, ending Mt. Ararat’s season at 10-9 with a 66-48 decision.
Brunswick, was the eighth and final entrant with a 9-9 mark. The Dragons were also one-and-done, courtesy of No. 1 Bangor, 67-38, and finished 2010-11 at 9-10.
Hyde and Morse didn’t qualify for the playoffs this season.
On the girls’ side, the shock of the tournament, regardless of class or gender, happened on the first day, Friday, when No. 1 Morse, after a 17-1 campaign that triggered talk of a Gold Ball, was stunned, 53-43, by No. 8 Messalonskee. The Shipbuilders finish 17-2.
Fifth-ranked Brunswick, after a solid 12-6 regular season, had hopes of a run, but the Dragons ran into No. 4 Cony in the quarterfinals. The Rams beat Brunswick for the third time this year, 41-32, to advance to meet Messalonskee.
No. 6 Mt. Ararat went out in the quarterfinals courtesy No. 3 Hampden Academy, which ended the Eagles’ year at 9-10 with a 47-27 decision.
Hyde was not a playoff team this season.
The boys’ hockey regular season has come to a close and the playoffs begin Tuesday.
Brunswick finished its campaign on Feb. 10, when it beat host Massabesic, 3-2. The Dragons wound up 8-9-1 and appeared to be out of the postseason mix, but they wound up earning the seventh and final Eastern A spot and will go to No. 2 St. Dom’s (12-4-2). Back on Dec. 20, Brunswick lost 4-1 at home to the Saints.
Mt. Ararat wound up 4-12-2 after a 6-2 home loss to Edward Little in the finale Saturday.
At the Class A state track meet Monday at the University of Southern Maine in Gorham, Mt. Ararat’s boys tallied 61 points to come in second behind Scarborough (68). Brunswick (37.5) placed fifth.
Eagles junior McKenzie Gary won the long jump (22 feet, 1.25 inches), 55 (6.62 seconds) and the 200 (22.93). The Dragons produced pole vault champion Mike Slovenski in the pole vault (14 feet).
In the girls’ meet, also won by Scarborough with 79 points, Brunswick (70) had a third-place finish (two points behind Bonny Eagle) and Mt. Ararat (42) was fourth.
The Dragons’ 4×800 relay team (freshman Anna Cowan, senior Farren Welzel, junior Kathleen McMahon and senior Kyia Jensen) was first in 10 minutes, 6.35 seconds. Junior Alexis Dickinson took the 55 (7.4). McMahon won the two-mile (12:03.50). The Eagles got a win from senior Randi London in the shot put (38-9).
The final event of the indoor track season, the New England championships, will be held Friday, March 4, at the Reggie Lewis Track and Field Athletic Center in Roxbury, Mass.
Nikoline Ostergaard of Morse makes a strong move to the basket in the Shipbuilders’ shocking loss to Messalonskee in Friday’s Eastern A quarterfinals.
Morse guard Kathryn Henrikson shoots over a Messalonskee defender in first half action of Friday’s game. The 53-43 loss ended a 17-2 campaign.