(Ed. Note: Watch for a recap of the rest of the winter sports season next week)
Entering the 2010-11 boys’ and girls’ basketball season, consensus held that it wasn’t going to be anything special, that the quality of play would be down and that there weren’t that many talented players in our midst.
In reality, the season which just ended proved to be one for the memory banks, as local schools produced thrills from December into the tournament.
Morse’s girls dazzled with a 17-1 regular season mark, but the Shipbuilders were stunned by No. 8 Messalonskee in the quarterfinals to bring an early end to their season.
Brunswick and Mt. Ararat’s girls also made it to the tournament. The Dragons were ousted by Cony in the quarterfinals and finished 12-7. The Eagles also were eliminated in the quarterfinal round, by eventual regional champion Hampden Academy, and finished 9-10.
Hyde failed to qualify in Western D.
On the boys’ side, Mt. Ararat had an eventful and exciting regular season, but lost to two-time defending regional champion Edward Little in the Eastern A quarterfinals to finish 10-9.
Brunswick also qualified, but was sent packing by eventual state champion Bangor in the quarterfinals as the Dragons finished 9-10.
Morse in Eastern A and Hyde in Western D did not make the postseason.
Morse senior Nikoline Ostergaard provided many highlights this winter as the Shipbuilders earned the top seed in Eastern Class A.
Sophomore Mitchell Black and his Brunswick teammates made a return trip to the tournament this season.
Mt. Ararat senior Lucas Liedman stood tall for an Eagles team which made it to Augusta.