Brunswick hockey last team standing after frenetic championship week

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(For the complete Brunswick-Greely and Brunswick-Falmouth boys’ basketball game stories, with photos, see theforecaster.net)

Championship Week, circa 2016, was what we’ve come to expect over the years.

A lot to process and a lot to appreciate.

Here’s a look at how Mid-Coast teams fared.

Boys’ basketball

Brunswick’s boys’ team had the deepest run in the basketball tournament.

The Dragons, ranked fourth in Class A South, held off No. 5 Mt. Ararat (61-52) in the quarterfinals, then shocked No. 1 Greely, 65-52, in the semifinals. Brunswick trailed early by scores of 9-0 and 12-2, but roared back and pulled away late to prevail behind 19 points from Caleb Cost, 16 from Jesse Deveraux and 14 from Thomas Hanson.

“This is a great group of kids who are coachable,” said Dragons coach Todd Hanson. “They work hard.”

Saturday, the Dragons sought their first regional crown since 2004, but No. 2 Falmouth was too tough and ended Brunswick’s season at 15-6 with a 58-44 decision. Cost had 17 points and Hanson added 11, but the Dragons fell behind early and never could quite catch up.

“Falmouth is a very difficult team to play from behind against,” said Todd Hanson. “Unfortunately, we were behind the whole night. We were able to claw back, but not get over the hump and they had a lot to do with that.

“I’m really proud of our guys for digging and not giving up. I don’t think many people penciled us in to be playing (in this game). I’m proud of this group for our accomplishments. They’ve been a great group to coach. I think when we look back, we’ll look back with fondness.”

Girls’ basketball

Morse’s girls’ team earned the No. 5 seed in Class A South and upset No. 4 Brunswick (47-37) in the quarterfinals, ending the Dragons’ season at 11-8, then hung with top-ranked, undefeated York for awhile before going down to a 52-33 defeat to wind up 11-9.

Indoor track

Brunswick and Mt. Ararat took part in the Class A state track and field meet in Gorham last week.

In the boys’ competition, won by Scarborough with 74 points, the Dragons (25.5) placed 10th and the Eagles (4) tied Gorham for 22nd.

Brunswick’s Keenan Welzel won the 800 (2 minutes, 00.91 seconds). Shane Lyons was runner-up in the triple jump (41 feet, 8 inches). Mt. Ararat’s points came from Cameron Meier, who was fourth in the two-mile (9:59.89).

The girls’ title was won by Edward Little with 52 points. Brunswick (13 points) tied Thornton Academy for 13th. Mt. Ararat (6) tied Camden Hills and Lawrence for 20th.

Tiffany Tanner led the Dragons with a third-place showing in the 800 (2:24.10). The Eagles’ points came from Katherine Leckbee, who was third in the two-mile (11:29.91).

In the Class B boys’ meet, Morse had 10 points to tie Bucksport for 18th place. Chris Walfield won the two-mile in 9:50.88. The Shipbuilders girls didn’t score in the girls’ meet, which was won by Orono.

The New England championship meet is Sunday in Boston.

Swimming

Brunswick’s girls’ swim team won the Class A title, as its 289 points were 33 better than runner-up Scarborough. Mt. Ararat (14 points) tied Portland for 19th place.

Dragons standout Caitlin Tycz was named Swimmer of the Meet after setting a new state record in winning the 100 butterfly (53.32 seconds) and the 200 individual medley (2 minutes, 6.23 seconds), helping the 400 relay team (which also included Emma Blair, Lynsie Russell and Alex Morse) set a new state record in 3:39.10 and helping the 200 free relay (which also included Blair, Russell and Lexi Stevens) place first in 1:40.75. Russell also won the 500 free (5:17.74). 

The Eagles featured diver Veronica Miller, who was fifth with 256.80 points.

Brunswick’s boys were runner-up at the Class A meet, as the Dragons’ 275 points were second only to now four-time champion Cheverus (339.5). Mt. Ararat (22 points) came in 18th.

The Dragons were paced by Nate Samson, who set a new state record in winning the 100 freestyle (46.24) and tied the meet record in the 50 free (21.14). Samson also won the 100 fly in 51.04.

The Eagles featured diver Noah Brillant, who was seventh with a score of 224.30.

In Class B, Morse’s boys tallied 197 points and came in fifth (Ellsworth was first with 362). The Shipbuilders featured Tucker Banger, who was runner-up in the 50 free (22.07) and fourth in the 100 free (50.07).

Morse’s girls were also fifth with 177 points (Greely won with 321). Ann Tolan won the 50 free, setting a new state record of 23.39 seconds, and also took the 100 free (51.49).

Skiing

Brunswick’s girls were sixth at the Class A Nordic ski state meet, as Lena Martin turned heads by winning the classical race in 16 minutes, 45.3 seconds and took third in the skate (14:58.6).

Boys’ hockey

Brunswick’s boys’ hockey team qualified for the No. 3 spot in Class B South after a 9-8-1 regular season, which was capped by a 2-1 loss at Greely last Wednesday. The Dragons hosted No. 6 Cape Elizabeth (7-9-2) in the quarterfinals Tuesday night (see theforecaster.net for game story). The teams played to a 2-2 tie Dec. 28 in Portland and the Capers won, 4-1, in Brunswick Jan. 9. The teams’ only prior playoff meeting came in the 1994 Western B quarterfinals (a 2-1 Dragons’ victory).

If Brunswick prevailed, it would meet either No. 2 Gardiner (13-4-1) or No. 7 Gorham (7-11) in the semifinals Friday in Lewiston. 

The Dragons lost at home to Gardiner, 5-0, Dec. 22, then lost at the Tigers, 3-2, Feb. 2. Brunswick edged visiting Gorham, 4-3, Feb. 12.

The Class B South Final is Wednesday of next week and the state final is Saturday, March at 1 p.m. Both of those games are in Lewiston.

Mt. Ararat/Morse finished the year 11-6-1 and placed seventh in Class A North, but only six teams qualified for the playoffs. Mt. Ararat/Morse closed with a 9-1 victory at Lake Region and a 5-4 overtime win at Lawrence.

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Brunswick junior Corban Teel (33) and junior Christian Glover celebrate with classmate Caleb Cost late in the Dragons’ 65-52 upset win over top-ranked Greely in last week’s Class A South semifinal. Brunswick was ousted, 58-44, by Falmouth in the regional final.

Morse’s Chris Walfield leaves the pack in his wake en route to winning the two-mile at the Class B state indoor track and field meet.

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