Mid-Coast teams seek strong finishing kick
The basketball regular season ends a week from Friday and it won't be long until state championships are bestowed in several sports.
With that in mind, here's where local teams stand as the winter sports season gets short:
If the season ended today, the only local boys' basketball team that would advance to the tournament would be Brunswick, which despite its sparkling 14-1 mark only finds itself in the No. 5 spot of the Eastern A Heals at press time.
The Dragons extended their win streak to four games last weekend with wins at Lawrence (57-41) and at home over Erskine (72-47). Brunswick hosted Lewiston Tuesday, welcomes Cony next Tuesday and closes the regular year at Morse on Feb. 4.
Mt. Ararat entered the week in the No. 10 spot (only the top eight advance). Last Friday, the Eagles lost 54-41 at Bangor and fell to 5-9. Mt. Ararat hosted Erskine Tuesday, goes to Lewiston Friday and closes next week with home games against Edward Little and Oxford Hills.
Morse lost 62-50 at home to Mt. Blue Friday and is now 2-12 on the season (12th in Eastern A). The Shipbuilders were home with Cony Tuesday, go to Edward Little Saturday, Erskine Tuesday, then close at Brunswick on Feb. 4.
In Western D, Hyde is on track for a playoff berth. The Phoenix are 6-3 and seventh (the top seven qualify) in the region after Friday's 63-54 overtime home win over Waynflete. Hyde was home was Sacopee Tuesday and visits Valley Thursday. After going to Waynflete Friday, the Phoenix close at Old Orchard Beach next Thursday.
On the girls' side, the three local Eastern A teams are playoff-bound and are jockeying for positioning in the waning days.
Brunswick improved to 11-4 (and third in the Heals) after wins last weekend at Lawrence (49-37) and Erskine (67-45). The Dragons were at Lewiston Tuesday, play at Cony next Tuesday and close the regular year at home with Morse on Feb. 4.
The Shipbuilders are sixth in the region with a 10-4 mark. Morse enjoyed a 56-31 home victory over Mt. Blue Friday. The Shipbuilders hosted Cony Tuesday, welcome Edward Little Friday and Erskine Tuesday, then close with Brunswick.
Mt. Ararat is fourth in Eastern with an 8-6 mark after Friday's 59-50 setback at Bangor. The Eagles were at Erskine Tuesday, host Lewiston Friday, play at Edward Little Tuesday of next week, then close at Oxford Hills Feb. 4.
In Western D, Hyde fell to 1-9 after Friday's 50-30 loss to visiting Waynflete. The Phoenix (12th in the Heals) hosted Sacopee Tuesday and go to Valley Thursday. They go to Waynflete Friday and close at Old Orchard Beach next Thursday.
On the ice, Brunswick enjoyed a 3-0 win over Mt. Ararat last Thursday, then fell 3-0 at Messalonskee Saturday and 2-1 to defending state champ Waterville Monday to fall to 6-7. The Dragons are eighth in the latest Eastern A Heals, but only the top seven teams make the playoffs. They're idle until Monday when they go to Maranacook.
Mt. Ararat followed its loss to Brunswick with an 8-1 setback to Camden and a 4-0 loss to Gray-New Gloucester/Poland to fall to 2-11 (12th in the region). The Eagles went to Skowhegan Wednesday.
On the girls' side, Brunswick is 3-12-1 and sixth in the seven-team East region heading into a game Wednesday at Leavitt. The Dragons finish up Saturday at Winslow.
In the pool, Brunswick and Morse squared off last weekend with the Dragons taking the boys' meet, 91-78, and the Shipbuilders triumphing on the girls' side, 106-64.
Mt. Ararat took part in a meet with Lincoln Academy and Wiscasset. The girls had 98 points to finish first. The boys wound up with 73 to easily beat Lincoln, but finished three points behind Wiscasset.
Morse's wrestling team went 2-1 last weekend, defeating Medomak, 39-36, and Mountain Valley, 39-22, while losing to Camden, 45-31.
No track results were available at press time.