Brunswick girls lose gutwrencher in regional final
The high school winter sports season has come to an end in the Mid-Coast, but not before plenty of drama ensued.
Brunswick's girls' basketball team had a season to remember. The Dragons went 14-4, earned the No. 3 for the Eastern Class A tournament, then dispatched No. 6 Messalonskee, 65-55, and No. 7 Hampden Academy, 58-51, to reach the regional final last Friday night against top-ranked Skowhegan.
There, Brunswick and the Indians went toe-to-toe for 32 memorable minutes. The Dragons rallied from an early 13-7 deficit to pull within one at halftime. The teams were never separated by more than three points in the second half and with eight seconds to go, the contest was tied, 36-36. Then, Skowhegan ripped out Brunswick's heart by going the length of the court for a buzzer-beating layup to Liz Noddin and a 38-36 decision which ended Brunswick's fine year at 16-5. Senior Hilary Champagne had a game-high 11 points.
Morse, the No. 5 seed, which had ousted No. 4 Mt. Ararat in the quarterfinals, lost 57-43 to Skowhegan in last week's semifinal round and finished the year 14-6.
On the boys' side, Hyde was the lone local team to reach the semifinals, in Western Class D. The Phoenix, 10-4 in the regular season and 48-45 winners over Forest Hills in the quarterfinals, was eliminated, 45-36, by top-ranked Richmond in the semis and ended their year 11-5.
The Morse girls' swim team captured the Class A championship last week.
The Shipbuilders had 255 points, 45 better than runner-up Scarborough. Brunswick (116) came in eighth. Mt. Ararat (56) came in 17th.
Morse got victories from junior Emily Buczkowski in the 50 free (24.84 seconds) and the 100 free (54.66).The Shipbuilders also won the 200 free relay, as sophomore Guerine Morissette, freshman Catie Luedee, junior Caitlin Foster and Buczkowski had a time of 1 minute, 45.45 seconds.
Brunswick freshman Jessica Russell captured the 100 backstroke with a time of 59.76 seconds.
In the boys' championship meet, won by Bangor with 319 points, Morse (116) came in eighth and Brunswick (87) was 12th. Mt. Ararat did not score.
Shipbuilders standout James Morse set a new state record in winning the backstroke (49.68 seconds).
At the Class A ski championships last week, Mt. Ararat's girls came in second and the boys were seventh in the Nordic freestyle. Emma Wood (fifth, 16 minutes, 40.8 seconds) led the charge of the girls' team. Alex Spies (24th, 15:00) was the top male finisher.
In the classic, the girls were again second (led by Wood, who was fourth, 18:57.2) and the boys came in seventh (paced by Nick Parsons, 22nd, 17:28.2).
In the final Nordic standings, the Eagles girls were runner-up to Mt. Blue. The boys' team finished seventh.