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Although two days of games were lost to snow, there was plenty of drama in the last week. As we draw nearer to the playoffs, locals are making noise in several sports. Here’s a glimpse:
Mt. Ararat’s boys’ basketball team is in good position for making the playoffs with just a couple weeks to go. The Eagles began this week 8-4 and fifth in the Eastern Class A Heal Points standings after a 61-48 home victory over Cony Saturday. Josh Walker had 18 points (and six assists) and Josh Wright added 15 points.
“This was a huge win for us over a team that was predicted to be second in the south this year,” said Mt. Ararat coach Aaron Watson. “They have six wins and one of the best players in the conference in Walker Cooper. The third quarter was huge for us. We outscored them 18-6 and really stole all of the momentum. We played great defense on their best player and challenged them to beat us with the other players. We were able to turn them over quite a bit, and we were fortunate to be able to convert those turnovers into points. Josh Walker continues to dominate and show why he deserves consideration as the player of the year in the south conference for Eastern A.”
The Eagles went to Skowhegan Tuesday, host powerhouse Bangor Friday and visit Erskine Tuesday of next week.
Brunswick entered the week ninth, but only eight teams make the postseason. The Dragons fell to 6-6 Saturday after a 67-36 loss at Edward Little (despite 12 points from Brad Smith). Brunswick was at Messalonskee Tuesday, hosted Lawrence Thursday, welcomes Erskine Saturday and goes to Lewiston Tuesday of next week.
Morse is still chasing its first win. The Shipbuilders lost last week to visiting Oxford Hills (50-33) and host Lewiston (66-27) to fall to 0-12 (15th in Eastern A). Morse was back at it Tuesday at Lawrence. The Shipbuilders visit Mt. Blue Friday and welcome Cony Tuesday of next week.
In Western D, Hyde was 1-5 and 15th in the standings entering Tuesday’s contest at Richmond. Saturday brings a trip to Islesboro and Wednesday of next week, the Phoenix go to Gould.
On the girls’ side, Morse continues to set the pace. The Shipbuilders were 11-1 and third in Eastern A at the start of the week. They suffered their first loss last Wednesday, 41-39, at Oxford Hills, but bounced back Saturday with an 81-42 home drubbing of Lewiston. Nikoline Ostergaard had 23 points and Katie Henrikson 22. Morse played at Lawrence Tuesday, goes to Mt. Blue Friday and Cony Tuesday of next week.
Brunswick was 8-4 and fifth when the week began. The Dragons have won three straight, capped by a 54-42 home win over Edward Little Saturday. Brunswick was at Messalonskee Tuesday and home versus Lawrence Thursday. The Dragons visit Erskine Saturday and play host to Lewiston Tuesday of next week.
Mt. Ararat has work to do to make the playoffs. The Eagles sat 4-8 and ninth at the start of the week, but only eight teams qualify. Mt. Ararat has dropped four straight, capped by a 43-34 setback at Cony Saturday. The Eagles hosted Skowhegan Tuesday, visit Bangor Friday and welcome Erskine Tuesday of next week.
In Western D, Hyde was 2-5 and 11th at the beginning of the week. The Phoenix lost their last game, 44-33, at Sacopee Saturday. Hyde was at Richmond Tuesday and hosted Waynflete Wednesday. The Phoenix are at Islesboro Saturday.
Brunswick and Mt. Ararat’s boys’ hockey teams are trying to get into the playoffs, but both still have work to do.
The Dragons started the week 5-5-1 and ninth (only eight teams qualify for the postseason). Brunswick tied visiting Mt. Ararat, 3-3, Thursday. The Dragons hosted Cheverus Wednesday, visit Cony Saturday and Lewiston Monday.
The Eagles lost, 6-4, at Edward Little Saturday to fall to 4-5-2. After visiting Messalonskee Wednesday, Mt. Ararat goes to Hall-Dale Tuesday.
Brunswick goes to Mt. Ararat next Thursday.
On the girls’ side, Brunswick began the week 7-7-1 and fourth in the East region (the top four teams qualify). Saturday, the Dragons lost, 6-3, at Cape Elizabeth. Brunswick hosted Winslow Thursday and goes to Greely Wednesday.
Brunswick and Mt. Ararat’s indoor track teams joined seven others last weekend. The Eagles girls were first and the Dragons came in second. On the boys’ side, Mt. Ararat was second to Edward Little. Brunswick tied Cony for fourth place.
Brunswick’s swim team was at Waterville and Morse went to Edward Little Tuesday.
Mt. Ararat freshman Caitlin LaFountain blazes by Skowhegan’s Cheyenne Malloy in the second half of Tuesday night’s 55-42 comeback victory
Mt. Ararat sophomore Chelsea Crawford flips a pass from the baseline by Skowhegan’s Chelsea Whittemore during Tuesday’s game. The Eagles improved to 5-8.