The 2015-16 basketball season was historic and memorable for many reasons.
For starters, the Maine Principals’ Association ushered in five classes for the first time, which, combined with new North/South instead of East/West designations, made for quite a learning curve during the course of the winter.
Play on the floor made quite an impact as well, as five of seven Forecaster Country teams qualified for the playoffs.
There, drama was constant.
Mt. Ararat’s boys’ team hoped to continue to career of standout Shyheim Ulrickson, but the Eagles lost to Brunswick in the Class A South quarterfinals.
The Dragons were expected to bow out in the semifinals, but instead, they rallied from an early deficit to upset top-ranked Greely. Brunswick’s quest for a first trip to states since 2004 was denied by eventual champion Falmouth in the regional final.
In the girls’ tournament, Hyde lost in the preliminary round of the Class C South tournament.
Brunswick and Morse squared off in the A South quarterfinals and the Shipbuilders sprung a mild (by seeds anyway) upset to advance to the semifinals, where Morse hung with top-ranked, eventual state champion York for awhile before going down to defeat.
Ulrickson was named a semifinalist for the Mr. Maine Basketball award.
Quite a season indeed.
The 2016-17 campaign can’t get here quickly enough.
Caleb Cost and his Brunswick teammates made a surprise run to the Class A South Final.
Mt. Ararat’s Shyheim Ulrickson capped his transcendent career by leading the Eagles to the tournament.