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February, the month of non-stop tournament action and hardware galore, is upon us.
Wrestling’s postseason began last weekend. Girls’ hockey’s regular season ends this weekend, which is when the swimming postseason begins. Basketball, boys’ hockey, skiing and track’s postseasons aren’t far behind.
Here’s a glimpse at where things stand as Punxsutawney Phil takes centerstage.
Brunswick and Mt. Ararat’s boys’ basketball teams are closing in on playoff berths.
The Eagles came into the week 9-5 and sixth in the latest Eastern Class A Heal Points standings after downing host Skowhegan (66-54) and losing at home to powerhouse Bangor (58-45) last week. Josh Wright had 23 points and Josh Walker added 17 in the victory.
“It was a good win against a team that is better than its record shows,” said Mt. Ararat coach Aaron Watson. “Josh Wright really stepped up, hitting five 3s. The other guys really fed off that.”
In the loss, Walker had 22 points.
“I was very proud of the effort we put out there tonight,” said Watson. “We’ll need to play like that over the last four games to put ourselves into a good spot for a shot at the playoffs.”
With eight teams qualifying from the region, the Eagles still have work to do. They were scheduled to go to Erskine Tuesday, but that game was postponed 48 hours by snow. Friday, Mt. Ararat hosts Lewiston. The Eagles close the regular season next week at Edward Little and Oxford Hills.
The Dragons began the week 8-7 and seventh in the region. They lost at home to Lawrence (58-49) and downed visiting Erskine (60-49) last week. Brunswick’s game at Lewiston Tuesday was postponed by snow to Saturday. The Dragons close next week at Cony and at home versus Morse.
The Shipbuilders were 0-14 and 15th in Eastern A at the start of week after recent losses to host Lawrence (63-28) and Mt. Blue (70-15). Tuesday’s home game versus Cony was moved to Monday. First, Morse will host Edward Little Friday. The Shipbuilders close at home versus Erskine Tuesday, than at Brunswick two nights later.
In Western D, Hyde was 1-7 and 15th in the standings heading into Wednesday’s game at Gould. The Phoenix host Seacoast Monday and A.R. Gould Tuesday.
Morse and Brunswick are both sitting pretty on the girls’ side.
The Shipbuilders began the week 13-1 and third behind Edward Little and Hampden Academy in the Eastern A Heals after recent wins over host Lawrence (78-19) and Mt. Blue (70-41). After going to Edward Little Saturday, Morse has a makeup of Tuesday’s postponed game Monday at Cony. The Shipbuilders go to Erskine Tuesday of next week and close at home versus Brunswick Thursday.
The Dragons were up to fourth in the region with an 11-4 mark after running their win streak to six with wins last week against host Messalonskee (39-19), visiting Lawrence (67-14) and host Erskine (51-36). Brunswick’s Tuesday home game versus Lewiston was moved to Saturday by snow. Tuesday, the Dragons host Cony. They close at Morse two nights later.
Mt. Ararat was 6-8 and clinging to the eighth and final playoff spot at the week’s onset. The Eagles beat visiting Skowhegan (55-42) and host Bangor (56-48) last week. Mt. Ararat hosted Erskine Thursday in a makeup game from Tuesday, visits Lewiston Friday, is home with Edward Little Tuesday of next week, then closes at home versus Oxford Hills Thursday.
In Western D, Hyde began the week 2-8 and 11th in the Heals, but just eight teams make the playoff cut. The Phoenix lost three in a row last week, at Richmond (62-31), at home to Waynflete (61-26) and at Islesboro (25-24). Hyde goes to Waynflete Friday and wraps up at home versus Seacoast Monday and at Old Orchard Beach Feb. 11.
On the ice, Brunswick’s boys’ team was eighth in Eastern A at 6-7-1 at the start of the week, but needs to move into the top seven for postseason consideration. The Dragons lost at home to Cheverus (5-2), eked out a win at Cony (3-2), then were blanked at powerhouse Lewiston (10-0) in recent action. Brunswick was at Mt. Ararat Thursday, hosts Marshwood Saturday and goes to Maranacook Tuesday.
Mt. Ararat was 4-6-2 and 11th when the week started. The Eagles lost, 6-5 (in overtime) at Messalonskee their last time out. After hosting Brunswick Thursday, Mt. Ararat is idle until next Wednesday, when it goes to Gray-New Gloucester/Poland.
The Brunswick girls were fifth (the top four qualify) with a 7-8-1 mark after a 4-0 home loss to Winslow last Thursday. The Dragons were at Greely Wednesday and close the season Saturday at Lewiston.
In recent swimming results, Morse swept a meet at Edward Little, with the boys winning, 112-39, and the girls triumphing, 106-62. Brunswick split its meet at Waterville with the girls winning, 103-58, and the girls falling, 94-70.
Mt. Ararat’s Nordic ski team took part in the recent Sassi Memorial. Both the boys and girls placed 12th.
The Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference wrestling championships were held last weekend in Topsham. Morse placed fourth, Mt. Ararat was eighth and Brunswick came in 16th. Morse’s Aaron Mitchell was the winner of the 285-pound division. The Eagles produced a champion in Malcolm Marshall (152). The Dragons also had a first-place finisher in Jared Jensen (130).
The Eastern A regionals are Saturday.
Brunswick’s Garrett Erb elevates over an Erskine defender during Saturday’s 58-49 Dragons’ win.
Hyde’s Katie Comeaux puts up a shot through a Waynflete defender during last week’s 61-26 loss to the Flyers.