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The postseason is set to commence in the Mid-Coast and beyond.
Indoor track and swimming have their league meets this weekend and the girls’ hockey playoffs begin as well. Wrestling holds its regionals. Skiing states aren’t far behind and of course, basketball’s tournament is only a week away. Even boys’ hockey is hitting the home stretch.
Here’s a glimpse:
Two local boys’ basketball teams are playoff bound.
In Western D, Hyde is 14-1 and second in the Heal Points standings to Forest Hills. After falling from the unbeaten ranks last Tuesday with a 61-44 home loss to Waynflete, the Phoenix beat host Richmond (66-28) and Sacopee (52-35). Hyde wrapped up its regular season Tuesday vs. A.R. Gould.
In Eastern A, Brunswick was 10-6 and sixth in the Heals entering Tuesday’s game at Erskine. Last week, the Dragons beat visiting Oxford Hills (60-55) and lost at home to Lewiston (47-46). Brunswick ended the regular year Thursday at Mt. Ararat.
The Eagles were 2-14 and 13th in Eastern A entering Tuesday’s game at Lewiston. Mt. Ararat was a 78-56 home winner over Skowhegan, behind Tyler Charron’s seven 3s and 27 points, then lost, 63-49, at Cony last week.
In Western B, Morse was 4-12 and 17th entering Tuesday’s home game with Leavitt. Last week, the Shipbuilders lost at home to Lincoln (41-35) and at Gardiner (56-38). Morse closed at Medomak Thursday.
On the girls’ side, only Mt. Ararat appears bound for the postseason. The Eagles were 10-6 and third behind Cony and Edward Little in the Eastern A Heals entering Tuesday’s home game with Lewiston. Mt. Ararat won, 33-29, at Skowhegan last Tuesday, then lost at home to undefeated Cony, 56-21, Friday. The Eagles finished the regular season at Brunswick.
The Dragons were 4-12 and 11th in the standings (only nine teams qualify) after losses at Lewiston (60-47) and Lewiston (48-44) last week. Brunswick hosted Erskine Tuesday, then closed at home with Mt. Ararat Thursday.
In Western B, Morse was 7-9 and 14th (only 12 teams make the playoffs) after a 58-33 win at Lincoln and a 53-33 home loss to Gardiner last week. The Shipbuilders were at defending Class B state champion Leavitt Tuesday and closed at home versus Medomak Thursday.
In Western D, Hyde finished 0-16 after losses to visiting Waynflete (56-22), visiting Kents Hill (37-22), host Richmond (51-6) and host Sacopee Valley (30-14).
On the ice, the Brunswick girls wound up with the top seed in the East Region after a 5-0 home win over Saturday left it 14-3-1. The Dragons will host either No. 4 Lewiston (10-7-1) or No. 5 Yarmouth (7-11) in the semifinals Friday at 3 p.m. Brunswick tied the host Blue Devils, 3-3, back in the season opener, Nov. 26, and edged Lewiston at home, 2-1, on Dec. 12. The Dragons beat the Clippers twice, 3-0 in Yarmouth and 5-2 at home.
The regional championships are Wednesday at Portland Ice Arena. The state final is Saturday, Feb. 18, at the Colisee in Lewiston.
On the boys’ side, Brunswick entered the week 6-7-1 and sixth in the Eastern A Heals. The Dragons lost at Edward Little, 3-1, last Wednesday. After hosting Scarborough Thursday, Brunswick is at St. Dom’s Wednesday of next week.
Mt. Ararat is 5-7 and ninth. The Eagles beat visiting Windham, 2-0, last Thursday, then fell at home to Cony, 9-3, Saturday. Mt. Ararat welcomes Bonny Eagle Saturday and goes to Maranacook Tuesday.
The Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference indoor track championships will be held Saturday at Bowdoin College.
The Class A state championship meet is Monday, Feb. 20, at the University of Southern Maine in Gorham.
The KVAC swimming and diving championships are Saturday at the Bath YMCA.
The Class A championship meet is Feb. 20 (girls) and 21 (boys) at the University of Maine in Orono.
Local wrestling teams took part in the KVAC championships last weekend. Morse led the way with a ninth-place finish. Mt. Ararat was 10th, Brunswick 16th. The Eastern A regional meet is Saturday at Westbrook High School. The Western B regionals are also Saturday, at York.
The state championships are Saturday, Feb. 18. Class A is at Windham, Class B at Fryeburg Academy.
Hyde’s Ben Webber takes part in the senior 55 at last week’s meet.
Hyde’s Xi Wang was third in the girls’ mile.