m-sportsrecap-012309 Winter season hits stretch run Local teams jockeying for playoffs

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With the postseason drawing ever closer, local winter sports teams know time and wins are of the essence.
The news continues to be largely encouraging for Brunswick, Hyde, Morse and Mt. Ararat.
SUBHEAD-Boys’ basketball
On the hardwood, Morse’s boys are second in the latest Eastern Class A Heal Points standings. The Shipbuilders have won four straight, capped by a 44-40 home win over Lawrence Friday which left them 11-2. Morse returns to action Friday when it hosts Messalonskee. Tuesday, it goes to Cony.
Mt. Ararat has moved into the fifth spot in the Eastern A Heals after its third successive win, a 56-39 home triumph over Nokomis Friday, left it 8-5. The Eagles got 25 points and eight rebounds from Cam Vermette and 13 points from Tyler Toothaker. Mt. Ararat is at Hampden Academy Friday. The Eagles host Leavitt Tuesday.
Brunswick is 6-7 and 12th in the Heals after last Friday’s 59-33 win at Messalonskee. The Dragons would be out of the tournament if the season ended today and need to keep winning to qualify. Brunswick hosts Brewer Friday and goes to Lewiston Tuesday.
In Western C, Hyde won 63-36 at Richmond Saturday, but fell to 5-2 Tuesday after a 63-54 home loss to Waynflete. Deon Richardson had 19 points in a losing effort. The Phoenix (seventh in the latest Heals) hosted Kents Hill Wednesday (too late for this edition), go to Seacoast Friday, Kents Hill Saturday and host North Yarmouth Academy Monday.
SUBHEAD-Girls’ basketball
On the girls’ side, Hyde suffered its first loss Tuesday, 52-22 to visiting Waynflete. The Flyers led 18-2 after one period and the Phoenix never recovered. Hyde (5-1 and ninth in the Western C Heals) is home with Kents Hill Saturday and goes to Hebron Monday.
In Eastern A, Brunswick is in the second spot of the Heal Points, but the Dragons have been struggling. A 40-29 home loss to Edward Little last Wednesday and a 55-42 home setback to Messalonskee Friday left Brunswick 9-4 with a three-game losing skid. The Dragons hope to get back on the right track Friday when they host Brewer. Tuesday, Brunswick welcomes Lewiston.
Mt. Ararat is ninth in the Heals after a 48-27 home win over Nokomis last Friday left the Eagles 6-7 on the year. Mt. Ararat goes to Hampden Friday and visits Leavitt Tuesday.
Morse fell to 2-11 on the season last Friday after a 42-29 home setback to Lawrence. The Shipbuilders (14th in Eastern A) go to Messalonskee Friday and host Cony Tuesday.
On the ice, Brunswick’s boys enjoyed a 2-1 overtime home win over Cheverus last Thursday on Nick Votta’s game-winner, but the Dragons then fell to 5-6 on the year with losses at Bangor (4-2) and Portland (6-3). Brunswick (eighth in the Eastern A Heals) goes to Edward Little Saturday and hosts Messalonskee Monday.
Mt. Ararat took a 1-7-1 mark (and the No. 12 spot in the Eastern A Heals) into Monday’s game at Gorham (the result wasn’t available at press time). The Eagles host Lisbon/Oak Hill Saturday and go to Skowhegan Wednesday.
The Brunswick girls beat Leavitt 2-1 last Thursday to earn their first victory. The Dragons took a 1-10 mark (and the No. 8 spot in the East Region Heals) into a Monday game at St. Dom’s (the score wasn’t available at press time). Brunswick goes to Falmouth Saturday and visits Yarmouth Wednesday.
SUBHEAD-Indoor track
On the track, Brunswick and Mt. Ararat battled each other, along with Belfast and Edward Little last weekend.
The Dragons won the boys’ meet with 43 points. Edward Little held off Mt. Ararat (29) by a point for second place. Matt Hatke won the junior 55 and the junior 200 for Brunswick. Tim Bickford took the long and triple jumps for the Eagles.
In girls’ action, Edward Little was first with 80 points. Brunswick (71) came in second and Mt. Ararat (63) finished third. Dragons’ standout Kristin Slotnick stole the show again, winning the 55, 200 and long jump.
In the pool, Mt. Ararat’s boys held off Winslow 47-39, while the girls tied the Black Raiders 47-47. The Eagles go to Belfast Tuesday. Morse hosts Brunswick Tuesday.
On the mat, both Morse and Mt. Ararat went 2-1 in weekend action.
The Shipbuilders defeated Brewer (51-20) and Hermon (70-4), but lost to Erskine (42-33). The Eagles were winners over Oxford Hills (66-0) and Mt. View (66-18), but lost to Belfast (48-27).
The Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference championships are Saturday at Cony High School in Augusta.

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