With the arrival of a new month, local athletes and their fans can start dreaming of championships.
The frenzied month of February will feature countless highlights and the postseason is underway as the wrestling regionals were held last weekend in Skowhegan.
Track and swimming get their turn Saturday with the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference championship meets.
Basketball is concluding its regular season and most local squads look as if they’ll qualify for the playoffs.
Hockey is nearing its conclusion as well.
Here’s a snapshot:
On the hardwood, Morse snapped a two-game skid and won its 13th game of the season Tuesday night, 55-45 at Mt. Ararat, as Alex Kee had 17 points. Ryan Chaney and Alonzo James each added 10. The Shipbuilders were down by six at the half and trailed by three after three quarters, but outscored the hosts 21-8 in the fourth.
Morse (13-4 and fifth in latest Eastern Class A Heal Points standings) closed its regular season Thursday night (too late for this edition) at Brunswick.
The Eagles, who were coming off a 58-51 home win over Brunswick, got 17 points from Cam Vermette against Morse. Mt. Ararat fell to 10-7 and is sixth in the Heals. The Eagles wrapped up their regular year Thursday at Cony.
Brunswick played at Cony Tuesday and fell to 7-10 with a 70-45 loss. The Dragons are still clinging to playoff hopes. They were 13th in the Heals and only the top 11 teams qualify. Brunswick needed to upset Morse Thursday at home to have a chance.
In Western C,Hyde took a 9-2 mark and the No. 3 seed in the Western C Heals into Wednesday’s home game against Eastern C power Calais (too late for this edition). The Phoenix are at Waynflete Friday.
On the girls’ side, Brunswick, Mt. Ararat and Hyde are all playoff bound.
The Dragons are fourth in the Eastern A Heals despite a pair of recent setbacks: 38-33 at Mt. Ararat last Friday and 59-51 to visiting Cony Tuesday. Brunswick is now 11-6 on the year and closed the regular season Thursday at Morse (too late for this edition).
The Eagles improved to 8-9 with a 52-41 victory at Morse. Mt. Ararat was ninth in the latest Heals and will likely be on the road for the preliminary round next week. First, the Eagles closed at home with Cony Thursday.
Tuesday’s loss left the Shipbuilders 2-15 on the season and 14th in the standings. They wrapped up at home with Brunswick Thursday.
In Western C, Hyde took a 7-4 record and the No. 10 spot in the Heals into Wednesday’s home game with Calais. The Phoenix close the regular year Friday at Waynflete.
On the ice, Brunswick had a two-game win streak snapped Saturday with a 5-1 home loss to Brewer. The Dragons are 8-7 and seventh in the Eastern A Heals. They had a huge test at Lewiston Wednesday (too late for this edition) and visit No. 1 Waterville Tuesday.
Mt. Ararat improved to 3-8-2 Monday with a 4-1 home win over Oak Hill/Lisbon. The Eagles (12th in the standings) were home with Hall-Dale/Winthrop/Maranacook Thursday and host Cony Monday.
The Brunswick girls ended their inaugural season of Maine Principals’ Association-sanctioned play with a 1-15 mark. The Dragons didn’t qualify for the playoffs.
The KVAC indoor track championships are Saturday at 4 p.m. at the Farley Field House.
The KVAC swimming championships are also Saturday, beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the Bath YMCA.
On the mat, Morse and Mt. Ararat impressed at last weekend’s Eastern A regionals in Skowhegan.
The Eagles scored 124 points to finish third behind Cony (179) and Erskine (166.5). The Shipbuilders (120.5 points) were fifth. Brunswick had four points and was 12th of 13 scoring teams.
Individually, Morse had three champions and Mt. Ararat one.
The Shipbuilders produced regional winners in the 112-pound (D.J. Brackett), 160-pound (Spencer Chipman) and 171-pound (Tyler Russell) weight classes.
The Eagles had a winner in the 140-pound class (Jake Oh).
The state championship meet is Saturday in Augusta.