New year brings high hopes to Mid-Coast

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The new year has arrived and it won’t be long until we’re talking about the month of February and championships for winter athletes.

There was a fair amount of action over the holiday break and trends are beginning to emerge.

Here’s a glimpse at where things look in the first week of the new year.

Boys’ basketball

Morse’s boys’ basketball team was first in the Western Class B Heal Points standings at the start of the week after improving to 6-2 with a 70-65 win at Maranacook Friday. The Shipbuilders hosted Oceanside Tuesday, welcome Winslow Friday and visit Lincoln Academy Tuesday of next week.

In Western D, Hyde took a 4-0 record and the No. 5 sport into Tuesday’s contest at Seacoast Christian, the Phoenix’s first game since Dec. 18. Hyde hosted Valley Thursday, welcomes Highview Christian Saturday and plays host to North Yarmouth Academy Tuesday of next week.

In Eastern A, Brunswick was third at 4-4 after its three-game win streak was snapped Friday with a 55-44 loss at Edward Little. After going to Cony Tuesday, the Dragons welcomed Messalonskee Thursday, go to rival Mt. Ararat Saturday and play at Mt. Blue Tuesday of next week.

Mt. Ararat was 3-5 and 10th after a 46-39 win at Skowhegan Friday. The Eagles were at Messalonskee Tuesday and hosted Oxford Hills Thursday. Mt. Ararat is home versus Brunswick Saturday and visit Edward Little Tuesday of next week.

Girls’ basketball

On the girls’ side, Hyde was 3-0 and eighth in Western D entering Tuesday’s game at Seacoast Christian. After hosting Valley Thursday, the Phoenix play host to Highview Christian Saturday and visit NYA Tuesday of next week.

In Western B, Morse was 10th at 4-5 following home losses to Spruce Mountain (55-40) and Maranacook (45-31). The Shipbuilders were at Oceanside Tuesday, visit Winslow Friday and welcome Lincoln Academy Tuesday of next week.

In Eastern A, Brunswick was eighth at 3-4 after a 55-46 home loss to Edward Little last weekend. The Dragons were home with Cony Tuesday and at Messalonskee Thursday. They go to Mt. Ararat Saturday and welcome Mt. Blue Tuesday of next week.

Mt. Ararat was ninth at 4-5 after a 47-36 home victory over Skowhegan and a 37-32 home loss to Messalonskee. After going to Oxford Hills Thursday, the Eagles host Brunswick Saturday and welcome Edward Little Wednesday of next week.

Hockey

Brunswick’s boys’ hockey team was 6-1 and third in Eastern A at the start of the week after stretching its win streak to three with victories over host Cony (9-6) and visiting Poland (3-2). After hosting Mt. Ararat Tuesday and South Portland Thursday, the Dragons welcome Cony Monday and St. Dom’s Tuesday of next week.

Mt. Ararat was eighth at 1-5 after a 4-2 loss to Marshwood and an 11-0 setback to St. Dom’s. The Eagles went to Brunswick Tuesday and hosted Edward Little Thursday. They host Leavitt Monday.

On the girls’ side, Mt. Ararat was 1-9-1 and sixth in the East Region after a 12-1 loss at Greely and a 2-2 tie at Winslow. The Eagles were at Brunswick Tuesday, host Yarmouth/Freeport/Gray-New Gloucester Saturday and play host to Greely Wednesday of next week.

Brunswick was eighth at 1-9 after a 3-2 overtime home loss to Winslow. The Dragons were home with Mt. Ararat Tuesday and host St. Dom’s Tuesday of next week.

Indoor track

The Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference indoor track regular season continued last weekend. Brunswick’s girls were second to juggernaut Waterville, while Mt. Ararat came in fifth in a 10-team meet, while the Dragons boys came in third and the Eagles were fifth (Waterville also placed first).

Wrestling

Mt. Ararat’s wrestling team was 8-5 at press time after beating Lincoln Academy (54-18) and Winslow (44-21). The Eagles were at Mt. Blue Wednesday and host Belfast, Lincoln Academy and Morse Friday.

The Shipbuilders were 3-6 heading into a meet at Oceanside Wednesday.

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