New year brings promising results to Mid-Coast teams

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Sabrina Armstrong (shown during her team’s run to the state final a year ago) and her Brunswick girls’ basketball teammates remained undefeated at press time.

This winter might never end, but at least there are some compelling sports stories to keep us warm. A new year has brought much success and the best is yet to come.

Here’s a glimpse:

Boys’ basketball

Brunswick’s boys’ basketball team started 5-0, but has dropped its last three outings, including losses last week at home to Camden Hills (64-51) and at Cape Elizabeth in a playoff rematch (57-41). After hosting Lincoln Academy Tuesday and Leavitt Thursday, the Dragons are idle until Jan. 19.

Mt. Ararat lost last week at Gardiner (91-71) and Falmouth (83-60), then snapped a six-game skid with a 51-44 home victory over Lincoln Academy to improve to 2-6. The Eagles hosted Morse Tuesday, went to Camden Hills Thursday and play host to Freeport Saturday.

Morse fell to 1-5 after a 63-40 loss at Leavitt last Tuesday. The Shipbuilders were at Mt. Ararat Tuesday and hosted Edward Little Thursday. They visit Lincoln Academy Saturday, welcome York Monday, then play a makeup game at Freeport Tuesday of next week.

Girls’ basketball

On the girls’ side, defending Class A South champion Brunswick keeps rolling. The Dragons improved to 8-0 with wins last week at Camden Hills (66-34) and Cape Elizabeth (72-25). 

Mt. Ararat lost at home to Gardiner (45-31) and Falmouth (54-42) then improved to 1-7 Saturday with a 42-39 victory at Lincoln Academy. The Eagles hosted Morse Tuesday and Camden Hills Thursday, then play at Freeport Saturday.

Morse earned its first victory in six outings last Tuesday, 39-31, over visiting Leavitt. The Shipbuilders were at Mt. Ararat Tuesday and at Edward Little Thursday before hosting Lincoln Academy Saturday, going to York Monday and welcoming Freeport in a makeup game Tuesday of next week.

Hyde improved to 1-2 Saturday with a 32-29 home win over Pine Tree Academy. The Phoenix hosted Kents Hill Tuesday and Islesboro Wednesday and go to St. Dom’s Saturday.

Hockey

Brunswick’s boys’ hockey team downed visiting Maranacook (7-1), then fell to 3-5 after a 4-2 loss at defending Class B South champion York and a 5-2 setback to visiting South Portland/Freeport/Waynflete. Brunswick went to Poland Wednesday and hosted Gorham Thursday. 

Mt. Ararat/Morse/Lisbon fell to 2-5 after home losses last week to Greely (7-2) and two-time defending Class A champion Lewiston (10-1). After hosting Cony Wednesday, Mt. Ararat/Morse/Lisbon is home against Windham Saturday and Poland Tuesday of next week.

On the girls’ side, Brunswick fell to 3-7 after a 4-1 home loss to two-time defending state champion St. Dom’s Friday and a 4-2 home loss to Edward Little/Leavitt Monday. The Dragons hosted Gorham Thursday and go to Biddeford Monday. 

Mt. Ararat/Morse fell to 0-9 after home losses to Greely (7-0), Lewiston (7-0), then got in the win column for the first time Monday, 3-1, over visiting Gorham. After hosting Cape Elizabeth Wednesday, Mt. Ararat/Morse is at Yarmouth/Freeport Wednesday of next week.

Indoor track

Brunswick’s boys finished first in a 10-team KVAC meet last weekend. Mt. Ararat finished second and Morse was ninth.

In the girls’ meet, won by Messalonskee, Mt. Ararat was runner-up, Brunswick placed sixth and Morse came in 10th.

Brunswick’s Micaela Ashby took part in the Dartmouth Relays in New Hampshire and placed 17th in the girls’ two-mile (12 minutes, 54.85 seconds).

Swimming

Morse and Brunswick met in a swim meet last week. The Shipbuilders boys prevailed by a score of 92-77 and Morse also was first in the girls’ meet, 90-80.

Mt. Ararat’s girls downed Lewiston, 98-70, while the Eagles boys lost to the Blue Devils, 87-62.

Brunswick hosted Camden Hills, Hyde was home with Erskine Academy and Morse hosted Erskine Academy Tuesday. Friday, Mt. Ararat is at Belfast, Brunswick welcomes Messalonskee and Hyde hosts Cony.

Wrestling

The Mt. Ararat/Brunswick co-op wrestling team was 6-2 at press time following wins over Belfast (39-34), Maine Central Institute (48-28), Winslow (72-0) and Lincoln Academy (54-18) and a 52-29 loss to Erskine Academy.

Morse/Wiscasset was 4-2 after losses to Medomak Valley (45-24) and Cony (57-21).

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