New year brings triumph, promise for Mid-Coast teams

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Morse’s Josh ter Mors defends Mt. Ararat’s Max Spelke during the Eagles’ 55-50 victory Monday.

Mt. Ararat’s Theresa Breed dribbles up the floor with Morse defenders giving chase during the Eagles’ 50-42 win Monday.

The holidays are behind us and it’s time for the winter sports season to really gear up.

Here’s a glimpse at what’s occurred and a look at the upcoming schedule:

Boys’ basketball

Brunswick’s boys’ basketball team was 5-4 at press time after opening the new year by sandwiching wins at Camden Hills (76-65) and Lincoln Academy (69-50) around a 60-54 home loss to Cape Elizabeth. The Dragons were at Leavitt Thursday and host Lawrence Tuesday of next week.

Mt. Ararat improved to 4-5 after sandwiching home wins over Gardiner (76-34) and Morse (55-50) around a 53-43 home loss to Falmouth. Against the Shipbuilders, Jared Balser scored a game-high 29 points.

“They stayed right in it in the third quarter,” Balser said. “They were making their shots alongside ours.”

“We still have some things to work on, but it was a good win at home and hopefully we can take this success to the next game,”  Eagles coach David Dubreuil said.

Mt. Ararat was home with Camden Hills Thursday, plays at Freeport Saturday and welcomes Lincoln Academy Thursday of next week.

Morse fell to 2-6 after losses to visiting Leavitt (84-67) and at Mt. Ararat (55-50). In the loss to the Eagles, Tom Warren had a team-high 20 points.

“(The guys are) still learning how to play the game,” Shipbuilders coach Tom Maines said. “Best thing about it was they didn’t quit. They’re learning.”

Morse was at defending Class AA champion Edward Little Thursday, hosts Lincoln Academy Saturday and plays at York Tuesday.

Girls’ basketball

On the girls’ side, Brunswick improved to 8-1 by downing visiting Camden Hills (50-34), host Cape Elizabeth (46-38) and visiting Lincoln Academy (65-35). After playing host to Leavitt Thursday, the Dragons are at Lawrence Tuesday.

Mt. Ararat opened the 2019 portion of the schedule with a 48-29 setback at Gardiner, then defeated host Falmouth (43-42) and visiting Morse (50-42) to improve to 5-4. Alexa Eaton scored 12 points and Jaden Lohr added 10 in the win over the Shipbuilders.

“(Being over .500) has not happened in my time here and the year before my time, and that is a huge milestone for us being above .500 at this point,” said Eagles coach Andy Morris.

Mt. Ararat was at Camden Hills Thursday, hosts Freeport Saturday and is at Lincoln Academy Thursday of next week.

Morse fell to 0-8 after losing at Leavitt (60-37) and Mt. Ararat (50-42). Against the Eagles, Julia Goddard led the way with a dozen points.

“I am seeing the girls getting better and better,” said Shipbuilders coach Jan Veinot. “It’s just about getting that confidence on offense. We still have those hesitations. All I asked them to do tonight was work as hard as they can and they did that.”

Morse was home with defending Class AA champion Edward Little Thursday, plays at Lincoln Academy Saturday and welcomes York Tuesday.

Hockey

Brunswick’s boys’ hockey team was 5-3 at press time following home losses to Gorham (6-4) and Gardiner (5-1). After going to Gardiner Thursday, the Dragons visit undefeated, defending Class B South champion Greely Saturday, then welcome Maranacook Monday and Mt. Ararat/Morse Wednesday.

The Mt. Ararat/Morse co-op team was 3-4-1 after last week’s 7-1 home loss to Bangor. After hosting Marshwood Wednesday, Mt. Ararat/Morse is at two-time defending Class A champion Lewiston Saturday and travels to Brunswick Wednesday of next week.

On the girls’ side, Brunswick fell to 1-10-1 after losses at Cheverus/Kennebunk (6-0) and at home to Yarmouth/Freeport (7-0). The Dragons hosted Lewiston Wednesday, welcome defending state champion Greely Monday and play host to Mt. Ararat/Morse Wednesday of next week.

Mt. Ararat/Morse was 1-9-1 at press time following a 6-1 home loss to Falmouth and a 2-1 setback at York. After playing host to Edward Little/Leavitt Saturday, Mt. Ararat/Morse is at Brunswick Wednesday.

Indoor track

The Mt. Ararat boys and girls swept an eight-team KVAC league meet last weekend.

Brunswick’s boys team came in first in its meet. Morse finished eighth.

In the girls’ competition, won by Edward Little, the Dragons finished fourth and the Shipbuilders placed eighth.

Swimming

Brunswick’s boys’ swim team beat Camden Hills last weekend, 102-50, while the Dragons girls lost to the Windjammers, 99-68.

Morse swept Waterville, as the boys prevailed, 94-68, and the girls won, 109-61.

Wrestling

The Mt. Ararat/Brunswick wrestling team was 13-2 at press time following wins over Medomak Valley (45-36), Lincoln Academy (66-12) and Winslow (60-18) and losses to Cony (42-34) and Cony again (45-32).

Morse was 4-4 after beating Gardiner (54-6) and losing to Erskine Academy (42-33).

Morse hosted Mt. Ararat/Brunswick Wednesday.

Times Record staff writers Bob Conn and Eric Maxim contributed to this story.

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