New year, renewed excitement for local teams

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The calendar has flipped and local teams are back in action. Here’s a glimpse:

Boys’ basketball

While the playoffs are a long way off, all three local Eastern A squads have some work to do if they hope to make it to the Augusta Civic Center for the playoffs.

Brunswick entered the week 3-3 (ninth in the Heal Points standings) after splitting last week, losing to visiting Messalonskee (61-57) and winning at Lawrence (52-49). The Dragons go to Erskine Friday, host Edward Little Monday and Cony Tuesday.

Mt. Ararat was also 3-3 at the week’s onset after dropping games to visiting Hampden Academy (67-44) and host Bangor (58-41) last week. The Eagles (11th in the region) hosted Messalonskee Tuesday and went to Lewiston Thursday. Next Tuesday, Mt. Ararat is home against Edward Little.

Morse is still seeking its first win. Last week, the Shipbuilders lost to visiting Lawrence (72-38) and Mt. Blue (70-21) to drop to 0-7 (15th in Eastern A). After playing at Bangor Tuesday, Morse goes to Edward Little Saturday.

In Western D, Hyde, after a three-week hiatus, returned to action Wednesday at A.R. Gould. The Phoenix (0-1 and 12th in the Heals) visit Valley Saturday, Hebron Monday and play host to Gould Academy Wednesday.

Girls’ basketball

On the girls’ side, Morse continues to dazzle. The Shipbuilders rolled over visiting Lawrence (63-15) and Mt. Blue (66-31) to improve to 7-0 (good for fourth in the latest Eastern A Heals). Morse hosted Bangor Tuesday and welcomes Edward Little Friday.

Brunswick is seventh in the latest Heals. The Dragons lost to visiting Messalonskee (56-48) and beat host Lawrence (63-25) in countable games last week and also lost to Western A powers Deering (46-39) and McAuley (50-37) at the non-countable Capital City Classic. Brunswick (4-2) hosts Erskine Friday and goes to Edward Little Monday and Cony Tuesday.

Mt. Ararat fell to 2-4 last week after losses to host Hampden (58-37) and visiting Bangor (34-30). The Eagles (ninth in the region) went to Messalonskee Tuesday and hosted Lewiston Thursday. They go to Edward Little Tuesday of next week.

In Western D, Hyde resumed play at 1-1 (and 11th in the Heals). The Phoenix hosted Old Orchard Beach Thursday, go to Valley Saturday and host Hebron next Wednesday.


On the ice, the Brunswick boys entered the week 13th in the Eastern A Heals, but figure to move up after downing visiting Messalonskee, 4-1, Monday night, improving to 2-5 in the process. After going to Skowhegan Wednesday, the Dragons host Cony Saturday.

Mt. Ararat’s co-op team with Lisbon was 1-3-1 and eighth at the start of the week. After hosting Cony Thursday, Mt. Ararat is home against Gray-New Gloucester/Poland Monday.

On the girls’ side, Brunswick fell to 3-6-1 Monday after losing 4-1 to Falmouth. The Dragons (fourth in the East region) played at Biddeford Wednesday and hosts Portland Monday.


The indoor track regular season is underway. Brunswick’s girls were first and the boys second at a seven-team meet last week. Mt. Ararat’s girls were first and the boys second at its meet.


Brunswick, Morse and Mt. Ararat all took part in the Noble Invitational last week. The Eagles were 12th with 82 points. The Shipbuilders (36) came in 21st. The Dragons (30) placed 24th. Brunswick’s Jared Jensen won the 130-pound title.

Sidebar Elements

Brunswick’s Liz Faulkner drives past Deering’s Katryna Gilson on Tiana Burton’s last week during the Capital City Classic in Augusta. The Dragons lost to the Rams, 46-39.

Brunswick’s Dylan Towle charges toward the net as Mesalonskee’s Chase Cunningham dives behind him, grasping at his skate lace, during the Dragons’ 4-1 win Monday night.