February, title time arrive
The end game of the winter sports season is near.
Here's a look at what happened last week and a glimpse at what's to come:
The undefeated run of the Hyde boys' basketball team came to an end last week with losses at Waynflete (70-52) and Valley (60-54). The Phoenix (third behind Forest Hills and Valley in the Western D Heal Points standings) looked to bounce back Tuesday at Old Orchard Beach. Hyde plays at Acadia Christian Friday and Saturday, hosts Sacopee Monday and closes the regular season Tuesday at home versus A.R. Gould.
In Eastern A, Brunswick began the week 8-6 and sixth in the standings after Friday's 58-54 home loss to top-ranked Edward Little. The Dragons were at Oxford Hills Tuesday, play at Lewiston Friday and close the regular season at home next week versus Erskine and Mt. Ararat.
The Eagles began the week 10th in the Heals (only the top nine teams qualify for the playoffs) with a 6-8 mark following Friday's 78-56 home win over Erskine. Mt. Ararat made nine 3-pointers and put it away after one quarter with a 25-6 lead. The Eagles were at Skowhegan Tuesday, play host to Cony Friday and close next week at home with Lewiston and at Brunswick.
In Western B, Morse began the week clinging to the 12th and final playoff spot with a 5-9 mark following a 70-46 win at Maranacook Friday. The Shipbuilders were home with Gardiner Tuesday, go to Medomak Saturday and close next week at home with Lincoln and Leavitt.
On the girls' side, Hyde remains unblemished at 13-0 after beating visiting North Yarmouth Academy (57-37) and host Valley (52-42). Against the Panthers, Kara Fischer had a game-high 22 points. Diamond Brown added 13 points and 11 rebounds. In the win over the Cavaliers, the Phoenix held on behind 15 points from Fischer. Hyde (third behind Richmond and Rangeley in the Western D Heals) was home with Old Orchard Beach Tuesday, plays at Acadia Christian Friday and Saturday and closes the regular season at home versus Sacopee Monday.
In Eastern A, Mt. Ararat began the week in the No. 4 spot with an 11-3 mark following a 57-41 win at Erskine Friday, which snapped a three-game skid. The Eagles were home with Skowhegan Tuesday, go to Cony Friday and close next week at Lewiston and at home versus Brunswick.
The Dragons were 2-12 and 13th after a 78-35 loss at Edward Little Friday. Brunswick was home with Oxford Hills Tuesday, welcomes Lewiston Friday and closes next week at Erskine and Mt. Ararat.
In Western B, Morse fell to 4-10 and 16th after a 52-45 home loss to Maranacook Friday. The Shipbuilders were at Gardiner Tuesday, host Medomak Saturday and close next week at Lincoln and Leavitt.
On the ice, the Brunswick and Mt. Ararat/Lisbon boys are holding on to the final two playoff spots at press time.
The Dragons took a 6-5-1 mark and the No. 7 spot in the Eastern A Heals into Wednesday's game at Lewiston. Brunswick is at Gorham Saturday.
The Eagles were 4-8 and eighth entering Wednesday's game at Westbrook. Mt. Ararat hosts Cony Saturday.
On the girls' side, Brunswick was 7-10 and fourth in the East Region following recent wins over visiting Yarmouth/Freeport (4-1) and host St. Dom's (3-2, in overtime). The Dragons closed Wednesday at Lewiston.
Mt. Ararat's first-year varsity team fell to 0-16 after a 5-1 home loss to Biddeford last weekend. The Eagles were at Leavitt/EL Wednesday and close at Yarmouth Saturday.
The girls' hockey playoffs begin Wednesday with the quarterfinal round on the ice of the higher seeds.
The Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference indoor track championship meet is Feb. 9. The state meet is Feb. 18.
The KVAC swimming and diving championships are Feb. 9. The state meet is Feb. 18 and 19.
The wrestling regional championships will be held Saturday. The state meet is Feb. 9.