Let the (playoff) games begin
Wrestling's regionals were held last weekend, the state meet is upcoming this weekend, the girls' hockey playoffs are underway, basketball's regular season ends Friday, boys' hockey isn't far behind and conference titles in indoor track and swimming will be contested this coming weekend.
Here's what happened last week and what's to come:
Mt. Ararat's wrestling team scored 105 points to come in fourth behind Skowhegan, Mt. Blue and Nokomis at the Eastern A regionals last weekend. Eagles Damian Grubb (106 pounds) and Felipe Gunter (145) won individual crowns, as did Brunswick's Jared Jensen (170), who helped the Dragons place 11th with 25 points.
In Western B, Morse (73) placed sixth. Fryeburg (176.5) was the champion. Michael Alvarez won the 152-pound title. Kyle Bonti lost in the 106-pound final.
The state championships are Saturday in Augusta.
Brunswick's girls' hockey team earned the No. 4 seed in the East Region with a 7-11 mark after finishing the regular season with a 6-0 loss at Lewiston last week. The Dragons hosted No. 5 Winslow (5-10-3) in the quarterfinals Thursday. Brunswick opened the season with a 4-3 home loss to the Black Raiders and later won at Winslow, 3-2. If victorious, the Dragons go to top-ranked, defending state champion Greely (15-2-1) for the semifinals Saturday at 6:40 p.m., at Family Ice Center in Falmouth. Brunswick lost both meetings with the Rangers this season, 6-0 and 7-3.
Mt. Ararat's inaugural varsity season ended at 0-18 with losses last week at Leavitt/EL (6-1) and Yarmouth (7-1). The Eagles finished eighth in the East Region, where just five teams made the playoffs.
Looking ahead, the regional finals are Wednesday of next week at the Portland Ice Arena. The state final is Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Colisee in Lewiston.
Hyde's boys' basketball team took a 13-3 record into its regular season finale Tuesday at home versus A.R. Gould. The Phoenix was coming off a 63-40 loss at Western C contender Old Orchard Beach and a pair of wins at Acadia Christian (65-37 and 67-35). Hyde was third behind Forest Hills and Valley in the Western Class D Heal Points standings and will have a bye into the Western D quarterfinals.
In Eastern A, Brunswick was 8-8 and seventh in the standings at press time after losses at Oxford Hills (61-39) and Lewiston (71-62). The Dragons closed the regular season with home games versus Erskine Tuesday and Mt. Ararat Thursday.
The Eagles were clinging to the ninth and final playoff spot in the region with a 7-9 mark following a 60-52 loss at Skowhegan and a 71-53 home victory over Cony last week. The Dragons were home with Lewiston Tuesday and closed the regular season at Brunswick Thursday.
In Western B, Morse fell to 5-11 and held the 12th and final playoff spot after losses last week to visiting Gardiner (52-47) and at Medomak (60-45). The Shipbuilders were home with Lincoln Tuesday and Leavitt Thursday.
The playoffs begin with the preliminary round Wednesday. The Eastern A and Western D quarterfinals are Feb. 16 at the Augusta Civic Center. The Western B quarterfinals are Feb. 16 at the Portland Exposition Building.
On the girls' side, Hyde finally fell from the unbeaten ranks last Tuesday, 48-36, to visiting Old Orchard Beach. Diamond Brown had 13 points. The Phoenix bounced back last weekend with a pair of wins at Acadia Christian, 26-8 and 29-8 (freshman Lutes Bartlett had 12 points). Monday, Hyde improved to 16-1 with a 39-29 home victory over Sacopee. The Phoenix finished the regular season a sparkling 16-1 and will go into the Western D playoffs third behind Rangeley and Richmond.
In Eastern A, Mt. Ararat entered its final two games second to Edward Little in the Heals with a 13-3 record. Last week, the Eagles downed visiting Skowhegan, 67-46, and won at reigning regional champion Cony, 64-43. Mt. Ararat was at Lewiston Tuesday and closes at home versus Brunswick Thursday.
The Dragons were 2-14 and 13th in Eastern A after losses to visiting Oxford Hills (43-31) and Lewiston (45-43). Before closing at Mt. Ararat Thursday, Brunswick was at Erskine Tuesday.
In Western B, Morse's skid his six games last week with losses at Gardiner (69-32) and at home to Medomak (43-38) to fall to 4-12 and 16th in the Heals (only 12 teams make the playoffs). The Shipbuilders were at Lincoln Tuesday and closed at Leavitt Thursday.
The playoffs begin with the preliminary round Tuesday. The Eastern A quarterfinals are Feb. 15 at the Augusta Civic Center. The Western D quartefinals are Feb. 18 and 19 in Augusta.
Brunswick's boys' hockey team fell to 6-7-1 and seventh in Eastern A after losses last week at Lewiston (3-2) and Gorham (4-3). The Dragons host Edward Little Saturday and go to Maranacook Wednesday.
Mt. Ararat would be the first team out of the playoffs if they started today. The Eagles won, 8-0, at Westbrook and lost, 5-1, at home to Cony last week. Mt. Ararat (5-9 and ninth in Eastern A) was at Windham Wednesday and visits Bonny Eagle Saturday.
The Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference indoor track championship meet is Saturday. The Class A state meet is Feb. 18.
The KVAC swimming championship meet is Saturday. The state meet is Feb. 18 and 19.