Postseason in full swing
It's been postseason galore for Mid-Coast schools in recent days and the fun isn't over yet.
Here's a glimpse:
Brunswick and Mt. Ararat's boys' basketball teams had quick ousters at the Eastern Class A tournament in Augusta Saturday.
The Dragons, seeded sixth, lost to No. 3 Lawrence, 52-41, to finish the year 10-9.
The Eagles, ranked ninth, had sprung a 53-52 upset win at No. 8 Oxford Hills in the preliminary round, but were no match for the top-ranked, undefeated Broncos of Hampden Academy in the quarterfinals, falling, 78-35, to wind up 8-12.
Morse, seeded 11th in the Western B tournament, lost its prelim at No. 6 Wells, 63-53, last week to wind up 7-12.
In Western D, Hyde, the No. 2 seed, held off No. 7 Seacoast Christian, 45-35, in its quarterfinal. The Phoenix (15-3) advanced to face No. 3 Valley (16-3) in the semifinals Wednesday. The teams split in the regular season, each winning at home. If Hyde can make it to Saturday's Western D Final (2:45 p.m., in Augusta), it will face either No. 1 Forest Hills (17-2) or fourth-ranked A.R. Gould (12-7). The Class D state game is Saturday, March 2, in Bangor.
On the girls' side, Mt. Ararat was still going strong at press time. The third-ranked Eagles took care of No. 6 Oxford Hills, 51-37, in last Friday's quarterfinal round to advance to the semifinals Wednesday against second-ranked Bangor (15-4). The teams didn't play in the regular season. If Mt. Ararat (16-3) can make it to the regional final (Friday at 7 p.m.), it will play No. 4 Lawrence (14-5) or reigning regional champion Cony (12-7), the No. 9 seed, which shocked top-ranked Edward Little in the quarterfinal round. The Class A state game is also in Augusta, Saturday, March 2, at 4 p.m.
In Western D, Hyde's girls, ranked third, improved to 16-1 with a 48-28 quarterfinal round win over No. 6 Valley Monday. The Phoenix faced No. 2 Richmond (15-3) in the semifinals Thursday. The teams didn't play this year. The regional final is Saturday at 1 p.m., in Augusta. The Class D state game is Saturday, March 2 in Bangor.
Wrestling's weather-delayed state championships were held last weekend.
In Class A, Brunswick's Jared Jensen won the title at 170-pounds to help the Dragons come in 12th. Mt. Ararat tied for 15th.
In Class B, Morse placed ninth.
With the girls' hockey season over (Greely won its second straight title Saturday night, edging Scarborough in an overtime thriller, 1-0), the boys' playoffs are on the horizon.
At press time, Brunswick was 9-7-1 and fifth in Eastern Class A after recent overtime victories at Maranacook (3-2) and Skowhegan (4-3). The Dragons closed the regular season at Edward Little Wednesday and will begin the postseason next week.
Mt. Ararat hopes to join Brunswick, but at press time, the Eagles were clinging to the eighth and final playoff spot with a 7-10 mark. Mt. Ararat lost, 4-1, at Bonny Eagle and beat visiting Gray-New Gloucester/Poland, 4-0, last week. The Eagles closed at Gray-New Gloucester/Poland Wednesday.
Brunswick's boys had 29 points to place fifth (Scarborough was first) at Monday's Class A state championship track and field meet in Gorham. Alex Nichols won the 400 in a new record time of 49.93 seconds and took the 200 as well in 23.11. Mt. Ararat (12 points) came in 16th. Will Hirnak was runner-up in the 800 (1 minute, 57.8 seconds).
In the girls' meet, won by Bangor, Brunswick (36 points) was fifth. Allison Hill was second in the 55 hurdles (8.6) and Tiffany Tanner, Sarah Judd, Tessa Cassidy and Anna Cowan teamed for a second-place finish in the 3,200 relay (9:56.63).
Due to the swimming and skiing state meets being completed after deadline, we'll recap them next week.