Winter sports season almost over
At press time, just one local high school team, Brunswick boys' hockey, was all that remained of the winter sports season.
Here's a look back at the postseason action which transpired in recent days.
Hyde's boys' basketball team, ranked second, made it to the Western Class D semifinals after a 45-35 win over Seacoast Christian, but advanced no further, dropping a tough 55-53 decision to third-ranked Valley. The Phoenix finished the year 16-4.
Hyde and Mt. Ararat's girls' basketball teams both met their demise last week in Augusta, at the hands of the eventual regional champions.
The Eagles, the No. 3 seed in Eastern A, advanced to the semis with a 56-44 win over Oxford Hills, but No. 2 Bangor was too much to handle in the next round and Mt. Ararat's season ended 16-4 with a 56-44 loss to the Rams, who went on to beat Cony and play in the state game against McAuley.
In Western D, Hyde, the No. 3 seed, beat Valley in the quarterfinals, 48-28, but lost to No. 2 Richmond, 43-36, in the semis, to finish 17-2.
At last week's Class A state swim meets, Brunswick's girls nearly came away with a championship, but wound up a close second to Cape Elizabeth (282-268.5). Mt. Ararat (107.5) was eighth and Morse (106) came in ninth.
The Dragons got wins from Jessica Russell in the 200-yard freestyle (1 minute, 56.49 seconds) and Lynsie Russell in the 500 free (5:25.64). Brunswick also won the 200 free relay (Emma Blair, Madeline Cowan, Lynsie Russell and Jessica Russell, 1:41.92).
Celia Oullette won the 50 free (23.84 seconds) and the 100 free (53.29) for the Eagles.
The Shipbuilders top finisher was Catie Luedee, who was third in the 100 breaststroke (1:08.07) and fifth in the 200 individual medley (2:16.83).
In the boys' meet, won by Cheverus with 372 points, Brunswick (169) placed sixth, while Morse (70.5) came in 13th. The Dragons got runner-up showings from Nate Samson in the 50 free (22.23) and the backstroke (53.23).
Mt. Ararat's girls were seventh and the boys eighth at last week's Class A Nordic skiing state meet.
The girls were led by Torri Pelletier, 17th in the classic (20 minutes, 2.9 seconds) and 20th in the freestyle (17:47.8)
The boys featured Sam Wood, who was fifth in the freestyle (12:50.50) and 10th in the classic (14:58.0).
Brunswick's boys' hockey team finished 10-7-1 after closing with a 5-1 victory at Edward Little and earned the No. 5 seed for the Eastern Class A playoffs. The Dragons opened at No. 4 Cony (11-4-3) in the quarterfinals Tuesday. Brunswick won at the Rams, 5-0, Dec. 15, then settled for a 2-2 tie Jan. 21.
If the Dragons were able to advance, they'd play No. 1 Lewiston (14-3-1) in the semifinals Saturday at the Colisee. Brunswick lost, 3-2, at Lewiston Jan. 30.
The regional final is Tuesday in Lewiston. The Class A state game is Saturday, March 9 at 6 p.m., also at the Colisee.
Mt. Ararat finished 7-11 and ninth, one spot out of the postseason, after closing with a 3-1 loss at Gray-New Gloucester/Poland.