New year brings triumph
The calendar has flipped to 2014 and the winter sports season is about to turn very serious, very quickly, as believe it or not, the postseason in some sports is a mere month away. Here's a look at where local teams and athletes stand as the first full week of the new year commences.
Morse's boys' basketball team sat atop the Western Class B Heal Points standings at 7-1 at press time. The Shipbuilders improved to 7-0 with wins over host Waterville (50-49) and at home over Camden Hills (55-46) before finally stumbling against visiting Maranacook, the reigning Eastern B champion, 69-53. Morse was at Winslow Tuesday and Lincoln Thursday, host Oceanside Saturday and welcome Leavitt Tuesday of next week.
In Eastern A, Mt. Ararat was 4-4 and sixth after a 54-53 home loss to Cony and a 50-30 home win over Skowhegan. Against the Rams, Shyheim Ulrickson had 17 points. Mason Griffin had a game-high 24 versus Skowhegan. The Eagles were home against Messalonskee Tuesday and went to Oxford Hills Thursday before visiting rival Brunswick Saturday and and hosting Edward Little Tuesday of next week.
Brunswick was 4-3 and seventh in the Heals after a 62-41 win at Brewer and a 49-43 setback at Bangor. The Dragons were home against Cony and at Messalonskee Thursday before hosting Mt. Ararat Saturday. Brunswick is home against Mt. Blue Tuesday of next week.
In Western D, Hyde improved to 4-0 and fifth after a 61-28 victory at Seacoast Christian. The Phoenix was home against Valley Tuesday, played at North Yarmouth Academy Thursday and goes to Pine Tree Academy Saturday.
On the girls' side, Brunswick is 6-1 and fourth in the Eastern A Heals following wins at Brewer (56-39) and at home over reigning regional champion Bangor (63-61). After going to Cony Tuesday and hosting Messalonskee Thursday, the Dragons are home against Mt. Ararat Saturday and visit Mt. Blue Tuesday of next week.
Mt. Ararat fell to 0-8 and 13th following recent losses to visiting Edward Little (58-24), at Cony (62-49) and at Skowhegan (65-32). The Eagles were at Messalonskee Tuesday and hosted Oxford Hills Thursday. They go to Brunswick Saturday and visit Edward Little Tuesday of next week.
In Western B, Morse was 2-6 and 12th at press time after losing at Waterville (40-39), beating visiting Camden Hills (40-39) and losing at Maranacook (56-36). The Shipbuilders were home with Winslow Tuesday and Lincoln Thursday, go to Oceanside Saturday and visit Leavitt Tuesday of next week.
In Western D, Hyde fell to 1-3 and 12th after a 28-27 loss at Seacoast Christian Saturday. The Phoenix was home with Valley Tuesday and hosted NYA Thursday and goes to Pine Tree Academy Saturday.
Brunswick's boys' hockey team sat sixth in the Eastern A Heals at 3-2 heading into Wednesday's home game versus Mt. Ararat/Lisbon, which was seventh at 3-4. The Dragons go to Cheverus Saturday. The Eagles are coming off a 4-0 loss at Cony/Monmouth Saturday. After playing Brunswick, Mt. Ararat welcomes Poland/Gray-New Gloucester Saturday, Massabesic Monday and Windham Wednesday.
On the girls' side, Mt. Ararat is 2-7 and is holding on to the fifth spot in the East Region, which would mean a playoff berth if they began today. The Eagles lost, 3-0, at Leavitt/EL Saturday. After going to Brunswick Thursday and hosting two-time defending state champion Greely Thursday, Mt. Ararat is home against Gorham/Bonny Eagle Saturday and welcomes Yarmouth/Freeport Wednesday of next week.
Brunswick sat sixth at 1-7 heading into Wednesday. After going to Cheverus Thursday, the Dragons are home against Falmouth Wednesday of next week.
Local indoor track teams took part in a KVAC meet last weekend.
Brunswick's girls were second to Waterville. Mt. Ararat came in fifth and Morse was ninth.
The Mt. Ararat boys placed third behind Waterville and Edward Little. Brunswick came in fourth. Morse placed seventh.
Mt. Ararat's wrestling team improved to 8-2 Saturday with wins over Erskine (54-24) and Gardiner (45-26). The Eagles host a tournament Saturday and go to Erskine Wednesday.
Morse is 2-7 after losing to Cony (63-6) and Lincoln (33-30) and beating Winslow (30-24) Saturday. The Shipbuilders host Erskine and Lincoln Saturday and go to Oceanside Wednesday.