Postseason action winding down
There was plenty of posteason action crammed into last week and not many teams remain as the winter sports season is in its final days.
Here's a glimpse at what you might have missed:
The season came to an end for three boys' basketball teams last week.
In Eastern A, Brunswick, the No. 2 seed, led almost all the way in its semifinals against sixth-ranked Oxford Hills, but lost in overtime, 61-58, to finish the season 14-6.
"I thought our advantage was a guard play and theirs was in post play, and I was really happy with the way we had things going for most of the game," Brunswick coach Todd Hanson said. "Even when they slowed it down, I was really comfortable with our guys handling the ball. We were just a play or two away in that final minute or so."
In Western B, second-ranked Morse was favored against No. 6 Poland in its semifinal, but the Shipbuilders suffered a gutwrenching defeat. Down, 45-32, in the fourth quarter, Morse appeared doomed, but it rallied within one and had a chance at a final shot, but a pass was picked off and the Knights ran out the clock on a 45-44 win which ended the Shipbuilders' season at 15-5.
“It was supposed to be a lob (inside) with the first guy cutting it off,” Morse coach Sam Hayes said. “We didn’t really come off the screen real well. We just kind of floated it out to the 3-point line. If we’d come off that screen hard, I think maybe we could have attacked the basket a little bit, maybe got to the foul line. All year (the guys) honestly never thought they were going to lose a single game, and I felt that same way. We won four games at the buzzer. This situation, maybe I’m stupid, but I was still feeling pretty confident.”
In Western D, second-ranked Hyde got past No. 6 North Haven in its semifinal last Wednesday, 49-39, but Saturday, in the regional final against fourth-ranked Valley, the Phoenix let a big lead slip away and lost, 50-49, to finish 18-3.
The boys' hockey playoffs began Tuesday with Brunswick ranked fifth in Eastern A after a 9-7-2 regular season. The Dragons went to No. 4 Lawrence/Skowhegan (12-6) for the quarterfinals. The teams didn't play in the regular season. If victorious, Brunswick would face top-ranked Bangor (15-3) in Saturday's semifinals in Lewiston. The Dragons lost, 6-0, at Bangor on Jan. 28.
The Eastern A Final is Tuesday in Lewiston and the state final is Saturday, March 8, at 6 p.m., in Lewiston.
Mt. Ararat/Lisbon missed the playoffs with a 9-9 mark.
The Class A and B state indoor track and field championships were held last week.
In Class A, Brunswick's girls were fifth, while Mt. Ararat did not score (Thornton Academy won the title). The Dragons won the 3,200 relay, as Tessa Cassidy, Anna Cowan, Teresa Murphy and Tiffany Tanner had a time of 9 minutes, 53.38 seconds. Cowan was runner-up in the 400 (1:02.63). Tanner came in second in the 800 (2:23.50).
In the boys' meet, won by Scarborough, Brunswick placed 12th and Mt. Ararat was 15th. The Dragons were led by Christopher Tanner, who was second in the 800 (2:02.41). The Eagles' top finisher was Andrew McCracken, runner-up in the pole vault (13 feet).
In Class B, Morse's boys' team tied Foxcroft Academy for 24th (Waterville was the champion). The Shipbuilders' lone point came from its 3,200 relay team (Noah LaPointe, Balthasar von Huene, Jake Reno and Chris Walfield, 9:03.94). Hyde did not score.
Neither local team scored in the girls' meet, which Waterville also won.
In the pool, the Class B state championships last week saw Morse's boys finish a close second to Greely. The Shipbuilders were second in the 200 freestyle relay (Kyle Bauer, Otto Werwaiss, Drew Ceglinski, Tucker Banger, 1:34.84) and third in the 400 free relay (Wesley McKenna, Ceglinski, Max Gurney, Banger, 3:31.75).
On the girls' side, Morse placed seventh (MDI was first). Ann Tolan was runner-up in the 50 free (24.39 seconds) and the 100 free (53.88).
In Class A, Brunswick's girls finished runner-up to first-time champion Cheverus, while Mt. Ararat tied for 22nd.
The Dragons got a win from Caitlin Tycz in the 50 free (24.21). Tycz was also second in the 100 butterfly (54.78, which broke the existing state record). Brunswick's 200 free relay team (Emma Blair, Madeline Cowan, Lynsie Russell and Tycz) was first in 1:42.56 and the 400 free relay (Tycz, Blair, Cowan and Russell) also came in first in 3:43.37. Russell was runner-up in the 200 free (1:58.44) and the 500 free (5:20.52). Blair was third in the 100 free (56.71). Cowan came in third in the 50 free (24.98) and third in the breaststroke (1:15.04).
The Brunswick boys were third behind Cheverus and Bangor, while Mt. Ararat placed 20th. The Dragons got wins from Nate Samson in the 100 free (48.52) and the 100 backstroke (53.06).
Mt. Ararat took part in the Class A Nordic ski state meet last week (Alpine is this weekend).
The Eagles boys were sixth and the girls seventh (Falmouth swept the championships).
Individually, Sam Wood won the boys' classical race in 17 minutes, 34.5 seconds and took the freestyle in 14:26.5.
On the girls' side, Mt. Ararat was led by Torri Pelletier, who came in 11th in the classical (23:20.2) and 12th in the skate (19:50.3).
Sun Journal staff writers Kalle Oakes and Randy Whitehouse contributed to this story.