Many thrills this winter
No matter your sport, the winter of 2013-14 delivered.
On the hardwood, all four local boys' teams made it to the tournament. In Augusta, Brunswick ousted Mt. Ararat in the Eastern A quarterfinals, then lost to Oxford Hills in the semis. Hyde once again made a run to the Western D Final and added yet another painful tournament chapter to its legacy with a loss to Valley. In Portland, Morse held off Lake Region in double overtime in the Western B quarterfinals, but couldn't quite complete a rally against Cinderella Poland and lost by a point in the semis.
On the girls' side, only Brunswick qualified for the postseason and was promptly eliminated by Cony in the Eastern A quarterfinals.
Boys' hockey saw Brunswick get to the Eastern A tournament, but after edging Lawrence/Skowhegan by a goal in the quarterfinals, the Dragons lost to top-ranked Bangor in the semifinals. Mt. Ararat just missed the postseason.
On the girls' side, the young Mt. Ararat program made the playoffs for the first time and lost in the East Region quarterfinals to Yarmouth/Freeport.
There was plenty of greatness on the slopes, trails, track and in the pool as well (see the list of champions).
At the track state meets, Brunswick's girls came in fifth in Class A, thanks in part to a champion 3,200 relay team (Tessa Cassidy, Anna Cowan, Teresa Murphy and Tiffany Tanner). Brunswick was 12th in the boys' meet, while Mt. Ararat placed 15th. In Class B, Morse's boys' team tied Foxcroft Academy for 24th.
In the pool, 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), while Brunswick's 200 free relay team (Emma Blair, Madeline Cowan, Lynsie Russell and Tycz) and the 400 free relay (Tycz, Blair, Cowan and Russell) were first as well. 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 and the 100 backstroke. Morse's boys were a close second to Greely in Class B, while the girls came in seventh.
In the Nordic skiing Class A state meet, Mt. Ararat's boys finished sixth, while the girls came in seventh.
Wrestling's Class A state meet saw Mt. Ararat tie for eighth and Brunswick come in 17th. In Class B, Morse was 17th.
What a year. It won't soon be forgotten.
Sam Wood, Mt. Ararat, boys' classical, Class A
Sam Wood, Mt. Ararat, boys' freestyle, Class A
Nate Samson, Brunswick, boys' 100 freestyle, Class A
Nate Samson, Brunswick, boys' 100 backstroke, Class A
Caitlin Tycz, Brunswick, girls' 50 free, Class A