Another terrific sports year has come and gone
Another year of high school sports action is in the rearview mirror, but the memories will linger for a long time.
Local athletes turned heads last winter, dazzled in the spring and enthralled in the autumn.
With another winter season underway and the calendar now reading 2013, here's one final look back to the thrills that made up 2012.
Last basketball season saw Mt. Ararat's girls' team make a deep tournament run. The Eagles, ranked fourth in Eastern A, defeated No. 5 Messalonskee in the quarterfinals, then gave eventual regional champion Cony a scare before losing in the semifinals.
On the boys' side, Brunswick also made it to Augusta, but lost in the quarterfinals to Mt. Blue.
Brunswick's boys' hockey team got to the quarterfinals in Eastern A, but lost to Bangor. The Dragons girls had an excellent season, earning the top seed in the East Region before beating Yarmouth in the semifinals. Brunswick's title hopes were dashed by eventual champion Greely in the regional final.
Several individuals earned glory.
In indoor track, Brunswick's Alexis Dickinson (girls' 55) and Alex Nichols (boys' 400) and Mt. Ararat's McKenzie Gary (boys' long jump) won titles.
In the pool, Brunswick's Joey Blair (boys' 100 butterfly) and Jessica Russell (girls' backstroke and 500 freestyle) and Mt. Ararat's Celia Ouellette (girls' 50 and 100 free) were champions.
Mt. Ararat's Emma Wood won the girls' Class A Nordic skiing freestyle crown.
Brunswick's Jared Jensen (152 pounds) and Morse's Wyatt Brackett (145) and Gary Stevens (126) won wrestling championships.
In the spring, Morse's baseball team got to the Western B semifinals before losing to eventual champion Falmouth.
Mt. Ararat's softball team reached the playoffs, then lost in the preliminary round to Hampden Academy.
Lacrosse saw all six local teams make the postseason. The Brunswick girls went the furthest, losing to Scarborough, 11-9, in the Class A state final. Brunswick's boys were upset by Cheverus in the Eastern A semis, Mt. Ararat's boys lost in the quarterfinals to Lewiston, while the girls fell to Brunswick in the semis. Morse's boys lost to Gardiner in the quarterfinals, while the girls were ousted by Yarmouth in the semis.
Tennis brought the most glory as Brunswick's Maisie Silverman won the girls' singles championship, then led the Dragons to an undefeated season and a Class A team title.
In track, Brunswick's Mitchell Black (boys' 800) and Morse's Kerry Cummings (girls' racewalk) were individual champions.
There was plenty excitement this fall as well.
Brunswick's football team got to the Eastern A semifinals behind 2,000 yard rusher Jared Jensen and lost to Cony by a single point.
On the pitch, Mt. Ararat's boys reached the state final, but were vanquished by Scarborough. Brunswick's girls were undefeated in the regular season, but the Dragons were stunned in the quarterfinals. Morse got to the Western B Final for the second year in a row, but once again lost to eventual champion Falmouth.
Mt. Ararat's field hockey team had an excellent season, winning 11 games, including one in the playoffs, before losing to juggernaut champion Skowhegan in the semifinals.
Brunswick's golf team got to the state match.
Several cross country runners had solid seasons as well.
Another winter season is in full swing.
On the hardwood, Brunswick (4-3), Mt. Ararat (3-2), Morse (2-3) and Hyde (4-0) all will be in the hunt for the boys' playoffs. Mt. Ararat (6-0) is leading the way on the girls' side. Brunswick (0-7), Morse (2-3) and Hyde (4-0) look to make noise as well.
On the ice, Brunswick (3-2) and Mt. Ararat (2-3) are off to competitive starts on the boys' side, while the Brunswick (2-6) and first-year Mt. Ararat (0-9) girls have some work to do if they hope to contend.
Say goodbye to the wonderful year that was. We welcome 2013 and look forward to a new batch of highlights.
Happy New Year everyone!