Weather wreaks havoc on postseason slate
A weekend that was supposed to crown state champions in wrestling, conference champions in track and swimming and produce a round of girls' hockey playoffs, instead turned into a washout.
Or more aptly put, a whiteout.
The record-setting snow that swept the region Friday and Saturday erased the high school sports slate in the process, frustrating schedule-makers.
Wrestling's state meet was moved to this coming Saturday. Class A will be contested in Sanford, Class B in Fryeburg.
The Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference swimming and indoor track championships were also postponed last weekend.
Track's state meet is Monday at the University of Southern Maine in Gorham.
Swimming's state championship meets are Monday and Tuesday, Class A in Brunswick and Class B in Orono.
Brunswick's girls' hockey team, which won its quarterfinal, 2-1, in overtime over Winslow, was supposed to play a semifinal at defending champion Greely Saturday, but that game was moved to Monday. There, the Dragons got 50 saves from goalie Claire Mendes and got a power play goal from Rachel Moroney, but it wasn't enough as the Rangers prevailed, 5-1, ending Brunswick's season at 8-12.
The boys' hockey regular season is winding down.
At press time, Brunswick was seventh in Eastern Class A (eight teams make the playoffs) with a 7-7-1 record following a 5-2 home win over Edward Little Saturday in perhaps the only local game played last weekend. The Dragons were at Maranacook Wednesday, play at Skowhegan Monday and close the regular season Wednesday at Edward Little.
Mt. Ararat/Lisbon is currently ninth, one spot out of the playoffs. The Eagles (6-9) were supposed to play at Bonny Eagle Saturday, but that game was moved to Friday. Saturday, Mt. Ararat/Lisbon is home against Gray-New Gloucester/Poland. The Eagles go to GNG/Poland for the finale Wednesday.
The boys' hockey playoffs start Feb. 23.
Last, but not least, the basketball postseason is underway.
Mt. Ararat's girls' team wound up a stellar 15-3 and third in Eastern A after capping the regular season with wins over host Lewiston (56-46) and visiting Brunswick (54-20). The Eagles face No. 6 Oxford Hills (11-7) Friday at 3 p.m., at the Augusta Civic Center in the Eastern A quarterfinals. Mt. Ararat won at the Vikings, 41-39, and lost at home, 47-41, in the regular season meetings.
Brunswick finished shy of the postseason with a 2-16 mark. The Dragons (13th in Eastern A) closed with losses at Erskine (64-52) and Mt. Ararat (54-20).
In Western B, Morse finished 15th in the standings at 5-13, but only 12 teams made the cut. The Shipbuilders closed strong, however, dropping a 45-43 decision at Lincoln Academy, then upsetting host Leavitt, 55-52.
Hyde enters the Western D tournament third at 16-1. The Phoenix meet No. 6 Valley (5-13) in the quarterfinals Monday at 10 a.m., in Augusta. Hyde beat Valley twice, 48-16 at home and 52-42 on the road, in the regular season.
On the boys' side, Hyde is second in Western D after finishing 14-3. The Phoenix closed with a 64-52 home win over A.R. Gould. The Phoenix battle No. 7 Seacoast Christian (10-8) in the quarterfinals Saturday at 10 a.m., in Augusta. Hyde beat Seacoast twice this year, 49-25 at home and 41-35 on the road.
In Western B, Morse earned the 11th seed with a 7-11 record after closing with home wins over Lincoln (57-48) and Leavitt (60-48). The Shipbuilders had a preliminary round tournament game at sixth-ranked Wells (10-8) Tuesday. The teams don't play in the regular season. If Morse was able to spring an upset, it will play No. 3 Cape Elizabeth (13-5) in the quarterfinals Saturday at 11 a.m., at the Portland Exposition Building.
In Eastern A, Mt. Ararat was the last team to qualify, earning the No. 9 seed with a 7-11 record after losses at home to Lewiston (62-38) and at Brunswick (63-50) to close the regular season. The Eagles visited No. 8 Oxford Hills (8-10) for a prelim Wednesday. Mt. Ararat beat the Vikings, 53-45, at home, but lost in its previous trip to Oxford, 57-48. A win would send the Eagles to Augusta for the Eastern A quarterfinals against top-ranked Hampden Academy (18-0) Saturday at 9:30 p.m.
Brunswick earned the No. 6 spot with a 10-8 mark after closing with home victories over Erskine (63-35) and Mt. Ararat (58-46). The Dragons face third-ranked Lawrence (14-4) Saturday at 4 p.m., in the quarterfinals. Brunswick lost both meetings with the Bulldogs this year, 59-49 at home and 55-28 away.