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Holiday break arrives for Mid-Coast teams

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Holiday break arrives for Mid-Coast teams

Just as quickly as it began, the 2009-10 winter sports season is set to take a brief holiday hiatus. While the sample size is small, early results have impressed and plenty more drama and triumph appear in store for 2010. Here's a glimpse at where things with the arrival of Santa Claus.

Boys' basketball

The Brunswick boys' basketball team has established itself as a top contender in Eastern Class. Last week, the Dragons downed Morse (56-43), Lewiston (50-40) and Messalonskee (41-38) to improve to 6-0 on the season. Brunswick hosted Lawrence Tuesday, then sits idle until Jan. 2 when it welcomes Erskine Academy.

Mt. Ararat is 3-2 on the year. The Eagles enjoyed a 43-37 win at Oxford Hills last Tuesday, then lost 66-57 at Hampden Academy Saturday.

"We played very hard all game against one of the premier teams in Eastern A basketball," said Mt. Ararat coach Aaron Watson. "No one likes losing, period, but after the game, we were able to see many positive things about ourselves and the way we were able to get things done on the court. Our players played a great game. If it weren't for a second quarter with too many turnovers where we didn't stop their transition offense we could be talking about (a record of) 4-1 instead of 3-2."

The Eagles hosted Bangor Tuesday and return to action Tuesday of next week at Messalonskee.

Morse dropped to 1-5 with losses last week to Brunswick (56-43), Cony (52-46) and Lawrence (55-44). The Shipbuilders were at Mt. Blue Tuesday and welcome Bangor next Tuesday.

Girls' basketball

On the girls' side, Morse suffered its first loss last week, but is still 5-1 on the year. After downing Brunswick 46-33, the Shipbuilders fell 54-52 at Cony in overtime. Saturday, Morse bounced back with a 51-39 win at Lawrence. The Shipbuilders were at Mt. Blue Tuesday and visit Bangor next Tuesday.

Brunswick is 4-2 to date. After suffering a 56-43 setback to Morse, their second in a row, the Dragons bounced back and defeated Lewiston 67-40 and Messalonskee 48-41. Brunswick was home with Lawrence Tuesday, then doesn't return to action until Jan. 2 at Erskine.

Mt. Ararat got its initial wins last week. After starting 0-3 the Eagles defeated Oxford Hills 53-37 and Hampden Academy 53-41 to improve to 2-3. Mt. Ararat hosted Bangor Tuesday and welcomes Messalonskee next Tuesday.

Hockey

On the ice, Brunswick's boys finished the 2009 portion of their schedule with a 3-1 mark. The loss came Friday, 7-1 to visiting Western A power Biddeford. The Dragons return to action Jan. 2 at Cony.

Mt. Ararat is 0-3 after recent losses to Hall-Dale/Winthrop/Maranacook (4-1) and Cony (5-2). The Eagles hosted Gray-New Gloucester/Poland Tuesday and return to action Wednesday at home against Windham.

On the girls' side, Brunswick is 2-6 after a 4-2 loss to Winslow last Thursday. The Dragons host York Tuesday.

Track

Brunswick and Mt. Ararat's indoor track teams took part in the Bowdoin Relays Saturday in Brunswick.

The boys' meet was won by Brunswick with 97 points. Mt. Ararat was sixth out of 14 teams with 32 points. The Dragons won the 3x1 mile, the 4x100 throwers, 4x800, distance medley, 3x55 shuttle hurdle and the 4x5 shuttle hurdle. The Eagles came in first in the long jump and triple jump.

In the girls' meet, won by Mt. Ararat with 61 points, Brunswick was seventh out of 15 teams with 34. The Dragons took the 4x800, while the Eagles won the long jump.

Recent swimming and wrestling results weren't available.

 

 

Photo: R. Steven Sharp

Brunswick's Rashon Edgerton and Morse's Jesse Glick have been in the middle of the action so far this winter.

Photo: R. Steven Sharp

Jason Kaake and his Morse teammates are hoping to make a run in the 2010 portion of their schedule.