Postseason excitement in full swing in Mid-Coast

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Brunswick’s Sabrina Armstrong, left, and Charlotte MacMillan battle for a loose ball during last week’s one-point win at Edward Little. The defending Class A South champion Dragons finished the regular season 18-0.

Be it on ice or snow, in the pool or on the track or the mat, the postseason has gone very well so far for athletes from Forecaster Country.

The basketball tournament will soon get the lion’s share off attention, boys’ hockey’s regular season is almost finished, the girls’ hockey tournament is just days away from crowning a state champion and the indoor track, swimming and wrestling state meets will be held in a matter of days.

Here’s an overview of the action so far and a look at what’s to come:

Girls’ basketball

Brunswick’s girls’ basketball team capped its 18-0 season last week with a 37-36 win at Edward Little and a 70-25 victory at Mt. Ararat. The defending regional champion Dragons earned the top seed in Class A South and will battle No. 9 Falmouth (6-13) in the quarterfinals Monday evening at the Portland Exposition Building. Brunswick won at Falmouth, 54-27, Dec. 15. The teams have never met in the postseason.

Morse closed the regular season with losses to visiting Cony (47-38) and host Camden Hills (50-40) to earn the No. 8 seed in Class A South, then lost in the preliminary round to visiting Falmouth, 58-54, to wind up 3-16.

Mt. Ararat finished 4-14 and 10th in Class A South, but only nine teams made the playoffs. The Eagles closed the season with a 58-35 loss at Medomak Valley and a 70-25 home loss to Brunswick.

In Class C South, Hyde finished 4-13 and 15th, but only 14 teams qualified for the postseason. The Phoenix closed with a 27-22 home loss to Pine Tree Academy and a 39-13 home loss to Kents Hill.

Boys’ basketball

On the boys’ side, Brunswick qualified, while Morse and Mt. Ararat did not.

The Dragons finished year 12-6, good for seventh in Class A South. Brunswick closed with a 54-45 home loss to Edward Little and a 68-38 victory at Mt. Ararat. The Dragons will battle No. 2 Biddeford (15-3) in the quarterfinals Saturday evening at the Portland Exposition Building. The Tigers came to Brunswick and prevailed, 67-58, back on Feb. 1.

Mt. Ararat finished 7-11 and 10th in the region, but only nine teams made the cut. The Eagles closed with home losses to Medomak Valley (71-58) and Brunswick (68-38).

Morse wound up 2-16 and 12th following losses to host Cony (83-58) and visiting Camden Hills (51-38).

Hockey

Brunswick’s stay was short in the girls’ hockey playoffs. The Dragons, the No. 5 seed in the North Region, were eliminated by fourth-ranked Winslow/Gardiner, 5-2, in the quarterfinals to finish 7-12.

The Mt. Ararat/Morse co-op squad finished 2-16 and failed to qualify for the playoffs.

On the boys’ side, with the regular season winding down, Brunswick was 6-9 and clinging to the sixth and final playoff spot in Class B South at press time. The Dragons lost, 3-2, in overtime, to visiting York last Friday in their most recent outing. After going to Kennebunk Friday, Brunswick closes at Maranacook Thursday of next week.

The Mt. Ararat/Morse/Lisbon co-op team was 6-8 and hanging on to the sixth and final berth in Class A North heading into Tuesday’s home game versus Massabesic. Mt. Ararat/Morse/Lisbon was at Windham/Westbrook for a makeup game Thursday, welcomes Lawrence Saturday and closes at Edward Little Wednesday of next week.

Indoor track

Brunswick’s boys and Mt. Ararat’s girls won the KVAC Class A indoor track championship meet last weekend. The Eagles boys were second to the Dragons, while Brunswick’s girls placed fifth.

In Class B, Morse’s girls finished sixth and the boys didn’t score.

Looking ahead, the Class B state meet will be contested Saturday at Bates College in Lewiston. The Class A state meet is Monday in Gorham.

Swimming

Brunswick’s boys were first and the girls second to Cony at last weekend’s KVAC Class A swim championship meet. Mt. Ararat’s girls tied Lewiston for fourth and the boys were sixth. 

In Class B, Morse’s boys were first and the girls finished a close second to Camden Hills.

The Class A boys’ state meet is Saturday, Feb. 17 in Orono. The Class A girls’ state meet is Monday, Feb. 19 in Orono. That same day, the Class B girls’ state meet will be contested at Bowdoin College in Brunswick. The Class B boys’ state meet is Tuesday, Feb. 20 in Brunswick.

Wrestling

The Morse/Wiscasset co-op wrestling team came in sixth, while Mt. Ararat/Brunswick was seventh at last weekend’s Class A North regional championship meet (Nokomis was first).

The state championship meet is Saturday in Sanford.

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