One weekend of postseason action is in the books and things are about to really ramp up.
Last weekend, wrestling held its regional championships and the girls’ hockey, swimming and indoor track regular seasons came to a close. Basketball has just hours to go and boys’ hockey and skiing are nearing their end.
Here’s a look at what’s occurred and what’s to come:
The basketball season is winding to a close with the tournament set to begin a week from Friday.
Mt. Ararat is tournament bound. On Tuesday, the Eagles found themselves sixth in the Eastern Class A Heal Points standings with a 10-6 mark after beating host Erskine (50-42) and losing to visiting Lewiston (51-46) last week. Against Erskine, Luke Liedman had 13 points and Colin Swan 12.
“It was a very physical game that we won down the stretch with our free throw shooting,” said coach Aaron Watson. “Our guys got big defensive rebounds and executed our offense.”
In the loss, Josh Walker had 16 points and Liedman 14.
“Our legs got tired at the end of the game and (Lewiston) took advantage of that and finished a lot better than we did,” Watson said. “They had a great game plan going in and they executed it better than we did ours.”
The Eagles were at two-time defending regional champion Edward Little Tuesday and closed the regular slate at Oxford Hills Thursday.
Brunswick is fighting for the eighth and final playoff spot in Eastern A. The Dragons fell, 52-43, at Lewiston Saturday to fall to 8-8 (eighth in the Heals, as of Tuesday). Brunswick went to Cony for a pivotal showdown Tuesday and closed the regular year at home versus Morse Thursday.
The Shipbuilders dropped to 0-16 after recent home losses to Edward Little (67-26) and Cony (63-37). Morse (15th in Eastern A) had its last shots at victory Tuesday against visiting Erskine and Thursday at Brunswick.
In Western D, Hyde fell to 0-9 and 15th in the standings after Monday’s 45-39 home loss to Seacoast Christian. The Phoenix hosted A.R. Gould Tuesday and Valley Thursday.
On the girls’ side, Morse continues to set the pace. The Shipbuilders were up to second with a 15-1 record as of Tuesday after recent wins over host Edward Little (44-36) and Cony (71-47). Morse hoped to leapfrog Edward Little for the top spot when it went to Erskine Tuesday and hosted Brunswick Thursday.
The Dragons were up to fourth at 12-4 after downing visiting Lewiston, 64-21, Saturday. Brunswick played host to Cony Tuesday and went to Morse Thursday.
Mt. Ararat had the inside track on a playoff spot at the start of the week. The Eagles downed visiting Erskine (45-27) and host Lewiston (84-38) to improve to 8-8. They hosted Edward Little Tuesday and Oxford Hills Thursday.
In Western D, Hyde was 3-10 and 10th in a region where just eight teams qualify for the playoffs at the start of the week. The Phoenix beat visiting Kents Hill, 48-46, last Thursday, then fell, 56-32, at Waynflete Friday and 47-44 to visiting Seacoast Christian Monday. Hyde finishes at Old Orchard Beach Friday.
Brunswick’s boys’ hockey team is fighting for its playoff life. The Dragons beat host Mt. Ararat (6-2) and lost to visiting Marshwood (5-2) last week and were 7-8-1 at the start of the week, good for the eighth spot in the Eastern A Heals. Onlys even teams make the postseason, however. Brunswick was at Maranacook Tuesday and closed at Massabesic Thursday.
Mt. Ararat was 4-8-2 and in the No. 11 spot after its loss to Brunswick. The Eagles went to Gray-New Gloucester/Poland Wednesday, host Massabesic Saturday and visit Marshwood Monday.
Brunswick’s girls’ team just missed the playoff with an 8-9-1 record after a loss at Greely (6-2) and a 3-1 win at Lewiston. The Dragons finished fifth in the East region, but only four teams qualified.
Mt. Ararat’s girls were first, boys third and both Brunswick teams finished second at last weekend’s final league meet.
The Kennebec Valley Conference championship meet is Saturday.
Morse’s boys’ swim team beat Messalonskee, 85-83, while the girls tied the Eagles, 85-85, Friday.
Swimming’s KVAC championship meet is Saturday in Bath.
Nordic skiing’s KVAC championships are Wednesday and Saturday.
Mt. Ararat and Brunswick’s wrestlers took part in the Eastern A regional championships Saturday in Augusta. The Eagles had 115.5 points to place fifth, while the Dragons (26.5) came in 10th. Mt. Blue (172) was the champion. Individually, Brunswick’s Jared Jensen won the crown in the 130-pound weight class. Mt. Ararat champions included Jake Oh (145) and Malcolm Marshall (152).
In the Western B regional in Rumford, Morse was third behind Mountain Valley and Fryeburg. The Shipbuilders got an individual win from Gary Stevens (119).
The state championship meet is Saturday at the Augusta Civic Center.