With the calendar reading February, that means it’s time for local athletes and teams to be at their best as they chase their version of sports immortality.
The girls’ hockey playoffs are underway. The postseason is about to begin in swimming, wrestling, track and of course, the always popular basketball tournament will tip off in mere days.
Here’s a glimpse at what’s occurred and what’s on the docket:
Brunswick’s boys’ basketball team was third in the Eastern Class A Heal Points standings at press time at 11-5 after a 60-35 home win over Skowhegan and a 62-53 victory at Lawrence. The Dragons hosted Oxford Hills Tuesday and closed the regular season at Mt. Ararat Thursday.
The Eagles were 7-9 and seventh (nine teams make the playoffs) after a 63-56 loss at Cony and a 64-45 setback at Bangor. Mt. Ararat was home against Lewiston and hosted Brunswick in the finale Thursday.
In Western B, Morse will either be second or third for the playoffs. The Shipbuilders began the week third behind Greely and Spruce Mountain at 12-4 after a 56-47 loss at Oceanside last week. Morse was at Maranacook Tuesday and closed at home versus Lincoln Thursday.
In Western D, Hyde might just wind up the top seed for the tournament. The Phoenix was first at press time at 15-1 after beating visiting North Yarmouth Academy (63-47), Acadia Christian School (62-13 and 54-17) and host Valley (49-38). Hyde was home versus A.R. Gould Tuesday and closes at Western C power Waynflete Friday.
The playoffs begin with the preliminary round Wednesday.
On the girls’ side, Brunswick is playoff bound in Eastern A. The Dragons took a 9-7 record and the No. 5 ranking into Tuesday’s game at Oxford Hills and Thursday’s finale at Mt. Ararat. Last week, Brunswick lost at Skowhegan (47-42) and fell at home to Lawrence (65-43).
Mt. Ararat appears as if it will fall short. The Eagles came into Tuesday’s game at Lewiston 3-13 and 11th in the Heals (only nine teams make the cut) after losing, 40-36, to visiting Cony last week. Mt. Ararat closed at home versus Brunswick Thursday.
In Western B, Morse would miss the playoffs if they began at press time, but still had a shot to qualify entering its final two games: at home versus Maranacook and at Lincoln. Last week, the Shipbuilders lost at home to Oceanside (56-50) to fall to 6-10 and 11th in the Heals (only 10 teams qualify).
In Western D, Hyde was 3-14 and 14th (only 10 teams make the playoffs) after losing at NYA (45-42) and Valley (24-22) and twice beating visiting Acadia Christian (43-14 and 30-17). The Phoenix closes at home against defending Class C champion Waynflete Friday.
The playoffs begin with the preliminary round Tuesday.
Mt. Ararat’s girls’ hockey team qualified for the East Region quarterfinals after finishing 5-12-1, good for the No. 5 spot. The Eagles were scheduled to play at No. 4 Yarmouth/Freeport (13-4-1) in the quarterfinals Wednesday. Mt. Ararat lost both regular season meetings. An upset win would send the Eagles to No. 1 Leavitt/Edward Little (15-3) for the semifinals Saturday.
Brunswick missed the playoffs with a 2-15-1 mark, which left it sixth (only five teams made the postseason).
On the boys’ side, Brunswick was third in Eastern A at press time at 8-6-1 after a 6-0 loss at Bangor, a 4-2 loss at Cony and a 5-0 home win over Edward Little. The Dragons go to St. Dom’s Wednesday of next week.
Mt. Ararat/Lisbon began the week 8-7 and eighth in Eastern A (only seven teams make the playoffs) after winning, 4-3, at Poland/GNG and losing at home to Poland/GNG, 4-1. The Eagles host Edward Little Saturday.
The KVAC indoor track championship meet is Saturday in Brunswick.
The state championship meets are Monday, Feb. 17.
Brunswick’s girls’ swim team finished the regular season with a perfect record after downing Cony, 100-62. The Dragons boys also beat the Rams, 84-63.
Morse’s boys also had an undefeated season, capping it with a 65-28 win over Belfast. The Shipbuilders girls downed Belfast, 58-40.
Mt. Ararat dispatched Winslow in its finale, as the boys prevailed, 103-42, and the girls won, 81-76.
The KVAC swimming championships are Friday (Morse in Class B) and Saturday (Brunswick and Mt. Ararat in Class A). The state meets are Feb. 15-18.
The wrestling regional championships are Saturday, with the state meets Saturday, Feb. 15.
Hyde’s Julia Jackson takes part in the 400 at a recent indoor track meet.