(Recaps of the indoor track, skiing and swimming state meets will appear in next week’s paper)
This time of year, known to most as vacation week, is anything but restful on the high school sports front.
It’s championship time in the Mid-Coast and there was a lot of excitement in recent days. Here’s a glimpse:
Morse’s boys’ basketball team barely survived its first Western Class B tournament test Saturday at the Portland Exposition Building.
The Shipbuilders, ranked second to Greely after a 14-4 regular season, got pushed to the brink and then some by No. 7 Lake Region in the quarterfinals, but found a way to prevail in double overtime, 63-61. Ethan Winglass had a team-high 21 points. Morse advanced to the new and improved Cumberland County Civic Center in Portland for Thursday’s semifinals to meet No. 6 Poland (11-8), which upset No. 3 Spruce Mountain in its quarterfinal. If the Shipbuilders won that one, they’d play either Greely (18-1) or No. 4 Yarmouth (15-4) in the Western B Final Saturday at 3:45 p.m., at the Civic Center.
In Eastern A, Brunswick, the No. 2 seed, ousted seventh-ranked Mt. Ararat in the quarterfinals, 73-54. Derek Devereaux and Blake Gordon both had 22 points as the Dragons advanced to meet No. 6 Oxford Hills (12-7 after upsetting third-ranked Bangor) in Wednesday’s semifinals at the Augusta Civic Center. If Brunswick won there, it would likely face top-ranked, defending state champion Hampden Academy (18-1) in the regional final Friday in Augusta.
The Eagles finished their year 7-12 despite 25 points from Shyheim Ulrickson.
In Western D, Hyde the second seed, rolled in its quarterfinal, 69-35, over No. 7 Seacoast Christian, as Wilson MacMillan and Warsame Mohamed both had 15 points. The Phoenix met No. 6 North Haven (16-2) in Wednesday’s semifinals. A win sent Hyde to the regional final Saturday against No. 1 Forest Hills (17-2) or No. 4 Valley (15-4) in Augusta.
Looking ahead, the Class B state final will be Friday, Feb. 28 in Bangor. The Class A state final (Portland) and Class D state game (Augusta) will be contested the following day.
On the girls’ side, only Brunswick qualified for the tournament. The Dragons were ranked fifth in Eastern A, but were ousted by No. 4 Cony in last Friday’s quarterfinals, 57-35. Brunswick did get 13 points from Lyse Henshaw, but finished 10-9.
The wrestling state meets were held last weekend.
In Class A, Mt. Ararat tied Sanford for eighth, while Brunswick came in 17th (Marshwood won the title). The Dragons got a third-place finish from Christian Jensen at 106-pounds. Mt. Ararat’s Robert Hetherman was third at 152-pounds.
In Class B, Morse placed 17th.
Boys’ hockey wrapped up its regular season by press time, with the playoffs scheduled to start Tuesday of next week on the home ice of the higher seeds.
Brunswick was fourth in Eastern A at 8-7-2 at press time after a 3-2 overtime loss at St. Dom’s and a scoreless tie versus Cony/Monmouth. The Dragons closed at Poland/Gray-New Gloucester Wednesday.
Mt. Ararat/Lisbon was 9-8 and eighth, but only seven teams make the playoffs. The Eagles won, 12-0, at Massabesic/Old Orchard Beach Monday and closed at Lawrence/Skowhegan Wednesday.
Hyde’s Wilson MacMillan drives to the basket during the Phoenix’s 69-35 win over Seacoast Christian in a Western D quarterfinal.
Hyde’s Warsame Mohamed drives on a defender during the Phoenix’s quarterfinal round win. Hyde advanced to meet North Haven in the semifinals.