The postseason is in full swing in other sports as well and early results are promising for local athletes.
Here’s a glimpse at what’s occurred and what’s to come:
Hyde’s boys’ basketball team enters the Western Class D tournament 14-4 and ranked third. The Phoenix closed the regular season with a 70-42 home win over A.R. Gould and losses at home to defending Western C champion Waynflete (53-46) and at Valley (55-45). Hyde will face either No. 6 Searsport (13-5) or No. 11 Islesboro (9-9) in the quarterfinals Saturday in Augusta.
In Western B, Morse wound up 13-5 and third after downing visiting Camden Hills (68-40) and falling at Oceanside (52-45). The Shipbuilders will face No. 6 Lincoln Academy (12-6) Saturday in the quarterfinals. That game will be played at the Portland Exposition Building.
In Eastern A, Mt. Ararat earned the ninth and final playoff seed after closing with a 37-34 loss at Lewiston and wins over host Brunswick (66-56) and visiting Bangor (61-55). The 7-11 Eagles went to No. 8 Brewer (7-11) Wednesday in the preliminary round. The winner faces top-ranked Edward Little (17-1) in the quarterfinals Saturday in Augusta.
Brunswick earned the No. 7 seed at 9-9 after closing with wins at Oxford Hills (43-40) and at home over Lawrence (70-47) and a loss to visiting Mt. Ararat (66-56). The Dragons faced No. 2 Hampden Academy (16-2), the defending regional champion, Saturday in the quarterfinals in Augusta.
On the girls’ side, in Western D, Hyde earned the No. 5 seed after finishing 14-4. The Phoenix closed with a 75-57 victory at Temple Academy and a 30-25 loss at Valley. Hyde will meet No. 4 Richmond (12-6) in the quarterfinals Tuesday of next week in Augusta.
In Eastern A, Brunswick enters the tournament sixth at 11-7 after sandwiching losses to visiting Oxford Hills (35-28) and host Lawrence (71-50) around a 69-37 home win over Mt. Ararat. The Dragons meet No. 3 Oxford Hills (15-3), the defending regional champion, in the quarterfinals Friday in Augusta.
Mt. Ararat earned the ninth and final spot at 6-12 after a 55-36 home win over Lewiston and a 69-37 loss at Brunswick. The Eagles went to eighth-ranked Hampden Academy (9-9) for a preliminary round tilt Tuesday. If victorious, Mt. Ararat would play No. 1 Bangor (17-1) in the quarterfinals Friday in Augusta.
In Western B, Morse finished 7-11 and 14th, but only 10 teams qualified. The Shipbuilders closed with losses at Camden Hills (49-48) and at home to Oceanside (38-33).
Brunswick’s swim teams had no peer in the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class A championships last weekend. The Dragons boys had 335 points to beat runner-up Messalonskee by 129 (Mt. Ararat was fifth with 105 points) and the girls also prevailed, with a score of 339 (115 better than Cony, with Mt. Ararat’s 129 points leaving it fifth).
Brunswick’s Nate Samson and Caitlin Tycz were named Swimmers of the Meet and Brunswick’s Chris Roderick and Olivia Dumont were selected Divers of the Meet.
Brunswick’s boys’ 200 medley relay team (Samson, Brian Hess, Jacob Cost and Ben Farrell) set new meet and state records with a time of 1 minute, 38.13 seconds. Samson set a new league benchmark in the 50 freestyle (21.51 seconds), while Tycz rewrote the league record book in the 50 free (23.95) and the 100 butterfly (54.72).
Other boys’ winners included Samson in the 100 backstroke (51.37), Roderick in diving (305.70 points), Cost in the 100 fly (54.93), Hess in the 100 breaststroke (1:01.98) and the 200 free (1:39.75) and 400 free (3:28.43) relays.
Lynsie Russell won the 200 free in 1:58.62 and the 500 free in 5:22.46. Hannah Escoe was first in the 200 IM (2:28.19). Dumont won the diving crown with a score of 284.70. Emma Blair was first in the 100 free (56.54) and won the 100 backstroke (1:05.24). The Dragons also won the 200 free (1:44.27) and 400 free (3:51.29) relays.
In the KVAC Class B meet, Morse’s boys tallied 296.5 points to beat Camden Hills by 47. The girls had 263 points and were second to Camden Hills (307). Boys’ event winners included Tucker Bangor in the 50 free (he tied for first with a time of 22.47 seconds) and the medley relay (1:46.82). Girls’ first-place finishers included Ann Tolan in the 200 free (1:59.06) and the 100 fly (1:03.23), Brittany Kaler in the 100 free (58.51) and 100 backstroke (1:03.31) and the 400 free relay (3:59.92).
The Class B boys’ state final is Saturday at the University of Maine in Orono. The Class B girls compete for state glory Monday in Orono, while the Class A boys’ state meet will be held at Bowdoin College in Brunswick. The Class A girls’ state meet is Tuesday, also in Brunswick.
At the KVAC indoor track championships last weekend, Brunswick’s boys and girls were both runners-up to Lewiston in Class A. Mt. Ararat’s girls came in sixth, while the boys placed seventh.
Brunswick’s boys got wins from Seth White in the senior 55 hurdles (8.46), Christopher Tanner in the 800 (2:03.09), Reed Foster in the long jump (19-10) and its 4×800 relay team (8:30.69). Dragons girls’ winners included Tiffany Tanner in the 800 (2:33.46) and in the mile (5:26.87), Tessa Cassidy in the two-mile (11:47.38) and the 4×800 relay team (10:39.99).
Mt. Ararat got wins from Andrew McCracken in the boys’ pole vault (13-6) and Summer Gray in the girls’ 400 (1:04.17).
In Class B, the Morse boys were ninth. The girls didn’t score. Max Lareau won the long jump (20-9.75).
The state meets are Monday, with Class A being contested at USM and Class B at Bates College in Lewiston.
Morse’s wrestling team came in sixth at the Western B regional championships.
In Eastern A, Mt. Ararat placed sixth and Brunswick came in ninth. Brunswick’s Christian Jensen won the title at 120 pounds, while Mt. Ararat’s Robert Heatherman was the champion at 160.
The Class A state meet is Saturday in Topsham. The Class B state meet is also Saturday at Fryeburg Academy.
Brunswick’s girls’ hockey team earned the sixth and final seed in the East Region, but lost to No. 3 Greely in the quarterfinals, 14-1, to finish 3-16.
Mt. Ararat fell short at 2-15-1.
On the boys’ side, Brunswick was 10-5 and sixth in the Eastern A Heals at press time after winning at Poland (6-3) and falling at home to Lawrence in overtime (6-5) last week. The Dragons are at Lewiston Friday and host Bangor Saturday.
Mt. Ararat was 10th at 2-12 following an 8-3 loss at Cony last Thursday. After hosting Poland Tuesday and going to Poland Wednesday, the Eagles host Skowhegan Saturday and close at Windham Wednesday of next week.
Brunswick’s Nate Samson and Caitlin Tycz were named the Swimmers of the Meet at last weekend’s KVAC Swimming and Diving championships, which the Dragons swept.