As of press time, there was just one local high school winter sports team still playing, but there were many thrills over the past week-plus.
Brunswick’s boys’ hockey team ended the regular season 7-10-1 after last week’s 4-2 win over Poland/Gray-New Gloucester. The Dragons earned the seventh seed for the Eastern Class A playoffs and had to go to No. 2 Bangor for the quarterfinals Tuesday.
Way back on Dec. 10, in the season opener, Brunswick lost at Bangor, 6-1.
If the Dragons were able to spring an upset, they’d play either No. 3 St. Dom’s (12-6) or No. 6 Edward Little (10-7-1) in Saturday’s semifinals in Lewiston.
The regional final is Tuesday and the Class A state game is Saturday, March 3, at 6 p.m. Those games will be played in Lewiston.
On the hardwood, the top-ranked Hyde boys’ basketball team, which went 15-1 in the regular season, handled eighth-ranked Buckfield, 60-40, in the quarterfinals and fifth-ranked Vinalhaven, 66-39 in the semifinals. The run came to an end Saturday with a 61-60 loss to No. 2 Forest Hills in the regional final as the Phoenix, who led by 19 points in the third quarter, but couldn’t hold on, wound up 17-2.
The tournament run of the Mt. Ararat girls culminated last Wednesday. The Eagles, who went 12-6 in the regular season and earned the No.4 seed, had held off fifth-ranked Messalonskee, 52-46, in the quarterfinals, but couldn’t handle top-ranked Cony in the semifinals, falling, 46-39. Mt. Ararat only trailed by two at halftime, but couldn’t get over the hump as its season ended at 13-7.
The Brunswick boys had the best local performance at the Class A swimming and diving state championship meet.
The Dragons finished fourth (Bangor won another title), while Morse was seventh and Mt. Ararat 21st. Brunswick’s Joey Blair won the 100 butterfly in 52.81 seconds.
In the girls’ meet, also won by Bangor, the Dragons were sixth, the Eagles came in seventh and the Shipbuilders were eighth. Mt. Ararat’s Celia Ouellette won the 50 free (24.33) and the 100 free (53.84). Brunswick’s Jessica Russell took the 500 free (5 minutes, 6.90 seconds) and the 100 backstroke (58.67).
Mt. Ararat’s girls were eighth and the boys were 10th at the Class A Nordic ski championships.
Emma Wood won the girls’ freestyle (14 minutes, 56.7 seconds) and was the runner-up in the classic (18:30.0).
Sam Wood was 12th in the boys’ freestyle (13:16.2) and 23rd in the classic (16:41.2).