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(Ed. Note: We’ll recap the swimming and skiing state meets in next week’s edition)
Mid-Coast winter sports teams have been very busy over the past several days and the fun’s not over yet.
The Hyde boys’ basketball team, which didn’t win a single game in 2010-11, went 18-0 this winter and ranked first in Western Class D. The Phoenix opened up the tournament Saturday with a 60-40 win over No. 8 Buckfield and advanced to meet No. 5 Vinalhaven in Wednesday’s semifinals.
Brunswick qualified for the Eastern A tournament with an 11-7 mark, good for the No. 6 seed, but had to face No. 3 Mt. Blue in the quarterfinals Saturday and the Dragons’ season came to an with a 72-47 loss.
Mt. Ararat’s girls’ team, after a 12-6 regular season, earned the No. 5 seed in Eastern A. The Eagles sprung a mild upset over No. 4 Messalonskee last Friday in the quarterfinal round, 52-46, and advanced to set up a showdown with undefeated, top-ranked Cony in the semifinals Wednesday night.
Brunswick and Mt. Ararat’s boys’ indoor track and field teams both finished six points shy of the state champions Monday. The Dragons and Eagles both had 40 points (as did Bonny Eagle), which left them third behind Scarborough (46) and Deering (45).
Mt. Ararat won the 3,200 relay (Seth Bryant, Will Hirnak, Nick Oram and Ryan Smith, 8 minutes, 15.40 seconds) and McKenzie Gary in the long jump (22 feet-0.5 inches).
Brunswick’s lone individual champion was Alex Nichols in the 400 (51.05 seconds).
On the girls’ side, also won by Scarborough with 66 points, Brunswick tied Cheverus for fourth with 45. Mt. Ararat (12 points) finished 12th.
Brunswick’s Alexis Dickinson set a new record in the 55 (7.22). The Eagles were led by Kelly Lynch, who was fourth in the mile (5:21.09).
Morse had the top showing at the wrestling state championships held Saturday.
The Shipbuilders came in fifth in Class B with 69 points (Camden Hills was first with 169). Gary Stevens was the champion at 126-pounds. Wyatt Brackett won at 145.
In the Class A meet, Brunswick (20 points) tied Cheverus for 13th, while Mt. Ararat (12.5) was 16th. Marshwood (167) was the champion. Brunswick’s Jared Jensen was the 152-pound champion.
The playoff run of the Brunswick girls’ hockey team came to a sudden end last Wednesday in the East Region Final when the Dragons lost to Greely for the third time this year, 7-2. Top-ranked Brunswick’s final record was 15-4-1.
On the boys’ side, Brunswick will be in the playoffs despite a five-game losing streak. Last week, the Dragons fell at St. Dom’s, 7-0, and at Cony, 1-0. They wrapped up the regular season at Poland/Gray-New Gloucester Wednesday. If current seeds hold, seventh-ranked Brunswick would play at No. 2 Bangor in the quarterfinals Tuesday.
Mt. Ararat will fall short. The Eagles fell to 5-11-1 and 10th in the Eastern A standings after losses at Maranacook (3-2), Lake Region (4-0) and Massabesic/OOB (4-3, in overtime). Mt. Ararat’s season concluded Thursday at Cony.