Title time is here for Mid-Coast schools

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The hardware is arriving fast and furious as the winter sports postseason takes hold.

Here’s a glimpse:

Wrestling

Morse was the fifth-best wrestling team in Class B, while Mt. Ararat placed fifth in Class A. Brunswick was 10th.

The Shipbuilders finished with 71 points. Mountain Valley was first with 168.5. Morse didn’t have a weight class winner, but Wyatt Brackett (135), Sean Marrero (189) and Aaron Mitchell (heavyweight) were all runners-up.

In Class A, won by Noble with 181.5 points, the Eagles had 67.5 and the Dragons 23. Brunswick’s Jared Jensen pinned Noble’s Shane Shibles at 1:04 to win the 130-pound title. Mt. Ararat’s Jake Oh took the 145-pound crown with a 12-4 major decision over Westbrook’s Emmanuel Vincent. Teammate Malcolm Marshall (152) downed Westbrook’s Graham Strondak, 7-0, to win his championship. Sam Oh won the consolation crown at 130. Ivan Leet lost in the consolation final at 285.

Swimming

The Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference swimming championships were held last weekend. Morse swept the titles, but it wasn’t easy.

The boys outlasted Brunswick, 250.5-235.5. Mt. Ararat (158) placed fifth. The Shipbuilders got wins from boys’ Swimmer of the Meet Jake Olsen in the 100 butterfly (55.69 seconds), Albin Werwaiss in the 100 free (54.94) and Ryan Banger in the 100 breaststroke (1 minute, 8.06 seconds). The Dragons’ lone win came from their 200 medley relay team (Dan Jacques, Charlie Nau, Blair, Burleigh Desjardins), which had a time of 1:48.57. The Eagles got a victory from diver Greg Knitzman (163.55 points).

The girls had 275 points to hold off Messalonskee (227). Mt. Ararat (157) was fourth and Brunswick (154) fifth. Morse was the 200 medley (1:56.81) and 200 free (1:45.05) relays and produced an individual champion in Guerin Morrissette in the 200 IM (2:25.33). For the Eagles, Celia Ouellette won the 50 free (24.66) and the 100 free (55.55). The Dragons’ top finisher was Paige Tutu, runner-up in the 200 IM 2:26.85.

Brunswick, Morse and Mt. Ararat will next take part in the Class A state championship meet. The girls vie Monday at Bowdoin College in Brunswick. The boys’ meet is Tuesday, also at Bowdoin.

Track

The KVAC indoor track and field championships were held last weekend.

The Brunswick girls won Class A with 156 points. Mt. Ararat (134) came in second.

Individually, the Dragons got victories from Alexis Dickinson in the 55 (7.51 seconds) and the 200 (26.68), Allison Hill in the 55 hurdles (8.81) and triple jump (34-10.75), Teresa Murphy in the mile (5 minutes, 28.07 seconds), Kathleen McMahon in the two-mile (11:50.73), Kyia Jensen in the 800 (2:27.1) and their 800 (1:51.71) and 3,200 (10:18.73) relay teams.

The Eagles were paced by winners Nicole Ross in the 400 (1:01.98), Randi London in the shot put (39 feet-00.5 inches), Mikaela Melcher in the long jump (15-9) and Colby Gail in the high jump (5-1)

Edward Little held off Brunswick (113-102) for the boys’ crown. Mt. Ararat (96) placed third.

Individually,the Dragons got a victory from Mike Slovenski in the pole vault (14-6). Brunswick also won the 800 relay (1:36.13).

Mt. Ararat’s first-place finishers were McKenzie Gary in the 55 (6.59), 200 (22.91) and long jump (21-6) and Ryan Smith in the 400 (53.40).

The Class A state meet is next for Brunswick and Morse, Monday at 10 a.m., at the University of Southern Maine in Gorham.

Skiing

Mt. Ararat’s Nordic ski team recently took part in the KVAC championships. In the freestyle, the Eagles boys were fourth and the girls fifth. Scores from Monday’s classic weren’t available.

The Class A state meet is next week.

Hockey

Brunswick’s boys’ hockey team has completed its regular season and is hoping to make it to the playoffs. The Dragons ended 8-9-1 after losses last week at Maranacook (1-0) and Massabesic (3-2). Brunswick was seventh in the latest Eastern Class A Heal Points standings. The top seven teams qualify, but the Dragons won’t be able to improve their position. They could be leapfrogged by Edward Little in the final week.

Mt. Ararat has lost seven straight to fall to 4-11-2, good for 11th in the region. The Eagles lost to host Gray-New Gloucester/Poland (5-1), visiting Massabesic (5-3) and host Marshwood (12-3) in recent action. They close at home versus Edward Little Saturday.

Basketball

Last, but certainly not least, the basketball tournament is set to commence Friday.

Morse’s girls soared to the top spot with a 17-1 mark after closing with wins over host Erskine (63-29) and visiting Brunswick (44-36). The Shipbuilders face No. 8 Messalonskee (9-9) Friday at 8:30 p.m., at the Augusta Civic Center. The teams didn’t play this year.

Brunswick wound up fifth at 12-6 after closing with a 60-41 home loss to Cony and a 44-36 setback at Morse. The Dragons face No. 4 Cony (10-8) Friday at 7 p.m. Brunswick went 0-2 versus the Rams this year, also falling, 43-41, in Augusta on Jan. 11.

Mt. Ararat is the No. 6 seed with a 9-9 mark. The Eagles lost at home to Edward Little (51-34) and beat visiting Oxford Hills (48-30) last week. Mt. Ararat starts the tournament when it meets No. 3 Hampden Academy (16-2) Friday at 3 p.m. Back on Dec, 28, the Eagles lost at the Broncos, 58-37.

The semifinals are Wednesday of next week.

In Western D, Hyde finished 3-12 and 10th (only eight teams made the playoffs) after season-ending losses to visiting Valley (48-28) and host Old Orchard Beach (60-34).

On the boys’ side, Brunswick and Mt. Ararat are tournament-bound.

The Dragons lost, 68-53, at Cony, then beat visiting Morse, 58-21, last week to wind up 9-9, good for eighth and final Eastern A spot. Brunswick will meet top-ranked Bangor (17-1) in the quarterfinals Saturday at 9:30 p.m., in Augusta. The teams did not meet this year.

The Eagles finished sixth at 10-8 after closing with losses at Edward Little (74-51) and Oxford Hills (60-43). Mt. Ararat battles No. 3 Edward Little (17-1), the two-time defending regional champion, Saturday at 4 p.m. The Red Eddies also beat the Eagles in Topsham this year, 63-42, on Jan. 11.

The Eastern A boys’ semifinals are Wednesday of next week.

Morse finished the year 0-18 (15th in Eastern A) after losses to visiting Erskine (47-32) and host Brunswick (58-21).

In Western, Hyde wound up 0-11 and 15th.

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Morse’s leading scorer Nikoline Ostergaard swipes a rebound out of the hands of Brunswick’s Emily Bryant during the teams’ regular season finale last week. The Shipbuilders enter the Eastern Class A girls’ tournament ranked first. The Dragons are fifth.

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