(Ed. Note: Due to staffing and time limitations, we’ll recap the indoor track, swimming and skiing state meets in next week’s edition)
The basketball tournament is underway, wrestling has crowned its state champions and the boys’ hockey playoffs begin early next week.
Here’s a glimpse at what’s occurred and what’s to come:
The Mt. Ararat/Brunswick wrestling team scored 42 points and tied Camden Hills for eighth at the Class A state meet Saturday in North Berwick (Skowhegan was crowned champion with 144 points). Morse (16 points) tied Deering and York/Traip for 17th.
Mt. Ararat/Brunswick’s Robert Heatherman won the championship at 170 pounds. Morse’s Hunter Reed lost in the final at 152 pounds.
Brunswick and Mt. Ararat kicked off the boys’ basketball tournament with a showdown Friday night at the Portland Exposition Building.
The fourth-ranked Dragons beat the fifth-seeded Eagles for the third time this year, taking a 14-1 lead after one quarter and never trailing. Mt. Ararat did make it 22-19 at halftime, but Brunswick gradually pulled away to win 61-52, behind 21 points from Caleb Cost.
The Dragons improved to 14-5 and advanced to meet No. 1 Greely (16-3) in the semifinals. The Rangers won the regular season meeting, 62-49, Dec. 11 in Cumberland. The teams have no playoff history.
The Class A South Final is Saturday at 9 p.m. at the Cross Insurance Arena in Portland.
The Class A state final is Saturday, Feb. 27 at 3 p.m. in Portland.
Mt. Ararat got 27 points from standout Shyheim Ulrickson (who was given a standing ovation from the Eagles and Brunswick’s cheering sections when he departed) in his swan song, but it wasn’t enough to keep his team’s alive as Mt. Ararat finished 11-8.
Morse went 6-12 and missed the playoffs.
On the girls’ side, Brunswick and Morse squared off in a Class A South quarterfinal Monday night. The fifth-ranked Shipbuilders led, 16-12, at halftime, the fourth-seeded Dragons roared back to forge a fourth quarter tie and then Morse prevailed, 42-37, behind 14 points from Sierra Wallace.
Morse (11-8) advanced to meet top-ranked York (19-0) in the semifinals Wednesday. If the Shipbuilders sprung an upset, they’d meet No. 2 Greely (16-3) or No. 6 Leavitt (10-9) in the regional final Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Cross Insurance Arena.
The Class A state game is Saturday, Feb. 27 at 1 p.m. in Portland.
Brunswick got 13 points from Madeline Suhr and 11 from Sabrina Armstrong in the loss to Morse and ended the season with an 11-8 mark.
Mt. Ararat missed the playoffs with a 1-17 record.
In Class C South, Hyde earned the No. 10 seed, but was eliminated at seventh-ranked Carrabec in the preliminary round, 58-38, and finished the season 6-12.
The boys’ hockey playoffs will start Tuesday on the home ice of the higher seeds.
In Class B South, Brunswick took a 9-7-1 record and the No. 3 ranking in the Heal Points standings into Wednesday’s regular season finale at Greely. The Dragons were coming off losses at Gardiner (3-2) and Yarmouth (4-1) and a 4-3 home victory over Gorham.
In Class A North, the Mt. Ararat/Morse/Lisbon co-op team will likely miss the playoffs. The team was 9-6-1 and seventh at the start of the week, but only six teams make the playoffs. Coming off an 11-8 win at Leavitt and a 6-3 loss at Edward Little, Mt. Ararat/Morse/Lisbon was at Lake Region Monday and closes at Lawrence Wednesday.
Brunswick’s Christian Glover goes up for a layup as Mt. Ararat’s Ryan Mello arrives too late during the Dragons’ 61-52 win in last week’s Class A South quarterfinal in Portland.
Mt. Ararat’s Shyheim Ulrickson handles the ball as Brunswick’s Cole Guerin defends.