The winter sports season is coming to a close and if the recent amount of snow has got you down, there’s some good news, as it has become apparent that the upcoming postseason is going to be more unpredictable than ever.
The girls’ hockey regular season has come to an end and the playoffs are set to begin. Boys’ and girls’ basketball wrap up by week’s end and the tournament starts next week. It won’t be long until the conference, regional and state championships are held for indoor track, swimming, skiing and wrestling.
Here’s a look at where things stand now that we’ve flipped the calendar to February.
Morse’s boys’ basketball team was hot on Yarmouth’s heels and trying to hold off Cape Elizabeth in the hunt for the top seed in the Western Class B Heal Points standings at press time. Last week, the Shipbuilders lost a close one at Medomak Valley (54-51), then beat host Belfast (79-68) and visiting Mt. View (66-36) to improve to 12-4 and second in the standings. Morse was home against Camden Hills Tuesday and hosted Oceanside in the regular season finale Thursday.
In Eastern A, Brunswick was 7-8 and seventh after a 59-40 win at Skowhegan. The Dragons were at Oxford Hills Tuesday, hosted Mt. Ararat Thursday and close at home versus Lawrence Friday.
Mt. Ararat was 10th (but only nine teams make the playoffs) at 5-10 after a 64-57 home loss to Cony Saturday. The Eagles were at Lewiston Tuesday and Brunswick Thursday and close at home versus Bangor Friday.
In Western D, Hyde was 13-2 and second to Forest Hills following a 71-51 win at Pine Tree Academy and a 52-38 loss at Old Orchard Beach. The Phoenix hosted A.R. Gould Wednesday and welcomed defending Western C champion Waynflete Thursday and go to Valley in the finale Friday.
The tournament begins Wednesday with the preliminary round on the courts of the highest remaining seeds. The Eastern A quarterfinals and Western D quarterfinals are Saturday, Feb. 14 in Augusta. The Western B quarterfinals are the same day, at the Portland Exposition Building.
On the girls’ side, Brunswick was 10-5 and sixth in the Eastern A Heals at press time after a 59-25 home win over Skowhegan Saturday. The Dragons hosted Oxford Hills Tuesday and Mt. Ararat Thursday and go to Lawrence for the finale Friday.
Mt. Ararat was clinging to the ninth and final spot in Eastern A with a 5-11 record at press time following a 53-27 win at Cony and a 60-37 loss at Bangor. The Eagles were home against Lewiston Tuesday and went to Brunswick Thursday.
In Western B, Morse was 14th at 7-9, but only 10 teams make the playoffs. The Shipbuilders lost at home to Medomak Valley (51-34) and beat visiting Mt. View, 42-27. Morse was at Camden Hills Tuesday and hosted Oceanside Thursday.
In Western D, Hyde was 13-3 and fifth following home wins over North Yarmouth Academy (42-39) and Hebron Academy (42-11) and a 43-16 loss at Pine Tree Academy. The Phoenix went to Temple Academy Wednesday and go to Val
The tournament begins Tuesday with the preliminary round on the courts of the highest remaining seeds. The Eastern A quarterfinals are Friday, Feb. 13 in Augusta. The Western D quarterfinals are Monday, Feb. 16 in Augusta. The Western B quarterfinals are Tuesday, Feb. 17, at the Expo in Portland.
Brunswick’s boys’ hockey team was sixth in Eastern A (seven teams make the playoffs) at 8-4 heading into Wednesday’s game at Gray-New Gloucester/Poland. The Dragons host Lawrence/Skowhegan Saturday.
Mt. Ararat was 10th at 2-10 after a 10-3 win over Leavitt. The Eagles went to Cony/Monmouth Thursday and host Gray-New Gloucester/Poland Tuesday.
On the girls’ side, Brunswick earned the sixth and final playoff spot in the East Region. The Dragons finished the regular season 3-15 after a 9-0 loss at Edward Little/Leavitt. Brunswick went to No. 3 Greely (14-3-1) for a quarterfinal round game Wednesday. if the Dragons sprung the upset, they’d to go No. 2 EL/Leavitt (15-2-1) for the semifinals this weekend.
Mt. Ararat fell just short of the playoffs, coming in seventh at 2-15-1 after losses at St. Dom’s (5-3) and Yarmouth/Freeport/GNG (4-0).
The indoor track postseason begins Saturday with the KVAC championship meet in Brunswick.
The Class A state meet is Monday, Feb. 16 at USM. The Class B state meet is the same day at Bates College in Lewiston.
The swimming postseason will get underway with the KVAC championship meet Saturday in Bath.
The Class B boys’ state final is Saturday, Feb. 14 at the University of Maine in Orono. The Class B girls compete for state glory Monday, Feb. 16 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, Feb. 17, also in Brunswick.
The skiing state meets are Feb. 16-18.
Mt. Ararat’s wrestling team finished the season 16-8 after defeating Oxford Hills (54-18) and Oceanside (48-15).
Morse wound up 8-14 after losing to Belfast (48-36), tying Mt. View (36-36) and beating Gardiner (30-16) and MCI (36-21).
The Eastern A regional championship is Saturday at Oxford Hills. The Western B regional championship is the same day at Wells.
The Class A state meet is Saturday, Feb. 14 at Mt. Ararat High School in Topsham. The Class B meet is the same day at Fryeburg Academy.