Winter season gets serious as new year dawns

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The winter sports season is about to ramp up dramatically as 2011 gives way to 2012.

Here’s a glimpse at what happened over vacation week and what’s to come:

Boys’ basketball

Brunswick’s boys’ basketball team is off to the best start. The Dragons entered the week 4-3 and sixth in the Eastern Class A Heal Points standings after two losses last week, 52-36, at defending Class A state champion Bangor, and 59-51 at Lewiston. Brunswick hosted Erskine Tuesday and welcomes Mt. Blue Friday.

Mt. Ararat began 2012 seeking its first win. The Eagles dropped to 0-6 (and 14th in the Heals) after last week’s 71-57 home loss to Cony. Josh Wright did have 32 points in defeat.

In Western B, Morse is 2-4 after a 64-50 home win over Belfast and a 55-32 loss at Waterville last week. The Shipbuilders (16th in the Heals) were at Mt. View Tuesday and host Nokomis Friday. Morse is at defending Class B state champion Camden Hills Tuesday of next week.

In Western D, Hyde begins the new year 2-0 and fifth in the Heals. The Phoenix was at North Yarmouth Academy Wednesday and hosted Old Orchard Beach Thursday. Saturday, Hyde hosts Seacoast Christian. Monday brings a visit from Sacopee.

Girls’ basketball

On the girls’ side, Mt. Ararat leads the way at 4-2 and third in the Eastern A Heals. The Eagles saw their three-game win streak snapped Friday with a 53-45 loss at Cony. Mt. Ararat was at Lewiston Tuesday and Messalonskee Thursday and hosts Hampden Academy Tuesday of next week.

Brunswick split two games last week, falling, 45-42, to visiting Bangor, then downing visiting Lewiston, 50-34. The Dragons (3-4 and 10th in the Heals) went to Erskine Tuesday and visit Mt. Blue Friday.

In Western B, Morse began the new year 2-4 and 14th in the Heals. The Shipbuilders were a 57-38 winner at Belfast and fell, 53-37, at Waterville last week. Morse hosted Mt. View Tuesday, welcomes Nokomis Friday and Camden Hills Tuesday of next week.

In Western D, Hyde entered the week 0-2 and 12th in the Heals. The Phoenix hosted NYA Wednesday and went to Old Orchard Beach Thursday. They welcome Seacoast Christian Saturday and Hebron Wednesday of next week.

Hockey

On the ice, Brunswick’s boys won twice last week to even its record at 2-2-1. The Dragons defeated host Waterville, 3-1, and edged visiting Mt. Ararat, 3-2. Brunswick (fifth in the Eastern A Heals) went to Maranacook Tuesday and hosted Gardiner Thursday. The Dragons host Cony Saturday.

Mt. Ararat’s loss at Brunswick and an 8-2 home loss to Edward Little Monday left it 1-4 and eighth in the Heals. The Eagles go to Windham and visit Gray-New Gloucester/Poland Monday.

The Brunswick girls improved to 7-1-1 and second to Greely in the East Region Heals after a 6-1 home victory over St. Dom’s last week and a 5-2 victory over Yarmouth Monday. The Dragons went to Edward Little Thursday, visit Greely Saturday, host Edward Little Monday and visit St. Dom’s Wednesday.

Indoor track

Mt. Ararat’s girls were first and the boys second at a league meet last week at Bowdoin. Brunswick swept its meet.

Swimming

Morse’s swim team swept Lewiston in its most recent meet. The boys prevailed, 117-51 and the girls triumphed, 127-39.

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Jessica Russell of Brunswick powers through the last leg of her 500 freestyle Friday at the Bath YMCA in a meet against Morse. With a time of 5 minutes, 9.92 seconds, she broke the pool record by 13 seconds and became eligible to go to Nationals in April. Morse won the meet on both the boys’ and girls’ sides with scores of 90-76 and 86-80, respectively.

Mt Ararat freshman Ben Bishop breaks up Brunswick sophomore Ryan Majewski’s surge to the goal in the third period of last week’s game. Brunswick held on to win, 3-2.

Brunswick captain Dylan Towle (19) jumps into the arms of freshman Matt Brooks after scoring a sneaky back-door goal in the first 10 seconds of the third period of last week’s win.

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