Winter sports excitement winding down-MidCoast edition

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Morse’s Jennifer Wilbraham skies to victory at last week’s Class A state Nordic ski meet.

Brunswick’s Marley Groat goes up for a basket during the Dragons’ 66-49 loss to Greely in the Class A South Final. Defending regional champion Brunswick suffered its first loss of the season.

Just one winter sports team, Brunswick’s boys’ hockey squad, was still alive at press time after a dramatic week of tournament action.

Here’s a recap:

Girls’ basketball

Brunswick’s girls’ basketball team wasn’t able to repeat as Class A South champions.

The Dragons, ranked first in the region after an undefeated regular season, dispatched No. 9 Falmouth (74-25) and fourth-ranked York (52-23) to reach Saturday’s regional final against Greely at the Cross Insurance Arena.

Brunswick got off to a fast start, leading, 15-10, at one quarter, but the Rangers took a three-point halftime lead and pulled away in the second half to win, 66-49. The Dragons (20-1) got 11 points from Sabrina Armstrong and 10 from Marley Groat, but were doomed by 26 turnovers.

“Championship games, you have to make plays and finish,” said Brunswick coach Sam Farrell. “We made plays, but we didn’t finish. We had some bad turnovers. You can’t miss opportunities.

“If you count the (KVAC Championship Game), we went 21-1. We’ll take that. It’s been a special year. If we work as hard as we did this year next year and play as well together, the goal is to come back here and probably go through Greely again.”


Brunswick’s boys’ swim team placed third at the Class A state meet (Cheverus won its sixth straight championship). Brian Hess was first in the 50 freestyle (21.87 seconds). Matt Yost won the 100 free title in 49.13 seconds. Mt. Ararat finished 17th.

In the girls’ meet, won by Cony, Brunswick finished 10th and Mt. Ararat was 15th. 

In Class B, Morse’s boys and girls each finished fourth (Mt. Desert Island was the boys’ champion and Cape Elizabeth won the girls’ title). The boys were led by Ben Willertz, who the 500 free (5 minutes, 6.78 seconds). The girls’ 200 medley relay team (Ella Martin, Haily Harper, Olivia Harper and Leah Totman) was first in 1:50.18. Olivia Harper broke her own state record in the 100 backstroke (54.64) and also placed first in the 100 butterfly (56.35). Haily Harper won the 100 breaststroke (1:07.82).

Indoor track

Mt. Ararat’s boys’ team had the best state meet showing, placing fourth in Class A (Scarborough won the title). Lisandro Berry-Gaviria won the mile in 4 minutes, 22.72 seconds and the two-mile in 9:58.80. Brunswick came in 11th.

In the girls’ meet, which saw Cheverus and Scarborough tie for top honors, Mt. Ararat placed 13th and Brunswick tied for 22nd. 

In the Class B girls’ meet, won by Greely, Morse tied for 27th.

Greely also won the Class B boys’ crown. Morse did not score.

Brunswick’s Samuel Cenescar (boys’ high jump) and Hunter Parker (boys’ 600) and Mt. Ararat’s Berry-Gaviria (boys’ mile and two-mile), Tyler Bernier (boys’ 600), Dalton Streeter (boys’ long jump) and its girls’ 3,200 relay team all qualified for the New England championship meet, held this weekend in Boston.


Mt. Ararat girls were fifth and the boys ninth at the Class A Nordic ski meet.

Karli Leighton led the girls with a ninth-place showing in the classical (20 minutes, 55.7 seconds) and a 10th-place performance in the freestyle (17:41.0).

Morse didn’t compete as a team, but Jennifer Wilbriham won the classical (18:46.4) and was third in the freestyle (16:40.7).

In the boys’ meet, Mt. Ararat was paced by Hayden Libby, who was 15th in the freestyle (14:57.8) and 18th in the classical (18:21.1). 

Boys’ hockey

Brunswick’s boys’ hockey team finished 9-9 after an 8-1 win at Maranacook in last Thursday’s regular season finale. The Dragons earned the No. 6 seed in Class B South and went to No. 3 York (13-5) in Tuesday’s quarterfinal round. The Wildcats won both regular season meetings, 4-2 at home and 3-2 in overtime at Brunswick. 

If the Dragons sprung the upset, they’d head to Lewiston Friday night to face No. 2 Cape Elizabeth (14-2-2) in the semifinals. Brunswick lost, 5-4, at Cape Elizabeth Dec. 30.

The Class B South Final is Wednesday of next week and the state final is Saturday, March 10. Those games will be played in Lewiston.

The Mt. Ararat/Morse/Lisbon co-op team finished 9-9 after a 7-1 loss at Edward Little. The squad wound up seventh in Class A North, but only six teams made the playoffs.