Winter sports season heats up as calendar flips to 2018-MidCoast edition

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Brunswick’s girls’ basketball team celebrates Marley Groat’s buzzer-beater which gave it a 65-63 victory over Greely last week.

(Ed. Note: For the complete Brunswick-Greely girls’ basketball game story, see theforecaster.net)

The new year is upon us and the winter sports season, like winter itself, has been very active.

Here’s a look at where things stand and what’s to come:

Girls’ basketball

Brunswick’s girls’ basketball team, the defending Class A South champion, capped a memorable year with a victory for the ages last Friday. Hosting talented Greely, the Dragons and Rangers put on a 32-minute show which featured 14 lead changes. The final change came as time expired when Marley Groat got a contested, desperation 3-point shot to fall to give Brunswick a 65-63 victory. Groat finished with 17 points, Charlotte MacMillan led the way with 18 and Sabrina Armstrong added 15, including a clutch, long 3-pointer which preceded Groat’s.

“There was just a lot of adrenaline going,” Groat said. “I knew I had to get a last shot off and I just threw it up and it went in. I didn’t think it was going to go in. I heard my teammates counting down and I knew I had to shoot it. It was so crazy. I’m just so happy. We had to work as a team and get it done and we did.”

“It’s a great win, a team win,” said Brunswick coach Sam Farrell, who once upon a time, coached at Greely. “This is what girls’ basketball is supposed to be. They hit a big shot, we hit a big shot. They hit a crazy runner, we hit a weird looking runner. It was back-and-forth and it felt like a playoff atmosphere. It’s a tough game and somebody had to lose.”

The Dragons, who previously edged visiting Lawrence, 37-31, took a 6-0 record into Tuesday’s game at Camden Hills. Friday, Brunswick is at Cape Elizabeth. The Dragons visit Lincoln Academy Tuesday of next week.

Mt. Ararat fell to 0-5 after a 45-40 loss at Biddeford last Saturday. The Eagles sought their first win Tuesday when Gardiner paid a visit. After hosting Falmouth Friday, Mt. Ararat welcomes Morse Tuesday of next week.

Morse fell to 0-5 after a 53-46 loss at Kennebunk last Friday. The Shipbuilders were home with Leavitt Tuesday, welcomed Freeport Thursday and go to Mt. Ararat Tuesday of next week.

Hyde brings an 0-2 record into the new year. The Phoenix are home against Pine Tree Academy Saturday, welcomes Kents Hill Tuesday and plays host to Islesboro Wednesday of next week.

Boys’ basketball

On the boys’ side, Brunswick stayed undefeated last Wednesday with a 62-49 win at Lawrence, then suffered its first loss in six outings, 66-47, at defending Class A champion Greely. The Dragons were home with Camden Hills Tuesday, visit Brunswick in a playoff rematch Friday and welcome Lincoln Academy Tuesday of next week.

Mt. Ararat fell to 1-4 after an 83-70 home loss to Biddeford last Friday. The Eagles were at Gardiner Tuesday, visit Falmouth Friday and host Morse Tuesday of next week.

Morse was also 1-4 after a 55-40 home loss to Kennebunk last week. The Shipbuilders were at Leavitt Tuesday and Freeport Thursday, then go to Mt. Ararat Tuesday of next week.

Hockey

Brunswick’s boys’ hockey team fell to 2-3 last Saturday after a 5-4 loss at undefeated Cape Elizabeth. The Dragons were home against Maranacook Tuesday and Yarmouth Thursday, go to York Saturday, host South Portland Monday and go to Poland Wednesday of next week.

Mt. Ararat/Morse/Lisbon split two games last week, winning at Kennebunk (4-0) and losing at Bangor (4-3 in overtime) to fall to 2-3. The squad hosted Greely Wednesday, welcomes two-time defending Class A champion Lewiston Saturday and plays host to Cony Wednesday of next week.

On the girls’ side, Brunswick improved to 3-5 after a 2-1 win at Yarmouth/Freeport last Friday. The Dragons hosted Yarmouth/Freeport Thursday, welcome St. Dom’s Friday and play host to Edward Little/Leavitt Monday.

Mt. Ararat/Morse fell to 0-7 after a 7-1 loss at York last Saturday. After hosting Greely Wednesday, Mt. Ararat/Morse is home against Lewiston Saturday, Gorham Monday and Cape Elizabeth Wednesday.

Indoor track

Brunswick’s boys’ indoor track team came in first at a recent 10-team KVAC league meet. Mt. Ararat placed second and Morse was ninth. 

Mt. Ararat won the girls’ meet. Brunswick was runner-up and Morse came in sixth.

Swimming

Morse’s boys were second to Cheverus and the girls came in second to Cony at the recent Morse Invitational.

Brunswick’s boys came in third and the Dragons girls finished fourth.

Wrestling

The Morse/Wiscasset wrestling team placed fourth at the recent MCI Winter Classic (Oxford Hills was first).

The Mt. Ararat/Brunswick squad came in 13th at the Noble Invitational. 

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