AROOSTOOK COUNTY, Me. (WAGM) - Several County teams punched tickets into the post season. Let's take a complete look at the brackets:
We'll start in Class D girls, up top are the undefeated Central Aroostook Panthers and they will await the winners of Wisdom and Bangor Christian. The Pioneers and Patriots battle on Saturday up in St. Agatha at two pm. Another County team with a bye are the Southern Aroostook Warriors at the four seed. The Warriors will play the winner of the Katahdin Cougars and Deer Isle Stonington Mariners, which will go down tomorrow at 3:30 on Katahdin's home turf.
On the bottom half of the bracket, the Madawaska Owls are hosting the Schenck Wolverines at two pm tomorrow to decide who gets to play the three seeded Penobscot Valley Howlers. The Ashland Hornets earned a bye and two seed in the playoffs for their effort in the regular season, they play the winner of the Shead and Fort Fairfield game. According to the MPA website the time and date is still TBD.
Of course this is just the North half of Class D, once we get closer to the regional finals, we'll introduce which downstate teams are in the running for the State championship.
Onto Class D boys, just like the girls, the undefeated Panthers are atop the bracket. The Easton Bears and MSSM Penguins are playing tomorrow to decide who can try to shock the world and beat the Panthers next Tuesday. Their game is at two pm in Easton.
The fourth seeded Owls host the Van Buren Crusaders tomorrow at five PM in Madawaska. That game winner will play the winner of the game between Jonesport-Beals and Bangor Christian.
The Ashland Hornets snuck into the playoffs by less than a tenth of a point, but that doesn't matter now, they hit the road to try to slay the Dragons of Woodland. If the Hornets get past Woodland, they will play the winner of Wisdom and Fort Fairfield. The Tigers and Pioneers play in St. Agatha tomorrow at three PM.
And the last county team in the bracket all the way at the bottom are the Hodgdon Hawks. They will visit Schenck/Stearns to decide who plays the two seed, Penobscot Valley Howlers.
Class C's bracket is a little non-traditional with only ten teams. None of Class C's county teams play in the prelims. Fort Kent earned the three seed, they will play George Stevens Academy in the quarterfinals next Wednesday. Houlton looks to defend their state championship from the two seed position. Could be a juicy rivalry match-up in the quarterfinals if the Orono Red Riot can get past Mattanawcook in the preliminary round.
Onto the boys, the 11-two-one Fort Kent Warriors who were 23 seconds away from a Class C title last year look to avenge that loss from the top of the bracket. They play the winner of the Dexter Tigers and Calais Blue Devils next Tuesday. For the Warriors, every team in the Class C playoffs with the exception of Houlton will be new faces. But the huge advantage: teams will have to travel up to their home turf. Life as the one seed is a good life. Speaking of the Houlton Shiretowners, they are the three seed and will play the six seed, Central Red Devils on Tuesday.
The Class B North title goes through the Johnson Athletic Complex as the Wildcats are the one seed and earned a first round bye. They await the winner of the Brewer Witches and Eriskine Academy Eagles. Presque Isle knocked the Witches off their broomsticks this past Tuesday, five to zero. They did not play the Eagles during the regular season.
In the five seed, the Caribou Vikings are set to play the MDI Trojans on Saturday at one PM. As I mentioned last night, the Vikings shutout the Trojans in their only meeting during the regular season and after the loss, the Trojans lost six of their next seven games.
Class B boys, Caribou and Presque Isle are on opposite sides of the bracket. The Vikings are the one seed and will play the winner of the eight and nine game between the Hermon Hawks and MDI Trojans. The Vikings beat both teams during the regular season at home, they beat Hermon four to one and MDI six to one.
For second seeded Presque Isle, they get either the Old Town Coyotes or the Winslow Raiders. The Wildcats didn't see the Raiders during the regular season, but they did see the Coyotes and they dispatched them three to nothing.