With just soccer and football still remaining on the fall sports docket, a handful of Mid-Coast teams are still kicking. Here’s a glimpse at the week that was:
Brunswick and Mt. Ararat took part in the Class A state cross country meet Saturday at Twin Brook Recreation Center in Cumberland.
The Eagles girls’ tallied 92 points to finish second behind three-time champion Cheverus (41). Mt. Ararat was led by sophomore Kelly Lynch, who completed the 5,000-meter course in 20 minutes, 37.53 seconds, good for seventh place. Also scoring for the Eagles were senior Emma Wood (14th, 21:04.44), freshman Olivia Swan (22nd, 21:41.53), junior Lauren McNett (23rd, 21:44.20) and junior Brennie Radulski (26th, 21:53.81).
The Dragons had 112 points and came in fourth. Leading the way was sophomore Teresa Murphy (sixth, 20:34.95). Also scoring were junior Madsy Schneider (20th, 21:23.24), senior Kathleen McMahon (21st, 21:33.71), freshman Brooke Escoe (29th, 22:05.09) and senior Jasmine Boyle (36th, 22:14.28).
In the boys’ meet, won by Scarborough with 85 points, Mt. Ararat placed fourth with 140. Senior Andy Reifman-Packett led the way by coming in fifth (17:16.83). Also scoring were sophomore Nathan Mackenzie (12th, 17:46.59), sophomore Sam Wood (26th, 18:07.35), sophomore Jake Demosthenes (40th, 18:31.52) and junior Zach O’Connor (57th, 18:56.00).
Brunswick had 217 points and was ninth. Senior Benson Worthington wound up fourth with a time of 16:58.94. Also scoring were sophomore Jamie Ross (14th, 17:53.39), senior Jacob Schwab (55th, 18:49.12), sophomore Donovan Shea (63rd, 19:04.77) and sophomore Alex Nichols (81st, 19:38.48).
Morse football’s playoff run came to a quick end last weekend. The Shipbuilders, ranked eighth in Eastern B, were humbled by top-ranked Leavitt, the two-time defending regional champion, 61-12. Morse finished its season at 4-5.
The Eastern A regular season came to a close Saturday when Brunswick went to Mt. Ararat and prevailed, 51-0.
The Eagles finished 0-9.
The Dragons, meanwhile, completed their regular season at 7-2 and wound up third in the final Crabtree Points standings. As a result, Brunswick will go to No. 2 Bangor (7-2) for the semifinals Friday at 7 p.m. In the opener, way back on Sept. 2, the Dragons dominated the Rams statistically, but turned the ball over six times and lost, 21-20.
The boys’ soccer season concluded for local teams last week.
In Eastern A, Brunswick took its fifth seed to No. 4 Hampden Academy for the quarterfinals and suffered a tough 1-0 loss to the Broncos to finish the year 7-4-4.
Mt. Ararat, ranked third, hosted No. 6 Messalonskee in the quarterfinals, but was upset, 1-0, to finish the year 8-2-5.
In Western B, fifth-ranked Morse had to go to No. 4 Maranacook for the quarterfinals and suffered a 2-1 loss to finish 8-6-1. Cody Snyder scored for the Shipbuilders.
“It was playoff soccer, a great crowd, good play and chances both ways,” said Morse coach Tom Rackmales. “We had our chances over the last half hour and even in the final couple of minutes, but didn’t find the net. We had a wonderful crowd come up to support us and we’re grateful. The boys played their hearts out.”
On the girls’ side, two local squads reached Wednesday’s regional final round (played too late for this edition)
In Western B, top-ranked Morse continued its dream season by eliminating No. 9 Lake Region (4-0) and No. 5 Maranacook (3-1) to improve to 16-0. Christina Stuart had two goals against the Black Bears while Bess Howell also scored. The Shipbuilders hosted defending state champion and No. 3 seed Falmouth (11-4-1) in the regional final. It was the first ever meeting between the schools. If Morse advanced, it would face either Presque Isle (14-1-1) or Hermon (13-2-1) in the Class B state final Saturday at a time to be announced at Hampden Academy.
In Eastern A, Brunswick, the No. 2 seed, had no problem with No. 7 Hampden Academy (6-1) or No. 3 Oxford Hills (5-0) to advance to a regional final showdown at top-ranked, undefeated, defending regional champion Bangor. The Dragons lost at home to the Rams, 5-1, on Sept. 24. If Brunswick could spring the upset, it would face either Gorham (16-0) or Scarborough (13-1-2) in Saturday’s Class A state final, at a time to be announced at Falmouth High School.
Mt. Ararat, the fifth seed, had its season end at 9-5-1 after a 1-0 quarterfinal round loss at No. 4 Waterville.
Brunswick sophomore Ryan Maciejewski turns the corner and heads for a big gain during the Dragons’ 51-0 win at Mt. Ararat in the regular season finale Saturday.
Brunswick senior Benson Worthington sprints toward a fourth-place finish in the Class A boys’ cross country state meet Saturday afternoon. The Dragons finished ninth as a team.
Mt. Ararat sophomore Kelly Lynch holds off Massabesic’s Gabrielle Johnson to finish seventh in the Class A girls’ race. The Eagles finished runner-up to three-time champion Cheverus.