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The spring sports season is nearing its conclusion and the first local champion was crowned last weekend. One other team was still alive at press time.
Here’s a glimpse:
Brunswick’s girls have stolen the show all season and it was only fitting that the Dragons wound up winning the Class A championship Saturday at Colby College. Undefeated Brunswick, which ended Lewiston’s long reign in the regional final with a 4-1 decision, met unbeaten McAuley in the state match and it was a doozy.
Top singles player Maisie Silverman culminated her nonpareil year by winning her match over Addie Devine, 6-0, 6-1. After the No. 2 and 3 singles players lost, the Dragons’ hopes rested on the two doubles teams, which came through.
Gillian Ford and Alexa Rivers at first doubles were on the ropes in the first set, but came back from down 4-5 to win 7-5, 6-1. Leah Soloway and Samiera MacMullen prevailed at second singles, 6-0, 6-2, and Brunswick won the match, 3-2, and finished 16-0.
Brunswick’s girls lacrosse’s team’s bid for a sixth Class A state final appearance in seven seasons was still alive at press time.
The Dragons, the No. 1 seed in Eastern A, had a bye into the semifinals and held off fifth-ranked Mt. Ararat (which edged fourth-ranked Cony, 11-10, in the quarterfinals), 9-5, in Saturday’s semifinals. Anne Kelly had three goals to help Brunswick avenge its lone regular season loss, to the Eagles.
“In this game we decided we needed to forget the past and not dwell on it because it will make us to nervous,” said Kelly. “We decided this is any (other) team and let’s play a game of lacrosse. It wasn’t about Mt. Ararat and I think that was very helpful to us.”
The Dragons advanced to face No. 6 Cheverus (9-5) in the regional final Wednesday. The teams don’t meet in the regular season. Last year, Brunswick downed the Stags, 14-3, in the regional final.
The Eagles finished 9-5 after the regional final loss. Bailey Sullivan made eight saves.
“(Brunswick) showed a lot more emotion,” Mt. Ararat coach Sam Chard said. “They played with a lot more heart today, the first time we beat them, they took it to heart.”
Morse, the third-ranked team in Eastern B, saw its season end at 4-9 after a 17-4 loss at No. 2 Yarmouth, the reigning Class B state champion, in the semifinals Saturday. Tori Field scored twice in the defeat.
On the boys’ side, Brunswick’s undefeated run came to an end with a 9-8 overtime loss to Cheverus in the Eastern A semifinals Saturday. The Dragons got four goals from Winston Sullivan, but fell short and wound up 12-1.
“It was a great game, I wish I wasn’t in the coach’s box,” said Brunswick’s Don Glover. “I wish I was in the stands so I can sit back and enjoy it. I had a great group of kids this year, we had an awesome team, and the leadership by the seniors was great.”
Mt. Ararat was the No. 2 seed in Eastern A and was also upset, 6-4, by visiting Lewiston in the quarterfinals. The Eagles finished the year 10-3.
In Eastern B, Morse was the seventh seed and went down to a 9-4 defeat at second-ranked Gardiner in the quarterfinals to finish 6-7.
Morse’s baseball team continued its magical run in the quarterfinals of the Western B playoffs. After going 12-4 to earn the No. 3 seed, the Shipbuilders held off No. 6 Gray-New Gloucester, 7-6, thanks to a pair of home runs from Zack Groat.
In the semifinals Monday at Falmouth, despite a stellar pitching effort from Aaron Bennett, Morse lost, 3-0. The Shipbuilders had a great chance to take the lead in the top of the sixth, but left the bases loaded and the Yachtsmen answered with three runs in the bottom half.
“It was an awesome high school baseball game,” said Morse coach Garrett Olson. “One swing of the bat. That’s going to happen. Especially on a day like today when the wind’s howling out. I couldn’t ask for anything more (out of my guys). They put it out there. When it’s a close ballgame, little things matter and it’s tough to do all the little things right, but today, defense-wise, both teams were amazing. Both pitchers were awesome.”
This group put the Shipbuilders back on the map and had a splendid season.
“(The guys) are hurting, but the seniors have come a long ways,” said Olson. “From 1-15 to now. I tried to let them know how proud I am. Aaron Barrett was unbelievable on the mound. Zack Groat should’ve been the KVAC Player of the Year. He’s phenomenal. He won us a game the other day. It’s huge for where we’ve come from. We haven’t had many chances to go to or win a playoff game. We have a lot of young guys. We lose some key seniors, but we have plenty coming back. We hope to do this again.”
The Class A state outdoor track and field meet concluded Wednesday with the pole vault at Bates College in Lewiston.
Brunswick’s boys wound up fifth with 41 points (Sanford won its first title with 76). Mt. Ararat tied Bangor for 14th place with 19 points.
In the girls’ meet, won by Scarborough, which rallied to beat Edward Little, 84.5-80, Brunswick tied Windham for 12th place with 22 points. Mt. Ararat (15) tied for 15th.
Freelance writer Nathan D. Fournier contributed to this story.
Morse’s Tori Field splits the defense and races in on goal during the Shipbuilders’ 17-4 loss to Yarmouth in Saturday’s Eastern Class B semifinal. Field had a pair of goals in the defeat.
The Brunswick girls’ tennis team shows off its hardware after holding off McAuley, 3-2, in the Class A state match Saturday. The Dragons won their first title since 1997.