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Even though we were treated to a delicious taste of summer in recent days, the fall sports season is coming to a close.

Golf is in the process of determining its team and individual champs, field hockey’s regular season expired at press time, while soccer, cross country and football will soon follow suit.

Here’s where things stand as we approach the middle of October:

Golf

Brunswick’s golf team came in seventh at the Class A state match Monday at Natanis Golf Course in Vassalboro. The Dragons shot a 355, but finished behind champion Falmouth (312), Cheverus (331), Deering (332), Scarborough (336), Gorham (337) and Bangor (349).

Football

Brunswick’s football team continues to excel. The Dragons extended their win streak to five games last Friday by holding off visiting Messalonskee, 20-14. Brunswick (tied with Bangor for second in the latest Eastern Class A Crabtree Points standings) plays host to Oxford Hills Friday and will try not to look forward to the following weekend’s showdown at top-ranked Lawrence.

Mt. Ararat dropped to 0-6 and (10th in the Crabtrees) with a 42-6 loss at Edward Little Friday. The Eagles welcome Messalonskee Friday.

In Eastern B, Morse won its second straight last weekend, 52-28, over visiting Old Town. The Shipbuilders are seventh in the Crabtrees and go to Mt. Blue Friday.

Boys’ soccer

The Mt. Ararat boys’ soccer team has fallen from the top spot in the Eastern A Heals after a 3-2 home loss to new No. 1 Lewiston last week. The Eagles did improve to 7-1-3 Friday after a 2-0 win at Oxford Hills. Mt. Ararat hosted Brunswick Tuesday, goes to defending Class A champion Bangor Saturday and closes the regular season at home against Edward Little next Tuesday.

Brunswick took a 4-3-3 mark and the No. 8 spot in the Heals into Tuesday’s game at Mt. Ararat. After hosting Oxford Hills Wednesday, the Dragons visit Edward Little Friday and close home with Lewiston Tuesday of next week.

In Western B, Morse was 7-3-1 and fourth in the Heals at the start of the week. Last week, the Shipbuilders won twice at home last week, 2-1, over Leavitt and 1-0 over Lincoln. Aaron Lapointe and Cory Snyder (the winner, with 40 seconds left) scored against the Hornets.

“I give Leavitt a lot of credit for playing throughout and taking advantage of one of our few miscues to get the tying goal in the second half,” said Morse coach Tom Rackmales. “After that it was anyone’s game, with them hitting the post with 10 minutes left and Cody creating that huge winner for us. After a couple of tough losses, we’re happy to pull off this big win.”

The Shipbuilders were at Medomak Wednesday, host Winslow Friday and close at Maranacook Tuesday of next week.

Girls’ soccer

On the girls’ side, Morse continues to dazzle. The Shipbuilders began the week first in the Western B Heals with a 10-0 mark after punishing host Lincoln Friday, 11-0. Tori Field scored a whopping seven goals to lead the way. Morse was at Leavitt Tuesday, hosted Medomak Wednesday, plays at Winslow Friday and hosts Maranacook Tuesday of next week.

In Eastern A, Brunswick is up to second behind Bangor in the standings after Thursday’s 6-1 win at Hampden. The Dragons hosted Mt. Ararat Tuesday, visited Oxford Hills Wednesday, play host to Edward Little Saturday and close at Lewiston Tuesday of next week.

Mt. Ararat began the week 8-2-1 and fifth after a 2-0 win at Lewiston and a 1-0 home loss to Oxford Hills last week. Haley Michaud had both goals in the victory. The Eagles visited Brunswick Tuesday, play host to Bangor Saturday and close at Edward Little Tuesday of next week.

Field hockey

Mt. Ararat remains the lone field hockey team in line for a playoff berth as the regular season winds down. The Eagles lost, 1-0, at home to Edward Little and tied hosted Lewiston, 2-2, last week. Mt. Ararat was clinging to the eighth and final spot entering Tuesday’s finale at Brunswick.

The Dragons had a chance to leapfrog the Eagles if they won that game. Brunswick was 3-9-1 and ninth entering the game after a 4-2 loss at Skowhegan and its first win of the year, 1-0, at home over Cony, last week.

In Western B, Morse Morse was 1-10-1 and 13th in the Heals (only 10 teams qualify) after a 1-0 win at Oak Hill last week. The Shipbuilders finished with a home game against Mt. Blue and a trip to Erskine.

Cross country

The Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference champion cross country meet is Saturday at Cony.

The Eastern A regionals are Saturday, Oct. 22 at Belfast. The Class A state championships are Saturday, Oct. 29 at Twin Brook in Cumberland.

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Morse junior Keegan Drouin beats an Old Town defender to haul in a reception during the Shipbuilders’ 52-28 home win over Old Town Saturday.

Morse’s Michael Freeman delivers a hit on Old Town’s Dan Rivers during Saturday’s victory. The Shipbuilders balanced their record at 3-3 with their second straight win.

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