Championship month of June has arrived-MidCoast edition

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Mt. Ararat goalie Casi Perow and Brunswick’s Beth Labbe keep an eye on the ball during the Dragons’ 6-5, double-overtime victory last week.

Morse’s Austin Baltazar competes in the boys’ 110 hurdles at Saturday’s KVAC Championship meet. Baltazar did not score in the event, but was third in the 100. The Shipbuilders were 10th as a team.

Buckle up.

The fast and furious end of the spring sports season is upon us.

Here’s a glimpse at what you might have missed and a look ahead:

Tennis

Mt. Ararat’s Peter Mao got to the semifinals of the boys’ state singles tennis tournament. Mao, ranked fourth, defeated Camden Hills’ Charlie O’Brien, 6-1, 6-1, in the second round, Yarmouth’s William Nicholas, 6-0, 6-0, in the round of 16, and No. 5 Thorne Kieffer of Waynflete, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, in the quarterfinals, before falling, 1-6, 1-6, to eventual champion, top-ranked Nick Forester of Falmouth.

Brunswick’s Anna Parker got to the girls’ round of 16. Parker beat Gorham’s Sarah McKnight, 6-2, 6-4, in the second round, then lost, 0-6, 0-6, to eventual champion Grace Campanella of Kennebunk/Wells, the No. 2 seed. 

Brunswick’s Lea Scrapchansky beat Portland’s Karina Boothe, 6-2, 6-3, in the first round, then lost, 2-6, 5-7, to No. 5 Meredith Kelley of Falmouth in the second round.

The team playoffs are underway.

Brunswick’s girls finished 11-1 and second in Class A North. The Dragons hosted No. 7 Bangor (5-7) in the quarterfinals Thursday.

Mt. Ararat finished 1-11 and 11th in the region, but only eight teams made the playoffs.

In Class B South, Morse finished 2-10 and 10th, but only eight squads qualified.

The Mt. Ararat and Brunswick boys were scheduled to meet in the Class A North quarterfinals Thursday after the Eagles finished 9-3 and third in the region and the Dragons wound up 5-7 and sixth.

Morse went 2-10 and finished ninth in Class B South, but only seven teams qualified for the postseason.

The tournament continues with the semifinals Saturday, on the courts of the higher seeds. The regional finals are Tuesday, June 5 in Waterville and the state matches are Saturday, June 9, in Lewiston.

Outdoor track

The Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference outdoor track championship meet was held Saturday in Topsham.

In the Class A boys’ meet, won by Edward Little, Mt. Ararat placed third and Brunswick fourth. The Eagles got wins from Lisandro Berry-Gaviria in the 800 (2 minutes, 3.12 seconds), mile (4:27.44) and two-mile (9:44.02) and Tyler Bernier in the 400 (51.74 seconds). The Dragons got a first-place finish from Samuel Cenescar in the high jump (6 feet, 4 inches).

Edward Little also won the Class A girls’ title, as Mt. Ararat finished third and Brunswick was seventh. The Eagles got a win from their 4×800 relay team (10:17.36). The Dragons got a first-place showing from Maddy Wayne in the 800 (2:27.40). 

In Class B, the Morse boys placed 10th and the girls were 14th (Lincoln Academy won the boys’ crown and Cony the girls’ title). The Shipbuilders got a win from William Carrolton in the boys’ shot put (41-4.75).

Next up are the state meets Saturday. Class A is at Morse High School in Bath, Class B at Foxcroft Academy.

Baseball

Mt. Ararat’s baseball team appears to be the lone local squad that will make the playoffs.

The Eagles were 10-5 and sixth in Class A North at press time heading into Tuesday’s regular season finale at home against Brunswick. Friday, the Eagles won their seventh game in a row, 9-3, over visiting Cony.

Brunswick fell to 3-12 and 11th in Class A North (where only eight teams make the playoffs) after last Thursday’s 4-3 (eight-inning) home loss to Morse. The Dragons finished at Mt. Ararat Tuesday.

In Class B South, Morse was 6-9 and 14th (only 11 teams make the playoffs) entering Tuesday’s finale at home against Lincoln Academy. The Shipbuilders lost, 3-2, at Gardiner and beat visiting Brunswick (4-3, in eight-innings) last week.

The baseball playoffs begin Tuesday of next week with the preliminary round. The quarterfinals are Thursday. Those games will be contested on the diamonds of the higher seeds.

Softball

Morse’s softball team was 11-4 and ranked fifth in Class B South entering Tuesday’s finale at home against Lincoln Academy. Last week, the Shipbuilders extended their win streak to seven by downing host Gardiner (5-2) and Brunswick (7-3). 

In Class A North, Mt. Ararat was 6-9 and sixth after losses at Skowhegan (9-0) and at home to Cony (17-3). The Eagles closed at home against Brunswick Tuesday.

Brunswick was 0-15 and 12th in Class A North (where eight teams make the playoffs) following last Thursday’s 7-3 home loss to Morse.

The softball playoffs begin Tuesday of next week with the preliminary round. The quarterfinals are Thursday. Those games will be contested on the diamonds of the higher seeds.

Boys’ lacrosse

Brunswick’s boys’ lacrosse team was 8-3 and second to Yarmouth in the hotly contested Class B Heal Points standings at press time entering Tuesday’s regular season finale at Mt. Ararat.

Mt. Ararat was fourth at 6-5 going into that game. Last Tuesday, the Eagles downed visiting Messalonskee, 10-5.

Morse was 6-5 and eighth after an 18-11 win at Mt. Blue last week. The Shipbuilders closed at Maranacook Wednesday.

The lacrosse playoffs begin Wednesday of next week with the quarterfinal round, on the fields of the higher seeds.

Girls’ lacrosse

On the girls’ side, Brunswick was 4-7 and sixth in Class B following Friday’s 6-5, double-overtime home win over Mt. Ararat. The Dragons closed the regular season at home against Oceanside Tuesday.

Morse was 5-5 and clinging to the 10th and final playoff spot in Class B at press time going into Tuesday’s game at Lewiston. The Shipbuilders closed at Cony Thursday.

Mt. Ararat was 2-9 and 12th in Class B following a 12-10 home win over Boothbay and a 6-5, double-overtime loss at Brunswick last week. The Eagles closed at Edward Little Tuesday.

The lacrosse playoffs begin Wednesday of next week with the quarterfinal round, on the fields of the higher seeds.

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