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Mid-Coast recap: June brings playoff excitement

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Mid-Coast recap: June brings playoff excitement

As this issue hits the streets, the baseball, softball and lacrosse regular seasons are coming to a close and the tennis and track postseasons have begun.

Here's a look at where things stand:

Tennis: Hill wins another singles crown

Mt. Ararat senior Mike Hill, the top seed, won his third straight boys' singles tennis championship Monday at Bates College in Lewiston, downing Waynflete's Brandon Thompson, 6-3, 6-3.

The team playoffs are underway.

The Mt. Ararat boys (10-2) earned the No. 4 seed in Eastern A and hosted No. 5 Mt. Blue in the quarterfinals Thursday (too late for print). Brunswick (7-5 and sixth) was at No. 3 Brewer. Morse (0-12) failed to qualify this spring.

On the girls' side, Brunswick (9-3) is the No. 5 seed and visited No. 4 Hampden Academy (9-3) on Thursday (too late for print). No. 6 Morse (8-4) was at No. 3 Cony (8-4). No. 7 Mt. Ararat (7-5) visited No. 2 Bangor (11-1).

The semifinals are Saturday on the court of the higher remaining seeds.

Track: Slotnick steals show at KVACs

Last Saturday was the beginning of the outdoor track postseason. Local runners, jumpers and throwers took part in the Kennebec Valley Conference championships in Bath. Edward Little won both the boys' and girls' meets. The Brunswick girls were second and the boys came in third. The Mt. Ararat girls were third and the boys were eighth. Both Morse teams placed sixth.

Individually, Dragons senior standout Kristin Slotnick again stole the show, wining the 100 (12.71 seconds), 200 (26.51), 400 (59.92) and leading the 4x400 relay team to a first place finish (4 minutes, 12.66 seconds, good for a new conference record). Kathleen McMahon won the two-mile (12:05.45). Kyia Jensen was first in the 800 (2:25.47).

Mt. Ararat had two girls' winners: Randi London (shot put, 34 feet, 2.5 inches) and Rebecca Merritt (300 hurdles, 47.95).

On the boys' side, winners included Brunswick's Kenzell Crawford (110 hurdles, 16.23) and Morse's Alonzo James (400, 51.21).

The three teams will next take part in the Class A state meet Saturday in Saco.

Baseball

The baseball regular season has come to a close.

Brunswick won 6-4 at Lewiston Monday to finish 11-5. The Dragons were sixth in the latest Eastern Class A Heals and will await their final ranking. Mt. Ararat was 8-6 entering the week (good for seventh). Morse was 0-14 at the start of the week and won't qualify for the playoffs.

Softball

Softball has also come to an end.

Mt. Ararat (7-7 at the start of the week) is playoff bound. The Eagles were eighth in the latest Eastern A Heals. Brunswick went 7-9 and hopes to qualify. Morse was 2-12 at the beginning of the week and likely will be on the outside looking in.

Boys' lacrosse

The Brunswick boys' lacrosse team capped a 12-0 regular season Tuesday with a 17-0 win at Oxford Hills. The Dragons will be the top seed in Eastern Class A and will earn a bye into the semifinals. Mt. Ararat was 8-3 entering its finale at Messalonskee. The Eagles were third in the Heals. Morse wound up 9-3 after having a five-game winning streak ended, 11-10, at Mt. Blue Tuesday. The Shipbuilders are hoping to host a quarterfinal round Eastern Class B playoff game.

Girls' lacrosse

On the girls' side, Brunswick's quest for a second straight Class A state championship is looking good. The Dragons improved to 11-0 Monday with a 16-7 win at Mt. Ararat. Brunswick (which finished at Lewiston Wednesday, too late for print) will be first when the playoffs start. The Eagles (9-3) will likely be third. In Eastern B, Morse wound up 6-6 after Monday's 13-8 loss to Messalonskee. The Shipbuilders were third in Eastern B and will probably meet defending regional champion North Yarmouth Academy in the semifinals, a week from Saturday. Morse first hosts its alumni game Friday.

Photo: Roger S. Duncan photo
Mt. Ararat's Christina Erving, despite battling knee pain, held off Brunswick's Katie McMahon to win the mile at last weekend's KVAC championship meet in Bath.

Photo: Roger S. Duncan photo
Brunswick freshman Baxter Worthing took part in the boys' 100 hurdles. Both Dragons teams had solid showings and now turn their attention to the state meet Saturday.