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As September gives way to October, all fall sports are heating up and playoff jockeying is underway. Here’s a glimpse at where local squads stand:
Brunswick’s football team continues to make the claim that it’s the best in Eastern Class A.
Last Friday, the Dragons blanked Edward Little, 33-0, to improve to 3-1. Brunswick looks to keep the good times going Friday at 1-3 Cony. A year ago, the Dragons lost at home to the Rams, 28-21.
Mt. Ararat fell to 0-4 last weekend after a 48-6 setback at powerhouse Lawrence. The Eagles’ task gets no easier Friday when they host 3-1 Bangor, a team that beat them, 32-19, a year ago.
In Class B, Morse dropped its third game in a row last weekend, 53-18, at Waterville. The Shipbuilders visit 2-2 Madison Friday.
Morse’s boys’ soccer team is turning heads in its first season in Western Class B. The Shipbuilders settled for a 2-2 home tie against Oceanside last Tuesday, despite goals from Cody Snyder and Max Rawson.
“I thought we played our best match of the season, but we didn’t get the result,” said Morse coach Tom Rackmales.
The Shipbuilders then improved to 5-1-1 Friday after a 3-2 home win over Gardiner. Snyder, Rawson and Paul Whalen scored. Grady Madden made six saves.
“We came out with some fire and urgency in the second half after a very flat first,” said Rackmales.
Morse (fourth behind York, defending state champion Yarmouth and Falmouth in the Heal Points standings) was at Camden Hills Tuesday, visits Oak Hill Friday and hosts Leavitt.
In Eastern A, Mt. Ararat was 6-0-1 and atop the Heals after a 2-1 overtime home win over Lawrence and a 6-0 home victory over Skowhegan last week. The Eagles were at Mt. Blue Tuesday, hosted Messalonskee Thursday and welcome Lewiston Tuesday of next week.
Brunswick was sixth in the region at 4-2-2 after splitting two games last week. The Dragons beat visiting Brewer, 3-0, then lost at defending Class A state champion Bangor, 1-0. Brunswick was at Messalonskee Tuesday, hosts Hampden Academy Friday and Oxford Hills Tuesday of next week.
Morse’s girls’ soccer team is also dazzling in Western B. The Shipbuilders beat host Oceanside and visiting Gardiner by 5-0 scores last week to improve to 7-0 (which put them atop the Heal Points standings). Tori Field had three goals, Paige Martin added two against Oceanside. In the win over the Tigers, Katie Henrikson had two goals, Field, Christina Stuart and Brianna Williams one apiece. Morse hosted Camden Hills Tuesday, welcomes Oak Hill Friday and goes to Leavitt Tuesday of next week.
In Eastern A, Brunswick is second to Bangor in the Heals at 7-1 after a 5-1 home loss to the Rams Saturday. The Dragons also won at Brewer, 6-0, last week. Brunswick hosted Messalonskee Tuesday and visits Oxford Hills Tuesday of next week.
Mt. Ararat won its second straight 2-1 overtime game last Tuesday (at Lawrence), on Libby Ouellette’s game-winner. Christina Levesque also scored. Friday, the Eagles improved to 5-1-1 with a 13-1 romp at Skowhegan. After hosting Mt. Blue and going to Messalonskee Thursday, Mt. Ararat (fifth in the Heals) visits Lewiston Tuesday of next week.
Brunswick’s field hockey team is the lone area squad to earn a victory this fall. The Dragons enjoyed a 1-0 triumph at Hampden Academy Saturday, then fell to 1-7-1 Monday after a 5-0 loss to Brewer. Brunswick (11th in the Eastern Class A Heal Points standings) hosted Bangor Tuesday, played at Oxford Hills Thursday and welcomes Cony Tuesday of next week.
Mt. Ararat was 0-5-4 and ninth in the Heals at press time after losses last week to host Oxford Hills (2-0), visiting Messalonskee (6-0) and host Lawrence (5-0). The Eagles hosted Hampden Tuesday and Bangor Thursday and is at Lewiston Tuesday of next week.
In Western B, Morse began the week 0-9-1 and 14th in the standings. After tying host Maranacook, 2-2, last week, the Shipbuilders were defeated by visiting Oceanside (3-1) and host Camden Hills (6-0). Morse was home against Erskine Tuesday and Nokomis Thursday and welcomes Mt. Blue next Tuesday.
Brunswick hosted Mt. Ararat, Mt. Blue and Morse in a meet last week.
The Eagles boys were first, the Dragons second and the Shipbuilders fourth. Mt. Ararat’s Andy Reifman-Packett was the individual winner (16:55). Jamie Ross of Brunswick was runner-up (17:03). Morse’s Nate Stover was 19th (20:09).
In the girls’ meet, Mt. Ararat (fifth in the latest coaches’ poll) was first, Brunswick second and Morse fourth. The Dragons did produce the individual winner, Teresa Murphy. Kelly Lynch of Mt. Ararat came in third and Morse’s Amy Franklin placed fourth.
Morse hosted Brunswick, Mt. Ararat and Oceanside Thursday.
The golf postseason is right around the corner.
Brunswick wrapped up the regular season at 10-0 with wins last week over Cony (8.5-0.5) and Mt. Ararat (8-1). The Eagles ended up 4-5. Morse finished 3-7.
The girls’ state qualifying match was Wednesday at Willowdale Golf Course in Scarborough. The boys’ state qualifying matches are Monday.
Morse senior defender Schuyler Mace heads the ball and drives it out of the defensive zone past Oceanside’s Caleb Jacob last week. The teams tied, 2-2.
Morse co-captain Cody Snyder drives by Oceanside’s Kyle Robinson during last week’s meeting.