Mt. Ararat’s Lauren Labbay possesses the ball during the Eagles’ 1-0 loss at Lewiston last week.
The temperature continues to drop and the days get ever shorter, but the fun is just beginning if you’re a high school sports fan as the fall season is just heating up.
Here’s a look at where things stand as September gives way to October:
Brunswick’s football team continues to set the pace in Class B. The two-time defending Class B North champions improved to 4-0 at the midway pole with another decisive win, this one a 42-0 blanking of host Messalonskee in a battle of unbeatens last Friday. The Dragons (first in the Crabtree Points standings) visit 3-1 Skowhegan Friday. Last year, host Brunswick won at Skowhegan, 56-35.
In Class B South, Mt. Ararat fell to 2-2 after a 22-6 loss at powerhouse Falmouth. The Eagles (ranked sixth) are home against 4-0 Kennebunk Saturday. Last year, the host Rams downed Mt. Ararat, 34-6.
Morse is also 2-2 after a narrow 26-21 home victory over Noble. The Shipbuilders (ranked eighth) are at 2-2 Greely Friday. Last year, the Rangers won in Bath, 27-7.
Mt. Ararat’s boys’ soccer team began the week 6-1 and second to Edward Little in the Class A North Heal Points standings after blanking host Oxford Hills, 7-0, and ending defending Class A state champion Lewiston’s 24-match win streak, 2-1, at home last week. James Hutchinson had the winner against the Blue Devils. The Eagles were at Brewer Tuesday, go to Messalonskee Friday and play host to Hampden Academy Tuesday of next week.
Brunswick began the week 2-3-2 and seventh in Class A North after a 4-0 loss at Lewiston and a 6-1 home win over Hampden Academy. The Dragons were were at Bangor Tuesday, host Brewer Friday and visit Lawrence Tuesday of next week.
In Class B South, Morse was ninth at 6-3 after a 2-0 home win over Leavitt and a 2-1 loss at Mt. View last week and a 2-1 overtime win at Oceanside Monday. Tucker Banger had both goals in the victory. Dakota Johnson scored in regulation against the Mariners and Declan Hall scored in OT. The Shipbuilders host Maranacook Friday and welcome Belfast Tuesday of next week.
On the girls’ side, Brunswick began the week 5-2 and fourth in the Class A North Heal Points standings after a 1-0 home loss to Lewiston and a 3-1 win at Hampden Academy last week. The Dragons were home against Bangor Tuesday, visit Brewer Friday and play host to Lawrence Tuesday of next week.
Mt. Ararat was 4-3 and 11th in Class A North after a 5-0 home victory over Oxford Hills and a 1-0 loss at Lewiston. The Eagles were home with Brewer Tuesday, welcome Messalonskee Friday and go to Hampden Academy Tuesday of next week.
In Class B South, Morse was fifth at 6-1 after a 3-0 win at Leavitt and a 3-1 home victory over Mt. View. Amanda Gagne had two goals and Emily Martin one in the win over the Hornets. Martin scored twice and Dory Kulis had one goal against Mt. View. The Shipbuilders were home with Oceanside Tuesday, go to Maranacook Friday and play at Belfast Tuesday of next week.
All three local field hockey teams are in the hunt for a playoff spot.
Brunswick beat visiting Brewer (1-0) and lost at Hampden Academy (5-0) last week, then downed visiting Lewiston, 3-1, Monday to improve to 4-6 and eighth in the Class A North Heal Points standings. The Dragons hosted Bangor Thursday, go to Edward Little Monday and play at Brewer Thursday of next week.
Mt. Ararat was 3-6 and 10th in Class A North after a 2-1 loss at Edward Little and a 1-0 victory at Brewer. After hosting Cony Tuesday and going to defending Class A champion Skowhegan Thursday, the Eagles are home Tuesday of next week to meet Mt. Blue.
In Class B North, Morse was 3-4-1 and 11th at press time following a 2-2 tie at Waterville last week and a 4-2 home win over Oceanside Monday. The Shipbuilders were at Nokomis Wednesday, play at Spruce Mountain Friday and visit Mt. View Tuesday of next week.
Brunswick’s first-year volleyball team is still chasing its first victory. Last week, the Dragons had to square off against two of the best teams around, losing 3-0 to Falmouth and to defending Class A champion Scarborough. Brunswick (0-7 and 20th in Class A) was home with South Portland Tuesday, visits North Yarmouth Academy Friday and hosts Cheverus Tuesday of next week.
Brunswick, Morse and Mt. Ararat’s cross country teams joined Mt. Blue for a meet at Lawrence last week. In the boys’ race, the hosts were first, as the Dragons placed second, Eagles third and Shipbuilders fourth. On the girls’ side, Brunswick came in first, Mt. Ararat (led by individual winner Katherine Leckbee, 20:46.06) was second and Morse placed third.
Mt. Ararat hosts Brunswick and Morse Friday.
The Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference state qualifying meet will be held Tuesday at Rockland Country Club.