The 2011 fall sports season began with a flourish last weekend and there figures to be plenty of drama to come. Here’s a glimpse at what you might have missed:
Morse was the lone local school to win its football opener, edging host Camden Hills, 14-8. The Shipbuilders have their home opener Friday night versus Gardiner.
Brunswick dropped a 21-20 heartbreaker to visiting Bangor, the reigning Eastern A champion. The Dragons led 14-7 at the half and pulled within a point in the fourth quarter, but a two-point conversion failed. Brunswick goes to Skowhegan Friday.
Mt. Ararat fell to 0-1 after a 41-2 setback at Lewiston. The Eagles look to get in the win column Friday when they host Oxford Hills.
Brunswick’s boys’ soccer team opened the new season with a 6-0 blanking of host Oxford Hills Saturday. After playing at Erskine Tuesday, the Dragons host Mt. Ararat Friday and Edward Little next Tuesday.
The Eagles are also 1-0, edging host Lewiston, 2-1. Mt. Ararat was home against Oxford Hills Tuesday and plays at Brunswick Friday.
Morse was a 5-0 winner at Nokomis in its first contest. Michael Alvarez scored three times, Cody Snyder twice.
“Our team worked through a difficult preseason where we were missing key players,” said Shipbuilders coach Tom Rackmales. “I’m happy Mike got the hat trick. His goals came as a result of strong runs and hard work. Cody was clinical on a penalty kick and left-footed volley. Grady Madden came up with several big saves in the first half to keep us even.”
Morse hosted MCI Wednesday, goes to Belfast Saturday and plays host to Mt. View Tuesday.
Mt. Ararat’s girls’ soccer team began its 2011 title quest with an 8-0 home win over Lewiston Friday. Haley Michaud had three goals and Sydni Clark and Maddison Prescott two apiece. Christine Levesque also tickled the twine. Hannah Hauser made 10 saves for the shutout. The Eagles went to Oxford Hills Wednesday and welcome Brunswick Saturday.
The Dragons edged Oxford Hills, 1-0, in their opener. After hosting Erskine Tuesday, Brunswick is at Mt. Ararat Saturday and visits Edward Little Tuesday of next week.
The Morse girls were 8-1 winners over Nokomis in their opener. Standout Tori Field had four goals, Katie Henrikson three and Megan Hixon one. The Shipbuilders were at MCI Wednesday, host Belfast Saturday and go to Mt. View Tuesday.
All three local field hockey teams have gotten off to slow starts.
Brunswick opened with a 4-0 setback at Messalonskee. The Dragons looked to bounce back Tuesday when they went to Cony. After hosting Lawrence Thursday and playing at Mt. Ararat Saturday, Brunswick will host Oxford Hills Tuesday of next week.
Mt. Ararat was blanked, 12-0, at defending state champion Skowhegan in its first outing. The Eagles hosted Lewiston Tuesday, went to Edward Little Thursday, welcome Brunswick Saturday and play at Brewer on Tuesday of next week.
Morse has been blanked by visiting Waterville (6-0) and host MCI (2-0). The Shipbuilders were at Leavitt Tuesday, hosted Gardiner Thursday and go to Winslow next Tuesday.
Brunswick’s cross country team went to Maranacook and the boys defeated the hosts and five other schools Jamie Ross (18 minutes, 20 seconds) came in first and Benson Worthington was one second behind in second. In the girls’ meet, the Dragons (ranked third in the latest coaches’ poll) were first as a team. Teresa Murphy was second individually (22:15).
Morse went to Winslow with five other teams. The girls came in second as Amy Franklin was the individual runner-up (21:45.36). The boys placed fifth. Ben Wright came in seventh (19:35.27).
Mt. Ararat joined three other schools at Oceanside for its opener. A first-place finish from Andy Reifman-Packett (17:02.45) led the boys to a win. The girls (ninth in the coaches’ poll) were second to Camden Hills. Lauren McNett placed third (21:28.72).
Friday, Brunswick goes to Lawrence, Morse runs at Belfast and Mt. Ararat goes to Lewiston.
Brunswick’s always strong golf team has powered to a 3-0 start, defeating Morse (9-0), Cony (7-2) and Lewiston (5-4). Mt. Ararat downed Oxford Hills (6.5-2.5) in its opener. Morse was 0-2 at the start of the week, having lost 9-0 to Brunswick and 8-1 to Cony.
Brunswick workhorse Dylan Walton drives toward the goal line during Friday night’s season-opening home showdown versus Bangor. The Dragons were done in by six fumbles and a missed extra point and dropped a heartbreaker, 21-20.
A horde of Brunswick defenders slams Bangor tailback Zeb Tuell to the ground, spinning his helmet off of his head.