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Mt. Ararat’s Caleb Manuel putts during the Class A individual golf championships last weekend. Manuel finished first with an 18-hole score of 69.
Brunswic’s Emily Larochelle sends the ball upfield during the Dragons’ 6-0 loss to Camden Hills last week.
With the fall sports regular season coming to a close, the intensity is about to rise and memories are sure to be made.
Here’s an overview of what local teams have accomplished and what they have to look forward to in the days to come.
One week after helping Mt. Ararat win its first team golf state championship, Eagles standout Caleb Manuel captured the Class A boys’ individual crown last Saturday at Natanis Golf Course in Vassalboro.
Manuel finished with a score of 69 over 18 holes to edge three-time reigning champion Cole Anderson of Camden Hills by one stroke.
“It was like the last battle between the two of us at this tournament, so yeah, I wanted it bad,” said Manuel. “Over the last two years I’ve always had this one blow-up hole where I’ve found myself trailing Cole by three or four shots. This year I told myself, get off hot and stay right with him.”
Mt. Ararat’s Will Kavanaugh shot a 79 and tied for ninth. Cade Charron’s 80 left him tied for 11th place. Ben Hickson (86) finished 18th. Ty Henke (89) tied for 23rd.
Mt. Ararat’s field hockey team earned the No. 4 seed for the Class A North playoffs following a 9-5 regular season that was culminated with a 1-0 win at Brunswick last Tuesday. The Eagles hosted No. 5 Messalonskee (8-6) in the quarterfinals Wednesday. A victory would sent Mt. Ararat to top-ranked, three-time defending Class A state champion Skowhegan (14-0) for Saturday’s semifinal round.
Brunswick’s 1-0 home loss to Mt. Ararat in the finale left it 5-9 and 11th in Class A North, but only eight teams qualified for the playoffs.
In Class B North, Morse wound up 6-8 after closing with an 11-0 loss at MCI. The Shipbuilders finished 11th in the region, but only 10 teams qualified.
Brunswick’s football team won its third game in a row and improved to 5-2 after a 14-0 win at Brewer last Friday. The Dragons (second to Skowhegan in the Class B North Heal Points standings) close at home versus 6-1 Cony Friday.
In Class B South, Mt. Ararat snapped a five-game skid and improved to 2-5 last Saturday with a 44-22 home win over Westbrook. The Eagles (seventh in the region) close at home versus 3-4 Morse Friday.
Morse is coming off a 49-14 home loss to Leavitt. The Shipbuilders were ranked sixth in Class C South at press time.
Mt. Ararat’s boys’ soccer team will likely be the No. 2 seed behind defending state champion Lewiston in Class A North for the playoffs. The Eagles took an 11-1-1 record into Tuesday’s home finale versus Brunswick. Last week, Mt. Ararat downed visiting Mt. Blue, 4-1, and edged host Edward Little, 1-0.
Brunswick was 6-5-2 and fourth heading into Tuesday’s finale at Mt. Ararat. Last week, the Dragons beat visiting Camden Hills, 4-0, and lost at home to Lewiston, 2-1.
In Class B South, Morse was 3-7-3 and 10th (11 teams qualify) after a 1-0 loss at Maranacook and a 5-1 home setback to Gardiner. The Shipbuilders closed Tuesday at Oceanside.
The boys’ soccer playoffs begin Friday with the preliminary round. The quarterfinals are Tuesday of next week. Those games will be hosted by teams with higher seeds.
On the girls’ side, Brunswick will be the No. 2 seed behind defending state champion Camden Hills for the Class A North playoffs. Last week, the Dragons lost, 6-0, at Camden Hills, then downed host Lewiston 5-0. Brunswick closed at home versus Mt. Ararat Tuesday.
Mt. Ararat took an 8-5 record and the No. 6 ranking into its final game at Brunswick. Last week, the Eagles edged host Mt. Blue (2-1) and downed visiting Edward Little (3-2).
In Class B South, Morse was 5-5-2 and sixth heading into Tuesday’s final game at home versus Oceanside. Last week, the Shipbuilders downed visiting Maranacook, 2-1.
The girls’ soccer playoffs begin Saturday with the preliminary round. The quarterfinals are Wednesday of next week. Those games will be hosted by teams with higher seeds.
The Brunswick/Mt. Ararat co-op volleyball team was 4-9 heading into Tuesday’s home finale versus Deering and was clinging to the 10th and final playoff in Class A. If the squad qualified, it would have a preliminary round match on the road Thursday.
The Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference cross country championship meet was held Saturday in Augusta.
In the Class A boys’ meet, won by Bangor, Brunswick finished second and Mt. Ararat (which produced the individual champion, Lisandro Berry-Gaviria) came in fourth.
In the Class B boys’ meet, won by Lincoln Academy, Morse finished second.
In the Class A girls’ meet, won by Camden Hills, Mt. Ararat was runner-up and Brunswick fifth.
In the Class B girls’ race, won by Maranacook, Morse came in third.
The regional championships are up next, Saturday in Belfast.