Championships have already been handed out, but there’s still ample time remaining in the fall sports season for local athletes to make memories.
Golf is halfway through crowning its finest and while football still has a couple weeks to go, the cross country, field hockey, soccer and volleyball regular seasons are coming to a close.
Here’s a glimpse:
You can’t come any closer to winning a state title than Mt. Ararat’s golf team did Saturday at the Class A state match at Natanis Golf Course in Vassalboro. The Eagles shot a 317 to finish in a tie with Gorham, but the Rams were crowned champions due to a fifth-place scorer tiebreaker. Caleb Manuel led the Eagles with an 18-hole round score of 73. Cam Cox shot a 75, Cade Charron finished with an 84 and Will Kavanaugh wound up with an 85. Steve Schuman’s 96 was 14 strokes behind Gorham’s fifth place finisher.
The individual state match for boys and girls will be held Saturday back at Natanis.
Brunswick’s football team passed yet another test against a highly acclaimed foe with relative ease last weekend, dominating visiting, undefeated Brewer, 42-12, to improve to 6-0 and further cement its status as the top ranked team in the Class B North Crabtree Points standings. The Dragons have put up 308 points in their six games and look to go to 7-0 Friday in their final regular season home game against 2-4 Mt. Blue. Last year, Brunswick won, 27-16, in Farmington, then blanked the visiting Cougars, 40-0, in the semifinals.
In Class B South, Mt. Ararat lost its third straight game Friday, 33-6, at undefeated, top-ranked Biddeford. The Eagles (2-4 and eighth in the Crabtrees) go to 4-2 Greely, which has won four games in a row, Friday. Last year, the Rangers won, 20-7, in Topsham, but Greely later had to forfeit that victory.
Morse also fell to 2-4 after a 25-8 loss at Falmouth. The Shipbuilders (ninth in Class B South) hosts 4-2 Westbrook Friday in their home regular season finale. Last year, Morse lost, 34-0, at the Blue Blazes.
Mt. Ararat’s boys’ soccer team was 9-2 and fourth in the Class A North Heal Points standings entering Tuesday’s showdown at rival Brunswick. Last week, the Eagles blanked visiting Hampden Academy (4-0) and lost at home to Bangor, 3-1. Mt. Ararat hosts Camden Hills Friday and closes at home versus Mt. Blue Monday.
Brunswick was 3-5-3 and seventh in Class A North a 5-2 win at Lawrence and a 2-0 setback at Edward Little. The Dragons were home against Mt. Ararat Tuesday and against Cony Thursday before closing at home versus Skowhegan Monday.
Morse won a pair of 1-0 games last week, at home against Belfast and at Gardiner, to improve to 7-4 and 11th in Class B South (where 12 teams make the playoffs). The Shipbuilders were at Medomak Valley Tuesday and hosted Winslow Thursday before closing at home versus Lincoln Academy Tuesday of next week.
On the girls’ side, Brunswick was 8-3 and third in Class A North entering Tuesday’s game at Mt. Ararat. Last week, the Dragons beat visiting Lawrence, 6-1, and blanked visiting Edward Little, 4-0. Brunswick was at Cony Thursday and closes at Skowhegan Monday.
Mt. Ararat was 5-6 and ninth (10 teams qualify for the playoffs in Class A North) after a 1-0 win at Hampden Academy and a 3-0 setback at reigning Class A champion Bangor. The Eagles hosted Brunswick Tuesday, visit Camden Hills Friday and close at Mt. Blue Monday.
In Class B South, Morse won at Belfast (4-1) and at home over Gardiner (3-0) last week to improve to 9-2 and sixth. The Shipbuilders were home with Medomak Valley Tuesday and visited Winslow Thursday before closing at home against Lincoln Academy Tuesday of next week.
At press time, only Morse’s field hockey team appeared playoff-bound, but Brunswick and Mt. Ararat still had a chance to qualify.
The Shipbuilders lost at Mt. View (3-1) and at home to Winslow (3-2) and Belfast (6-1) to fall to 3-9-1, but they sat ninth in the Class B North Heal Points standings at press time (10 teams make the playoffs). Morse closed at home against Maranacook Wednesday.
In Class A North, where eight teams qualify, Brunswick was ninth at press time with a record of 5-8 after a 2-0 loss at Brewer last week. The Dragons hosted Mt. Ararat in the finale Wednesday.
The Eagles entered the game 4-9 and 10th after a 6-1 home loss to Mt. Blue and a 2-1 home win over Lewiston.
The field hockey playoffs begin Saturday with the preliminary round on the fields of the higher seeds.
Brunswick’s volleyball team fell to 0-12 and 22nd in Class A after losses last week to visiting Cheverus (3-0), at Deering (3-1) and at home over Marshwood (3-1). The Dragons were at Yarmouth Thursday and close at home versus York Tuesday.
The Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference championship meet will be contested Saturday at Cony High School in Augusta.