It's playoff time in the Mid-Coast

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The 2010 golf season has come to a close. Field hockey’s playoffs are underway and cross-country’s regional meet will be held Saturday, which is when the football regular season ends. Soccer’s postseason is set to begin and there will be plenty of drama in the weeks to come.

Here’s an overview:


Golf bestowed its team state championships a week ago. Last Saturday, at Natanis Golf Course in Vassalboro, individuals had their turn.

Nate McCue, of Class A runner-up Brunswick, finished fourth in the boys’ Class A match with an 18-hole score of 79. Teammates Brad Smith and Alex Viola tied for 12th (83). Luke Carter tied for 28th with an 88.

In the girls’ competition, Mt. Ararat’s Michelle Brann shot a 100 to place 11th.

Field hockey

Brunswick and Mt. Ararat qualified for the Eastern Class A field hockey playoffs.

The Dragons wound up seventh in the Heal Points standings after an 8-6 regular season and went to No. 2 Messalonskee (12-2) Tuesday in the quarterfinals. The teams didn’t meet this year.

The Eagles finished 6-8 and got the eighth and final seed, which earned them a trip to perennial powerhouse Skowhegan (14-0) for Wednesday’s quarterfinal round. The teams did not play this regular season.

Morse (0-14) did not qualify.


Brunswick’s football team won its second game in a row last weekend, 25-7, at Oxford Hills, to improve to 4-3. The Dragons host Mt. Ararat in the regular season finale. Entering the game, Brunswick was seventh in the Eastern A Crabtree Points standings (eight teams qualify for the postseason).

The Eagles take an 0-7 mark into the annual season-ending showdown after falling, 27-0, at Edward Little last week.

In Eastern B, Morse fell to 1-6 Saturday after a 39-12 home loss to Belfast, but is eight in the standings and could still be a playoff team. The Shipbuilders close the regular year Saturday at home versus Mt. Desert Island.

Boys’ soccer

The soccer playoffs will feature plenty of local names.

The Brunswick boys, defending Eastern A champions, entered Tuesday’s finale at Cony with a 10-3 mark, second to Bangor in the Heal Points. After losing, 4-1 at Morse last Tuesday, the Dragons rebounded Monday with a 3-1 victory at Edward Little. Brunswick will likely finish second or third and will host a quarterfinal next Wednesday.

Morse is enjoying its finest season in years. In the victory over the Dragons, Eric Trautman-Mosher had a goal and two assists and Justin Elwell, Magnus Lilleaas and P.C. Ostergaard also scored. A 2-0 home loss to Mt. Ararat Monday dropped the Shipbuilders to 9-4 on the season (fourth in Eastern A). Morse (which closed at Lewiston Tuesday) hopes to host a quarterfinal next week.

The Eagles will also be in the playoffs. After losing, 1-0, at home to Lewiston last Tuesday, Mt. Ararat evened its record at 5-5-3 with a 2-0 home victory over Morse Monday. The Eagles finished at Erskine Tuesday and will likely have to play all postseason games on the road.

Girls’ soccer

On the girls’ side, defending Class A champion Brunswick appears destined for the top seed in the region. The Dragons enjoyed a 2-0 victory at Morse last Tuesday, then improved to 13-0 Monday after a 8-0 home win over Edward Little. Brunswick closed at home versus Cony Tuesday.

Morse went into its finale at 8-3-2 and fourth in Eastern A. After losing to the Dragons, the Shipbuilders tied host Mt. Ararat, 3-3. Tori Field scored twice and Emily Howell also tickled the twine. Morse closed at home versus Cony Tuesday.

The Eagles were sixth with a 9-3-1 mark entering Tuesday’s finale at home against Erskine. Before tying Morse, Mt. Ararat won games at Lewiston (3-1) and Edward Little (5-1).

Cross country

Local cross country runners took part in the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference championship meet last weekend and Mt. Ararat won both the boys’ and girls’ titles.

The Eagles boys (sixth in the latest coaches’ poll) had 56 points to down Mt. Blue by 14. Brunswick (170) was sixth and Morse (360) came in 12th. The Eagles were led by Andy Reifman-Packett (third individually on the 5-kilometer course in 17 minutes, 39.8 seconds).

In the girls’ competition, third-ranked Mt. Ararat’s 27 points easily outdistanced runner-up Brunswick (75), the 10th-ranked team in the coaches’ poll. Morse (226) placed 10th. Dragons standout Kathleen McMahon was the fastest individual (19:55.9). The Eagles had the second (Emma Wood, 20:43.4), third (Kate Spies, 21:15.8) and fourth (Emilia McGrath, 21:22.1) finishers.

The Eastern A regionals are Saturday in Belfast. The Class A state meet is Saturday, Oct. 30, also in Belfast.

Sidebar Elements

Morse sophomore quarterback Kevin McKellar crashes into a Belfast linebacker Saturday night. The Shipbuilders fell to 1-6 after a 39-12 loss.

Morse goaltender Grady Madden scrambles for the ball as Mt. Ararat forward Alden Talbot recovers and tries to get back to it. The Eagles went on to a 2-0 victory.