If the postseason is your thing, you’ll have no shortage of excitement over the next couple weeks.
Here’s a glimpse at where things stand as we make the turn into the latter half of October.
The Maine Principals’ Association held individual golf championships for boys and girls Saturday at Natanis Golf Course in Vassalboro.
Two Brunswick golfers took part in the boys’ Class A division, which was won by Deering’s Joe Walp and Sanford’s Ben Bell, who shot a 75. Alex Viola tied for 15th with an 84. Brad Smith was 19th with an 89.
The field hockey playoffs are underway and Brunswick qualified.
The Dragons edged visiting Mt. Ararat, 1-0, in the regular season finale last Tuesday to finish 4-9-1 and leapfrog the Eagles for the eighth and final playoff spot. As a reward, Brunswick traveled to 10-time defending regional champion Skowhegan, which has won nine Class A state titles in that span. On Oct, 6, the Dragons gave the Indians a close game, falling, 4-2, in Skowhegan.
The Eagles finished 2-7-5 and ninth.
In Western B, Morse went 2-11-1 and wound up 12th (where just 10 teams qualified).
The Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference cross country state meet was held Saturday in Augusta.
Mt. Ararat’s boys (ranked seventh by the state’s coaches) won the Class A title with 80 points, while Brunswick was seventh with 156. The Eagles were paced by senior Andy Reifman-Packett, who was third in 17 minutes, 55.8 seconds. The Dragons’ top runner was senior Benson Worthington, who was runner-up to individual champion Harlow Ladd of Messalonskee in 17:52.5.
In Class B, Morse was 10th (Maranacook came in first) and junior Nate Stover was 28th individually (20:47.3).
On the girls’ side, in Class A, Brunswick (ranked eighth by the coaches) edged Mt. Ararat (ranked sixth) by a point to win the title. Individually, Dragons sophomore Teresa Murphy was second (21:30.1) and Eagles sophomore Kelly Lynch came in third (21:43.7).
In Class B, Morse was sixth (Camden Hills placed first) as junior Charlotte Recknagel placed 16th (23:19.1).
The regional championship meet is Saturday in Belfast. The Brunswick and Mt. Ararat girls compete in Class A at 12:10 p.m. The Dragons and Eagles boys start at 12:45 p.m. Morse’s girls run in Class B at 1:20 p.m. The girls start at 1:55 p.m.
The state championships are Saturday, Oct. 29, at Twin Brook in Cumberland.
Football’s regular season is rapidly coming to a close.
The powerhouse Brunswick Dragons rolled to their sixth successive win Saturday, 33-7, over visiting Oxford Hills, as they improved to 6-1. The Dragons (tied with Bangor for second in the latest Eastern Class A Crabtree Points standings) will take part in the “Game of the Year” Friday, when they go to 7-0 Lawrence, in a game that will likely determine the top seed for the postseason.
Mt. Ararat is still seeking its first win after falling to 0-7 Saturday with a 52-0 home loss to Messalonskee. The Eagles (10th in the Crabtrees) visit 4-3 Skowhegan Friday.
In Eastern B, Morse fell to 3-4 Saturday after a wild 64-33 loss at Mt. Blue. The Shipbuilders (clinging to the eighth and final spot in the Crabtrees) hosts 2-5 Oceanside in their finale Friday.
The boys’ soccer regular season wrapped up Tuesday.
Mt. Ararat went into its final game at 7-1-5 (and second in the Eastern Class A Heal Points standings) after two ties last week, 3-3 against visiting Brunswick and 0-0 at defending Class A state champion Bangor. The Eagles closed at home against Edward Little Tuesday.
Brunswick was 6-3-4 and sixth entering its final game, Tuesday at home versus Lewiston. After playing host Mt. Ararat to a 3-3 tie last week, the Dragons beat visiting Oxford Hills, 2-0, and host Edward Little, 7-0.
In Western B, Morse is playoff-bound. The Shipbuilders won, 2-1, at Medomak Valley last Wednesday, then lost, 2-1, at home to Winslow to fall to 8-4-1 and fifth in the Heals. In the win, Cody Snyder and Michael Alvarez had goals in the win. Aaron Lapointe scored in the loss. Morse finished at Maranacook Tuesday, hoping to move into the top four to earn a home playoff game.
The playoffs begin with the quarterfinals Wednesday of next week.
On the girls’ side, Morse will be the top seed in Western A. The Shipbuilders improved to 13-0 with recent victories at Leavitt (3-0), at home over Medomak (8-1) and at Winslow (7-0). Katie Henrikson scored twice against the Hornets, Bess Howell had two goals in the win over Medomak and Henrikson, Tori Field and Christina Stuart all had two goals against Winslow. Morse closed at home versus Maranacook Tuesday.
In Eastern A, Brunswick will be second to Bangor. The Dragons have won five straight, capped by recent victories over visiting Mt. Ararat (1-0), host Oxford Hills (1-0) and visiting Edward Little (4-0). Brunswick (12-1) closed at Lewiston Tuesday.
Mt. Ararat entered its finale at Edward Little Tuesday with an 8-4-1 mark. The Eagles (fifth in the Heals) lost, 1-0, at Brunswick and 4-2 at home Bangor last week.
The playoffs begin with the quarterfinal round Tuesday.
Mt. Ararat Lindsey Smith drives the ball during last week’s regular season finale versus Brunswick. The Dragons edged the Eagles, 1-0, to earn the final playoff spot in Eastern A.
Brunswick’s Allison Hill evades Mt. Ararat’s Kristi Willey during the teams’ showdown last week. The Dragons held on for a 1-0 win.