Let the spring postseason begin

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The arrival of the month of June means that the spring sports season is coming to a close.

Postseason drama is already underway in tennis and outdoor track.

The baseball, softball and lacrosse regular seasons are wrapping up and their playoffs begin next week.

Here’s an overview of the spring sports playoff picture:

Tennis

Mt. Ararat’s Nick Mathieu won the boys’ singles tennis title Monday, capping an exciting run. Mathieu, the top seed, defeated Thornton Academy’s Viktor Schwarz, 6-1, 6-1, in the Round of 16, eighth-ranked Alex Klemperer of Falmouth, 6-2, 6-1, in the quarterfinals, fourth-seeded Michael Mills of Cape Elizabeth, 7-6 (3), 6-1, in the semifinals and finally third-ranked Dariy Vykhodtsev of Thornton Academy in a three-set thriller, 6-4, 4-6, 6-2, in the championship match.

Morse’s Thomas Jarmusz, the No. 5 seed, was upset by 12th-ranked Thomas Brent of Gorham, 2-6, 3-6, in the Round of 16. Teammate Matthew Jarmusz, seeded 11th, got to the quarterfinals, then lost, 2-6, 1-6, to Vykhodtsev. Mt. Ararat’s Peter Mao, the No. 10 seed, lost in the quarterfinals to No. 2 Nick Forester of Falmouth, 0-6, 1-6.

The teams playoffs are underway.

Morse’s girls earned the top seed in Class B South after an 11-1 regular season. The Shipbuilders hosted No. 8 York (6-6) or No. 9 Gardiner (3-9) in the quarterfinals. Morse didn’t face the Wildcats this spring and twice beat the Tigers by 5-0 scores.

In Class A North, Brunswick earned the No. 2 seed after going 11-1 and hosted No. 7 Bangor (5-7) in the quarterfinals. The Dragons beat the Rams, 5-0, in the regular season.

Mt. Ararat finished 0-12 and 12th in Class A North (only eight teams made the playoff cut).

Morse’s boys earned the No. 2 seed in Class B South after finishing 10-2 and hosted No. 7 Freeport (4-8) in the quarterfinals. The teams didn’t play this spring.

In Class A North, Brunswick earned the No. 2 seed after a 9-3 season and hosted No. 7 Brewer (4-8) in the quarterfinals. The Dragons won the regular season matchup, 5-0.

Mt. Ararat finished 5-7 and fifth and went to No. 4 Mt. Blue (9-3) for the quarterfinals. The Cougars won the regular season encounter, 3-2.

The semifinals will be held Saturday on the courts of the higher seeds. The regional finals are Tuesday, June 7 in Orono. The state matches are Saturday, June 11 in Lewiston.

Outdoor track

The Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference championship meet was held Saturday in Bath. Brunswick’s girls placed third in Class A and Mt. Ararat came in ninth. The Dragons got a first-place showing from Tessa Cassidy in the two-mile (12 minutes, 11.89 seconds). Brunswick’s boys came in fourth and Mt. Ararat was seventh. The Dragons got wins from Seth White in the 100 (11.43 seconds), Keenan Welzel in the 400 (50.98) and their 4×400 (3:36.58) relay team.

In Class B, Morse’s boys came in eighth. Chris Walfield won the 800 (2:03.30) and the two-mile (10:35.83).

The Shipbuilders girls were 14th. 

The state championship meets are Saturday. Brunswick and Mt. Ararat go to Hampden for the Class A meet. Morse takes part in the Class B meet in Mt. Desert Island.

Baseball

Mt. Ararat’s baseball team was 7-8 and sixth in the Class A North Heal Points standings at press time after a 4-1 loss at Edward Little. The Eagles closed the regular season at home versus Brunswick Tuesday.

The Dragons entered that game 2-13 and 14th after a 3-1 home loss to Brewer.

In Class B South, Morse was 4-11 and 10th (12 teams make the playoffs) following a 3-0 home loss to Erskine Academy. The Shipbuilders went to Leavitt for the finale Tuesday.

The baseball playoffs begin Tuesday of next week with the preliminary round. The quarterfinals are Thursday. Those games will be hosted by the higher seeds.

Softball

Morse and Mt. Ararat’s softball teams were clinging to playoff hopes at press time.

The Shipbuilders were 7-8 and 12th in Class B South (where 12 teams qualify) after a 6-3 home loss to Erskine Academy. Morse was at Leavitt Tuesday.

Mt. Ararat was 8-7 and 10th in Class A North (where 10 teams qualify) after a 2-1 loss at Edward Little. The Eagles closed at home versus Brunswick Tuesday.

The Dragons went into that game 2-13 and 13th following a 7-5 home loss to Brewer.

The softball playoffs begin Tuesday of next week with the preliminary round. The quarterfinals are Thursday. Those games will be hosted by the higher seeds.

Boys’ lacrosse

Brunswick’s defending Class A state champion boys’ lacrosse team went into Tuesday’s regular season finale against visiting Maranacook clinging to the top spot in Class A North. The Dragons fell to 9-2 after a 16-12 loss at Messalonskee Friday.

Mt. Ararat was 1-10 and ninth in Class A North (only seven teams make the playoffs) after falling at home to Lewiston (11-2) and at Edward Little (12-2). The Eagles closed at home versus Morse Tuesday.

The Shipbuilders entered that contest with a 2-9 record and the No. 14 ranking in Class B North (only 10 teams qualify) following a 14-9 loss at Winslow. 

The playoffs start Wednesday of next week on the fields of the higher seeds.

Girls’ lacrosse

On the girls’ side, Morse was first in Class B North at press time. Last week, the Shipbuilders suffered their first loss, 8-7, in overtime at St. Dom’s.

““It was a tough, hard-fought battle for sure,” Shipbuilders coach Linda Levesque said. “We are real proud of what we did and showed guts — we battled very hard.”

Morse bounced back to down visiting Gardiner, 9-3. Morse closed at Oceanside Wednesday.

In Class A North, Mt. Ararat was 5-6 and fifth after 10-7 wins over visiting Brunswick and at Oxford Hills. The Eagles closed at home with Lewiston Thursday.

Brunswick was 2-9 and seventh (eight teams qualify) after a 15-6 home loss to Messalonskee and a 10-7 setback at Mt. Ararat. The Dragons closed at home versus Edward Little Thursday.

The playoffs start Wednesday of next week on the fields of the higher seeds.

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Mt. Ararat’s Nick Mathieu shows his form en route to winning the boys’ state singles tennis championship.

Morse’s Emilie Platteter defends St. Dom’s’ Caroline Gastonguay during the Saints’ overtime win last week.

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