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It came and went in a flash, but the fall sports season, circa 2012, was once again a great one in the Mid-Coast.
Brunswick’s football team enjoyed a terrific year, winning seven games, largely on the back of senior bruiser Jared Jensen, who rushed for over 2,000 yards. The Dragons reached the Eastern A semifinals, where they suffered a painful 21-20 loss to Cony, to finish the year 7-3. Morse (2-6) and Mt. Ararat (0-9) failed to qualify for the postseason.
The lone regional champion this fall was the Mt. Ararat boys’ soccer team, which earned the top seed in Eastern A with a 12-1-1 mark, then defeated eighth-ranked Waterville (2-0), No. 4 Brunswick (4-1) and second-ranked Lewiston (2-1, in double overtime) to reach the state final. There, the Eagles had no answers for Scarborough and its senior Dan Ornstein, who had a hat trick in the first half, in a 4-0 loss, which ended their season at 15-2-1. Brunswick ended up 9-5-2. Morse missed the playoffs with a 4-10 mark.
On the girls’ side, Morse was very strong, once again. The Shipbuilders went 12-1-1 and earned the top seed in the region. Twice, Morse was able to rally for playoff wins, 4-2 over Freeport in the quarterfinals and 4-1 over Poland in the semis, but for the second straight fall, the Shipbuilders were eliminated by eventual champion Falmouth in the regional final, 2-0, ending their season at 14-2-1. Brunswick was unstoppable in the regular season, winning all 14 games by a composite 62-10 margin, but the Dragons were stunned by Erskine on penalty kicks in the quarterfinals, 3-2, to end up 14-1. Mt. Ararat also qualified for the postseason, but was ousted by eventual regional champion Bangor in the quarterfinals, 4-2, to end up 10-6.
Mt. Ararat’s field hockey team was the lone squad from the area to make the playoffs. After a solid 10-4 regular season, the fourth-ranked Eagles, blanked No. 5 Lewiston, 4-0, in the quarterfinals. They were no match for perennial powerhouse Skowhegan in the semifinals, however. Skowhegan, which went on to win yet another state title. ended Mt. Ararat’s year at 11-5 with an 11-0 decision. Brunswick went 2-9-3 this fall. Morse ended up 1-13.
The Brunswick girls came in fourth at the Class A cross country state meet. Mt. Ararat placed seventh. On the boys’ side, the Dragons were ninth and the Eagles 13th. Morse did not qualify.
The Brunswick golf team again turned heads, qualifying for the state meet, where it came in 11th.
All in all, it was quite a season. Next year promises to be more of the same.
Now, it’s on to winter.
The excellence of senior Jared Jensen led the Brunswick football team to a superb season this fall.
Charlotte Recknagel was Morse’s top girls’ cross country runner this fall.
Senior captain Will Hirnak and the Mt. Ararat boys’ soccer team made it all the way to the Class A Final this season.