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With one sport, golf, already bestowing state championships and another, field hockey, set to begin its playoffs Saturday, the rest of the fall slate is also rapidly nearing an end. Here’s a look at how local teams stand:
Brunswick’s football team is still in the Eastern A playoff hunt after a 27-14 home victory over Brewer Friday night. The win snapped a three-game skid. The Dragons go to Oxford Hills Friday and close the regular season at home versus Mt. Ararat Oct. 22.
The Eagles are 0-6 after a 40-6 home loss to Messalonskee Friday. Mt. Ararat closes with games at Edward Little Friday, then Brunswick.
In Eastern B, Morse is 1-5 after a 55-21 setback at Leavitt Friday. The Shipbuilders host Belfast Friday and close at home versus Mt. Desert Island on Oct. 23.
The Brunswick boys’ soccer team ended a two-game slide Saturday with a 3-1 victory at Erskine. The Dragons had lost, 2-0, at home to Mt. Ararat last Tuesday. Brunswick (second to Bangor in the Eastern Class A Heal Points standings) hosted Morse Tuesday, go to Edward Little Friday and finish the regular season at Cony next Tuesday.
The Shipbuilders were fourth in Eastern A at the start of the week with an 8-3 mark after recent wins at Oxford Hills (3-1) and at home over Cony (7-0). Against the Vikings, Eric Trautman-Mosher, Taylor Oddleifson and Flemming Milke had the goals. Magnus Lilleaas had two goals against the Rams, while Trautman-Mosher, Max Rawson, Paul Whalen, T.J. Tardif and Kai Whitehead also scored. Morse was at Brunswick Tuesday, goes to Mt. Ararat Saturday and finishes at Lewiston next Tuesday.
The Eagles were 10th in the Heals at the start of the week and need to move up to eighth to make the playoffs. Mt. Ararat beat host Brunswick, 2-0, last Tuesday, then lost, 4-1, at home to Edward Little and battled Oxford Hills to a 1-1 tie. The Eagles (4-4-3) hosted Lewiston Tuesday, go to Morse Saturday and close at Erskine Tuesday of next week.
On the girls’ side, Brunswick is also second to Bangor in the Eastern A Heals. The defending state champion Dragons improved to 11-0 with victories at Mt. Ararat (2-0) and Erskine (5-0). Brunswick was at Morse Tuesday, hosts Edward Little Friday and Cony next Tuesday in the regular season finale.
Morse was fifth in Eastern A at the start of the week with an 8-2-1 record. The Shipbuilders blanked Oxford Hills (3-0) and Cony (5-0) last week. Kate Henrikson, Tori Field and Emily Howell had the goals against the Vikings. In the win over the Rams, Field and Bess Howell scored twice and Megan Hixon added a goal. Morse was home against Brunswick Tuesday, visits Mt. Ararat Friday and closes at Lewiston next Tuesday.
The Eagles were 7-3 and sixth in Eastern A at the start of the week after losing, 2-0, at home to Brunswick and beating visiting Oxford Hills (6-0) last week. Mt. Ararat was at Lewiston Tuesday and Edward Little Wednesday, hosts Morse Friday and closes at home versus Erskine next Tuesday.
The field hockey regular season has come to an end and Brunswick and Mt. Ararat were awaiting the final Heal Points to see if they’ll play on.
The Dragons beat visiting Morse (5-1) and host Mt. Ararat (1-0) last week to wind up 8-6. Brunswick was seventh (the top seven qualify) in the Eastern A Heals as of Tuesday, but several games had yet to be calculated.
The Eagles were eighth with a 6-8 mark after beating Morse (3-0) and losing to Brunswick (1-0) in their final games.
The Shipbuilders ended 0-14 and 13th in Eastern A after losses to Brunswick (5-1), Mt. Ararat (3-0) and Messalonskee (5-0).
The field hockey playoffs begin Tuesday and Wednesday of next week with the quarterfinal round.
The cross country regular season is over. The Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference championship meet is Saturday at Cony. The Eastern A regionals are Saturday, Oct. 23. The state championships are Saturday, Oct. 30.
Brunswick completed the regular season at a six-team meet in Lewiston. The girls (ranked 10th in the latest coaches’ poll) were first and the boys third.
Mt. Ararat wrapped up its regular seasons at the Mt. Blue Relays. Mt. Ararat’s boys’ squad (ranked sixth by the coaches) was first, as was the third-ranked girls’ team.
Brunswick competed in the Class A team golf championships Saturday at Natanis Golf Course in Vassalboro and almost won it all. The Dragons finished tied with Deering and Gorham for first with a team score of 329, but on a fifth-scorer tiebreaker, Brunswick was second to Gorham, with Deering coming in third. The Dragons were paced by Alex Viola, who shot a 78. Brad Smith (80), Nate McCue (84) and Luke Carter (87) were the other scorers. James Waring (92) was the fifth-place golfer.
The individual championships for boys and girls are this Saturday, also at Natanis.
Brunswick junior running back Keith Kitchens follows a crushing block by guard Derrick Darosa during the Dragons’ 27-14 home win over Brewer Friday night.
Brunswick’s Sam Bessey outruns the defense for a touchdown Friday. The Dragons improved to 3-3 with the victory.