Mt. Ararat golf title ushers in October excitement

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Mt. Ararat’s golf team shows off the Class A state championship trophy after finishing first Saturday in Vassalboro.

Brunswick’s Nate Girardini breaks a tackle during the Dragons’ 55-28 win at Lawrence last weekend.

The first hardware of the fall sports season was handed out last weekend in Vassalboro and there will be plenty more to come.

The field hockey regular season is wrapping up and it won’t be long until football, soccer, volleyball and cross country will move on to their next phase as well.

Here’s a look back at the week that was and a glimpse at the key matchups to come:

Golf

Mt. Ararat’s golf team capped a perfect season by winning the Class A state championship Saturday at Natanis Golf Course in Vassalboro. The Eagles, who went 10-0 in the regular season and won the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference title, had a team-score of 312 to finish five strokes better than defending champion Scarborough and win a championship for the first time.

Mt. Ararat was paced by Caleb Manuel, who had an 18-hole round of 71. Also scoring were Will Kavanaugh (75), Cade Charron (79) and Ben Hickson (87). Ty Henke’s round of 95 wasn’t factored in.

The individual state championships for boys and girls will be held this Saturday, also at Natanis.

Football

Brunswick’s football team improved to 4-2 last Friday after a 55-28 win at Lawrence. The Dragons (second behind Skowhegan in the Class B North Heal Points standings) goes to Brewer (1-5) and closes at home versus Cony Oct. 19.

In Class B South, Mt. Ararat fell to 1-5 and seventh after a 42-6 home loss to Falmouth. The Eagles host 1-5 Westbrook Saturday and close at home versus Morse Oct. 20.

In Class C South, Morse fell to 3-3 and sixth following a 19-6 loss at York. The Shipbuilders play host to 5-1 Leavitt Friday, then close at Mt. Ararat.

Boys’ soccer

Mt. Ararat’s boys’ soccer team was 9-1-1 and second to defending state champion Lewiston in the Class A North Heal Points standings at press time following a 5-1 win at Morse and a 1-1 draw at Lewiston. The Eagles were home against Mt. Blue Tuesday, visit Edward Little Friday and close at home versus Brunswick Monday.

Brunswick was 5-4-2 and fourth in the region after an 8-0 win at Lincoln Academy and a 4-0 home victory over Edward Little last week. The Dragons were home with Camden Hills Tuesday, welcome Lewiston Friday and close at Mt. Ararat Monday.

In Class B South, Morse was 3-5-3 and eighth after a 5-1 home loss to Mt. Ararat. The Shipbuilders were at Maranacook Tuesday and hosted Gardiner Thursday, then close at Oceanside Tuesday of next week.

Girls’ soccer

The Brunswick girls were 10-0-1 and second behind defending Class A champion Camden Hills in the Class A North Heals entering Tuesday’s game at the Windjammers. After visiting Lewiston Friday, the Dragons finish with a home game versus Mt. Ararat Monday.

Mt. Ararat was 6-5 and clung to the eighth and final playoff spot in Class A North at press time following a 2-0 home win over Morse and a 3-1 home victory over Lewiston last week. The Eagles were at Mt. Blue Tuesday, host Edward Little Friday and close at Brunswick Monday.

Morse was 4-5-2 and eighth in Class B South after last week’s 2-0 loss at Mt. Ararat. The Shipbuilders hosted Maranacook Tuesday and went to Gardiner Thursday, then close at home versus Oceanside Tuesday of next week.

Field hockey

Mt. Ararat’s field hockey team was 8-5 and fifth in the Class A Heals heading into Wednesday’s regular season finale at Brunswick. Last week, the Eagles blanked visiting Oxford Hills, 2-0.

Brunswick was 5-8 and ninth in Class A North, but only eight teams make the playoffs. The Dragons beat host Lincoln Academy (8-1) and Camden Hills (3-1) last week. Brunswick closed at home versus Mt. Ararat Wednesday.

Morse was 6-7 and held on to the 10th and final playoff spot in Class B North at press time following a 2-1 home win over Waterville last week. The Shipbuilders closed at Maine Central Institute Tuesday.

The field hockey playoffs begin Saturday with the preliminary round on the fields of the higher seeds.

Volleyball

The Brunswick/Mt. Ararat co-op volleyball team was 4-8 and ninth in Class A (10 teams qualify for the playoffs) at press time following last week’s five-set home win over Wells and a four-set loss to visiting Gardiner. Brunswick/Mt. Ararat hosted top-ranked Falmouth Thursday and finishes the regular season at home against Deering Tuesday of next week.

Cross country

The KVAC cross country championship meet is Saturday in Augusta.

The regional championships are the following Saturday.

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