October means postseason nears
October is upon us.
A new month means local teams are either priming for the postseason or jockeying for positioning.
Golf's team state championship match is Saturday and individual champions will be crowned the following weekend. Cross country has just one regular season meet left. Soccer, field hockey and volleyball are all rapidly coming to a close.
Here's a glimpse at where things stand and a look ahead:
The Brunswick football team finally came back to earth last weekend, dropping a 34-7 home decision to Cony to fall to 4-1. The Dragons got the usual strong offensive performance from Jared Jensen and Jensen returned an interception for Brunswick's lone score, but it wasn't enough. The Dragons (third in the Eastern A Crabtree Points standings) have a big test Friday when they go to 5-0 Messalonskee.
Mt. Ararat fell to 0-5 last week after a 42-0 setback at Bangor. The Eagles (ninth in the Crabtrees) host 0-5 Edward Little Saturday.
In Eastern B, Morse snapped a three-game skid with a thrilling 27-26 home win over Madison on a late two-point conversion. The Shipbuilders (tied for eighth in the region) visit Old Town Friday.
Brunswick and Mt. Ararat's boys' soccer teams are near the top of the Eastern Class A Heal Points standings.
The Dragons sat second at press time with a record of 6-2-2 after beating visiting Messalonskee (3-0) and tying host Hampden Academy (1-1) last week. After going to Oxford Hills Tuesday, Brunswick is idle until Tuesday of next week when it hosts Mt. Ararat.
The Eagles were fourth with a 7-1-1 mark after downing visiting Mt. Blue (4-1) and host Messalonskee (2-1). Mt. Ararat was home with top-ranked Lewiston Tuesday, welcomes Messalonskee Friday, then goes to Brunswick.
Morse has won three straight to get into playoff position. The Shipbuilders downed visiting Belfast and host Maine Central Institute by 1-0 scores to improve to 3-7 and 10th in Western B. Morse was home with Nokomis Tuesday, visits Medomak Friday and plays host to reigning Eastern B champion Camden Hills Wednesday of next week.
On the girls' side, Morse is a close second to Falmouth in the Western B Heals with an 8-1-1 record. The Shipbuilders are coming off wins over host Belfast (3-0) and visiting MCI (5-0). Against Belfast, Miracle Trimble had all three goals. Trimble scored twice against MCI as well. Alesha Aucoin, Savannah Simmons-Grover and Brianna Williams each added one goal. Morse was at Nokomis Tuesday, hosts Medomak Friday and plays at Camden Hills Wednesday of next week.
In Eastern A, Brunswick leads the way at 9-0 after dominating host Messalonskee, 7-1, in its latest outing. The Dragons hosted Oxford Hills Tuesday and Hampden Academy Thursday in a makeup game. Tuesday brings a trip to Mt. Ararat.
Mt. Ararat was 6-3 and ninth at press time. The Eagles were coming off a 2-1 loss at Mt. Blue and a 5-0 home victory over Messalonskee. Mt. Ararat was at Lewiston Tuesday, hosts Oxford Hills Tuesday, then welcomes Brunswick.
Mt. Ararat's field hockey team was fifth in the Eastern A Heals at press time with a 6-4 record entering Tuesday's home game versus Lewiston. The Eagles hosted Edward Little Thursday, go to Bangor Friday and close at home against Brunswick Tuesday of next week.
Brunswick sat ninth, one spot out of the playoffs, with a 2-7-2 mark after playing host Bangor to a 1-1 draw and falling at home to Oxford Hills, 3-0, in recent action. The Dragons were at Cony Tuesday and hosted Skowhegan Wednesday before closing the regular season at Mt. Ararat.
Morse began the week 0-10 and 16th in Western B. The Shipbuilders lost, 3-2, to visiting Camden Hills in their lone game last week. Morse was home with Lincoln Tuesday, went to Mt. Blue Wednesday, play at Nokomis Friday and finish Saturday at Erskine.
Brunswick's boys were 24th and Morse came in 45th in Saturday's Maine Cross Country Festival of Champions in Belfast. In the girls' competition, the Dragons were 13th and the Shipbuilders 29th.
The regular season concludes Friday with the Mt. Blue Relays.
Golf's state championship meet is Saturday at Natanis Golf Course in Vassalboro.
The individual championships are the following Saturday, also in Vassalboro.