Playoff thrills continue; states next
The baseball and lacrosse playoffs produced their share of surprise and excitement last week and with the state championships scheduled for Saturday, this week promises to be memorable as well.
Here's a look at what happened last week and what's to come.
For the second year in a row, the Brunswick girls' tennis team has no peer in the state of Maine.
As was the case a year ago, the Dragons won the state match, 3-2, but this time, it came down to the final match.
Brunswick, ranked second in Eastern A after a 12-0 regular season, swept through the regional playoffs, capped by a 5-0 win over No. 4 Mt. Blue in last Wednesday's Eastern A Final.
Awaiting the Dragons at states was undefeated Portland, which won the first two points of the match (third singles, second doubles), but Brunswick turned the tide when Samiera MacMullen and Hannah Bobker rallied to win first doubles and after Ali Stankiewicz won in straight sets at No. 2 singles, the match came down to Dragons standout Maisie Silverman at first singles and Silverman didn't disappoint, beating Portland's Annette Denekas, 6-0, 6-0 to give Brunswick the match, a 16-0 record and another piece of hardware for the trophy case.
Brunswick's boys' lacrosse team was one win from the state game at press time.
The Dragons, ranked first in Eastern A after an 11-1 regular season, held off No. 5 Messalonskee in the semifinals, 13-9, Saturday to advance to Wednesday's regional final, where Brunswick hosted No. 2 Cheverus (12-2). The teams don't play in the regular season. Last year, the Stags came to Brunswick and upset the Dragons in the semifinals, 9-8, in overtime.
If Brunswick was able to advance, it will face three-time defending state champion Scarborough (12-1) or Kennebunk (11-3) in Saturday's Class A state final, 10 a.m., at Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland.
No. 3 Mt. Ararat was upset by No. 6 Deering, 8-7, in the quarterfinals last Wednesday to wind up 9-4.
Morse, ranked fifth in Western B, lost, 14-8, to visiting No. 4 Maranacook/Winthrop in last week's quarterfinals to finish 9-4.
On the girls' side, Morse reached the regional final for the first time.
The Shipbuilders, ranked fourth in Eastern B after a 7-5 regular season, handled No. 5 Camden Hills in the quarterfinals, 17-10, then upset top-ranked Gardiner, 9-8, in triple overtime, in the semifinals Friday. Morse advanced to meet third-ranked Yarmouth (6-7) Wednesday in the regional final in a game played on the turf at North Yarmouth Academy (Yarmouth's turf field is being renovated). The teams don't play in the regular year. The Clippers beat the Shipbuilders in all three previous playoff meetings, with a 17-4 romp in last year's semifinals the most recent encounter.
If Morse sprung another upset, it will face defending champion Waynflete (14-0) or Cape Elizabeth (11-3) in the Class B state final, Saturday at 5:30 p.m., at Fitzpatrick Stadium.
In Eastern A, defending regional champion Brunswick, the No. 8 seed, was eliminated in the quarterfinals with a 15-8 loss at No. 1 Messalonskee in the quarterfinals as it finished 3-10.
Mt. Ararat, ranked seventh, was also ousted in the quarterfinals, 15-2, by No. 2 Cheverus, as it finished 6-7.
On the diamond, Morse, the No. 3 seed in Western B, was a 7-1 winner over No. 11 Oak Hill in the quarterfinals last Thursday. The Shipbuilders then took a 1-0 lead to the bottom of the sixth in Saturday's semifinal at defending champion Falmouth, but the Yachtsmen rallied for a 2-1 win, ending Morse's fine season at 13-5.
In Eastern A, Brunswick, the No. 9 seed, took No. 8 Brewer to extra innings in the preliminary round last Tuesday, but ultimately lost, 1-0, in nine innings, to wind up 5-12.
Brunswick's Jamie Ross was the lone Mid-Coast athlete to compete in the New England championships, held Saturday in New Britain, Conn. Ross placed sixth in the 800 (1 minute, 55.16 seconds).