Believe it or not, fall sports season half over
As the calendar flips from summer to fall, local athletes are roughly midway through their seasons. Some trends have emerged and many questions remain as big showdowns await.
Here's a glimpse:
Brunswick's football team passed a big test Friday when it outlasted Cony in a slugfest, 54-38, to improve to 3-0. The Dragons are now the lone undefeated team in Eastern Class B. Brunswick plays host to 2-1 Skowhegan Friday. Last year, the Dragons had no trouble beating Skowhegan at home, 36-14.
Mt. Ararat got in the win column Friday for the first time since Oct. 16, 2009, snapping a 29-game skid with a 42-26 victory over Fryeburg Academy to improve to 1-2. The Eagles look to even their record, and have a legitimate chance to do so, when they play at 0-3 Gorham (which has been outscored, 189-10) Friday night.
Morse made it two wins in a row with a 28-8 victory over Gardiner Friday. The 2-1 Shipbuilders are at 0-3 Fryeburg Saturday.
Brunswick's boys' soccer team was fifth in the Eastern Class A Heal Points standings at press time with a 3-2 record after a 4-1 win at Messalonskee and a 1-0 home loss to Bangor last week. The Dragons were at Edward Little Tuesday, host Skowhegan Saturday and welcome Cony Tuesday of next week.
Mt. Ararat sat fifth at 2-2-1 after a 0-0 tie versus Edward Little. The Eagles were home with Cony Tuesday, welcome Bangor Friday and visit Oxford Hills Tuesday of next week.
In Western B, Morse was 0-4 and 14th entering Tuesday's home game versus Medomak. After going to Leavitt Thursday, the Shipbuilders host Camden Hills Saturday and go to Oceanside Tuesday of next week.
On the girls' side, Mt. Ararat is atop the Eastern A Heals at 5-0 after a 2-1 win at Edward Little last week. Libby Ouellette and Nikki Bradstreet had the goals. The Eagles were back in action Tuesday at Cony. They go to Bangor Saturday and host Oxford Hills Tuesday of next week.
Brunswick sat eighth at 2-3 after a 4-0 home win over Messalonskee and a 2-0 loss at Bangor last week. The Dragons hosted Edward Little Tuesday, go to Skowhegan Friday and visit Cony Tuesday of next week.
In Western B, Morse was second to Cape Elizabeth in the Heals at press time after a 4-0 win at Gardiner and a 7-0 home loss to Waterville last week. In the win, Miracle Trimble scored twice, while Amanda Gagne and Ruth Nadeau both had one goal. The Shipbuilders were at Medomak Tuesday and hosted Leavitt Thursday. They visit Camden Hills Saturday and welcome Oceanside Tuesday of next week.
Mt. Ararat's field hockey team was 2-5 and eighth in Eastern A at press time. The Eagles lost, 5-0, at Lawrence last Tuesday, then got in the win column with a 6-0 win at Brunswick and a 3-0 victory at Hampden. Mt. Ararat was home with Edward Little Tuesday and goes to Lewiston Thursday. The Eagles host Bangor Tuesday of next week.
Brunswick fell to 1-6 and 11th after a 4-0 loss at Oxford Hills and a 6-0 home loss to Mt. Ararat. The Dragons were home with Messalonskee Tuesday and played at Mt. Blue Thursday. They welcome Hampden Academy Tuesday of next week.
In Western B, Morse was 1-6 and 10th after sandwiching losses at Mt. View (5-0) and Oceanside (7-0) around a 6-0 home victory over Nokomis. The Shipbuilders were home with Waterville Tuesday and at Winslow Thursday. They host Gardiner Monday.
Mt. Ararat hosted five schools, including Brunswick and Morse, at a cross country meet Friday.
The Eagles boys were first and had the top three finishers (Sam Wood, Nathan MacKenzie and Matt Gott). The Shipbuilders were third (Christopher Walfield placed fifth individually) and the Dragons fourth (Christopher Tanner came in 10th).
In the girls' meet, Brunswick was first, Mt. Ararat second and Morse third. The Dragons got a second-place finish from Teresa Murphy. The Shipbuilders were led by Amy Franklin (fourth). The Eagles were paced by Kelly Lynch (fifth).
Brunswick hosted a multiple team meet Thursday.