Fall sports season about to get very interesting
The postseason is just days away (golf states kicks off the fun Saturday) and there's definitely a playoff feel in the air. The time to secure a playoff spot and a strong postseason seed is disappearing as quickly as the leaves on the trees.
Here's a glimpse:
Brunswick's football team is atop the Eastern Class B Crabtree Points standings at 5-0 after holding on for a 34-20 win at Mt. Blue last weekend. The Dragons return home Friday to welcome 2-3 Messalonskee.
In Western B, Morse improved to 3-2 after a 56-0 romp at Gorham. The Shipbuilders (seventh in the Crabtrees) are back home Friday, but face the daunting task of meeting undefeated, top-ranked Kennebunk (5-0).
Mt. Ararat fell to 2-3 after a 34-0 loss at York, which snapped a two-game win streak. The Eagles (eighth in the Crabtrees) returns home Friday to face 0-4 Oceanside.
On the pitch, the Mt. Ararat boys were 7-2-1 and fourth in the Eastern Class A Heal Points standings at press time after wins at Oxford Hills (4-0) and Skowhegan (7-0) and at home over Lawrence (7-0). The Eagles were at Lewiston Tuesday and host Brewer Saturday.
Brunswick beat visiting Cony, 2-1, then fell to 5-5 (sixth in Eastern A) after losses at Lewiston (2-0) and at home to Hampden Academy (1-0). The Dragons were at Oxford Hills Tuesday and welcome Mt. Blue Saturday.
Morse fell to 1-8-1 and 12th in Western B after losses at Oceanside (4-0) and Erskine (3-0). The Shipbuilders were at Lincoln Tuesday and hosted Maranacook Thursday. Tuesday of next week, Morse goes to Gardiner.
On the girls' side, Mt. Ararat was 8-1 and second to Bangor in the Eastern A Heals after home wins over Oxford Hills (1-0, in overtime) and Skowhegan (7-0) last week. Libby Ouellette had the winner against the Vikings. In the win over Skowhegan, seven different players tickled the twine.
Brunswick is 6-4 and seventh after a 3-0 win at Cony, a 5-0 home victory over Lewiston and a 2-1 loss at Hampden Academy. The Dragons were home with Oxford Hills Tuesday and go to Mt. Blue Friday.
In Western B, Morse was third at press time behind Cape Elizabeth and Greely with a 7-2-1 record. Last week, the Shipbuilders edged visiting Oceanside, 1-0 (Savannah Simmons-Grover had the goal) and played host Erkine to a 4-4 draw. Miracle Trimble scored twice, while Paige Martin and Sophie Sreden each had one goal. Morse was home versus Lincoln Tuesday and went to Maranacook Thursday. Tuesday of next week, the Shipbuilders host Gardiner.
Mt. Ararat's field hockey team appears to be the lone local squad which is playoff-bound. The Eagles entered the week 5-7 and seventh in the Eastern A Heals (the top eight teams qualify for the postseason). Last Tuesday, Mt. Ararat stretched its win streak to five with a 5-2 home win over Bangor. The Eagles then lost at Oxford Hills (1-0) and Mt. Blue (2-0). Mt. Ararat was home with Lewiston Tuesday and closes the regular season at home versus Brunswick Saturday.
The Dragons were 1-11 and 11th after losses to visiting Hampden Academy (6-0), host Bangor (1-0) and host Hampden Academy (5-0). Brunswick was home with Edward Little Thursday and closes at Mt. Ararat Saturday.
In Western B, Morse was 1-10 and 11th in the standings (only nine teams make the playoffs) at press time after a 12-0 home loss to Gardiner and a 5-0 setback at Belfast. The Shipbuilders were home with Brewer Tuesday and Camden Hills Thursday, then close at Erskine Tuesday of next week.
Brunswick and Morse's cross country teams took part in the Festival of Champions at Belfast last weekend.
In the boys' race, the Dragons were 20th and the Shipbuilders 33rd. Christopher Walfield came in 43rd for Morse, while Christopher Tanner was 62nd for Brunswick.
In the girls' meet, the Dragons came in 19th, while the Shipbuilders placed 43rd. Individually, Brunswick's Tessa Cassidy came in 14th, while Morse's Kelsea Albertson was 65th.
The golf team state championships are Saturday at Natanis Golf Course in Vassalboro. The individual championships are Saturday, Oct. 19, also at Natanis.