Playoff action heats up in the Mid-Coast
The golf season has come to a close, field hockey's playoffs are underway and cross country and soccerl's postseason are primed to begin.
Buckle up, the fun's just getting started.
Here's a glimpse:
Brunswick's Derek Devereaux finished one stroke shy of winning the individual Class A golf title Saturday at Natanis Golf Course in Vassalboro. Devereaux wound up shooting a 76, as did Nick Mazurek of Oceanside, but Cheverus' Chris Billings and Oxford Hills' Cam Letourneau both shot 75.
Mt. Ararat's Tyler O'Connor tied for fifth with a 77. Teammate Cam Cox tied for 21st with an 85.
The Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference championship meet was held last weekend.
The Brunswick girls were second to Hampden Academy in Class A, while Mt. Ararat placed fourth. Brunswick's Teresa Murphy was the top individual (20 minutes, 40.4 seconds). Kelly Lynch of Mt. Ararat placed sixth (21:42.3).
In Class B, Morse came in sixth (Maranacook was first). Amy Franklin placed eighth individually (22:25.7).
In the boys' Class A race, won by Bangor, Mt. Ararat came in seventh and Brunswick finished eighth. The Eagles were paced by Nathan Mackenzie (12th, 18:08.2). The Dragons first finisher was Christopher Tanner (22nd, 18:57.4).
In Class B, Morse came in sixth (Maranacook was first). Christopher Walfield placed sixth (18:28.0).
The regionals are this coming Saturday and the state meet is Saturday, Nov. 2.
Mt. Ararat's field hockey team wound up 7-7 and seventh in Eastern Class A. The Eagles were at No. 2 Messalonskee (12-2) in the quarterfinals Wednesday. Back on Sept. 6, Mt. Ararat lost at home to Messalonskee, 10-0.
Brunswick finished 1-13 and 11th in Eastern A and fell short of the playoffs.
In Western B, Morse lost, 1-0, at Erskine in its finale to wind up 2-12 and 11th, failing to qualify.
Brunswick's football team bounced back last week and won at Lawrence, 21-7, to improve to 6-1 (first in the Eastern Class A Crabtree Points standings). The Dragons wrap up the regular season Friday when they host undefeated Kennebunk in a possible state final preview.
In Western B, Morse is sixth at 3-4 after a 60-0 loss at defending regional champion Marshwood. The Shipbuilders host Mt. Ararat Friday and hope to wrap up a playoff spot.
The Eagles fell to 3-4 and seventh after a hard-fought 20-7 home loss to Falmouth.
On the pitch, the Mt. Ararat boys were fourth in the Western A Heals at press time with an 8-3-2 record after falling at Hampden Academy, 2-1, Saturday. The Eagles closed the regular season Tuesday when they hosted rival Brunswick.
The Dragons entered that game sixth at 8-5 after a 4-0 win at Lawrence Thursday.
In Western B, Morse was 1-11-1 at press time and sat 12th, but only 10 teams make the playoffs. Last week, the Shipbuilders lost at Gardiner, 4-0. They closed at home versus Erskine Tuesday.
The playoffs begin this weekend with the preliminary round. The quarterfinals are Wednesday. Games will be played on the fields of the higher seeds.
On the girls' side, Mt. Ararat was second to Bangor in the Heals at 12-1 after beating visiting Hampden Academy, 2-0, Saturday, as Torri Pelletier and Libby Ouellette scored. The Eagles closed Tuesday at Brunswick.
The Dragons entered that game fifth at 8-4-1 after a 5-0 home win over Lawrence.
In Western B, Morse will likely be the No. 3 seed after a 9-3-2 regular season, which was capped by a 2-1 home loss to Gardiner and a 3-0 home win over Erskine. In the victory, Amanda Gagne, Paige Martin and Miracle Trimble all scored. The Shipbuilders could host York or Leavitt in the quarterfinals Tuesday of next week.