Playoff action heating up
The field hockey playoffs have ended in the Mid-Coast, but soccer and football are prepared to fill the void and cross country is still going strong.
Here's what you might have missed and a glimpse at what's to come.
Brunswick's football team finished with a 21-6 home loss to Kennebunk in a possible state championship game preview to wind up 6-2 and first in the Eastern Class B Crabtree Points standings. The Dragons have a bye this weekend, then will host No. 4 Mt. Blue (5-3) or No. 5 Skowhegan (4-4) in the semifinals Nov. 8 or 9. Brunswick beat visiting Skowhegan, 47-26, and prevailed at Mt. Blue, 34-20.
In Western B, Mt. Ararat handled host Morse, 32-8, in the finale last weekend. The Eagles finished 4-4 and seventh in the standings, while the Shipbuilders wound up 3-5 and eighth.
Mt. Ararat goes to No. 2 York (6-2) for the quarterfinals Friday. The Eagles lost at the Wildcats, 34-0, Oct. 4.
Morse is at top-ranked Kennebunk (8-0) Friday in its quarterfinal. On Oct. 11, the Shipbuilders lost at the Rams, 50-7.
Mt. Ararat's boys' soccer team earned the No. 4 seed in Eastern A after closing with a 2-1 home win over Brunswick to finish 9-3-2. The Eagles hosted No. 5 Edward Little (8-3-3). The teams played to a 0-0 tie, Sept. 17 in Auburn. If victorious, Mt. Ararat would advance to Saturday's semifinals to either visit top-ranked Hampden Academy (13-1) or host No. 8 Mt. Blue (7-8).
The Dragons finished with an 8-6 mark to earn the No. 6 seed and set up a quarterfinal Wednesday at No. 3 Bangor (11-3). Brunswick lost at home to the Rams, 1-0, Sept. 21. If the Dragons prevailed, they'd either go to second-ranked Lewiston (11-1-2) or host No. 7 Messalonskee (6-6-2) in Saturday's semifinals.
In Western B, Morse finished 1-12-1 after a 1-0 home loss to Erskine and failed to qualify.
Looking ahead, the regional finals are Wednesday on the field of the higher remaining seeds. The Class A state game is Saturday, Nov. 9, in Bath.
On the girls' side, Mt. Ararat earned the No. 2 seed in Eastern A after a 12-2 regular season, which culminated with a 3-2 loss at rival Brunswick. The Eagles hosted No. 7 Cony (7-6-1) in the quarterfinals Tuesday. Mt. Ararat won, 1-0, at Cony back on Sept. 24. If the Eagles advanced, they'd host No. 3 Hampden Academy (9-3-2) or No. 6 Edward Little (9-5) Saturday in the semifinals.
Brunswick wound up fourth after a 9-4-1 regular season and hosted No. 5 Oxford Hills (8-4-2) Tuesday in the quarterfinals. In the regular season, the Dragons beat the visiting Vikings, 2-0, Oct. 8. A Brunswick win likely sends it to top-ranked Bangor (13-1), the three-time defending regional champion, Saturday for the semifinals.
In Western B, Morse wound up third with a 9-3-2 mark. The Shipbuilders had a daunting playoff opener, hosting No. 6 York (5-6-3) in the quarterfinals Tuesday. The teams don't play in the regular season. A win would likely send Morse to No. 2 Greely (9-4-1) for the semifinals Saturday.
Looking ahead, the regional finals are Wednesday on the field of the higher remaining seeds. The Class A state game is Saturday, Nov. 9, in Bath and the Class B state game is the same day in Hampden.
Mt. Ararat was the lone local field hockey team to make the playoffs and the Eagles were eliminated, 4-1, by Messalonskee in an Eastern A quarterfinal last week, ending their season at 7-8.
Brunswick's girls' cross country team tied Hampden Academy for the top spot in the Eastern Class A regional cross country meet and won it on a tiebreaker. Teresa Murphy came in second individually (19 minutes, 26.57 seconds). Tessa Cassidy placed fourth (19:44.84). Mt. Ararat was sixth. Kelly Lynch came in 10th (20:39.55).
The boys' meet was won by Lewiston. Mt. Ararat was seventh and Brunswick eighth. Individually, the Eagles were led by Sam Wood (fifth, 16:25.44). The top Dragon was Christopher Tanner (25th, 17:29.45).
In Western B, the Morse girls were ninth and the boys 11th. The girls were paced by Amy Franklin (16th, 21:34.2). The fastest Shipbuilder boy was Christopher Walfield (17th, 17:48.51).
The state championships are Saturday at Twin Brook in Cumberland.