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Mid-Coast playoff action continues

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Mid-Coast playoff action continues

With the track state meets completed and with tennis on the verge of crowning champions, the baseball, softball and lacrosse playoffs are upon us as well.

Here's a look at who's done what and who is playing where as the fun really begins.

Track

While not local teams came in first at Saturday's outdoor track state meets, several individuals impressed.

At the Class A meet in Windham, the Brunswick girls had 31 points to finish seventh (Thornton Academy won with 65), while Mt. Ararat (4) tied Hampden Academy and Oxford Hills for 23rd place.

The Dragons were led by their 1,600 relay team (Lena Martin, Anna Turner, Tiffany Tanner and Anna Cowan), which was runner-up to Edward Little in 4 minutes, 8.87 seconds. Tessa Cassidy placed third in the two-mile (11:47.91). Tanner had a third-place finish in the 800 (2:26.43). Michele Richards came in fourth in the discus (99 feet-11 inches). Teresa Murphy placed seventh in the mile (5:25.17). The 3,200 relay team (Cowan, Cassidy, Murphy and Tanner) came in third (9:49.29).

The Eagles' points came from Kelly Lynch (fifth in the mile, 5:23.16) and their  seventh-place 1,600 relay team (Nicole Ross, Summer Gray, Sara Napoleon, Lynch, 4:21.86).

On the boys' side, Brunswick (19 points) tied Hampden Academy for 12th (Cheverus won with 99), while Mt. Ararat (6) tied Bonny Eagle, Cony, Portland and Windham for 22nd.

Brunswick's effort was highlighted by Shane Lyons, who won the long jump in 21-00.50. The Dragons' 3,200 relay team (Jason Higginbotham, John Murphy, Zach Miller and Christopher Tanner) came in third (8:24.86). Tanner finished fifth in the 800 (2:03.29).

For the Eagles, Andrew McCracken was fourth in the pole vault (12-6) and Justin Pierce finished in a three-way tie for fifth in the high jump (6-0).

Morse competed at the Class B state meet in Brewer, which was swept by the Waterville juggernaut. The Shipbuilders girls finished 14th with 17 points, while the boys were 20th with 5.

Morse's girls got all of their points from Savanah Simmons-Grover, who won the javelin (109-11), placed third in the high jump (5-0) and came in seventh in the triple jump (32-3.5).

Boys' scorers included Max Lareau (sixth in the long jump, 20-00.50), Cody Marenius (seventh in the pole vault, 10-9), Christopher Walfield in the two-mile (10:40.37) and Juwan Moore (seventh in the shot put, 43-9.5).

Tennis

At press time, the Brunswick girls and Mt. Ararat boys were still alive in the team tennis tournament.

The two-time defending Class A champion Dragons, ranked first in Eastern Class A after a 12-0 regular season, beat No. 8 Mt. Blue and No. 4 Lewiston by 5-0 margins in their first two playoff tests, than squared off against No. 2 Hampden Academy in Tuesday's regional final. If victorious, Brunswick would meet either Portland (14-0), in a rematch of last year's state match thriller, or six-time defending Class B champion Falmouth (14-0), which has won 107 matches in a row and is playing up in Class A this year due to increased enrollment. The state match is Saturday at 9:15 a.m., at Bates College in Lewiston.

Mt. Ararat's girls went 9-3 and earned the No. 3 seed, but after ousting No. 6 Bangor (5-0) in the quarterfinals, the Eagles were eliminated by second-ranked Hampden Academy, 3-2, in the semifinals to wind up 10-4.

Morse had a 6-6 regular season and wound up seventh in Western B. After downing No. 10 Gardiner in the prelminary round, 4-1, the Shipbuilders were eliminated by No. 2 Maranacook, 4-1, to finish 7-7.

The Mt. Ararat boys were the No. 5 five seed in Eastern A after a 7-5 regular season, but the Eagles knocked off fourth-ranked Mt. Blue, 3-2, in the quarterfinals, then upset No. 1 Bangor Monday in the semifinals, 3-2, to advance to Tuesday's regional final versus No. 3 Hampden Academy (12-2). If Mt. Ararat was able to make it to the state meet, it would play either Deering (14-0) or Falmouth (14-0) Saturday at 9:15 a.m., at Bates.

Brunswick was the No. 2 seed in the region after an 11-1 campaign, but after eliminating No. 7 Lewiston, 4-1, in the quarterfinals, the Dragons were upset by Hampden Academy, 4-1, in the semis and finished the year 12-2.

Morse was the No. 2 seed in Western B after a 9-3 campaign, but after downing No. 7 Maranacook, 4-1, in the quarterfinals, the Shipbuilders were ousted, 3-2, by No. 3 Yarmouth in the semifinals to wind up 10-4.

Baseball

Morse's baseball team earned the No. 6 seed for the Western Class B playoffs and had a quarterfinal round test at No. 3 Poland (12-4) Thursday. The teams didn't play this season.

Brunswick lost, 11-1, at Oxford Hills in its finale to end up 8-8 and ninth in Eastern A. The Dragons went to No. 8 Edward Little (7-9) for a preliminary round game Tuesday. Brunswick lost at home to the Red Eddies, 5-1, back on May 16. If the Dragons advanced, they would play at No. 1 Bangor (14-2) in Thursday's quarterfinals. The Rams beat Brunswick twice this year: 10-7 and 4-0.

Mt. Ararat finished 2-14 and 13th in Eastern A and did not qualify for the playoffs.

The semifinals are Saturday, on the field of the higher remaining seeds.

Softball

No local softball teams made the playoffs.

In Eastern A, Mt. Ararat finished 11th (only nine teams made the cut) at 4-12, while Brunswick wound up 0-16 and 13th after a 13-0 loss at Oxford Hills in its finale.

In Western B, Morse finished 3-13 and 13th, but only 10 teams qualified.

Boys' lacrosse

Brunswick's boys' lacrosse team took the No. 1 seed in Eastern A and a 10-2 mark into Wednesday's quarterfinal against No. 8 Lewiston (5-7). The Dragons beat the Blue Devils, 12-2, at home back on May 14. If Brunswick advances, it will host either No. 4 Mt. Ararat (8-4) or No. 5 Cony (8-4) in Saturday's semifinals.

The Eagles closed their regular season last week with a 9-8 victory at Gardiner. Mt. Ararat lost at home to Cony, 7-5, back on May 21. The Eagles lost twice to Brunswick this year: 17-2 at home and 14-5 on the road.

In Eastern B, Morse took the No. 3 seed and a 9-3 mark into a home quarterfinal against No. 6 Camden Hills (8-4) Wednesday. The Shipbuilders eked out a 10-9 decision at the Windjammers back on April 30. If victorious, Morse will either go to No. 1 Maranacook/Winthrop (12-0) or host No. 8 North Yarmouth Academy (2-10) in Saturday's semifinals. The Shipbuilders lost at home to the Black Bears, 20-4, on May 23. The did not face the Panthers this season.

The regional finals are Wednesday on the fields of the higher remaining seeds. The Class A and B state games are Saturday, June 21 at Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland.

Girls' lacrosse

On the girls' side, Morse earned the No. 3 seed in Eastern B after a 10-2 season, capped by a 14-2 win at Lincoln last Wednesday. The Shipbuilders hosted No. 6 Camden Hills (6-6) in a quarterfinal Wednesday. Morse beat the Windjammers twice this year: 14-7 away and 15-10 at home. If the Shipbuilders did it again, they'd be at No. 2 Freeport (10-2) either Friday or Saturday for the semifinals. The Falcons won at Morse in an overtime thriller, 10-9, back on May 3.

In Eastern A, Mt. Ararat wound up 6-6 and seventh after a 13-7 victory at Edward Little last week. The Eagles went to No. 2 Messlaonskee (9-3) for the quarterfinals Wednesday. Mt. Ararat dropped two close decisions to Messalonskee during the season (13-12 and 15-11). If the Eagles sprung the upset, they'd go to No. 3 Cony (9-3) or No. 6 Portland (6-6) for the semifinals Saturday. Mt. Ararat lost to the Rams twice this year, 15-13 and 11-6. The Eagles didn't face the Bulldogs.

Brunswick garnered the eighth and final seed in Eastern A with its 5-7 mark. The Dragons opened the playoffs at top-ranked and defending state champion Cheverus (9-3) Wednesday in the quarterfinals. The teams didn't play this year. If Brunswick pulled the shocker, it would go to either No. 4 Windham (8-4) or fifth-ranked Lewiston (7-5) for the semifinals Saturday. The Dragons didn't face the Eagles this season. They split with the Blue Devils, winning at home, 9-5, and falling in Lewiston, 7-4.

The regional finals are Wednesday on the fields of the higher remaining seeds. The Class A and B state games are Saturday, June 21 at Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland.