Spring sports drama heating up
A Brunswick High girls' tennis standout was two wins from a repeat individual championship at press time and that was just the tip of the iceberg on spring sports excitement.
As May gives way to June, every sport will be involved in its postseason.
Here's a glimpse:
Brunswick's Maisie Silverman, last year's champion, handled three foes last weekend to reach the "final four" of the girls' tennis singles tournament. Saturday, Silverman was a 6-0, 6-0 winner over Mt. Desert Island's Madeline Cook. Monday, Silverman downed Portland's Sophie Hulbert (6-0, 6-0) and No. 8 Shashanna Moll of Belfast (6-2, 6-0) to advance. Wednesday morning, Silverman met No. 5 Julia Brogan of Falmouth. If victorious, Silverman would have faced either No. 2 Olivia Leavitt of Falmouth or No. 6 Libby Voccola of Falmouth in the final.
Silverman's teammate Ali Stankiewicz also made the round of 16, but was defeated there, 2-6, 0-6, by No. 3 Colleen O'Donnell of Waterville.
On the boys' side, Morse's Sam Leeman beat Waynflete's Ben Shapiro, 6-1, 6-1, to reach the quarterfinals, but his run ended there with a 3-6, 2-6 setback to No. 4 Matt Gilman of Cape Elizabeth.
The team tournament is underway.
The Brunswick boys went 12-0 and earned the top seed in Eastern Class A. The Dragons hosted No. 8 Skowhegan (4-8) in the quarterfinals Thursday.
Mt. Ararat missed the playoffs with a 2-10 record.
In Western B, Morse was the ninth and final team to qualify with a 2-10 record. The Shipbuilders played a preliminary round match at No. 8 York (6-6) Tuesday. If Morse sprung the upset, it would have gone to No. 1 Lincoln Academy (12-0) for the quarterfinals Thursday.
On the girls' side, defending Class A champion Brunswick went a perfect 12-0 this year, but still finished second in the standings to Hampden Academy. The Dragons opened their tournament run Thursday in the quarterfinals at home versus No. 7 Messalonskee (6-6).
Mt. Ararat earned the No. 5 seed with a 7-5 record and opened at No. 4 Mt. Blue (9-3) in the quarterfinals Thursday.
In Western B, Morse wound up ninth at 6-6 and had a prelim at No. 8 Maranacook (7-5) Tuesday. If victorious, the Shipbuilders would have gone to No. 1 Falmouth (12-0) for a quarterfinal Thursday.
Looking ahead, the semifinals are Saturday, hosted by the teams with higher seeds. The regional finals are Wednesday of next week at Bates College. The state matches are Saturday, June 8, at the University of Maine in Orono.
After a two-day delay caused by poor weather, the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference held its outdoor track and field championship meet Monday in Bath.
In the Class A boys' meet, won by Edward Little, Brunswick came in fourth and Mt. Ararat was sixth. The Dragons got wins from Alex Nichols in the 100 (11.35 seconds), 200 (22.91) and the 400 (50.58) and their 1,600 relay team (3 minutes, 32.58 seconds). The Eagles Andrew McCracken took the pole vault (12 feet, 6 inches).
Mt. Ararat was third in the Class A girls' meet, which was won by Lawrence. Brunswick came in fifth. The Dragons got a win from Allison Hill in the 100 (16.24) and the Eagles were paced by Olivia Swan, winner of the high jump (5-0).
Morse finished seventh in the Class B girls' competition and 10th in the Class B boys' meet. Sava Simmons-Grover won the girls' high jump (5-0) and the javelin (105-1).
The baseball season was wrapping up at press time. Morse was the lone shoo-in for the playoffs as the Shipbuilders were 11-3 and third behind Greely and defending state champion Falmouth in the Western Class A Heals. Morse beat visiting Belfast, 11-1, last Wednesday, hosted Nokomis Tuesday and needed to make up a game at Camden Hills.
In Eastern A, Brunswick clung to the ninth and final playoff spot with a 4-11 record entering Wednesday's finale at Mt. Ararat. The Dragons lost, 4-1, at Lewiston in their most recent action last week.
Mt. Ararat was 11th, but still alive at 3-11. The Eagles lost, 12-1, at Cony last Thursday. After going to Mt. Blue Tuesday, Mt. Ararat closed at home versus Brunswick Wednesday.
Mt. Ararat's softball team was 10th in Eastern A (nine teams make the playoffs) with a 4-10 record at press time. The Eagles were coming off a 4-0 loss at defending state champion Cony. They were at Mt. Blue Tuesday and finished up with a home game versus Brunswick Wednesday.
The Dragons were 14th at 0-15 entering that finale. Last week, Brunswick lost, 15-3, at Lewiston.
In Western B, Morse was 2-12 and 17th (only 12 teams make the cut) after a 2-1 home loss to Belfast last week. The Shipbuilders were home with Nokomis Tuesday and also needed to make up a game versus Camden Hills.
Brunswick's boys' lacrosse team appears to have the top spot locked up in Eastern A. The Dragons improved to 10-1 with a 10-6 home win over Mt. Ararat last week. They closed at St. Dom's Tuesday.
The Eagles were fourth at 8-3 entering their finale at home versus Lewiston Wednesday. Mt. Ararat lost, 10-6, at Brunswick, then handled visiting Oxford Hills, 16-0, last week.
In Eastern B, Morse was in the No. 5 spot at 8-3 after wins at Camden Hills (9-6) and Cony (7-4) last week. The Shipbuilders closed at home versus Lincoln Academy Wednesday.
On the girls' side, Morse was fourth in Eastern B at 7-4 after wins over visiting Edward Little (21-11) and at Camden Hills (17-15) last week. The Shipbuilders closed at Messalonskee Tuesday.
In Eastern A, Mt. Ararat was seventh at press time with a 6-5 record. Last week, the Eagles downed visiting Lincoln, 14-2. They closed at Cony Tuesday.
Defending regional champion Brunswick finished the regular season 3-9 after a 16-10 home loss to Cony and a 15-8 setback at Messalonskee. The Dragons appear as if they'll be the No. 8 seed for the playoffs.