No October surprise as local teams keep winning

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The month of October has arrived.

The month of champions.

The first hardware will be handed out Monday when golf crowns its state champions. The other fall sports are also winding down their regular seasons and the drama is palpable.

Here’s a glimpse at where things stand:

Football

The Brunswick football team keeps dominating the opposition. Last Friday, the Dragons had no trouble winning at Cony, 35-7, to improve to 4-1. Brunswick returns home Friday for a pivotal game versus 4-1 Messalonskee.

Mt. Ararat had the daunting task of hosting powerhouse Bangor and fell to 0-5 after a 54-27 loss. The Eagles seek their first win Friday at Edward Little.

In Eastern B, Morse rolled to a 36-12 triumph at Madison to improve to 2-3. The Shipbuilders seek to balance their record Saturday when they host Old Town.

Boys’ soccer

Mt. Ararat’s boys’ soccer team continues to lead the Eastern Class A Heal Points standings with a 6-0-3 mark after tying host Mt. Blue (0-0) and visiting Messalonskee (2-2) last week. The Eagles hosted Lewiston Thursday, go to Oxford Hills Friday and welcome Brunswick Tuesday of next week.

The Dragons began the week 4-3-3 and sixth in the region. Last week, Brunswick played host Messalonskee to a 1-1 draw and fell at home to Hampden Academy, 2-1. The Dragons are at Mt. Ararat Tuesday and host Oxford Hills in a makeup game Wednesday.

In Western B, Morse was 5-3-1 and sixth in the Heals after losses last week at Camden Hills (5-0) and Oak Hill (2-1). The Shipbuilders hosted Leavitt Tuesday, welcome Lincoln Friday and go to Medomak next Wednesday.

Girls’ soccer

On the girls’ side, Morse is still the top team in Western B with a 9-0 mark after blanking visiting Camden Hills (4-0) and Oak Hill (6-0) last week. Tori Field had two goals, Katie Henrikson and Christina Stuart one each against the Windjammers. Field and Henrikson both scored twice against Oak Hill. Morse was at Leavitt Tuesday, goes to Lincoln Friday and welcomes Medomak Wednesday of next week.

In Eastern A, Brunswick began the week 8-1 and second to Bangor in the Heals. The Dragons bounced back from their lone loss with a 5-0 home win over Messalonskee last week. Brunswick was at Oxford Hills Tuesday and Hampden Academy Thursday and welcomes Mt. Ararat Tuesday of next week.

The Eagles beat visiting Mt. Blue (3-0) and host Messalonskee (2-0) last week to improve to 7-1-1 (fifth in the region). Against the Cougars, Sydni Clark, Haley Michaud and Libby Ouellette scored. Shauna Williams had the shutout. Michaud scored both goals against the Eagles and Williams again was credited for the shutout. Mt. Ararat was at Lewiston Wednesday, hosts Edward Little Friday and goes to Brunswick Tuesday of next week.

Field hockey

Mt. Ararat’s field hockey team clung to the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Class A Heals at press time. The Eagles beat visiting Hampden (2-0) and Bangor (4-0) in recent action to improve to 2-5-4. Mt. Ararat was at Lewiston Wednesday and hosted Edward Little Thursday. The Eagles’ regular season ends Tuesday of next week at Brunswick.

The Dragons have work to do to make the playoffs. They began the week 2-8-1 and 11th after a 1-0 home win over Bangor last week. Tuesday’s home tilt with Cony was postponed to a yet-to-be announced date. Brunswick was at Skowhegan Thursday, goes to Oxford Hills Monday and closes at home versus Mt. Ararat Tuesday.

In Western B, Morse was 0-10-1 and 14th when the week began after a 9-0 home loss to Nokomis last Thursday. The Shipbuilders close with home games against Mt. Blue and Erskine and a trip to Oak Hill.

Cross country

Morse hosted Brunswick and Mt. Ararat in a cross country meet last Thursday. The Dragons were first in the boys’ race, with the Eagles second. The teams flip-flopped on the girls’ side as Mt. Ararat (ranked fifth in the latest coaches’ poll) was first. The Shipbuilders didn’t score in either meet.

Brunswick then went on and competed in the Festival of Champions in Belfast Saturday. The Dragons girls (eighth in the coaches’ poll) were fourth of 40 scoring teams. The boys finished 12th out of 50 squads. Individually, Teresa Murphy was 21st for the girls (with a time of 21 minutes, 8.32 seconds). On the boys’ side, Benson Worthington came in 11th (17:12.08).

The Mt. Blue Relays will be held Friday. The Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference championship meet is Saturday, Oct. 15.

Golf

The KVAC golf qualifier was scheduled to be held Tuesday in advance of the state championship match Monday at the Natanis Golf Course in Vassalboro.

Brunswick went 10-0 in the regular season, Mt. Ararat 4-5 and Morse 3-7.

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