Playoff excitement continues
With every sport but football having completed its regular season, there has been plenty of postseason excitement in the Mid-Coast area in recent days.
Here's a glimpse:
The Brunswick and Mt. Ararat cross country teams took part in the Eastern A regional championship meet, while Morse participated in the Western B meet Saturday.
In Belfast, the Dragons and Eagles girls both tallied 65 points to finish a narrow second to Hampden Academy (63) in the Eastern A race. Brunswick's Tessa Cassidy placed second individually with a time of 20 minutes, 36.31 seconds on the 5-kilometer course. Mt. Ararat's was paced by Kelly Lynch, who was sixth, 21:10.94.
In the boys' competition, won by Lewiston with 59 points, Mt. Ararat (89) was third and Brunswick (162) was seventh and the final team to qualify for states. Mt. Ararat's Sam Wood was first individually (17:00.81). Brunswick was led by Jamie Ross (21st, 18:05.22).
In the Western B boys' race in Cumberland, won by Cape Elizabeth with 64 points, Morse placed 12th with 324 and did not qualify. In the girls' competition, won by Falmouth (66), the Shipbuilders were ninth and also fell short. Individually, Charlotte Recknagel placed 26th for the girls (23:10.0) and Nate Stover was 31st (19:00.1) for the boys.
The Class A state meet is Saturday in Belfast.
The New England championships are Saturday, Nov. 10 in Cumberland.
Mt. Ararat topped the Eastern A boys' soccer playoff field with a 12-1-1 record. The Eagles hosted No. 8 Waterville (8-4-3) in Wednesday's quarterfinals. The teams didn't play in the regular season. Mt. Ararat was hoping to advance to host the semifinal round Saturday against the Brunswick-Bangor winner.
The Dragons finished fourth in the Heals with an 8-4-2 record and played host to the fifth-ranked, 8-2-4 Rams. Back on Sept. 21, Brunswick edged visiting Bangor, 1-0.
If the Dragons advanced to play the Eagles, they would be looking for their first win this year over their rival. The teams played to a scoreless tie Sept. 7 in Topsham and Mt. Ararat prevailed, 2-1, Oct. 9 in Brunswick.
In Western B, Morse finished 12th with a 4-10 record. Only 11 teams from the region made the postseason.
On the girls' side, top-ranked Morse advanced Tuesday in the Western B quarterfinals after a 4-2 come-from-behind win over visiting No. 8 Freeport and improved to 13-1-1.
The Falcons took a 2-0 lead into the half, but the Shipbuilders struck just 20 seconds into the second half to get back in the game on a goal from Brianna Williams. A Trimble goal tied the score. With just under seven minutes to play, Paige Martin put Morse ahead to stay and less than a minute later, Trimble iced it with her second goal. Sadia Crosby made six saves.
The Shipbuilders will host No. 4 Poland (8-5-2) in the semifinals this weekend. The teams have no history.
In Eastern A, second-ranked Brunswick was stunned by No. 7 Erskine, 3-2, on penalty kicks, in its quarterfinal. The Dragons entered the game undefeated, having won, 5-0, at Erskine back on Sept. 4, but this time, they couldn't hold an early 2-0 lead and finished the season 14-1.
Mt. Ararat got into the field as the No. 8 seed, but its season ended at 9-6 Tuesday with a 4-2 loss at top-ranked Bangor, the defending state champion.
Mt. Ararat managed to go 10-4 this season and win a quarterfinal round playoff game, 4-0, over Lewiston in the quarterfinals, but the Eagles' run came to an end last weekend when they lost to undefeated, top ranked, two-time defending state champion Skowhegan, 11-0. Mt. Ararat finished 11-5.
Morse wrapped up its football season last weekend with a 27-7 loss at Oceanside and wound up 2-6, out of playoff consideration.
Brunswick had a chance to make a major statement when it hosted reigning regional champion Lawrence, but the Dragons fell, 34-7, to drop to 6-2 on the season.
Mt. Ararat is now 0-8 following a 38-0 home loss to Skowhegan last weekend.
The playoff-bound Dragons host the Eagles in the regular season finale Friday night.