Mid-Coast teams closing in on championships
As of press time, three lacrosse teams still entertained championship dreams. There was plenty of other playoff excitement in other sports over the past week. Here's a glimpse:
The Brunswick girls' lacrosse team has had no peer this spring and entered Wednesday's regional final just two wins away from repeating as Class C champions.
The Dragons, 12-0 in the regular season and ranked first in Eastern A, crushed No. 4 Cony, 15-4, in Saturday's semifinals.
Brunswick met No. 3 Mt. Ararat in the regional final. The Eagles scored a minor upset in the semifinals, winning 11-10 at No. 2 Messalonskee to improve to 10-3.
The Dragons easily won the two regular season meetings between the rivals, 19-7 at home May 9 and 16-7 in Topsham June 1.
The winner will face either Kennebunk or Thornton Academy in the Class A Final Saturday at 12:30 p.m., at Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland.
In Eastern B, Morse, which went 6-6 and was the No. 3 seed, saw its season ended by No. 2 North Yarmouth Academy, 15-3, Saturday in the semifinals. The Shipbuilders wound up 6-7.
On the boys' side, Brunswick was closing in on a third straight regional championship at press time. The Dragons (also 12-0 in the regular year and first in Eastern A) got another scare from Lewiston, but held off the four-ranked Blue Devils 8-6 in Saturday's semifinals.
Brunswick earned a regional final date with No. 2 Messalonskee. The Dragons beat the Eagles 11-4 at home on May 7 and 7-6 (in overtime) May 29 in Oakland.
If victorious, Brunswick will play either Portland or Scarborough in the state game Saturday at 10 a.m., in Portland. The Dragons lost to the Red Storm in last year's final, but beat the Bulldogs to win the 2007 championship.
Mt. Ararat, the No. 3 seed in Eastern A, was ousted, 12-7, at Messalonskee in the semifinals to wind up 8-5.
Morse, ranked fifth in Eastern B, saw its season come to an agonizing end with a 14-13 (overtime) loss at No. 4 St. Dom's in the quarterfinals last week. The Shipbuilders finished 9-4.
Brunswick's boys' and Morse's girls' tennis teams made it to the regional finals, but both were dispatched by perennial champion Lewiston.
The Dragons finished 9-6 after a 4-1 loss to the Blue Devils.
The Shipbuilders ended their finest season in years at 10-5 after falling 5-0.
Several local runners, jumpers and throwers took part in the New England outdoor track championships in Burlington, Vt., Saturday.
Brunswick's Mike Slovenski led the way with a third-place finish in the pole vault (14 feet, 9 inches). Will Geoghegan finished eighth in the two-mile (9 minutes, 23.01 seconds).
Brunswick's Kyia Jensen was eighth in the 800 (2:17.46). Mt. Ararat's Colby Gail tied for 10th in the high jump (5-3). Christina Erving came in 13th in the 800 (2:18.78). Randi London was 16th in the shot put (34-0.5) and tied for 19th in the discus (99-7). Rebecca Merritt came in 23rd in the 300 hurdles (47.51 seconds).
In the relays, Mt. Ararat's 4x800 team (Chloe Emerson, Kate Spies, Krislyn Hyatt and Erving) came in 15th (9:57.80). The Eagles' 4x400 squad (Ellen Pinnette, Merritt, Emerson and Erving) finished 24th (4:13.21). The 4x100 team (Mikaela Melcher, Merritt, Gail and Katrina Gelwick) was 32nd (53.10).
Brunswick and Mt. Ararat's baseball teams were ousted in the quarterfinals.
The Eagles earned the No. 5 seed after a 10-6 regular season. They were quickly sent packing, however, with a 4-2 loss at No. 4 Bangor and wound up 10-7.
The Dragons went 11-5 in the regular season and were the No. 7 seed. After a 5-4 home win over Hampden Academy in the preliminary round, Brunswick was eliminated 9-7 at No. 2 Edward Little and wound up 12-6.
On the girls' side of the diamond, Brunswick lost in the preliminary round, while Mt. Ararat was eliminated in the quarterfinals.
The Dragons fell 4-3 at Edward Little to finish 7-10. The Eagles were 9-3 home winners over Leavitt in their prelim, then fell 9-0 at top-ranked Cony to wind up 8-10.