Field hockey, golf postseason arrive; football, soccer, cross country regular seasons wind down
The 2009 fall sports season crowned its first state champions Saturday at the golf championships in Vassalboro. The field hockey playoffs commence this weekend. Football, soccer and cross country's postseasons are right around the corner. Here's a glimpse:
Brunswick's golf team had a stellar 10-0 regular season and qualified for the Class A state championship. Saturday, at Natanis Golf Course, on the Tomahawk course, the Dragons shot a 335, to place seventh as a team. Thornton Academy was first (316). Brunswick's scorers were Joe Messerman (76), Alex Viola (85), Nate McCue (86) and Brad Smith (88). Luke Carter (99) also competed.
The individual state championships for boys and girls are this Saturday, back at Natanis.
Mt. Ararat was the lone local field hockey team to qualify for the playoffs. The Eagles went 5-6-3 this season, wrapping up with ties against Mt. Blue (0-0) and Morse (1-1) and a 2-0 victory at Brunswick. Mt. Ararat finished fifth in the Eastern Class A Heal Points standings and will go to No. 4 Cony (9-5) for the quarterfinals this weekend. During the regular season, the Eagles won 1-0 in Augusta Sept. 19 and lost 3-1 at home to the Rams on Oct. 1.
Brunswick wound up 5-8-1 and 10th in the standings. Morse went 3-9-2 and was 11th.
The Brunswick football team continues to enjoy a superb season. The Dragons improved to 5-1 Friday with a 33-12 victory at Brewer. Brunswick hosts 1-5 Oxford Hills this Friday night.
Morse suffered a blow in its quest for a second straight Eastern B title Friday night when it was humbled 35-0 by visiting Leavitt. The loss dropped the Shipbuilders to 4-2 on the year. Morse goes to 1-5 Belfast Friday.
Mt. Ararat fell to 1-5 on the season after a 43-22 loss at Messalonskee Friday. The Eagles hope to snap a three-game skid this Friday when they host Edward Little.
The Brunswick boys' soccer team remains hot on defending regional champion Bangor's heels for the top spot in the Eastern Class A Heal Points standings. The Dragons improved to 9-1-1 with a 2-0 win at Mt. Ararat and a 1-1 tie at Erskine and are second to the Rams in the standings. Brunswick was at Morse Tuesday, plays at Edward Little Friday and wraps up its regular season Tuesday at home versus Cony.
Mt. Ararat's 5-4-2 mark has it 10th in the latest Heals. Last week, the Eagles were 2-0 home losers to Brunswick, then bounced back with a 5-0 victory at Oxford Hills. After going to Lewiston Tuesday, Mt. Ararat plays at Morse Friday and closes the regular year Tuesday at home against Erskine.
Morse is 2-9 and 15th in the standings. The Shipbuilders beat visiting Oxford Hills 5-1 and lost 2-0 at Cony last week. After playing host to Brunswick Tuesday, Morse is home against Mt. Ararat Friday. The season ends Tuesday at home against Lewiston.
On the girls' side, all three teams appear playoff bound.
Brunswick is 11-0 and alone atop the Eastern A Heals after defeating Mt. Ararat (5-1) and Erskine (5-0) last week. The Dragons were home with Morse Tuesday, play at Edward Little Friday and Cony next Tuesday in their regular season finale.
Morse was a 3-2 winner at Oxford Hills last Tuesday, then fell 3-1 at Cony Friday to drop to 8-3 on the season (sixth in Eastern A). The Shipbuilders went to Brunswick Tuesday, host Mt. Ararat Friday and Lewiston Tuesday of next week.
Mt. Ararat is 6-3-2 and has moved up to the No. 5 spot in the Heals after Friday's 4-1 victory at Oxford Hills. After hosting Lewiston Tuesday, the Eagles finish the regular year at Morse Friday and Erskine Tuesday.
The Morse and Mt. Ararat cross country teams took part in the Mt. Blue Relays last week.
In the boys' race, Morse's 'A' five-person relay team was second to Cony. Mt. Ararat came in third. Mt. Ararat's 'A' team was runner-up to Mt. Blue on the girls' side. It's 'B' squad was seventh and its 'C' team came in 10th. Morse's 'A' team was 13th.
Brunswick (and five other teams) ran at Leavitt last weekend. The Dragons were first in both races.
All three local schools will take part in the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference championship meet Saturday in Augusta.