October's arrival means postseason's near

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Autumn is definitely upon us and the games are taking on greater importance.

Local squads remain very competitive in all sports and look to keep winning as the stretch runs nears.

Here’s a glimpse:


Brunswick’s football team continues to impress. Last weekend, the Dragons improved to 4-0 and first in the Class B North Crabtree Points standings with a 35-7 home win over Messalonskee. Brunswick, which has outscored the opposition, 179-50, so far this fall, goes to second-ranked Skowhegan (4-0) for a pivotal showdown Friday night. Last year, the Dragons beat the host Indians, 34-21.

In Class B South, Morse evened its record at 2-2 with a 35-14 win at Noble. The Shipbuilders (sixth in the standings) host 1-3 Greely Friday. The teams didn’t meet a year ago.

Mt. Ararat fell to 1-3 and 11th after a 26-7 home loss to undefeated Falmouth. The Eagles (11th in the region) visit 4-0 Kennebunk Friday. The teams didn’t play in 2014.

Boys’ soccer

Brunswick’s boys’ soccer team lost twice last week, 5-0 to visiting powerhouse Lewiston and 2-1 in overtime at Hampden Academy, to fall to 5-3 and fifth in the Class A North Heal Points standings. After welcoming Bangor Tuesday, the Dragons are home versus Lawrence Monday and visit Brewer Wednesday of next week.

Mt. Ararat blanked visiting Oxford Hills, 5-0, last Tuesday, then fell to 4-3-1 and 10th in Class A North after a 7-0 loss at Lewiston Saturday. After hosting Brewer Tuesday, the Eagles are home versus Messalonskee Friday and go to Hampden Academy Tuesday of next week.

In Class B South, Morse was 3-4 and 14th after a 3-2 loss at Leavitt and a 2-1 home victory over Mt. View. The Shipbuilders hosted Oceanside Tuesday, go to Maranacook Friday and visit Belfast Tuesday of next week.

Girls’ soccer

On the girls’ side, Brunswick began the week 6-1-1 and second behind Camden Hills in the Class A North Heal Points standings after settling for a 1-1 tie at Lewiston and beating visiting Hampden Academy, 3-0, last week. The Dragons were at Bangor Tuesday, visit Lawrence Monday and play host to Brewer Wednesday of next week.

Mt. Ararat extended its win streak to three games with 1-0 wins last week at Oxford Hills and at home over Lewiston (in double overtime). The Eagles (6-1-1 and sixth in Class A North) went to Brewer Tuesday and visited Messalonskee Thursday. Mt. Ararat is home with Hampden Academy Tuesday of next week.

Morse settled for a 2-2 home tie versus Leavitt and lost, 3-1, at Mt. View last week. Aubrey Martin and Macie Gagne had the goals in the tie. Martin scored against Mt. View. The Shipbuilders (4-2-1 and fifth in Class B South) were at Oceanside Tuesday, host Maranacook Friday and welcome Belfast Tuesday of next week.

Field hockey

Mt. Ararat’s field hockey team was 3-5-1 and ninth in Class A North at press time (eight teams qualify for the playoffs). Last week, the Eagles lost at home to Edward Little (5-1) and Brewer (1-0). Mt. Ararat was at Cony Tuesday and hosted Skowhegan Thursday. The Eagles are at Mt. Blue Tuesday of next week.

Brunswick dropped to 1-7-1 and 10th after recent losses at Brewer (5-0) and at home to Hampden Academy (3-1). After playing at Lewiston Tuesday and Bangor Thursday, the Dragons go to Edward Little Tuesday of next week.

Morse fell to 1-8 and 14th in Class B South after losses last week at Belfast (7-0) and at home to Waterville (3-1). The Shipbuilders were at Oceanside Tuesday and hosted Nokomis Thursday. They welcome Mt. View Tuesday of next week.

Cross country

Brunswick hosted Morse and Mt. Ararat, along with Lawrence and Mt. Blue in a cross country meet last Friday. In the boys’ race, the Dragons, behind individual winner Jason Higginbotham (17 minutes, 51.22 seconds) came in first, while the Eagles placed second and the Shipbuilders were fourth. In the girls’ competition, Mt. Blue came in first, Morse was second, Brunswick finished third and Mt. Ararat was fourth. Brunswick’s Tessa Cassidy (20:19.19) was the top individual.


In the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference golf quarterfinals last Friday, Brunswick beat Mt. Ararat with a team score of 186-189. The Dragons were then ousted by Lewiston Monday, 163-173.