Only a few Mid-Coast teams remain in fall sports postseason

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Morse goalkeeper Marissa Parks makes one of her 16 saves in last week’s Class B South quarterfinal at Cape Elizabeth. Despite Parks’ heroics, the Shipbuilders lost, 3-0.

Morse’s Alex Wilkes and Ben Willertz run in the Class B South boys’ cross country regional meet. Willertz came in 34th and Wilkes was 45th. The Shipbuilders were 13th and failed to qualify for states as a team.

The fall sports postseason has largely resulted in frustration for local teams, but there are a few exceptions.

Here’s a glimpse at where things stand after October gave way to November.

Football

Brunswick’s powerhouse football team finally begins what it hopes will be a championship run when it hosts Messalonskee in the Class B North semifinals. The Dragons, who went 8-0 and earned the top seed in the region and the bye that went with it, look to beat the Eagles for the second time this fall, after a 42-0 road triumph back on Sept. 23.

If Brunswick advances to the regional final, it will host either No. 2 Brewer (7-1) or sixth-ranked Cony (4-5) Nov. 11 or 12.

Cross country

Brunswick’s girls’ cross country team tallied 71 points and won the Class A North regional title last weekend. The Dragons placed three runners in the top 10, as Miacela Ashley was third, Isabella Pols came in fourth and Caitlin Kelly finished eighth. Also scoring were Elina Woolever (25th) and Emma Slocum (31st).

Mt. Ararat had 119 points, finished third and will join Brunswick at the state meet. The Eagles featured individual champion Katherine Leckbee, who had a time of 18 minutes, 46.77 seconds. 

In the Class A North boys’ meet, won by Mt. Blue with 76 points, Mt. Ararat (99) came in third and Brunswick (120) was fourth. Both squads qualified for states.

The Eagles had three runners in the top 10 (fifth-place Cameron Meier, sixth-place Lisandro Berry-Gaviria and 10th-place Eagan Eldredge).

The Dragons were led by Cameron Ashby, who was ninth, and 11th-place finisher Will Shaughnessy.

In Class B, Morse’s boys had 319 points and were 13th (Greely was first with 47). The Shipbuilders didn’t qualify for the state meet. Ben Willertz (34th) was the top individual.

Morse’s girls tallied 271 points and came in 10th (Greely won with 41). The Shipbuilders didn’t qualify as a team, but Sydney McCarren (17th) made the cut as an individual.

The Brunswick and Mt. Ararat boys will run at the Class A boys’ state meet in Belfast Saturday at 3:20 p.m. The girls’ meet starts at 3:55 p.m.

Boys’ soccer

Mt. Ararat’s boys’ soccer team earned the No. 3 seed in Class A North and downed No. 6 Messalonskee, 2-1, in the quarterfinals last Tuesday. The Eagles went to No. 2 Bangor for the semifinals. The game was scheduled to be contested Saturday, but poor weather moved it to Monday where the Rams held on for a 2-1 victory, ending Mt. Ararat’s season at 13-3.

Brunswick, the No. 7 seed in Class A North, upset No. 10 Hampden Academy, 4-0, in the preliminary round, but was ousted, 2-0, by Bangor in last Wednesday’s quarterfinals to finish 6-7-3.

Girls’ soccer

Brunswick’s girls went 11-3 this fall and wound up third in Class A North. The Dragons eliminated No. 6 Messalonskee, 4-3, in a double-overtime thriller in the quarterfinals last Wednesday, then dropped a 4-1 decision at second-ranked Camden Hills Saturday to finish 12-4.

Morse was ranked fifth in Class B South after a 12-2 campaign. The Shipbuilders blanked No. 12 Lincoln Academy, 4-0, in the preliminary round, then were ousted, 3-0, at No. 4 Cape Elizabeth in last Wednesday’s quarterfinals despite 16 saves from goalie Marissa Parks. Morse finished 13-3.

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