Playoff action galore in Mid-Coast

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The past week has featured plenty of postseason action in the Mid-Coast.

Track

Brunswick and Mt. Ararat took part in the Class A state outdoor track and field championships, while Morse vied for Class B honors last weekend.

The Class A results weren’t complete at press time as the pole vault still had to be completed (it was suspended Saturday due to poor weather).

Entering that final event, Brunswick’s boys were fifth with 45 points (Sanford held a 69-65 lead over Cheverus), while Mt. Ararat was tied with Bangor in 14th place with 19. The Dragons got a win from Mitchell Black in the 800 (1 minute, 57.21 seconds). Alex Nichols in the 200 (23.18 seconds) and 400 (50.27) and the 3,200 relay team (Wilder Nicholson, Jamie Ross, Benson Worthington and Black, 8:06.64) were all runners-up. The Eagles were paced by McKenzie Gary, third in the 200 (23.23).

In the girls’ competition, where Edward Little clung to a 75-74 lead over Scarborough entering the pole vault, Brunswick was tied with Windham in 12th place with 22 points and Mt. Ararat had 15 points to place 15th. Both teams had a runner-up. Allison Hill was second in the 100 hurdles for the Dragons (15.75). For the Eagles, Olivia Swan was second in the high jump (5-2).

In the Class B girls’ meet, Morse had 17 points to tie Erskine for 13th place. Waterville rolled to the title with 145 points. The Shipbuilders’ top finisher was Kerry Cummings, who won the racewalk in 4:36.36. Savanah Simmons-Grover finished fourth in the javelin (99-10) and fifth in the high jump (5 feet).

On the boys’ side, Morse had 1 point to finish 26th. Falmouth and York tied for the top spot with 93 points. Joel Harris was seventh in the high jump (5-8).

The outdoor track and field season ends with the New England championships Saturday at Thornton Academy in Saco.

Tennis

Brunswick’s top-ranked girls’ tennis team had reached the Eastern A Final at press time. The Dragons improved to 14-0 with 5-0 quarterfinal round victory over Messalonskee and a 4-1 semifinal win over Mt. Ararat. Brunswick faced perennial power Lewiston in the regional final. The Dragons twice beat the Blue Devils by 4-1 scores in the regular season. If victorious, Brunswick would meet McAuley or Portland in the Class A Final Saturday at 1 p.m. at Colby College in Waterville. Mt. Ararat, seeded fifth, had beaten No. 4 Brewer, 4-1, before losing to Brunswick to end up 7-7. Morse missed the playoffs at 3-9.

On the boys’ side, Morse earned the No. 5 seed in Western B, but lost, 3-2, to No. 4 Maranacook in the quarterfinals. The Shipbuilders finished the season 7-6. Brunswick earned the No. 4 seed in Eastern A, but dropped a 3-2 decision to fifth-ranked Messalonskee in the quarterfinals to finish the year 9-4. Mt. Ararat missed the postseason at 2-10.

Baseball

Morse’s baseball team is the No. 3 seed for the Western B baseball playoffs and was scheduled to host a quarterfinal round game Thursday (weather and field conditions permitting). The Shipbuilders were due to host No. 6 Gray-New Gloucester (10-6) or No. 11 Fryeburg (8-8). Morse hoped to advance to Saturday’s semifinal round, which would likely mean a trip to second-ranked Falmouth.

The Western B Final is Wednesday of next week at 7 p.m. at St. Joseph’s College in Standish. The Class B state final is Saturday, June 16 at Mansfield Stadium in Bangor. Game time is 11 a.m.

Brunswick (3-13) and Mt. Ararat (4-12) both missed the Eastern A playoffs.

Softball

Mt. Ararat is the lone local softball team to qualify. The Eagles earned the No. 9 seed in Eastern A with a 7-9 record and went to No. 8 Hampden Academy (8-8) in a preliminary round game Tuesday. If victorious, Mt. Ararat would play at top-ranked Cony (16-0) in Thursday’s quarterfinals.

Brunswick (1-15) and Morse (3-13) both fell short of the postseason.

Lacrosse

Both Brunswick lacrosse teams enter the playoffs as the top seed in Eastern A.

The girls finished 11-1 and hosted No. 8 Oxford Hills (8-4) in Wednesday’s quarterfinals. A win would send the Dragons to Saturday’s semifinals against either No. 4 Cony (9-3) or No. 5 Mt. Ararat (8-4).

In Eastern B, Morse wound up second at 4-8. The Shipbuilders play at defending Class B champion Yarmouth (6-6) Saturday in the semifinals.

On the boys’ side, Brunswick (12-0) hosts either fourth-ranked Cheverus (8-4) or No. 5 Messalonskee (8-4) in Saturday’s semifinals. Mt. Ararat (10-2) earned the second seed and had to host No. 7 Lewiston (6-6), the reigning regional champion, in Wednesday’s quarterfinals. If the Eagles advanced, they’ll welcome No. 3 Deering (7-5) or No. 6 Portland (6-6) in the semifinals.

In Eastern B, Morse (6-6) earned the No. 7 seed and went to second-ranked Gardiner (11-1) in the quarterfinals.

The regional finals are Wednesday of next week on the field of the highest remaining seeds. The state finals are Saturday, June 16 at Fitzpatrick Stadium. The Class B girls’ game starts at 10 a.m. The boys begin at 12:30 p.m. The Class A girls’ contest starts at 3 p.m. The Class A boys begin at 5:30 p.m.

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Mt. Ararat’s McKenzie Gary takes part in the 100 at Saturday’s Class A state championship meet. Gary placed sixth.

Brunswick’s Bridget Horan takes the baton in the girls’ 400 relay Saturday. The Dragons finished sixth.

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