Mt. Ararat’s Lisandro Berry-Gaviria runs to victory in the Class A boys’ state cross country meet last Saturday.
Brunswick’s Isabella Banks shields a Messalonskee defender during the Dragons’ 2-0 loss in last week’s Class A North semifinals.
With the cross country season coming to a close, all eyes now turn to football and soccer.
A handful of teams still entertained championship dreams at press time.
Here’s a look at last week’s postseason action and a look at what’s coming up:
Mt. Ararat standout Lisandro Berry-Gaviria stole the show at the Class A boys’ cross country state meet, finishing first individually, completing the five-kilometer course in 15 minutes, 35.40 seconds, helping the Eagles score 139 points and place seventh as a team (Scarborough was the champion with 69 points).
“This week I knew I wanted to just make it a fast race right from the start and kind of dare everyone to come with me,” Berry-Gaviria said. “It worked out pretty well.”
Berry-Gaviria’s time was the seventh best all-time at Belfast and the fastest ever run at a state championship meet. No one else broke 16 minutes.
Brunswick (125 points) was fourth and was led by Will Shaughnessy (fifth individually in 16:06.34).
In the Class A girls’ meet, won by Bonny Eagle with 63 points, Mt. Ararat (172) was fourth and Brunswick (304) paced 15th.
The Eagles were led by Camila Ciembroniewicz (14th, 19:44.29).
The Dragons’ top finisher was Aela Hemberger (43rd, 21:15.28).
Morse didn’t qualify for the Class B meet, but Finn Thelan had the 27th-best individual time in the boys’ race (17:43.66) and Jenny Wilbraham had the 45th-best time in the girls’ meet (22:01.06).
The New England championships will end the cross country season Saturday, Nov. 10 in Manchester, New Hampshire.
The championship teams from each class and the top 25 finishers from the combined Class A, B and C field are eligible to take part.
That group will include Brunswick’s Shaughnessy and Mt. Ararat’s Berry-Gaviria and Ciembroniewicz.
Brunswick’s football team, ranked third in Class B North, advanced in the playoffs last weekend with a 35-13 victory over No. 6 Brewer in the quarterfinals. The Dragons (6-3) battle second-ranked Cony (7-1) Friday at Lewiston High School in the semifinals. On Oct. 19, the Rams won, 30-6, at Brunswick.
Mt. Ararat, the No. 8 seed in Class B South, was ousted by top-ranked Kennebunk, 55-7, last Friday in the quarterfinals to finish the year 2-7.
In Class C South, Morse, ranked sixth, dropped a 26-12 decision at third-ranked Gardiner in the quarterfinals to finish 4-5.
Mt. Ararat’s boys’ soccer team was still alive at press time. The Eagles, ranked second in Class A North, downed No. 7 Hampden Academy, 3-0, in the quarterfinals and got past No. 3 Bangor, 3-2, in the semifinals to set up a regional final date at top-ranked Lewiston (14-0-2), the defending Class A state champion, Wednesday. The Eagles (13-2-1) lost, 2-1, at home to the Blue Devils Sept. 4 and tied host Lewiston, 1-1, Oct. 6.
If Mt. Ararat advances to the state final for the first time since 2012, it will face either Gorham (15-0-1) or Portland (10-3-3) Saturday at 12:30 p.m. in Bath.
Brunswick was the No. 4 seed in Class A North, but dropped a 3-1 home decision to fifth-ranked Mt. Blue in last week’s quarterfinal round to finish the year 7-6-2.
Brunswick’s girls’ team earned the No. 2 seed in Class A North and downed No. 7 Skowhegan, 1-0, in double-overtime, in the quarterfinal round, but in the semifinals, the Dragons were upset, 2-0, by No. 3 Messalonskee to finish the year 12-2-2.
Mt. Ararat earned the No. 5 seed in Class A North, then lost, 5-1, at fourth-ranked Bangor in the quarterfinals to wind up 8-6-1.