The outdoor track season has come and gone, tennis is about to crown its best teams and the baseball, softball and boys’ and girls’ lacrosse players have begun.
It’s a great time to be a high school sports fans and here’s a glimpse at the fortunes of local teams:
The state championship outdoor track and field meets were held Saturday.
Brunswick and Mt. Ararat traveled to Hampden for the Class A meet. The Dragons boys tallied 26 points to come in 11th and the Eagles (4 points) tied Hampden Academy for 22nd (Scarborough won the title with 84.5 points).
Brunswick was led by Keenan Welzel, who won the 400 in 50.19 seconds. Also scoring were Seth White (fourth in the 100, 11.56, and fourth in the long jump, 20 feet, 6.75 inches), Shane Lyons (sixth in the triple jump, 41-2.75) and the third-place 4×400 relay team (Isak Carney, Jaznel Burns, White and Welzel), which had a time of 3 minutes, 33.38 seconds.
Mt. Ararat’s points came from Cameron Meier, who was fifth in the two-mile (9:44.14) and seventh in the mile (4:30.18)
In the girls’ meet, won by Falmouth with 75 points, Mt. Ararat (16 points) tied Massabesic for 13th place and Brunswick (13 points) came in 17th.
The Eagles were led by Katherine Leckbee, who was runner-up in the mile (5:17.65) and the two-mile (11:41.07).
The Dragons’ top finisher was Tessa Cassidy, who placed third in the two-mile (11:41.84). Also scoring were Emily Black (sixth in the 800, 2:26.93), Lexie Bernier (sixth in the shot put, 36-1) and the 4×800 relay team (Black, Adrianna White, Lena Martin and Cassidy, 10:15.29).
In the Class B meet in Bar Harbor, Morse’s boys tallied 14 points to come in 16th (Foxcroft Academy won with 71). Christopher Walfield was second in the 800 (2:02.62) and Juwan Moore placed third in the shot put (47-11).
The Morse girls had 2 points and placed 27th (York won the title with 68 points). The Shipbuilders’ points came from Emma Gould, who finished sixth in the triple jump (32-9.25).
The outdoor track season concludes Saturday in New Britain, Connecticut with the New England championship meet.
Brunswick’s Welzel (boys’ 400), Bernier (girls’ shot put) and the boys’ 4×400 relay team and Mt. Ararat’s Leckbee (girls’ mile) and Meier (boys’ mile) all qualified.
Brunswick’s girls’ tennis team was the last one standing at press time. The No. 2 Dragons beat No. 7 Bangor (4-1) in the Class A North quarterfinals and edged No. 3 Mt. Blue (3-2) in the semifinals to improve to 13-1 set up a regional final showdown with top-ranked Lewiston (14-0) Tuesday. If Brunswick advanced, it will either face eight-time defending state champion Falmouth (14-0), which is riding a 139-match win streak, or Scarborough (14-0) in the state match Saturday at 4:30 p.m. at Lewiston High School.
Brunswick’s boys weren’t as fortunate. The Dragons, seeded second in Class A North, beat No. 7 Brewer (5-0), but were upset by No. 3 Lewiston (4-1) in the semifinals to finish 10-4.
Mt. Ararat’s boys, ranked fifth in Class A North, lost, 3-2, to No. 4 Mt. Blue in the quarterfinals and finished 5-8.
Mt. Ararat’s girls were 0-12 and failed to qualify for the playoffs.
Morse’s girls, seeded first in Class B South, were upset by No. 8 York, 3-2, in the quarterfinals and finished 11-2.
The Morse boys, ranked second in Class B South, ousted No. 7 Freeport (4-1) in the quarterfinals, then were eliminated, 4-1, by No. 3 Cape Elizabeth, the three-time defending state champion, in the semifinals to wind up 11-3.
Mt. Ararat’s baseball team went 7-9 in the regular season, closing with a 5-2 home loss to Brunswick, and earned the No. 6 seed in Class A North. The Eagles went to No. 3 Oxford Hills (11-5) for the quarterfinals Thursday. A victory would sent Mt. Ararat to Saturday’s semifinals against No. 2 Edward Little (15-1) or No. 7 Messalonskee (10-7).
Despite winning, 5-2, at Mt. Ararat in the finale, Brunswick went 3-13 and finished 13th in Class A North where just 10 teams made the playoffs.
In Class B South, Morse earned the No. 10 seed after going 4-12. The Shipbuilders closed with a 14-7 loss at Leavitt. Morse went to No. 7 Freeport (10-6) for the preliminary round Tuesday. A win would have sent the Shipbuilders to No. 2 York (11-5) for the quarterfinals Thursday.
Mt. Ararat’s softball team earned the No. 9 seed in Class A North after an 8-8 regular season, which was capped by a 7-5 home win over Brunswick. The Eagles then knocked off No. 8 Brewer, 12-2, in the preliminary round Monday to advance to meet No. 1 Messalonskee (15-0-1), the defending state champion, in Wednesday’s quarterfinals.
Brunswick finished 2-14 and 13th in Class A North (only 10 teams make the playoffs) after a 7-5 loss at Mt. Ararat.
In Class B South, Morse garnered the 12th and final playoff spot with a 7-9 record. The Shipbuilders closed with a 6-5 loss at Leavitt. Morse was at No. 5 Cape Elizabeth (10-6) for the preliminary round Tuesday. If the Shipbuilders sprung an upset, they’d go to No. 4 Oak Hill (14-2) for the quarterfinals Thursday.
Brunswick’s boys’ lacrosse team, the two-time regional and defending Class A state champion, earned the top seed for the Class A North playoffs after completing a 10-2 regular season with a 12-3 home win over Maranacook. The Dragons have a bye into Saturday’s semifinal, where they will host either No. 4 Cheverus (8-4) or No. 5 Deering (7-5).
Mt. Ararat beat visiting Morse, 21-2, in its finale to wind up 2-10, but the Eagles finished ninth in Class A North and only seven teams qualified for the playoffs.
Morse’s 21-2 loss at Mt. Ararat in the finale left it 2-10 and 14th in Class B North, where only 10 teams made the postseason.
On the girls’ side, Morse capped a stellar 11-1 regular season with a 9-6 victory at Oceanside to earn the top playoff seed in Class B North. The Shipbuilders hosted No. 8 Oceanside (7-6) in the quarterfinals Wednesday. If victorious, Morse will welcome No. 4 Gardiner (7-5) or No. 5 Boothbay (10-2) in Saturday’s semifinals.
In Class A North, Mt. Ararat earned the No. 5 seed after going 5-7, closing with an 11-1 home loss to Lewiston. The Eagles went to No. 4 Edward Little (5-7) for the quarterfinals. If victorious, they’ll either play at top-ranked Messalonskee (11-1), the defending regional champion, or host No. 8 Cheverus (3-9) in the semifinals Saturday.
Brunswick finished 2-10 and seventh in Class A North after closing with an 11-10 home loss to Edward Little. The Dragons played at second-ranked Windham (10-2) in the quarterfinals. If they sprung an upset, they’d play at either No. 3 Lewiston (8-4) or No. 6 Deering (5-7) in the semifinals.
Morse’s Christopher Walfield heads toward a runner-up finish in the 800 at last weekend’s Class B state outdoor track and field meet.
Morse’s Emma Gould competes in the long jump at Saturday’s Class B state meet. Gould didn’t score in that event, but she placed sixth in the triple jump.