Postseason drama at a fever pitch

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The postseason is now underway in all sports (except golf, which concluded earlier this month) and there has been plenty of drama to date, with more to come.

Here’s an overview of all the playoff excitement:

Football

The high school football regular season concluded last weekend and Brunswick continued to stake its claim as the state’s finest team by winding up 8-0 after a 64-12 romp at Nokomis. The Dragons, ranked first in Class B North, will host No. 8 Hampden Academy (2-6) in the quarterfinals Friday. Brunswick won, 54-20, at Hampden in the season opener Sept. 6

In Class B South, Morse edged host Mt. Ararat last weekend, 20-18, to wind up 3-5 and drop the Eagles to 2-6. Both teams missed out on the postseason.

Volleyball

Brunswick’s first-year volleyball team finished 0-14 after losing in four sets (19-25, 25-23, 13-25, 20-25) to visiting York last Tuesday.

Boys’ soccer

All three local boys’ soccer teams reached the playoffs.

Mt. Ararat placed third in Class A North after a 12-2 regular season. The Eagles hosted No. 6 Messalonskee (8-4-2) in the quarterfinals Tuesday. Mt. Ararat won, 4-1, at Messalonskee Sept. 30.

If Mt. Ararat advanced, it would either go to No. 2 Bangor (12-1-1) or host No. 7 Brunswick (6-6-3) in the semifinals Saturday. The Eagles lost, 3-1, to the visiting Rams Oct. 7 and swept the Dragons, winning 1-0 in Topsham Sept. 13 and 2-1 in Brunswick Oct. 11.

The Dragons downed visiting No. 10 Hampden Academy, 4-0, in a weather-delayed prelim Monday. That victory sent Brunswick to Bangor for the quarterfinals Wednesday. On Sept. 27, the Dragons lost, 2-1, at the Rams.

In Class B South, Morse finished 7-7 after a 2-1 home loss to Lincoln Academy in its finale last Tuesday. The Shipbuilders earned the 12th and final playoff seed, but lost, 3-0, at Madison/Carrabec in the preliminary round to wind up 7-8.

Looking ahead, the regional finals are Wednesday of next week on the fields of the higher seeds. The state finals are Saturday, Nov. 5.

Girls’ soccer

On the girls’ side, Brunswick finished third at 11-3 and hosted No. 6 Messalonskee (8-5-1) in the quarterfinals Wednesday. The Dragons beat the visiting Eagles, 5-0, Sept. 8. 

If Brunswick advanced, it will go to No. 2 Camden Hills (13-1) or host No. 7 Hampden Academy (8-6-1) in the semifinals Saturday. The Dragons lost, 9-3, at the Windjammers back on Sept. 6 and won, 3-1, at Hampden, Sept. 23.

Mt. Ararat finished ninth in Class A North, then lost, 2-0, to No. 8 Brewer in a prelim to wind up 6-9.

In Class B South, Morse finished fifth and beat No. 12 Lincoln Academy, 4-0, in the preliminary round. The Shipbuilders earned a quarterfinal round date at No. 4 Cape Elizabeth (7-5-2) Wednesday. The teams don’t play in the regular season. If Morse was able to spring an upset, it would go to No. 1 Yarmouth (12-1-1) or host No. 8 Gray-New Gloucester (7-8) in the semifinals Saturday. The Shipbuilders didn’t face either team this season.

Looking ahead, the regional finals are Wednesday of next week on the fields of the higher seeds. The state finals are Saturday, Nov. 5.

Cross country

The cross country regional championship meet was scheduled for this past Saturday in Belfast, but poor weather pushed it back to this coming Saturday.

Times remain the same.

The state championship meet will now be Saturday, Nov. 5 in Belfast.

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