Postseason excitement winding down

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The fall sports season has come to down to one team still entertaining championship hopes, Brunswick’s powerhouse football squad.

For everyone else, the year has come to an end.

Here’s a glimpse at a busy week that was:


Brunswick’s football team had a bye during last weekend’s quarterfinal round after going 7-1 during the regular season and earning the top seed for the Class B North playoffs. The Dragons take the field Friday at home against fourth-ranked Mt. Blue (6-3). Brunswick won, 27-16, at the Cougars Oct. 16. 

The Dragons are hoping to advance to the regional final Nov. 14 against either No. 2 Skowhegan (7-1) or third-ranked Brewer (8-1). 

The Class B state final is Saturday, Nov. 21 at Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland at a time to be announced.

Morse, the No. 8 seed in Class B South, was eliminated in the quarterfinals Friday, 57-13, at top-ranked Falmouth, to finish 3-6.

Boys’ soccer

The lone remaining boys’ soccer team, Brunswick, took the No. 5 seed in Class A North into last Tuesday’s quarterfinal at fourth-ranked Bangor and suffered a 1-0 loss to finish 10-4-1.

Girls’ soccer

Mt. Ararat’s girls’ soccer team, seeded fifth in Class A North, upset fourth-ranked Messalonskee in last week’s quarterfinals, 4-2, then met its match in No. 1 Camden Hills Saturday, falling, 3-0, to finish 9-6-1.

Brunswick, ranked third in Class A North, was upset at home by No. 6 Hampden Academy, 4-1, and finished 11-3-1.

Cross country

The state cross country meets were held Saturday at Twin Brook Recreation Center in Cumberland.

Brunswick’s girls had the top showing, coming in fifth in Class A with 174 points (Bonny Eagle was first with 58). Mt. Ararat placed 12th with 255 points.

The Eagles produced the second-fastest individual, Katherine Leckbee, who completed the 5-kilometer course in 19 minutes, 52.24 seconds. Leckbee was actually first for scoring purposes and qualified as an individual for the New England championship meet Saturday, Nov. 14, in Thetford, Vermont.

The Dragons were led by Tessa Cassidy, who was seventh in 20:29.50 and qualified for New Englands. 

In the boys’ meet, Brunswick was 14th with 307 points (Scarborough won with 60). The Dragons’ top finisher was Jason Higginbotham, 16th in 17:37.40. 

Mt. Ararat didn’t qualify as a team, but Cameron Meier had the fifth-best individual time (16:49.25) and qualified for New Englands, Eagan Eldridge was 21st individually (17:42.68) and Eric French had the 41st-best time (18:12.39). 

In Class B, Morse’s Christopher Walfield competed as an individual and had the ninth-best boys’ time (17:27.31). Sydney McCarren had the 15th-best individual girls’ time (21:00.29). 

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Brunswick’s Jason Higginbotham heads toward a 20th-place finish at Saturday’s Class A boys’ state cross country meet. The Dragons came in 14th as a team.

Mt. Ararat’s Katherine Leckbee was the individual runner-up at Saturday’s Class A girls’ state cross country meet. The Eagles placed 12th as a team.