Several local squads still chasing titles

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The playoff season has brought mixed results to Forecaster Country.

With football’s postseason getting underway this weekend, local squads are running out of time to bring home a championship.

Here’s a glimpse:


Brunswick’s football team earned the top seed in Class B North after finishing with a 44-14 home victory over Nokomis. The Dragons will have a bye into the semifinals Friday, Nov. 6, where they will host either No. 4 Mt. Blue (5-3) or No. 5 Cony (4-4). Brunswick won at the Rams, 58-27, Sept. 18 and held on for a 27-16 victory at the Cougars, Oct. 16.

In Class B South, Morse wound up 3-5 and eighth after a 28-21 home win over Mt. Ararat in the finale. The Shipbuilders go to top-ranked, 7-1 Falmouth for the quarterfinals Friday evening. On Oct. 9, Morse lost at the Yachtsmen, 31-0.

Mt. Ararat, which earned a victory by forfeit after it was learned that Greely used an ineligible player in a 20-7 victory Oct. 16 in Topsham, finished 2-6 after a 28-21 loss at Morse. The Eagles finished 11th in the 12-team Class B South region.

Boys’ soccer

Brunswick’s boys’ soccer team finished 10-3-1 and fifth in Class A North and went to No. 4 Bangor for the quarterfinals Wednesday. The teams played to a 1-1 draw Sept. 29 in Brunswick. If the Dragons prevailed, they would either go to top-ranked Lewiston (14-0) or host No. 8 Edward Little (5-6-4) in Saturday’s semifinals. In the regular season, Brunswick lost at home to the Blue Devils, 5-0, and blanked the visiting Red Eddies, 3-0.

Mt. Ararat earned the No. 9 seed, but lost, 2-1, to No. 8 Edward Little in the preliminary round to wind up 5-8-2. 

Morse was 4-9-1, but placed 13th in Class B South, where only 12 teams qualified for the playoffs.

The regional finals are Wednesday on the field of the higher seed. The Class A state final is Saturday, Nov. 8, at Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland.

Girls’ soccer

On the girls’ side, Brunswick earned the No. 3 seed in Class A North after an 11-2-1 regular season. The Dragons hosted sixth-ranked Hampden Academy (6-5-3) in the quarterfinals Tuesday. Brunswick won the regular season meeting, 3-0, at home. If the Dragons advanced, they’d either go to No. 2 Bangor (11-1-2) or host No. 7 Edward Little (7-5-3) in the semifinals Saturday. Brunswick lost at the Rams, 2-0, and won at the Red Eddies, 2-0, during the regular season.

Mt. Ararat went 8-5-1 in the regular season and wound up fifth in Class A North. The Eagles went to No. 4 Messalonskee (9-4-1) for the quarterfinals Tuesday. Mt. Ararat lost at Messalonskee, 2-1, in the regular season. If Mt. Ararat advanced, it would either go to top-ranked Camden Hills (13-0-1) or host ninth-ranked Mt. Blue (8-6-1) in Saturday’s semifinals. The Eagles won at the Cougars, 3-1, and lost at home to the Windjammers, 2-1, during the regular season.

Morse wound up eighth in Class B South, but was ousted by No. 9 Lincoln Academy, 1-0, in the preliminary round to wind up 6-5-4.

The regional finals are Wednesday on the field of the higher seed. The Class A state final is Saturday, Nov. 8, at Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland.

Field hockey

Mt. Ararat was the lone local field hockey team to make the playoffs. The Eagles earned the No. 8 seed in Class A North and were ousted by top-ranked Messalonskee, 7-0, last week in the quarterfinals as their season ended at 3-9-3.

Cross country

The cross country regional finals were held Saturday in Belfast.

Brunswick’s girls won the Class A North title with 55 points. Mt. Ararat (130) came in fifth and also qualified for states. The Dragons were led by individual runner-up Tessa Cassidy (19 minutes, 20.3 seconds). The Eagles’ top finisher was Katherine Leckbee (third, 19:21.3).

In the boys’ meet, won by Hampden Academy with 75 points, Brunswick had 154 points to place sixth and qualify, while Mt. Ararat (156) was seventh and failed to qualify. The Dragons were led by Jason Higginbotham (11th, 17:06.3). The Eagles qualified individuals Cameron Meier (fourth, 16:17), Eagan Eldridge (eighth, 16:57.6) and Eric French (19th, 17:35.4).

In Class B South, held at Twin Brook Recreation Center in Cumberland, Morse’s boys were 11th with 242 points (Freeport won with 59) and failed to qualify, as did the Shipbuilders girls, who were eighth with 219 points (Yarmouth won with 55). Morse’s boys qualified Christopher Walfield (seventh, 17:13.5) as an individual. The girls were led by Sydney McCarren (12th, 21:08), who also qualified as an individual.

The state meet is Saturday at Twin Brook.

Sidebar Elements

Brunswick’s Anna Kousky tracks down the ball during Tuesday’s 4-1 loss to Hampden Academy in the Class A North girls’ soccer quarterfinals.

Morse’s Chris Walfield heads toward a seventh-place finish at the Class B South boys’ cross country meet Saturday. Walfield qualified for states as an individual.

Morse’s Sydney McCarren qualifies for states as an individual after coming in 12th at Saturday’s Class B South regional meet.