Several local teams still chasing titles

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The outdoor track season came to a close Saturday, but there’s still a lot of drama underway in baseball, softball, lacrosse and tennis.

With just over a week to go before we bid the spring sports season adieu, fans of Brunswick, Morse and Mt. Ararat have a lot to keep them busy.

Here’s a glimpse:

Outdoor track

Mt. Ararat High School in Topsham hosted the Class A state outdoor track and field championship Saturday.

In the boys’ meet, won by Lewiston with 71 points, Brunswick (25) placed 10th, while Mt. Ararat (10) came in 19th.

The Dragons got third-place finishes from Keenan Welzel in the 400 (51.37 seconds) and 800 (2 minutes, 2.10 seconds) and from their 4×800 relay team (8:19.71). Christopher Tanner came in fourth in the 400 (51.64). Reed Foster finished sixth in the long jump (19 feet, 11 inches). Shane Lyons was seventh in the triple jump (40-5.25). The Eagles’ points came from pole vault champion Andrew McCracken (14 feet).

In the girls’ meet, won by Thornton Academy with 80 points, Brunswick (20) was 13th and Mt. Ararat (4) tied Marshwood and Portland for 24th place.

The Dragons got 80 percent of their points from Tessa Cassidy, who won the two-mile in 11:35.45 and placed third in the mile (5:23.85). Brunswick’s 4×800 relay team was fourth (10:18.03). The Eagles got their points from Katherine Leckbee, who placed fourth in the two-mile (12:01.49).

The Class B state meet was held in Bath and Morse’s boys scored 10 points to tie Freeport for 16th (York was first with 88). Max Lareau came in second in the long jump (20-5.5) and sixth in the 100 (11.58).

In the girls’ meet, won by Waterville with 118.25 points, Morse (6) placed 25th. Emma Gould was third in the 400 (1:02.37).

Tennis

Brunswick’s boys’ and girls’ tennis teams, as well as the Mt. Ararat boys, were still alive at press time.

The Dragons and Eagles boys were squaring off for the Eastern A title. Brunswick, the No. 1 seed, improved to 13-1 with wins over No. 8 Brewer (5-0) in the quarterfinals and fourth-ranked Mt. Blue (4-1) in the semifinals. Mt. Ararat, ranked second, beat No. 7 Cony (4-1) in the quarterfinals and third-ranked Lewiston (4-1) in the semifinals to improve to 13-1. The winner advanced to face Thornton Academy (14-0) or defending champion Falmouth (13-1) in the state match Saturday at 1 p.m. at Lewiston High School.

Brunswick’s girls, the No. 2 seed, advanced with wins over No. 7 Skowhegan (4-1) in the quarterfinals and third-ranked Hampden Academy (3-2) in the semis and met top-ranked Lewiston (14-0) in the regional final. If the Dragons sprung the upset, they’d meet defending champion Falmouth (14-0) or Scarborough (13-1) in the Class A Final Saturday in Lewiston.

Mt. Ararat’s girls, the No. 6 seed, fell, 4-1, to No. 3 Hampden Academy in the quarterfinals and finished 6-7.

Morse’s boys, the top seed in Western B, also advanced to the regional final by virtue of wins over No. 8 Spruce Mountain (5-0) in the quarterfinals and fourth-ranked Lincoln Academy (4-1) in the semifinals. The Shipbuilders met defending champion Cape Elizabeth, the No. 2 seed, Thursday at Bates for the right to play either Ellsworth (14-0) or Camden Hills (13-1) in the state match Saturday at 9:15 a.m. at Lewiston High School.

Morse’s girls, the No. 5 seed, knocked off fourth-ranked Gardiner (4-1) in the quarterfinals, then were ousted by top-ranked Lincoln Academy, 4-1, in the semifinals, to finish 8-6.

Baseball

Morse’s baseball team finished eighth in Western B with an 7-9 mark following a 6-3 home loss to Erskine Academy in the regular season finale. The Shipbuilders hosted No. 9 Lake Region (5-11) in a preliminary round contest Tuesday. The winner goes to No. 1 Cape Elizabeth (11-5) for the quarterfinals Thursday.

In Eastern A, Brunswick finished eighth at 8-8 after an 8-1 home win over Oxford Hills in its regular season finale. The Dragons hosted No. 9 Lewiston (5-11) in the preliminary round Tuesday. If victorious, Brunswick would go to top-ranked Bangor (14-2), the defending state champion, for the quarterfinals Thursday.

Mt. Ararat missed the playoffs with a 1-15 record.

The playoffs continue with the semifinals Saturday, on the fields of the higher remaining seeds. The Western B Final is Tuesday at St. Joseph’s College in Standish. The Eastern A Final is Wednesday in Augusta. The Class A Final is Saturday, June 20 in Augusta. The Class B state game is the same day in Standish.

Softball

Mt. Ararat’s softball team was the last to qualify for the Eastern A playoffs, locking up the No. 9 seed with a 6-10 mark. The Eagles went to No. 8 Lawrence (6-10) for a preliminary round playoff game Wednesday. If victorious, Mt. Ararat would visit top-ranked Messalonskee (13-3) in Thursday’s quarterfinals.

Brunswick fell short of the postseason after a 1-15 season, capped by an 11-5 home loss to Oxford Hills.

In Western B, Morse earned the 10th and final playoff spot after going 8-8 in the regular season, capped by a 16-2 home loss to Erskine Academy. The Shipbuilders went to seventh-ranked Fryeburg Academy (10-6) for the prelimnary round and if victorious, played at No. 2 York (15-1) in Thursday’s quarterfinals.

The playoffs continue with the semifinals Saturday, on the fields of the higher remaining seeds. The Western B Final is Tuesday at St. Joseph’s College in Standish. The Eastern A Final is Wednesday in Augusta. The Class A Final is Saturday, June 20 in Augusta. The Class B state game is the same day in Standish.

Boys’ lacrosse

Brunswick’s juggernaut boys’ lacrosse team capped a dominant 12-0 regular season with a 26-3 home romp over Morse last week. The Dragons earned the top seed in Eastern A and hosted No. 8 Mt. Ararat (who finished 4-8 after closing with a 15-10 loss at Gardiner) in the quarterfinals Tuesday. Brunswick won both regular season meetings (13-7 at home and 15-5 in Topsham). The winner will face either No. 4 Cheverus (7-5) or No. 5 Windham (8-4) in Saturday’s semifinal round.

In Eastern B, Morse wound up with the No. 8 seed after capping a 6-6 regular season with a 26-3 loss at Brunswick. The Shipbuilders went to top-ranked Maranacook/Winthrop (10-2) for the quarterfinals. Morse lost, 17-7, at Maranacook/Winthrop in the regular season. If the Shipbulders sprung an upset, they’d go to either No. 4 North Yarmouth Academy (4-8) or No. 5 Oak Hill (5-7) for the semifinals Saturday.

The regional finals are Wednesday of next week on the fields of the higher remaining seeds. The Class A and B state games are Saturday, June 20 on the brand new turf at Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland.

Girls’ lacrosse

Morse’s girls’ closed with home wins over Bonny Eagle (10-5) and Oceanside (11-10) to wind up 8-4 and first in Eastern Class B. The Shipbuilders earned a quarterfinal round bye and will host either No. 4 Freeport (6-6) or No. 5 Winslow (7-5) in Saturday’s semifinals. Morse lost, 15-9, at the Falcons May 19 and beat the visiting Black Raiders, 11-7, May 12.

In Eastern A, Mt. Ararat earned the No. 2 seed after capping an 11-1 regular season with a 13-7 home victory over Edward Little. The Eagles hosted ancient rival Brunswick (which wound up 3-9 following a regular season-ending 16-1 home loss to defending Class B champion Yarmouth) in the quarterfinals Tuesday. Mt. Ararat swept the Dragons this year, 15-3 at home and 16-4 in Brunswick. The winner will face third-ranked Portland (7-5) or No. 6 Cheverus (5-7), the two-time defending regional champion, in Saturday’s semifinals.

The regional finals are Wednesday of next week on the fields of the higher remaining seeds. The Class A and B state games are Saturday, June 20 on the brand new turf at Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland.

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Morse’s Chris Walfield competes in the mile at Saturday’s Class B state outdoor track meet in Bath. Walfield did not score.

Morse’s Emma Gould takes part in the triple jump at Saturday’s Class B girls’ outdoor track state meet. Gould just missed scoring in that event, but was third in the 400.

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