The 2012 spring sports postseason is underway in the Mid-Coast and there’s already been a champion crowned.
Brunswick’s Maisie Silverman won the 2012 girls’ singles tennis championship over the holiday weekend.
Silverman, the top seed and last year’s runner-up, advanced by virtue of wins over North Yarmouth Academy’s Sarah Jordan (6-0, 6-0), Caribou’s Ashley Richards (6-0, 6-0), eighth seed Colleen O’Donnell of Waterville (7-5, 6-1) and fifth-ranked Olivia Leavitt of Falmouth (7-5, 0-6, 6-3). The final match was a tough one, but Silverman managed to outlast Falmouth’s Annie Criscione, the No. 2 seed, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4.
Silverman’s Brunswick teammate Ali Stankiewicz made it to the Round of 16 with wins over Cheverus’ Maria Cianchette (6-0, 6-0) and Caribou’s Carlee Pinette (6-1, 6-4), but was ousted by Falmouth’s Analise Kump, the No. 3 seed, 1-6, 1-6.
Mt. Ararat’s Sarah Hill beat Deer Isle-Stonington’s Esther Adams, 6-1, 6-0, in the first round, then lost to Leavitt, 2-6, 0-6.
On the boys’ side, Morse’s Sam Leeman, seeded 11th, was a 6-1, 6-3 winner over Waynflete’s Ben Shapiro in the second round, and a 6-1, 6-7 (4), 6-2 victory over sixth-ranked Tyler Small of Ellsworth in the Round of 16, but lost, 2-6, 0-6, to No. 3 Matt Gilman of Cape Elizabeth in the quarterfinals.
Brunswick’s Jon Gross dropped his first round match, 4-6, 2-6, to Charlie Volkwein of John Bapst.
In the team competition, the Silverman-lead Brunswick girls are the top seed in Eastern A after finishing the regular season 12-0. The Dragons opened tournament play Thursday in the quarterfinals against visiting No. 8 Messalonskee (3-9), a team they beat, 5-0, back on May 10. Mt. Ararat earned the No. 5 seed with a 6-6 record and went to No. 4 Brewer (8-4) Wednesday for the quarterfinals. The teams didn’t play this year. In Western B, Morse missed the playoffs with a 3-9 mark.
On the boys’ side, Brunswick earned the No. 4 seed in Eastern A with a 9-3 mark. The Dragons hosted No. 5 Messalonskee (7-5) in the quarterfinals. Brunswick lost, 4-1, at the Eagles in the regular season. Mt. Ararat fell just short of the postseason with a 2-10 record. In Western B, Morse earned the fifth seed at 7-5 and was at No. 4 Maranacook (10-2) in the quarterfinals. The Shipbuilders lost at the Black Bears, 3-2, in the regular season.
The playoffs continue with the semifinals Saturday, on the homecourts of the higher remaining seeds. The Eastern A Finals are Wednesday in Waterville. The Western B Finals are Wednesday in Lewiston. The state championship matches are Saturday, June 9, in Waterville.
The Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference held its outdoor track championship meet Saturday in Bath.
In Class A, Mt. Ararat’s 82.5 points left it third behind Edward Little and Lewiston, who tied for the top spot with 125 points. Brunswick (71) came in fourth.
The Dragons got wins from Alex Nichols in the 200 (22.69 seconds) and 400 (49.91), Mitchell Black in the 800 (1:58.18), as well as their 1,600 (3 minutes, 35.2 seconds) and 3,200 (8:15.9) relay teams. First place Eagles finishers included McKenzie Gary in the 100 (11.44), long jump (19 feet, 6 inches) and triple jump (43 feet).
In the girls’ competition, Edward Little was first with 163 points. Brunswick was runner-up with 122. Mt. Ararat came in fourth with 81.
The Dragons got wins from Allison Hill in the 100 hurdles (16.28), Alexis Dickinson in the 100 (12.54) and 200 (26.22) and their 3,200 relay (10:13.68). Eagles winners included Nicole Ross in the 400 (1:01.45).
In Class B, Morse had 22.5 points to finish ninth in the girls’ meet. The boys (23) were 11th. Joel Harris took the boys’ high jump (6 feet). Kerry Cummings won the girls’ racewalk (7:34.7).
The Class A state outdoor track and field meet is Saturday at Windham High School. The Class B championships are Saturday at Mt. Desert Island.
Morse will likely be the No. 3 seed for the Western Class B baseball playoffs. The Shipbuilders began the week 12-3 after beating Medomak (6-2) and Oak Hill (6-1) and losing to Camden Hills (7-4) in recent action. Morse closed the regular season at Maranacook Wednesday.
Mt. Ararat and Brunswick will fall short in Eastern A.
The Eagles were 3-12 and 12th after losses to Edward Little (8-0) and Oxford Hills (10-2). Mt. Ararat closed at Lawrence Wednesday.
The Dragons were 2-13 and 13th after a 6-1 home loss to Oxford Hills last Wednesday. They closed at Mt. Blue Wednesday.
The playoffs begin with the preliminary round Tuesday.
Mt. Ararat’s softball team will likely be the last to qualify for the Eastern A playoffs. The Eagles took a 6-9 mark and the No. 9 seed in the region into Wednesday’s finale at Lawrence. Mt. Ararat beat Edward Little (10-7) and Oxford Hills (10-4) last week.
Brunswick will fall short. The Dragons were 1-14 and 12th after last Wednesday’s 15-0 home loss to Oxford Hills. Brunswick closed at Mt. Blue Wednesday.
Morse was 3-12 and 17th in the Western B Heals (only 12 teams make the playoffs) at the start of the week. The Shipbuilders beat Camden, 4-1, and lost to Oak Hill, 5-0, last week. They closed at Maranacook Wednesday.
The playoffs begin with the preliminary round Tuesday.
Brunswick’s boys’ lacrosse team locked up the top seed in Eastern Class A, culminating a 12-0 regular season with a 14-3 win at Lewiston and a 17-0 home blanking of Cony. The Dragons are idle until the semifinal round, June 9.
Mt. Ararat could wind up second in Eastern A. The Eagles began the week 9-2 after beating Cony (14-2) and Edward Little (10-3) last week. Mt. Ararat closed at home versus Oxford Hills Wednesday and will began tournament play in the quarterfinals next Wednesday at home, likely versus defending regional champion Lewiston.
In Eastern B, Morse projects to be seventh. The Shipbuilders finished the regular season 6-6 after a 13-12 loss to Oak Hill and a 9-8 win over Camden Hills last week. Morse will open on the road in the quarterfinals Wednesday of next week, probably at Gardiner.
On the girls’ side, Brunswick, even after dropping from the unbeaten ranks, projects to be first in Eastern A. Last week, the Dragons beat Gardiner, 17-5, but lost to Mt. Ararat, 10-9. They closed at home versus Cony Wednesday.
Mt. Ararat was fourth at 8-3 when the week began. In addition to beating Brunswick, the Eagles also dominated Morse last week, 16-9. The Eagles finished up at Messalonskee Wednesday.
In Eastern B, Morse started the week 3-8 and second to Freeport in the Heals. The Shipbuilders lost to Mt. Ararat (16-9) and Messalonskee (17-8) last week. The closed at Gardiner Wednesday.
The girls’ lacrosse playoffs start Wednesday of next week with the quarterfinals.
Brunswick’s Maisie Silverman shows off her hardware after winning the state singles girls’ tennis championship Monday.