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With the spring regular season a thing of the past, local teams are gearing up to chase their share of playoff glory.
Here’s a look at who’s moving on to the postseason:
With the final Eastern Class A Heal Points still up in the air at press time, it looked like Brunswick was in the playoffs, Mt. Ararat needed some help and Morse was definitely out.
The Dragons were 7-8 entering the week after losing, 11-1, at home to Oxford Hills and beating host Erskine, 11-0. Brunswick (which closed the regular season at home Tuesday, versus Mt. Blue) clung to the seventh spot in the standings (the top eight qualify) and will start the playoffs with a road quarterfinal next Tuesday.
The Eagles dropped a pair of critical contests last week, 7-3 at home to Lewiston and 11-5 at Oxford Hills and are now 8-7 on the year (good for ninth). If Mt. Ararat was able to beat Brewer in its finale Tuesday, it likely would have moved into the top eight.
The Shipbuilders were 1-14 and 15th in Eastern A after losses last week to Edward Little (9-1) and Lewiston (13-3). Morse closed at home against Skowhegan Tuesday.
Barring some last day dramatics, all three local softball teams will be done after the conclusion of the regular season.
Mt. Ararat was ninth in Eastern A (only eight teams make the playoffs) with a 7-8 mark going into Tuesday’s home finale against Brewer. The Eagles had closed strong, winning three straight, including a 3-2 home triumph over Lewiston and a 7-5 victory at Oxford Hills last week.
Morse was 4-11 and 11th entering the week. The Shipbuilders lost a 17-15 home shootout to Edward Little last Wednesday, then bounced back to beat host Lewiston, 12-5, Friday. Morse finished up at home against Skowhegan Tuesday.
Brunswick had a 3-12 mark and was 14th in Eastern A heading into its final game Tuesday, at home against Mt. Blue. The Dragons fell, 5-2, at Oxford Hills and 7-2, at Erskine last week.
Brunswick’s boys’ lacrosse team, the two-time defending Eastern A champion, was in a heated battle with Portland for the top seed and homefield advantage at press time.
The Dragons finished the regular season with wins over visiting Messalonskee (10-4) and host Mt. Ararat (6-5) to wind up 10-2. They were first in the Heals as of Tuesday, but defending state champion Portland was close behind and finished Tuesday night at home with Scarborough where a victory would leapfrog the Bulldogs to the top spot and push Brunswick to second. Either way, the Dragons will have a bye into the semifinals, June 12.
Mt. Ararat finished 6-6 after losing to Brunswick. The Eagles were ninth in the Heals and will fall short.
In Eastern B, Morse entered the week in seventh (only the top five qualify) with a 5-5 mark. The Shipbuilders closed at home versus Gardiner Tuesday.
On the girls’ side, Brunswick will be the top seed in Eastern A. The Dragons beat host Lewiston, 16-3, last Thursday to improve to 9-2. They closed Tuesday at Oxford Hills. Brunswick will be idle until the semifinals on June 12.
Mt. Ararat held the No. 2 seed in Eastern A after last Thursday’s 16-7 home win over Oxford Hills gave it a 7-4 mark. The Eagles closed at Morse Wednesday and could also be idle until June 12.
The Shipbuilders, in Eastern B, will be fourth and will play at two-time defending regional champion North Yarmouth Academy in the semifinals June 12. Morse lost, 14-9, at home to Thornton Academy last Wednesday, but bounced back and defeated host Camden, 12-5, Thursday to improve to 7-4. The Shipbuilders closed at home with Mt. Ararat Wednesday.
Brunswick, Morse and Mt. Ararat took part in the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference outdoor track championship meet Saturday in Bath.
In the boys’ meet, Brunswick came in second with 124 points, two behind Edward Little. Mt. Ararat (73) was third and Morse (14) placed ninth.
The Dragons got wins from senior Kenzell Crawford in the 110 hurdles (15.67 seconds), junior Mike Slovenski in the pole vault (14 feet, 1 inch) and record-setting performances from senior Will Geoghegan in the 800 (1 minute, 56.14 seconds), the mile (4:14.69) and the two-mile (9:29.71). Brunswick also captured the 1,600 (3:32.54) and the 3,200 (a new record time of 8:04.93) relays.
The Eagles got first-place showings from sophomore McKenzie Gary in the long (21-7.5) and triple (42-2.5) jumps.
In the girls’ meet, Edward Little dominated and won with 211 points. Mt. Ararat was second with 137. Brunswick came in third with 63 points and Morse was eighth with 20.
Individually, the Eagles got wins from senior Katrina Gelwick in the 400 (59.75), senior Rebecca Merritt in the 300 hurdles (48.15), junior Randi London in the shot put (36-6.5), and their 400 (new record time of 51.11), 1,600 (a new record time of 4:11.86) and 3,200 (10:00.74) relay teams.
The Dragons got wins from sophomore Alexis Dickinson in the 100 (13.05), junior Kyia Jensen in the 800 (2:23.94) and sophomore Kathleen McMahon in the mile (5:23.16) and the two-mile (11:42.35).
All three local teams will take part in the Class A championship meet Saturday at Cony High School in Augusta.
The big news on the tennis front came Monday at Bates College in Lewiston where Brunswick’s Elena Mandzhukova, the No. 2 seed, won the state girls’ singles title. Mandzhukova defeated Belfast’s Shashanna Moll, 6-3, 6-0, Caribou’s Laura Collins, 6-1, 6-1, and Falmouth’s Libby Voccola, 6-2, 6-2, Saturday, before downing Falmouth’s Annie Criscione, 6-0, 6-1, in the semifinals Monday and Falmouth’s Analise Kump, 6-4, 7-6 (4) in the championship match.
The team tennis playoffs began Thursday.
Brunswick’s boys wound up 10-2 and are the No. 3 seed in Eastern A. The Dragons hosted No. 6 Mt. Blue in the quarterfinals. They beat the Cougars, 4-1, at home May 30 and 4-1, in Farmington in the regular season finale Tuesday.
Brunswick’s girls also went 10-2 and earned the No. 3 seed. They hosted No. 6 Mt. Ararat (7-5) in the quarterfinals. On May 6, at home, the Dragons rolled over the Eagles, 5-0. On May 24, in Topsham, Brunswick won, 4-1.
Morse’s girls’ team went 5-7 this year, good for sixth in Western B. The Shipbuilders were at No. 3 Maranacook (9-3) in the quarterfinals Thursday. Back on May 3, Morse lost, 3-2, at home to the Black Bears.
Morse’s boys’ squad missed the playoffs with a 5-7 mark, as did the Mt. Ararat boys, who wound up 7-5.
The semifinals are Saturday on the court of the higher remaining seed. The regional championships are next Wednesday and states are Saturday, June 12.
Brunswick senior Peter Morrell hopes to lead his team back to the Class A Final.
Dragons junior Maggie Caputi and her teammates have their sights set on a third straight state championship as the playoffs begin.