With October upon us, it won’t be long before local athletes and teams will be taking part in the postseasons of their respective sports. Golf team championships are just days away and field hockey’s regular season will be done by this time next week. Here’s a look at where your favorite teams stand as the days grow shorter and the games become more meaningful:
Local football teams have some work to do to make the postseason.
Saturday night, Brunswick lost its third game in a row, 28-21, at home to Cony. The Dragons are now 2-3 and host Brewer Friday night.
Mt. Ararat dropped a 57-29 home decision to Lewiston Saturday and is now 0-5. The Eagles have their home finale versus Messalonskee Friday.
Morse is now 1-4 after falling, 55-8, at home to Hampden Saturday. The Shipbuilders visit Leavitt Friday.
Brunswick’s boys’ soccer team fell from the ranks of the unbeaten Saturday after a 1-0 home loss to Lewiston. The Dragons had won their first eight contests, capped by 1-0 home victory over Oxford Hills four days prior. The goal scored by the Blue Devils was the first allowed by Brunswick all year. The Dragons (second to Bangor) in the Eastern A Heal Points standings, hosted Mt. Ararat Tuesday, go to Erskine Saturday and welcome Morse next Tuesday.
The Shipbuilders enjoyed home victories over Edward Little (5-1) and Erskine (2-0) last week to improve to 6-3 (fifth in Eastern A). Eric Trautman-Mosher scored three times against the Red Eddies. Caleb Edmundson and Trautman-Mosher had the goals against Erskine. Morse was at Oxford Hills Wednesday, welcomes Cony Friday, then has a showdown at Brunswick Tuesday.
Mt. Ararat was 3-3-2 and 12th in the Heals at the start of the week. The Eagles won 9-1 at Cony last Tuesday and were rained out Friday at home against Edward Little. After going to Brunswick Tuesday and playing the makeup against the Red Eddies Thursday, Mt. Ararat is home against Oxford Hills Saturday and hosts Lewiston Tuesday of next week.
Brunswick’s girls have no peer in Eastern A. The Dragons improved to 9-0 last week with resounding wins over Oxford Hills (10-1) and Lewiston (6-0). Brunswick was at rival Mt. Ararat Tuesday, plays at Erskine Saturday and visits Morse next Tuesday.
The Shipbuilders were in the fifth spot with a 6-2-1 mark at the start of the week. Morse edged visiting Edward Little, 1-0, last Wednesday, then dispatched host Erskine, 3-0, Saturday. Tori Field had the goal against the Red Eddies. Field, Megan Hixon and Katie Henrikson scored at Erskine. The Shipbuilders were home with Oxford Hills Wednesday, play at Cony Friday and host Brunswick Tuesday of next week.
Mt. Ararat is 6-2 and sixth in Eastern A after a recent 3-0 home win over Cony. The Eagles hosted Brunswick Tuesday and went to Edward Little Thursday. They host Oxford Hills Saturday and play at Lewiston Tuesday of next week.
Mt. Ararat and Brunswick’s field hockey teams are in the playoff hunt as the regular season nears its close.
The Eagles entered the week clinging to the seventh and final Eastern A spot with a 4-7 mark after losses last week at Lawrence (2-1) and Cony (1-0). Mt. Ararat was home against Mt. Blue Tuesday and played at Morse Thursday before completing the regular season Saturday at home versus Brunswick.
The Dragons were 6-6 and ninth at the start of the week. Last week, Brunswick lost to Bangor (2-1) and Lewiston (1-0), then even its record with a 2-1 (overtime) victory at Mt. Blue. Brunswick hosted Morse Tuesday and closes Saturday at Mt. Ararat.
Morse will fall short of the postseason. The Shipbuilders were 13th in Eastern A with an 0-10 record after a 3-2 home loss to Oxford Hills Monday. Morse finished at Brunswick and at home against Mt. Ararat.
Brunswick’s cross country team took part in the Festival of Champions in Belfast Saturday. The Dragons were sixth in the girls’ competition and 19th in the boys’ race. Junior Kathleen McMahon led the girls with a sixth-place finish (completing the 5-kilometer course in 19 minutes, 26.99 seconds). The boys were paced by senior Patrick Horan, who came in 56th (17:53.98).
Local teams will compete in the Mt. Blue Relays Friday.
Brunswick’s golf team won the KVAC championship Monday with a 6.5-2.5 win over Brewer. The team state championship match is Saturday at Natanis Golf Course in Vassalboro. The individual championships are the following Saturday, Oct. 16, also at Natanis.
Mt. Ararat senior Adam Levesque, right, fights off Brunswick’s Chris Bruno late in the first half Tuesday. Mt. Ararat scored two goals early. Although Brunswick dominated the pace of play, the Dragons couldn’t score and lost, 2-0.
Mt. Ararat goalkeeper Nate Bryant goes up for a high shot in the second half. Bryant and his teammates improved to 4-3-2 with the victory.