As the fall high school sports season nears its conclusion, this weekend features state soccer championships, along with semifinal football games throughout the state.

A big change has come about in the state soccer schedule. The Class A and Class C championships have switched venues, while the Class B slate has been moved to later in the day on Saturday.

In Class A, the Portland boys take on Lewiston, with the game now at Deering High School at 10 a.m. Scarborough meets Camden Hills at 12:30 p.m., also at Deering.

In Class B, the Yarmouth-Winslow boys contest is slated to begin at 3 p.m. at Deering, followed at 5:30 p.m. by the Yarmouth-Presque Isle girls.

Class C teams are now at Hampden. Maranacook meets Fort Kent at 10 a.m., in the boys final, followed by Madison-Houlton in the girls championship at 12:30 p.m.

The Richmond boys and girls are in State Class D championship action. The Bobcat boys face Bangor Christian at Hampden Academy, with kick-off scheduled for 3 p.m. And, the Richmond girls tackle Ashland for the fourth straight season, with the game set for a 5:30 p.m. start.


The upstart Brunswick Dragons, the No. 6 seed in Class B North, look to continue their postseason run tonight, facing second-seeded Lawrence at 7 p.m. at Fairfield.

The teams met during the regular season, with the Bulldogs (5-3) overcoming 12-0 and 20-12 deficits in posting a 23-20 victory.

Brunswick (2-7), the three-time regional champion, stunned No. 3 Cony, 38-27, last week, and hopes to continue its run.

In the other Class B North semifinal, No. 5 Brewer, which dropped No. 4 Messalonskee last week, 29-28, faces top-seeded Skowhegan tonight at 7 p.m.

The winners will meet for the regional title next week.

In Class B South, Marshwood and Kennebunk are one step away from a regional showdown. The Hawks host No. 4 Greely tonight at 6 p.m., while the Kennebunk Rams, the No. 2 seed, entertain No. 3 Falmouth at 7 p.m.


Along with Bowdoin meeting Bates on Saturday at Lewiston’s Garcelon Field in football action (see story), the Polar Bears are in New England Small College Athletic Conference playoff action in men’s soccer and field hockey.

The men’s soccer squad travels to Tufts University in Medford, Mass., to face No. 5 Middlebury in a 1:30 p.m. semifinal. Bowdoin is the No. 3 seed. Top-seeded Tufts hosts No. 7 Hamilton at 11 a.m. The winners play on Sunday at noon for the NESCAC title and an automatic berth into the NCAA Division III tournament.

Bowdoin’s field hockey team, fresh off an upset of No. 2 Tufts in the quarterfinals, is at top-seeded Middlebury on Saturday at 11 a.m. for a semifinal. The Polar Bears are seeded seventh. In the other semifinal, No. 5 Trinity faces third-seeded Williams at 1:30 p.m. The winners face-off on Sunday at noon, again with an NCAA Division III berth on the line.

And, the women’s volleyball squad is in NESCAC Tournament play this weekend. The quarterfinals are tonight, with the Polar Bears, the No. 3 seed, facing No. 6 Middlebury at 8 p.m. The tournament will be held at Tufts University, with the Jumbos the No. 1 seed.

The semifinals take place on Saturday, with the NESCAC title match on Sunday at noon.

Of note, the Bowdoin women’s rugby team, which was scheduled to host Long Island University on Saturday, will now host rival Middlebury on Saturday at 1 p.m. Long Island was unable to field a full squad.

Red Claws

The Maine Red Claws are set to open their NBA GLeague season tonight at the Portland Expo.

The Red Claws host Delaware at 7 p.m., and are back at home on Sunday againstErie,witha1p.m.tipoff.

Maine is coming off a season in which it won its first playoff series.

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