Morse softball ace Dory Kulis looks to lead the Shipbuilders on another long playoff run this spring.

Mt. Ararat’s Wylie Fitzpatrick places fifth in the girls’ 400 at last weekend’s Class A state track and field meet. The Eagles were 16th as a team.

The tennis tournament is down to a select few teams and the baseball, softball and lacrosse postseason is about to begin.

Local teams are in the mix for titles in all sports and the next couple weeks promise to be memorable.

Here’s an overview:

Track

The state track and field championships were held last weekend and some local athletes turned heads.

In the Class A boys’ meet in Lewiston, which was won by Scarborough with 110 points, Brunswick and Mt. Ararat tied for fifth place with 46 points apiece.

The Eagles were led by distance standout Lisandro Berry-Gaviria, who won the mile in 4 minutes, 22.22 seconds, and the two-mile in 9:35.17. Max Spelke also had a first-place finish, winning the javelin with a top throw of 170 feet, 4 inches. Spelke was also fourth in the 300 hurdles (42.18). Bernier came in sixth in the 400 (52.02). The Eagles’ 4×800 relay team (Spelke, Jace Hollenbach, Bernier and Berry-Gaviria) was third (8:20.37). The 4×100 relay squad (Holden Brannan, Ethan Rac, Maximo Varela and Travis Nadeau) finished sixth (44.91). The 4×400 relay team (Bernier, Spelke, Rac and Varela) also placed sixth (3:38.59). 

The Dragons got runner-up performances from Will Shaughnessy in the two-mile (9:38.58), Samuel Cenescar in the high jump (6-4) and their 4×800 relay team (Shaughnessy, Joey Valliere, Andrew Chingos and Tyler Patterson, 8:15.11). Michael McCrum tied for third place in the pole vault (12-6). Patterson was third in the 800 (1:59.27). Mitchell Lienert placed fourth in the 100 (11.38) and fifth in the 400 (51.52). Hunter Parker came in seventh in the 200 (23.34). The 4×400 relay team (Wes Coffin, Patterson, Parker and Lienert) placed fifth (3:34.26). 

In the Class A girls’ meet, won by Cheverus with 100 points, Mt. Ararat (12) came in 16th. The Eagles’ 4×800 relay team (Sara York, Jackie Brochu, Holly Temple and Camila Ciembroniewicz) was fourth in 10:18.68. The 4×400 relay squad (Ciembroniewicz, Wyley Fitzpatrick, Katie Lynch and York) also placed fourth in 4:13.66. Fitzpatrick came in fifth in the 400 (1:00.23). Ciembroniewicz was seventh in the 800 (2:25.91). 

Brunswick did not score.

In the Class B boys’ meet in Brewer, won by York with 63.33 points, Morse (11 points) was 20th. The Shipbuilders’ points came from William Carrolton, who was third in the discus (135-11) and fourth in the shot put (46-11) and their seventh-place 4×800 relay team (Connor Freeman, Aidan Pryor, Liam Scanlon and Ben Brewer, 8:52.59). 

Morse’s girls didn’t score (Brewer won the title with 84 points).

Tennis

Brunswick’s girls’ tennis team had advanced to the regional final at press time. The Dragons, seeded second in Class A North after an 11-1 regular season, downed No. 7 Mt. Blue (4-1) in the quarterfinals and No. 3 Bangor (3-2) in the semifinals to set up a showdown with top-ranked Lewiston (14-0) in the Class A North Final. If Brunswick (13-1) reaches Saturday state match in Lewiston, it will face either 11-time champion Falmouth (14-0) or Scarborough (13-1). 

Morse and Mt. Ararat each missed the playoffs with 2-10 records.

On the boys’ side, Brunswick earned the No. 5 seed in Class A North, but was ousted by No. 4 Mt. Blue in the quarterfinals, 4-1, to finish the year 8-5.

Mt. Ararat, ranked seventh in Class A North, fell, 4-1, to No. 2 Lewiston in the quarterfinals to wind up 5-8.

Morse missed the playoffs with a 2-10 record.

Boys’ lacrosse

Brunswick’s two-time defending state champion boys’ lacrosse team finished third in Class B with a record of 10-2, following a 13-4 home win over Mt. Ararat in its finale. The Dragons welcome No. 6 Gardiner (7-5) or No. 11 Morse (3-9) in the state quarterfinals Friday. Prior to the start of the playoffs, longtime Brunswick coach Don Glover announced that he will retire at season’s end.

Mt. Ararat finished 5-7 and ninth in Class B and went to No. 8 Biddeford (5-7) for a prelim. If the Eagles advanced, they’d play at top-ranked Greely (9-3) in the state quarterfinals Friday or Saturday. 

Morse closed with a 12-6 home win over Mt. Blue, a 15-2 home loss to Maranacook and a 14-12 loss at Westbrook and went to Gardiner for a prelim.

Girls’ lacrosse

Brunswick’s girls’ lacrosse team wound up 5-7 and seventh in Class B after a 15-4 loss at Oceanside. The Dragons hosted No. 10 Waynflete (5-7) in the preliminary round of the playoffs Tuesday, in the teams’ first meeting since the Flyers beat Brunswick, 7-5, to win the 2003 state title. If the Dragons advanced, they’ll be at No. 2 Cape Elizabeth (10-2), the defending state champion, in the state quarterfinals Friday or Saturday.

Mt. Ararat beat visiting Edward Little, 9-5, in its finale, ended up 5-7 and ninth in Class B and visited No. 8 Cony (7-5) in the preliminary round. If the Eagles advanced, they’ll be at top-ranked Yarmouth (11-1) for a state quarterfinal Friday or Saturday.

Morse dropped a 10-6 home decision to Lewiston in its finale and wound up 3-9 and 15th in Class B, where just 10 teams made the postseason.

Baseball

Mt. Ararat’s baseball team finished 9-7 and sixth in Class A North after closing with a 6-3 win at Brunswick last week. The Eagles went to No. 3 Oxford Hills (11-5) for the quarterfinals Thursday. If Mt. Ararat advanced, it would visit No. 2 Hampden Academy (13-3) or host No. 7 Messalonskee (9-7) in Saturday’s semifinal round.

Brunswick ended up 7-9 and ninth in Class A North, but only eight teams qualified for the playoffs.

In Class B South, Morse earned the No. 7 seed after finishing 9-7, closing with a 9-2 victory at Lincoln Academy. The Shipbuilders hosted 10th-ranked Oak Hill (8-8) in the preliminary round Tuesday. If victorious, Morse played at No. 2 Greely (12-4) in Thursday.

Softball

Morse’s softball team, a regional finalist in 2018, finished the 2019 campaign 12-4 and fifth in the Class B South Heals after a 3-1 win at Lincoln Academy in its finale. The Shipbuilders went to No. 4 Oak Hill (13-3) for the quarterfinals Thursday. If Morse advanced to Saturday’s semifinal round, it will go to top-ranked York (13-3), or host No. 8 Lake Region (9-7) or No. 9 Wells (8-8).

Brunswick finished the year 4-12 and 10th in Class A North, where just eight teams make the playoffs. The Dragons closed with a 9-0 home win over Mt. Ararat.

Mt. Ararat ended up 2-14 and 11th in Class A North