Welcome to Mt Ararat High School Sports
GIRLS SOCCER VS HAMPDEN BRONCOS
After a scoreless first half, Erin Tome and Libby Ouellette scored second half goals ... Read more
BOYS SOCCER VS BANGOR RAMS
It was a close checking game from start to finish. Bangor got a goal from Eli Clein ... Read more
CROSS COUNTRY REGIONAL CHAMPIOPNSHIP
The Eagles were very much on the bubble, but both the Boys and Girls put forth ... Read more
MTA FOOTBALL VS MORSE SHIPBUILDERS
The Eagles won the toss and elected to receive. Morse tried an onside kick right ... Read more
Oct 29, 2014 - Eagles Advance Past Hampden, 2-1
After a scoreless first half, Erin Tome and Libby Ouellette scored second half goals to give the Eagles a 2-0 lead and then hung on to advance to the semi finals with a 2-1 victory over Hampden. More to follow!
Oct 28, 2014 - Eagles Season Ends, Suffer Tough Loss to Bangor, 1-0
It was a close checking game from start to finish. Bangor got a goal from Eli Clein 7:16 into the first half. Clein's seeing-eye shot from just outside the box snuck through a forest of legs, deflected off a random foot, and just barely had enough ooomph to reach the far corner of the net. That was the deciding goal of the contest.
Neither team had a plethora of chances in the first half. The Eagles came out fired up in the second half. Robbie Small and Cole Guerin had the best chances for the Eagles, but Bangor keeper Stanley Clarke was equal to the task. Clarke ended up with six saves for the Rams and Eagles keeper Jon Roux had two saves.
Stay tuned for season wrap-up.
Oct 25, 2014 - Boys Class A Regional Cross Country Championship by Greg Emerson
Oct 25, 2014 - Girls Class A Regional Cross Country Championship by Greg Emerson
Oct 25, 2014 - Eagles Qualify for States at Regional Championship
The Eagles were very much on the bubble, but both the Boys and Girls put forth one of their best efforts and were rewarded with an invitation to the upcoming State Championship. Invitation accepted.
It was a warm, sunny day on the spectator-friendly course at Belfast. It was wet and slippery in places with several runners falling, but all in all, it was an excellent race. Mt Blue's Aaron Willingham won the Boys race and neighbor, Tessa Cassidy of Brunswick, won the Girls race. Coach Diane Fournier again had her runners ready and peaking at exactly the right time with several runners reaching deep and setting new PRs on a generally tough, but fair, course. The Mt Ararat Girls finished 5th and the Boys finished 7th.
The Boys really needed top performances from their runners in order to qualify for the States. The Boys delivered in a big way as each runner set a PR or a near PR. Matt Gott was the top Eagles finisher with a strong 9th place finisher with a PR by more than 30 seconds with a time of 17:25.60. His shadow, Eagan Eldridge, finished in 15th place also with a PR by 30 seconds and an improvement of 1:30 and ten places over his time in last week's KVAC Championship. Sophomore Cameron Meier, who has really developed into a top echelon runner, set a PR by more than a minute and improved his time from last week's KVAC Championship by an incredible two minutes. He moved up from 47th place last week to 34th position this week.
Steven Johnson also delivered his best race of the season with a PR by 20 seconds. Steven who had a disappointing run at the KVACs, rebounded with a vengeance. He ran three minutes faster than at the KVACs and moved up from 58th last week to 40th this week. Ted Burns did not run a PR, but he was within seconds of one. Ted finished 46. he also improved his time over last week KVAC time by a minute. Eric French ran a PR by a minute to break the 20 minute barrier fro the first time and Thomas Emerson, who ran in the JV race last week at the KVAC's, took advantage of his promotion and ran a strong race and set a PR by 50 seconds.
Katherine Leckbee was completely focused as she matched her eyesight (20/20) with her time (20:20) to place fourth. Katherine ran a PR by more than 50 seconds as she continues to develop into a top-flight runner. And she is a fierce competitor too who is not afraid to challenge the leaders. Katherine's compatriot freshman, Colette Kincaid, added to her starter resume with an 11th place finish with a time 1:30 faster than last week's KVAC result. Emma Levy, old reliable, set a PR in her best race of the year while finishing 32nd. Katherine's twin sister, Madison Leckbee, finished 38th while running a near PR and besting last week's time by 1:30. Isa Blessington, Sara Lamb, and Jun Inaba ran together throughout the race until the final 400 yards when Isa (63) outsprinted Sara (65) and Jun (66) for bragging rights, much to the delight of their two-person fan club.
Oct 24, 2014 - Video Hi-Lites of MTA vs Morse Football Game by Greg Emerson
Oct 24, 2014 - Morse Topple Eagles, 21-6
Morse is the new Orange (and Black). Since the Eagles moved to Class B West in Football, the Shipbuilders have replaced the Brunswick Dragons as our natural rival in football. The Battle off the Bridge has become the Battle of the (Merrymeeting) Bay. It's a natural rivalry that has been restored and it resulted in a well-played, hard-hitting affair. Morse took advantage of Eagles mistakes and wound up on the winning side of a 21-6 score.
The game was moved to Yarmouth's turf field because of poor field conditions at Mt Ararat's Fournier Field. What a beautiful facility! It was Senior night and, in a pre-game ceremony, the fans honored the eight Mt Ararat seniors (and their families), most of whom probably played in their last competitive game. The three senior cheerleaders were also honored. Pictures to be posted soon!
The Eagles won the toss and elected to receive. Morse tried an onside kick right off the bat, but the ball bounced out of bounds giving the Eagles good field position near mid-field. The Eagles first play moved the chains when Dylan Johnson connected with Jake Schoenberg (who played a great game both offensively and defensively) for a first down. Jake picked up 9 yards on the next carry and John Heatherman picked up the first down on a 3rd and 1 at the Morse 32. The drive stalled when Morse intercepted a pass and returned it to the Eagles 38. Morse picked up a couple of first downs on the ground, but a holding penalty negated another first down, and they were forced to punt. A good roll pinned the Eagles deep in their end where they started at their own 9. Dante Dangerfield gave them some breathing room when he picked up a first down on an inside reverse, but an Eagles fumble gave Morse great field position at the Eagles 22. A John Heatherman sack created a 2nd and 20, but Morse running back John Laser gained back 10 yards on the next play as the first quarter ended in a scoreless tie, but with the Shipbuilders threatening.
Morse's Matt Belanger picked up a first down on the ground to the Eagles 6-yard line on the first play of the second quarter and three plays later Connor Upham scored on a quarterback sneak. The PAT was good and the Shipbuilders led 7-0.
Morse once again short kicked on the kick-off and lineman Austin Dyer fielded the ball and was immediately flattened by a horde of Morse tacklers. The Eagles next drive featured an 18-yard pick up by John Heatherman at the Morse 43. Three plays later, the Eagles lined up in punt formation. Instead, Kyle Benjamin lofted a pass toward Ryan Mello that just glanced off Ryan's fingertips and Morse took over on downs. Neither team could do much offensively the rest of the half as the teams exchanged punts and Morse took a 7-0 lead into the half.
Morse's Damon Osborn opened the second half with a bang as the speedster raced more that 70 yards for a TD. The conversion attempt failed and the Shipbuilders led 13-0. The Eagles responded with their best drive of the night. Another short kick-off gave the Eagles good field position at their own 43. The 11-play drive featured the hard running of Jake Schoenberg who had consecutive gains on 11 yards and 19 yards, before he punched it in from the 2-yard line with 5:36 left in the third quarter. The PAT failed and the Eagles trailed 13-6. The teams exchanged punts, and the third quarter ended with the Eagles Kyle Benjamin's punt pinning the Shipbuilder deep in their own end at the 6-yard line. Morse moved the ball the length of the field on a 9-play drive featuring the passing of Connor Upham and the receiving of Damon Osmond that included a 51-yard completion and a 15-yard TD in traffic. The 2-point conversion through the air made it 21-6 Morse with 6:30 remaining.
The Eagles again started with good field position at their own 42. They moved the ball to the Morse 29 behind a 15-yard pick up by Jake Schoenberg on a double reverse and a Dante Dangerfield first down run. But a quarterback sack set up a 4th and 16 situation. Dylan Johnson found Jacob Steinman for a 14-yard completion that was just short of a first down. Morse took over on downs. With time running down, the Eagles forced a three and out and a Morse punt. After a completion to Alex LaFountain produced a first down at the Eagles 48, a Dylan Johnson pass was tipped and then intercepted effectively ending the game and the Eagles season.
Both the Morse and Eagles Cheerleaders performed at halftime (video coming soon). But the hi-lite was a spontaneous smack down between two individual somersaulters, one from Morse and one from Mt Ararat that delighted the crowd with a series of back and forth gravity defying acrobatics (video of this coming soon also).
Oct 14, 2014 - Seniors Discuss the 2014 Field Hockey Season
Oct 14, 2014 - Eagles End Season on Winning Note, Beat Brunswick 2-1
Sophomore Sam Gonyea scored the first goal of her young career and she couldn't have timed it better. Gonyea, positioned perfectly on the far post, blasted home the game winner with 1:53 left after an inspired Brunswick team had tied the game on a Hanna Escoe goal at the 13:08 mark. Eva Jerome, who was flying up and down the field all afternoon, had given the Eagles a 1-0 lead in the first half.
The game started out tentatively between these two rivals with each team feeling each other out. After 5-minutes or so, the Eagles started to control play with Eva Jerome, who must have run a half marathon, leading the charge. Maddy Alexander and Rhiannon Hersey had whacks off a Mt Ararat penalty corner and then Maddy was awarded a penalty shot. Brunswick's keeper, Jordan "Jo Jo" Van Savage, extended her glove hand and knocked the high shot away. The Eagles kept the pressure on and the ball in the Brunswick end, but couldn't set up any good scoring ops. At 13:20, an Eagles' apparent goal was negated when a ubiquitous foot foul was called. The Eagles kept hammering away with some great ball movement off clears. Alana Weaver who was playing more of an offensive role early, still earned her defensive props by initiating several length of the field clears, usually involving Rhiannon Hersey in the midfield and Eva Jerome along the sideline. At 6:56, Alana moved the ball in from the sideline and passed to Maddy Alexander inside the circle. Maddy spotted Eva in front and got her the ball and Eva banged it home to give the Eagles a well-deserved 1-0 lead. Meanwhile, Haley Frizzle made her first save of the game with 2:30 left as the Eagles completely controlled play. Haley's vacation would end abruptly in the second half.
The Brunswick coach must have discovered her inner Archimedes, as the field seemed to tilt in Brunswick's direction in the second half. The Eagles had their moments early. In the opening minutes, Alana Weaver worked the ball in from the sideline and Eva Jerome one-timed a shot toward goal. Sam Gonyea deflected the shot expertly in mid-flight, but the deflection was just inches wide. Would have been a high-light reel goal. Samantha would gain her revenge later.
Brunswick started pressuring. They had an excellent chance at the 20-minute mark when a hard host whistled wide. The Dragons had a series of penalty corners and Haley Frizzle rejected three shots in succession before the Dragons' Hannah Escoe fired in a rebound to tie the game with 13:08 left. The Dragons really turned up the heat, but Haley Frizzle donned her fire-retardant suit and rebuffed each and every Brunswick salvo, including a great, full-extension glove save high followed a diving, sprawling save down low. Haley followed that with an aggressive save coming out to challenge and deny the Dragon shooter. Great goal tending was not the sole purview of Haley Frizzle. At the other end, Jo Jo Van Savage came up with a beauty with four minutes left.
The game winning goal was initiated by an Alan Weaver length-of-the-field clear. The ball ricocheted around in front until Sam Gonyea stepped up and performed her heroics with the game winner. Brunswick wasn't quite done yet as they mounted a counter attack and challenged with a shot with eight seconds left, but Haley came up with another clutch save. The Eagles won an exciting game to close out the season.
This was a game between two teams who had a collective record of 4-24. You would never know it by the spirited play by both teams. And a special shout out to the parents of both teams whose audible, positive, and exuberant support of their athletes tops my list of best fans of the fall.
Stay tuned for a seaason summary.
My apologies to Daphenie who caught me unprepared to get a good video shot of her brilliant performance. But I did capture her beautiful, powerful voice. Next time, I'll be ready.
National Anthem Renditions
It's been a while since we've had a student do the honors of singing the National Anthem before an athletic event. This past week, in back-to-back days, the trio of Kate Guerin, Ally Collins, and Hallee Hasselbacher sang before the Girls Soccer game vs Bangor and the next night Markis Larravee sang the before the Homecoming Football game vs Gorham.