Two proud athletic programs from different conferences are becoming acutely acquainted during this year’s fall sports postseason.
Camden Hills of Rockport and John Bapst of Bangor were seeded to face each other in the Eastern Maine Class B quarterfinals in field hockey, girls soccer and boys soccer.
Coincidentally, all three meetings have involved a 2-7 pairing.
In field hockey, No. 2 John Bapst edged No. 7 Camden Hills 3-2 in their quarterfinal last week. The girls soccer meeting sending No. 7 John Bapst (8-4-2) to No. 2 Camden Hills (12-2) on Tuesday was won 3-1 by the higher-seeded Windjammers, while the second-ranked Camden Hills boys (13-0-1) are slated to host No. 7 John Bapst (6-6-2) in their quarterfinal today.
The John Bapst boys team faces an arduous challenge in its matchup with the Windjammers, who enter their quarterfinal having outscored the opposition 70-1 during the regular season before edging Maranacook of Readfield 2-1 in overtime to claim the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class C title Thursday.
Of course, John Bapst and Camden Hills won’t meet when the regional football quarterfinals are held this weekend because they compete in different classes, but those schools will host the only two first-round games slated to be played Saturday.
Camden Hills, in just its second year of varsity competition, will play its first-ever Class B playoff game either Friday or Saturday afternoon against Belfast at Don Palmer Field. That will mark the second time those teams have met in as many weekends, with Camden Hills (4-4) winning 15-14 at Belfast on Saturday night to edge the Lions (4-4) for the fourth seed and the home-field advantage in the quarterfinals.
Second-ranked John Bapst (6-2) will host No. 7 Rockland (4-4) in an Eastern Maine Class C quarterfinal at 1 p.m. Saturday at Cameron Stadium. John Bapst defeated Rockland 26-6 in their earlier meeting during Week 2 of the regular season, also at Bangor.
Hampden, Falmouth soccer hosts
Hampden Academy and Falmouth High School have been selected to play host to the 2010 high school soccer state championship matches on Nov. 6.
Both teams have artificial-turf fields, which have become the norm for hosting state finals in football, field hockey and soccer in recent years.
Last year’s soccer state championship matches were held at Hampden Academy and Scarborough High School, with Hampden hosting the Classes C and D matches and Scarborough the Classes A and B state finals.
Decisions on which state championship matches will be held at which locales this year will be determined by the Maine Principals’ Association after the completion of the regional semifinals, scheduled for this Saturday.
Head-to-head settles ties
The final high school football Crabtree points in all classes but Western Maine Class B — which has one more week of regular-season play — produced three ties, two of which were settled by head-to-head results.
In the LTC, or Eastern Maine Class C, Maine Central Institute of Pittsfield and Bucksport tied for third place in the final Crabtree points, but MCI’s 32-12 win at Bucksport in the first week of the season earned the 5-3 Huskies third place and a quarterfinal Friday night against No. 6 Calais-Woodland (5-3). Bucksport (5-3) was seeded fourth and will host No. 5 Foxcroft Academy (4-4) Friday night.
Calais-Woodland actually tied Old Town (5-3) for the sixth seed, but Old Town is ineligible for postseason play as a Class B school by enrollment playing down in Class C.
In Western C, Maranacook of Readfield and Livermore Falls, both 4-4, tied for the eighth and final playoff seed, but Maranacook earned the berth with its 30-27 win over the Andies on Sept. 17.
The Black Bears’ reward? A quarterfinal at top-ranked and undefeated Yarmouth on Friday night.