Falmouth tennis teams halfway to more hardware

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The month of June brings us Father’s Day, the start of summer and Falmouth’s tennis teams winning state championships.

It’s getting to the point where that should become an official part of the calendar.

At press time, the Yachtsmen boys and girls were each two wins away from yet another shiny piece of hardware.

Falmouth’s girls continue to reside in a stratosphere of their own. The Yachtsmen, who have won the past two Class A championships and eight straight state titles overall, earned the top seed in Class A South after a 12-0 regular season and extended their mindboggling match win streak to 139 after downing No. 8 Deering and fourth-ranked Thornton Academy by 5-0 scores in the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds respectively. 

Falmouth advanced to meet No. 2 Scarborough (14-0) in the Class A South Final Thursday at 4:15 p.m. at Bates College in Lewiston. The teams don’t play in the regular season. They did meet each of the past two postseasons, with the Yachtsmen prevailing, 5-0, in the 2014 semifinals and 4-1 in last year’s regional final.

If Falmouth reaches its ninth straight state match, it will square off against either Lewiston (14-0) or Brunswick (13-1) Saturday at 4:30 p.m. at Lewiston High School.

The Yachtsmen boys are going for a third straight Class A crown. Following a 12-0 regular season which gave Falmouth the No. 2 seed in Class A South, it ousted No. 7 South Portland (5-0) in the quarterfinals, then survived a scare from No. 6 Deering, winning, 3-2, in the semifinals. 

The Yachtsmen advanced to square off against top-ranked Thornton Academy (14-0) in the Class A South Final Thursday at 4:15 p.m. at Bates College. The teams don’t play in the regular season. Last year, Falmouth eked out a 3-2 win over the Golden Trojans in the regional final.

If the Yachtsmen get to the state final, they’ll play either Lewiston (11-3) or Mt. Blue (11-3) in the Class A Final Saturday at 4:30 p.m. at Lewiston High School.

Wait ’til next year

While the Falmouth teams were able to make it to the regional finals, the six other local squads who qualified for the playoffs weren’t able to advance past the semifinals.

Greely’s two-time defending Class B state champion girls’ squad, ranked No. 7 in Class B South, was eliminated by No. 2 Cape Elizabeth, 5-0, in the Class B South quarterfinals and finished the season 7-6.

Yarmouth, ranked third in Class B South, defeated No. 6 Oak Hill, 3-2, in the quarterfinals, then was also eliminated by Cape Elizabeth, 5-0, in the semifinals to finish the year 9-5.

Defending Class C champion North Yarmouth Academy, ranked fourth in Class C South, beat No. 5 Hall-Dale, 4-1, in the quarterfinals, then was ousted by No. 1 St. Dom’s, 3-2, in the semifinals to finish 9-5.

Freeport went 1-11 this spring and failed to qualify for the playoffs.

On the boys’ side, Yarmouth, the No. 6 seed, lost, 5-0, to third-ranked, three-time defending Class B champion Cape Elizabeth in the Class B quarterfinals to wind up 5-8.

Freeport, ranked seventh, lost in the quarterfinals to No. 2 Morse, 4-1, to finish 4-9.

In Class C South, NYA, the No. 7 seed, was ousted by No. 2 St. Dom’s, 4-1, in the quarterfinals and ended the year 5-8.

Greely went 0-12 and failed to qualify for the postseason.

Sports Editor Michael Hoffer can be reached at mhoffer@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @foresports.

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