Team tennis tournament underway
The good times rolled on in recent days for local tennis players and teams.
Waynflete's Patrick Ordway was the top seed and favorite to capture the boys' state singles title Monday at Colby College in Waterville.
Ordway advanced over the weekend with wins over Brewer's Ian Burgess (6-0, 6-1), Messalonskee's Jai Aslam (6-3, 6-1) and ninth-ranked Satchel McCarthy of Cape Elizabeth (6-0, 6-0), but Monday, in the semifinals, Ordway was stunned, 7-5, 1-6, 4-6, by No. 5 Jordan Friedland of Lincoln Academy, who went on to beat Falmouth's Justin Brogan to win the crown.
Waynflete's Isaac Salas beat Hampden Academy's Jordan Kilgour, 6-1, 6-1, then upset No. 10 Jesse Butler of Deering in the Round of 16, 3-6, 1-6, but was ousted in the quarterfinals by Brogan, 0-6, 0-6.
Waynflete's Ben Shapiro was a 6-1, 6-1 winner over Van Buren's Eric Laplante in the first round, then lost to No. 11 Sam Leeman of Morse, 1-6, 3-6, in the second round.
Butler had won his second round match, 6-2, 6-1, over Thornton Academy's Tyler Gaylord.
On the girls' side, McAuley's Addie Devine, ranked sixth, lost to Hannah Potter in the Round of 16, 5-7, 2-6. Teammate Devri Ramsey, seeded seventh, also lost in that round, 3-6, 2-6, to No. 10 Shoshanna Moll of Belfast. Deering's Molly Gallagher fell to No. 2 Annie Criscione of Falmouth in the Round of 16, 1-6, 0-6.
Portland's Sophie Hulbert won a first round match, 6-3, 6-2, over Audrey Cliff of Hermon, then was ousted, 2-6, 1-6, by No. 9 Ashley Woodside of Hampden Academy in the second. Waynflete's Emily White eliminated McAuley's Alli Strawn, 7-6, 6-1, in the first round, then fell, 2-6, 0-6, to No. 12 Emma Blakeley of Camden Hills in the second round.
Cheverus' Caty Galligan (3-6, 4-6 to Ina Mahoney of Ellsworth) and Abby Harrison (4-6, 1-6 to Camden Hills' Abby Blakeley) and Portland's Margot Andreasen (1-6, 0-6 to Yarmouth's Hannah Potter) were all ousted in the first round.
The Portland High-dominated Southern Maine Activities Association doubles championships concluded last week in an all-Bulldogs affair. Seniors Natalie Anderson and Nyaliep Deng took the title with a 6-2, 6-7 (3), 10-5 win over junior Lily Bruenjes and freshman Georgia Drew.
The top three girls' teams in Western A are McAuley, Cheverus and Portland and there's an excellent chance one of them will emerge and play for a state title.
The Lions wound up first after a 12-0 regular season, which culminated with a 5-0 win at Thornton Academy last Monday. McAuley survived three 3-2 matches and wound up unbeaten for the first time since 2000, the same year of the Lions' lone state championship. McAuley will host either No. 8 Sanford (7-5) or No. 9 Biddeford (7-5) in the quarterfinals Thursday. The Lions won, 5-0, at Sanford back in the opener April 25. They didn't face the Tigers this year.
The Stags won 11 of 12 regular season matches, falling only to McAuley, 4-1. They closed with a 5-0 victory at Windham. Cheverus will host No. 7 Gorham (7-5) in the quarterfinals Thursday. The teams didn't play in the regular season.
The Bulldogs went 10-2, only dropping 3-2 decisions to Cheverus and McAuley. Portland, which has won 42 matches over the past four regular seasons, will play host to either No. 6 Windham (8-4) or No. 11 South Portland (5-7) in the quarterfinals Thursday. The Bulldogs beat the Red Riots, 5-0, on May 16. They didn't face the Eagles this spring.
Deering fell short of the playoffs with a 1-11 mark after a 3-2 loss at Portland in the finale. The Rams finished 15th in Western A, but only 11 teams qualified for the postseason.
In Western C, defending champion Waynflete went 7-5, finishing with a 5-0 loss to powerhouse Falmouth. The Flyers earned the sixth seed and will go to No. 3 Winthrop (10-2) in the quarterfinals Thursday. The teams don't play in the regular season. Waynflete edged the Ramblers, 3-2, in last year's regional final.
On the boys' side, the top story this regular season was Deering, which went 8-6 in 2011. This year, the Rams won 11 of 12 matches, falling only to Bonny Eagle, 3-2. Deering finished first in Western A and will host either No. 8 Bonny Eagle (5-7) or No. 9 Thornton Academy (5-7). The Rams blanked the visiting Golden Trojans back on May 2, 5-0.
Portland is ranked sixth after an 8-4 campaign, its first winning record since 2004. The Bulldogs will go to No. 3 Scarborough (10-2), the reigning regional champion, in the quarterfinals. Portland lost at home to the Red Storm, 5-0, on May 7.
Cheverus earned the No. 7 seed with a 7-5 mark. The Stags, who qualified for the playoffs for the 12th year in a row, hosted No. 10 Marshwood (5-7) in the preliminary round Tuesday. On May 18, Cheverus won at the Hawks, 4-1. If victorious, the Stags will go to No. 2 Gorham (11-1) in the quarterfinals. The teams didn't play this year.
In Western C, four-time defending state champion Waynflete enters the playoffs ranked fifth with a 9-3 record. The Flyers play at No. 4 Hall-Dale (9-3) in the quarterfinals. The teams don't play in the regular season. Waynflete beat Hall-Dale, 5-0, in last year's regional final.
The playoffs continue Saturday with the semifinal round on the courts of the higher remaining seeds. The regional finals are Wednesday, June 6, at Bates College in Lewiston. The state finals are Saturday, June 9, at Colby College in Waterville.