City tennis players turned heads at the state singles championships, with one player making it all the way to the final four.
Waynflete’s Isaac Salas, ranked third, defeated Gorham’s Thomas Brent, 6-0, 6-0, in the second round, Yarmouth’s Braden Becker, 6-1, 6-0, in the Round of 16 and sixth-ranked Ogden Timpson of Scarborough in the quarterfinals, 6-3, 6-1.
Monday, however, Salas finally met his match and lost to Falmouth’s Brendan McCarthy, the No. 2 seed, 3-6, 2-6, in the semifinals.
Waynflete’s Brandon Ameglio wasn’t as fortunate, losing in the first round to Cape Elizabeth’s Luke Gilman, 2-6, 5-7.
Deering’s Tyler Butler won his first round match, 6-1, 6-2, over Caribou’s Michael Marquis, then was ousted by Cape Elizabeth’s Gabriel Torres, 1-6, 5-7.
On the girls’ side, Emily White, the No. 10 seed, from three-time defending Class C state champion Waynflete, was a 6-1, 6-1 winner over Lewiston’s Kyleigh Letourneau in the second round and downed seventh-ranked Abby Blakeley of Camden Hills in the Round of 16, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3, but was eliminated in the quarterfinals by No. 2 Maisie Silverman of Brunswick, 0-6, 1-6.
White’s teammate Lexi Epstein, eliminated Preque Isle’s Kristina Reichel, 6-1, 6-2, in the first round, then was eliminated by Waterville’s Colleen O’Donnell, 0-6, 2-6.
Margot Andreasen, of undefeated Portland, was a 6-1, 6-2 winner over Hampden Academy’s Kristina Reichel in the first round, eliminated Madeline Cook of Mt. Desert Island, 6-0, 7-5, in the second round, then was ousted by No. 4 Julia Brogan of Falmouth, 2-6, 1-6.
Cheverus’ Caty Galligan beat Greely’s Katherine Pare, 6-4, 6-1, in the first round, then ousted Hall-Dale’s Clio Barr, 6-3, 6-1, in the second. She finally met her match against top-ranked Olivia Leavitt of Falmouth in the Round of 16, falling, 0-6, 0-6.
Deering’s Maddie Abbott won her first match, 3-6, 6-2, 6-0, over Messalonskee’s Kassadi McPherson, then beat Presque Isle’s Sara Gilson in a walkover before being ousted by Silverman, 0-6, 0-6.
Now its time for local tennis standouts to turn their attention to vying for team championships.
Deering’s boys earned the top seed in Western Class A after their first 12-0 regular season since 2003, a year which saw the Rams reach the Class A state match and lose to Lewiston. Deering will face either No. 8 Cheverus (6-6) or No. 9 Massabesic (6-6) in the quarterfinals Thursday. The Stags hosted the Mustangs in a preliminary round match Tuesday.
Portland capped its season with an eight-match win streak and took an 8-4 record into the Western A playoffs. The Bulldogs were ranked sixth and hosted No. 11 Kennebunk (6-6) in a prelim Tuesday.
In Western C, the six-time defending state champion Flyers of Waynflete were 9-3 this spring and wound up fifth. The Flyers open with a quarterfinal round match at No. 4 Boothbay (8-3) Thursday.
On the girls’ side, in Western A, Portland went 12-0 for the second straight year and earned the top seed. The Bulldogs will host either No. 8 Gorham (7-5) or No. 9 Deering (5-7) in the quarterfinals Thursday. The two sets of Rams met in a prelim Tuesday.
Cheverus finished fifth at 10-2 and hosted No. 12 Biddeford (4-8) in a preliminary round match. If victorious, the Stags would go to No. 4 Thornton Academy (10-2) for the quarterfinals Thursday.
McAuley went 3-9 and finished 13th, but only 12 teams made the playoffs, leaving the Lions on the outside looking in for the first time since 1987.
In Western C, the three-time defending state champion Waynflete Flyers went 10-2 this spring, which was good for the No. 3 seed. As a result, the Flyers welcome longtime rival North Yarmouth Academy (7-5), which is ranked sixth, in Wednesday’s quarterfinals.
Looking ahead, the team semifinals are Saturday, with the higher seeds hosting. The regional finals are Thursday, June 12 at Bates College in Lewiston. The state finals are Saturday, June 14, also at Bates.