Tennis singles tourney underway; Local teams continue to excel

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The Maine Principals’ Association Region 1 tennis singles tournament has begun.

Saturday at Deering High School five local girls, three from Falmouth and two from North Yarmouth Academy, qualified for the singles championships, to be held later this month in Lewiston.

Falmouth’s Annie Criscione, seeded second, was a 6-0, 6-1 winner over Deering’s Georgia Hutchins. Analise Kump, ranked third, downed Windham’s Keisha Williams, 6-0, 6-0. Libby Voccola, the No. 4 seed, was a 6-1, 6-0 winner over North Yarmouth Academy’s Jessica Powers (who beat Yarmouth’s Chase McCain, 9-7, in the first round).

NYA’s Anna Jaeger, the seventh seed, eliminated Scarborough’s Raechel Webber, 6-1, 6-4. Teammate Charlotte Briggs, ranked 16th, defeated Cape Elizabeth’s Sarah Cummings, 6-1, 6-0.

Greely’s Alison Eaton was an 8-5 winner over Deering’s Jackie Huynh in the first round, but was eliminated, 0-6, 0-6 by Kennebunk’s Maria Varano, the top seed, in the qualifying round. Yarmouth’s Lindsey Robinson was an 8-0 winner over Freeport’s Michelle Huang, then lost, 4-6, 4-6 to No. 11 Maria Cianchette of Cheverus.

Greely’s Marina Goding lost, 2-8, to Webber in the first round. Teammate Chelsea Pine fell 6-8 to Windham’s Shaina Metivier in the first round.

The boys’ competition was held in South Portland.

Falmouth’s Justin Brogan, ranked third, advanced with wins over Fryeburg’s Florian Forsting, 8-0, and Marshwood’s Jackson Towle, 6-0, 6-0. Teammate Brendan McCarthy, seeded 10th, defeated York’s Spencer Fountain, 8-2, and Yarmouth’s Braden Becker (an 8-5 winner over Bonny Eagle’s  Todd Thompson), 6-1, 6-0. Another Yachtsmen, Taylor Dimick, the No. 12 seed, advanced thanks to victories over York’s Andrew Lamonica, 8-4, and Yarmouth’s Ben Woodbury (who had downed Fryeburg’s Vincent Teichergraber by default), 6-1, 6-0.

NYA’s Burke Paxton also moved on after defeating Lake Region’s Wesler Sulloway, 8-3, and Freeport’s Ben Forster (who eliminated Greely’s Sam Mason, by default), 6-1, 6-1.

Greely’s Peter Bailinson lost by default in the first round to top-ranked Patrick Ordway of Waynflete. Teammate Patrick Riley lost, 0-8, to No. 2 Matt Gilman of Cape Elizabeth. NYA’s Bryce Tetrault was eliminated, 2-8, by Windham’s Ryan Johnson, ranked seventh. Teammate Dean Walters fell, 2-8, to No. 13 Satchell McCarthy of Cape Elizabeth. Yarmouth’s Sam Beaulieu dropped a 1-8 decision to Tyler Nadeau of Windham. Freeport’s Chris West lost, 5-8, to Westbrook’s Nate Mailly. Teammate Abrim Berkemeyer lost to Thornton Academy’s Kent Dao, 0-8.

Local teams are also sitting pretty.

Falmouth’s girls were first in Western B at 9-0 at the start of the week and have yet to lose a point this season after downing four-time Class C champion NYA, 5-0, Friday. Yarmouth was 5-2 and fourth heading into a home match with Cape Elizabeth Tuesday. Freeport began the week 3-5 and seventh after a 4-1 home win over Greely, which dropped to Rangers to 4-3 and eighth. In Western C, NYA was 6-1 and third in the Heals. The Panthers hosted rival Waynflete Tuesday.

On the boys’ side, in Western B, Falmouth was also perfect at 9-0 and first in the Heals, but did surrender its first point last week in a 4-1 win over three-time defending Class C champ Waynflete. Greely is looking to move up in the standings. The Rangers began the week 4-4 and ninth in the region thanks to consecutive wins over Freeport and Lake Region. Yarmouth took a 2-5 record and the 12th spot in Western B to defending state champion Cape Elizabeth Tuesday. Freeport began the week 1-6 and 13th. In Western C, NYA was 2-6 and 11th at the start of the week.

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

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