For the second year in a row and just the second time ever, a Waynflete boys’ tennis player is the best individual in the state.
Last year, Brandon Thompson did the honors and Monday, Patrick Ordway became the 2011 boys’ singles champion, capping a dominant run with a triumph in a three-set thriller over Falmouth’s Justin Brogan at Bates College in Lewiston.
Ordway went into last week’s second round as the top seed. He dominated Camden Hills’ Evan Drinkwater (6-0, 6-0), Presque Isle’s Caleb Mathers (6-2, 6-1) and No. 8 Tyler Small of Ellsworth (6-0, 6-1) to reach the semifinals.
Monday, Ordway eliminated No. 4 Matt Gilman of Cape Elizabeth, 6-0, 6-2, then, in the championship, outlasted Brogan, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3.
“I’m really excited,” Ordway said. “It means a lot to me. I always wanted to win it. My sister (Christine) won it a couple times and I supported her. She supported me this time.
“It was a really close (final) match. I played (Justin) a couple matches in the regular season and they were close. I knew it would be tough. He got the first set and looked like he might win, but I won a few big points and got momentum. It was a fun match.”
Waynflete’s Eric Ordway won his first round match, 6-4, 4-6, 6-1, over Zachary DeBlois of St. Dom’s. He beat No. 10 Alex Henny in a walkover, then was eliminated by No. 7 Eric Hall of Lewiston, 0-6, 0-6.
Cheverus’ Will Lenk was a 6-1, 7-6 (5) winner over Hall-Dale’s Spencer Shagoury in the second round, then was eliminated by Gilman, 5-7, 1-6.
On the girls’ side, McAuley’s Addie Devine made it to the quarterfinals. Devine, ranked seventh, was a 6-4, 6-0 winner over Lewiston’s Abby Blaisdell and downed Waterville’s Colleen O’Donnell (ranked 10th), 6-2, 6-3, before falling to Falmouth’s Annie Criscione (ranked second), 0-6, 1-6.
Cheverus’ Maria Cianchette won her second round match, 6-2, 6-4, over Foxcroft Academy’s Lindsey Kousaie, 6-2, 6-4, then was eliminated by Falmouth’s Analise Kump, the No. 4 seed, 2-6, 0-6.
Portland’s Molly Gallagher downed Hampden Academy’s SaraEllen Gilen, 6-0, 6-2, in the first round, but was ousted by Lewiston’s Jessica Bowen, 1-6, 1-6, in the second round.
Waynflete’s Katilyn Thompson beat Oak Hill’s Hannah Langlois, 6-2, 6-0, in the first round, then lost to O’Donnell, 5-7, 4-6, in the second round.
Cheverus’ Abby Harrison beat Anna Jaeger of NYA in a walkover in the first round, then suffered a 7-5, 2-6, 2-6 loss to Hampden Academy’s Ashley Woodside.
McAuley’s Paige Hickey fell in the first round, 4-6, 4-6, to York’s Emily Campbell. Teammate Nicole Connolly was a 3-6, 3-6 loser to Belfast’s Shoshanna Moll in the first round.
The team playoffs began last week.
The Deering boys, ranked sixth, upset No. 3 Cheverus, 3-2, in the Western Class A quarterfinals, then lost, 5-0, at No. 2 Scarborough Monday to finish 8-6. The Stags wound up 11-2.
In Western C, three-time defending champion Waynflete, the No. 5 seed, had no trouble at No. 4 St. Dom’s, 5-0, in the quarterfinals, then upset No. 1 Winthrop, 3-2, in the semis. The Flyers (9-5) advanced to play in the regional final Wednesday.
On the girls’ side, undefeated and top-ranked Cheverus barely survived No. 8 South Portland in the Western A quarterfinals, 3-2, then, had its run come to an end Monday in the semifinals with a 4-1 home loss to No. 4 Scarborough. The Stags wound up 13-1.
McAuley, the No. 2 seed, was a 5-0 quarterfinal round winner over No. 7 Deering, ending the Rams’ year at 7-6. The Lions then dropped a hard-fought 3-2 home decision to No. 3 Gorham in the semifinals and finished 12-2.
Portland finished 8-5 after a 3-2 quarterfinal round loss to Scarborough.
In Western C, Waynflete, ranked eighth, rolled at No. 1 Hall-Dale, 4-1, in the quarterfinals, then blanked No. 5 Dirigo, 5-0, in the semifinals, to improve to 9-5. The Flyers moved on to Wednesday’s regional final to meet Winthrop, which upset four-time defending champion and Waynfete nemesis NYA, 3-2.
The regional final round is Wednesday and will be held in Lewiston, unless bad weather intervenes.
Class C competition begins at 12:45 p.m.
The state championships are Saturday, at Colby College in Waterville. Class C starts at 1 p.m.
Waynflete’s Patrick Ordway shows off his hardware after winning the state boys’ singles tennis championship Saturday.