Camden Hills blanks Belfast in regular-season finaleKVAC championships up in the air, but should involve Micoast squads
Rockport — The Camden Hills and Belfast boys tennis squads wrapped up the regular season indoors at Midcoast Recreation Center on Tuesday, May 27, with the Windjammers doing what they have done nearly all season — namely, win, with ease.
The Windjammers blanked the Lions 5-0 in a high school match that was moved indoors due to Tuesday’s rain.
The win also all but cemented the Windjammers spot in the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B championship, when they will face Midcoast-rival Oceanside on the high school courts at the school in Rockland, perhaps next week (if the match is actually held).
The Lions, on the other hand, needed to pull off the upset of the Windjammers to have a shot at clinching a regional playoff spot, but it appears the Lions will not make the postseason.
The Camden Hills and Belfast girls are slated to play their regular-season finale on Thursday, May 29 at 4 p.m. in Belfast.
While it appears the Lion boys will miss the postseason, the same cannot yet be said for the Lion girls, who, at the moment, cling to the 12th and final playoff spot in their region.
The date and time for the KVAC Class B boys and girls championships have yet to be decided, if the matches are held at all.
The boys championship likely will feature Oceanside and Camden Hills. The two teams squared off once this season, with the Mariners earning a 3-2 win on May 15.
The girls championship likely will feature Waterville and Camden Hills. The two teams squared off once this season, with the Purple Panthers earning a 4-1 win on May 22.
The league championships originally were slated to be played on Thursday, May 29 at the home of the higher seeded teams (Oceanside boys and Waterville girls), but the significant recent rain has left several teams scrambling to finish the regular season, with some teams looking to play final matches at indoor facilities.
Adding the conundrum is this weekend’s Maine Principals’ Association state singles championships, where several individual players on many squads throughout the state will participate.
Thus, if the league championships are played, it likely will happen early next week, or the championships will be awarded to the highest seeds.
If that were to happen, the Oceanside boys and Waterville girls would be crowned champions.
Belfast teams also sewed up wins over Maine Central Institute of Pittsfield on Friday, May 23.
The final Heal Point Standings likely will be unveiled Friday, May 30.
The following is a recap of recently-reported results:
Camden Hills 5, Belfast 0
At Rockport May 27, the Windjammers sailed to their 10th win, which essentially ended the season for the visiting Lions.
The individual results, with Camden Hills players listed first, were: In singles, Austin Pohlman beat David Flood, 8-1; Matt Morse beat Logan Mitchell, 8-6; and Josiah Krul beat Peter Brunette, 8-1.
In doubles, Josiah Simko and Alex Forcillo beat Ben Flood and Tanner Luther, 8-2; and Colby Arau and Shawn Albertson beat Gustavo Mendez and Eduardo DeSaPinto, 8-5.
In the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Camden Hills (10-2, 105.3472 points) is fourth, while Belfast (4-8, 15.4167 points) is 14th. Ellsworth (12-0, 160.6944 points) is first in the 17-team region. The top 12 teams qualify for the playoffs.
Belfast 4, Maine Central Institute 1
At Belfast May 23, the Lions picked up their fourth win with a triumph over the Huskies.
The individual results, with Belfast players listed first, were: In singles, David Flood lost to Mario Sovannapychia, 2-8; Logan Mitchell beat Pean Lui, 8-3; and Asa Lewis beat Emerson Chen, 8-5.
In doubles, Peter Brunette and Ben Flood beat Desai Chu and Balbo Huang, 8-0; and Gustavo Mendez and Eduardo DeSaPinto beat Charlie Swift and Noah Patnuad, 8-0.
Belfast 5, Maine Central Institute 0
At Pittsfield May 23, the Lions stayed in the Eastern Class B playoff chase with a win over the Huskies.
The individual results, with Belfast players listed first, were: In singles, Mariah Hurd beat Karissa Ballard, 8-1; Ashley Keene beat Miranda Ballard, 8-0; and Mackenzie Moore beat Alexis Walker, 8-0.
In doubles, Belfast won first and second doubles by forfeit.
In the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Belfast (4-7, 27.5694 points) is 12th, while Mount Desert Island (11-0, 164.5833 points) is first in the 17-team region. The top 12 teams qualify for the playoffs.