Five Midcoast squads make racket, qualify for postseasonOceanside boys clinch unbeaten season, KVAC Class B crown
The regular season for high school boys and girls tennis drew to a close on Thursday, May 29, a scenario which presented an abundance of positive news — and some not so positive — for teams throughout Knox, Waldo and part of Lincoln counties.
With the Maine Principals' Association Heal Point Standings final, five of the eight Midcoast teams — both Oceanside and Camden Hills boys and girls, and the Belfast girls — qualified for the postseason, while the Belfast boys and the Medomak boys and girls failed to realize their playoff quests.
The good news kept coming for the Mariner boys on the heels of their 5-0 win over Medomak Valley May 29 to end the regular season.
Not only did Oceanside secure an unblemished 12-0 regular-season mark, but it secured the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B championship without having to even pick up a racket.
The league title games were slated to be played on Thursday, but the regular season was extended to give teams ample time to make up games that were postponed earlier in the season due to consistent spring rain.
Add in the MPA's state singles tennis tournament slated to begin Friday, May 30 and extend through Monday, June 2, and the postseason to begin on Tuesday, June 3, there were no available dates to play the KVAC games.
Thus, the Mariner boys and Waterville girls clinched their respective KVAC Class B titles by virtue of having more regular-season Heal Points than other teams in the conference.
The Mariner boys would have faced Midcoast-rival Camden Hills, while the Purple Panthers also would have met league-rival Camden Hills in the two conference championships.
Ultimately, it is the fourth KVAC Class B title in the history of Oceanside High School, as the Mariner boys basketball team won last winter, the Mariner softball team won last spring and the Mariner girls basketball team won during the 2012-13 season.
“We're proud of what the team and coach [Dan] Wiley have accomplished this season,” said Oceanside athletic director Jim Leonard. “I'm hoping it gives them momentum heading into the [regional] playoffs.”
The following are the final standings, playoff pairings and dates (if available) for Midcoast squads for the upcoming Eastern Class B playoffs:
Oceanside (12-0, 147.5000 points) finished second, Camden Hills (10-2, 110.2083 points) fourth, Belfast (4-8, 17.8472 points) 14th and Medomak Valley (0-12, no points) 16th. Ellsworth (12-0, 165.5556 points) finished first in the 17-team region. The top 12 teams qualify for the playoffs. The top four teams earn an automatic bid to the quarterfinals.
Thus, the Mariners and Windjammers are playoff-bound, while the Lions and Panthers failed to qualify.
The No. 2 Mariners will face the winner of the prelim playoff match between No. 7 Caribou (9-3, 101.1806 points) and No. 10 Waterville (6-6, 49.4444 points) in the quarterfinal round. Oceanside did not play Caribou during the regular season, but defeated Waterville 4-1 on May 21.
The No. 4 Windjammers will face the winner of the prelim playoff match between No. 5 John Bapst of Bangor (8-4, 103.6111 points) and No. 12 Hermon (5-7, 38.4722 points). Camden Hills does not play John Bapst or Hermon during the regular season.
Camden Hills (11-1, 129.6528 points) finished third, Oceanside (7-5, 51.8750 points) eighth, Belfast (4-8, 27.5694 points) 12th and Medomak Valley (1-11, 0.8333 points) 16th. Mount Desert Island (12-0, 171.5278 points) is first in the 17-team region. The top 12 teams qualify for the playoffs. The top four teams earn an automatic bid to the quarterfinals.
Thus, the Windjammers, Mariners and Lions are playoff-bound, while the Panthers failed to qualify.
The No. 3 Windjammers will face the winner of the prelim playoff match between No. 6 Erskine Academy of South China (7-5, 71.3194 points) and No. 11 Caribou (6-6, 37.7778 points) in the quarterfinal round. Camden Hills defeated Erskine Academy 5-0 on April 30 and did not play the Vikings during the regular season.
The No. 8 Mariners will host No. 9 John Bapst of Bangor (5-7, 42.7083 points) in a prelim playoff match. Should the Mariners best the Crusaders, they will advance to face top-seeded MDI in the quarterfinals. The Mariners do not face the Crusaders or the Trojans during the regular season.
The No. 12 Lions will travel to face No. 5 Presque Isle (11-1, 111.0417 points) in a prelim playoff on Monday, June 2 at 2 p.m. at the University of Maine in Presque Isle. Should the Lions upset the Wildcats, they will advance to face No. 4 Ellsworth (10-2, 128.4722 points) in the quarterfinals. The Lions do not face the Wildcats or the Eagles during the regular season.
The following is a recap of the final matches of the regular season for area squads:
Oceanside 4, Medomak Valley 1
At Rockland May 29, the Mariners benefited from the Panthers forfeiting a pair of matches and prevailed in their regular-season finale.
The individual results, with Oceanside players listed first, were: In singles, Lily Butler lost to Maggie Ryan, 1-6, 2-6; and Oceanside won by forfeit over Medomak Valley in second and third singles.
In doubles, Mary Allen and Clara Feltus beat Morgan Black and Stacy Wadsworth, 6-0, 6-0; and Meghan McGonagle and Hannah Grace beat Emily Wotton and Nashelle Monroy, 6-0, 6-2.
Camden Hills 4, Belfast 1
At Belfast May 29, the Windjammers sailed to their 11th win in 12 games as they triumphed over the Lions.
The individual results, with Camden Hills players listed first, were: In singles, Abby Blakeley beat Mariah Hurd, 8-0; Carrie Helmholz beat Ashley Keene, 8-1; and Katie Vannorsdall beat Amalia Kockerols, 8-2.
In doubles, Hannah Olson and Sophia Landry lost to Mackenzie Moore and Catey McGinn, 3-8; and Emily Haining and Serene Landry beat Lacey Durkee and Madison Pickering, 8-2.
In exhibitions, Jacqueline Russell and Emily Daggett beat Maylinda Boynton and Kathlyn Young, 6-0.
Oceanside 5, Medomak Valley 0
At Waldoboro May 29, the Mariners wrapped up their unbeaten season as they prevailed over the winless Panthers.
The individual results, with Oceanside players listed first, were: In singles, Cameron Butler beat Ezra Hinkley, 6-0, 6-0; and Oceanside won by forfeit over Medomak Valley at second and third singles.
In doubles, Johannes Korhoren and Logan Finnegan beat Aaron Smeltzer and Devin Field, 3-6, 6-1, 6-3; and Kyle Waters and Nick Barrett beat Greg Wadsworth and Cyril Miller, 6-1, 6-1.
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