Midcoast court squads reach season's midway pointOceanside boys sport unblemished 7-0 record
Several Midcoast high school tennis teams from Knox, Waldo and Lincoln counties have reached the midway point of the regular season, which has yielded a variety of records for all eight squads.
The lone unbeaten team is Oceanside boys, who, at 7-0, have had a strong start under first-year coach Dan Wiley.
The Oceanside girls are 5-2, while the Belfast girls are 3-4 and the Medomak Valley girls 1-7.
The Belfast boys are 1-6, while the Medomak Valley boys are 0-7.
The Camden Hills boys and girls, who were idle Tuesday, sport identical 5-1 records.
Wiley said the secret to his team’s success, more than anything, is the student-athletes are simply having fun.
"The team loves to play tennis and is very close, and that kind of camaraderie, especially in tennis, is very tough to beat,” Wiley said. “One of the greatest challenges for any tennis coach is to get one's tennis players to go from an individual mindset to a team mindset. Ultimately, it does not matter if your ace wins every game if the rest of the team cannot. Fortunately, I never had to deal with this issue.”
Wiley said his team insists 7-0 is “just a number” and have many tough matches in the coming weeks against the likes of Camden Hills, Waterville and Morse of Bath.
In matches played Tuesday, May 13, both Mariner teams picked up victories over the Lions, while both Panther squads came up short, falling to Maranacook of Readfield.
The following is a recap of reported May 13 results:
Oceanside 3, Belfast 2
At Rockland May 13, the Mariners came away with a hard-fought win over the visiting Lions.
The individual results, with Oceanside players listed first, were: In singles, Lily Butler lost to Mariah Hurd, 2-6, 1-6; Alayna Joyce lost to Ashley Keene 0-6, 6-3, 2-6; and Becca Boggs beat Amalia Kockerols, 6-4, 6-2.
In doubles, Mary Allen and Clara Feltus beat Mackenzie Moore and Madison Pickering, 6-3, 7-6 (7-5); and Emily Prothero and Meghan McGonagle beat Lucie Bonneville and Hannah Green, 6-3, 6-4.
In the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Oceanside (5-2, 26.7361 points) is sixth, while Belfast (3-4, 9.7222 points) is 11th. Waterville (6-0, 41.3194 points) is first in the 17-team region. The top 12 teams qualify for the playoffs.
Maranacook 5, Medomak Valley 0
At Readfield May 13, the Black Bears blanked the visiting Panthers.
The individual results, with Medomak Valley players listed first, were: In singles, Haley Mank lost to Lauren Long, 5-7, 2-6; Maggie Ryan lost to Julia Varney, 2-6, 1-6; and Morgan Black lost to Caroline Clark, 0-6, 0-6.
In doubles, Nashelle Monroy and Stacy Wadsworth lost to Olivia Sluizutu and Victoria Nolette, 1-6, 1-6; and Medomak Valley forfeited to Maranacook.
In the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Medomak Valley (1-6, 0.8333 points) is 16th, while Waterville (6-0, 41.3194 points) is first in the 17-team region. The top 12 teams qualify for the playoffs.
Oceanside 5, Belfast 0
At Belfast May 13, the Mariners sailed to a 7-0 mark with a win over the Lions.
The individual results, with Oceanside players listed first, were: In singles, Cameron Butler beat David Flood, 8-0; Nate Philbrook beat Logan Mitchell 8-0; and Eli Thorbjornson beat Asa Lewis, 8-0.
In doubles, Johannes Korhoren and Logan Finnegan beat Peter Brunette and Ben Flood, 8-1; and Kyle Waters and Nick Barrett beat Gustavo Mendez and Edward de Sa Pinto, 8-3.
In the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Oceanside (7-0, 37.2917 points) is second, while Ellsworth (7-0, 43.6806 points) is first in the 17-team region. The top 12 teams qualify for the playoffs.
Maranacook 3, Medomak Valley 2
At Waldoboro May 13, the Panthers nearly picked up their first win, but were narrowly defeated by the Black Bears.
The individual results, with Medomak Valley players listed first, were: In singles, Ezra Hinkley beat Tommy Lanphear, 4-6, 6-1, 6-4; Richard Kinney lost to Alec Daigle, 0-6, 2-6; and Medomak Valley forfeited at third singles.
In doubles, Aaron Smeltzer and Devin Field beat Nick Galati and Ethan Anthony, 6-0, 6-2; and Cyril Miller and Greg Wadsworth lost to Steven White and Austin Vining, 4-6, 6-4, 2-6.
In the Maine Principals’ Association Heal Point Standings for Eastern Class B, Medomak Valley (0-6, no points) is 16th, while Ellsworth (43.6806 points) is first in the 17-team region. The top 12 teams qualify for the playoffs.
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