Road trip woes: Lions eliminated from postseason by pesky Wildcats
Presque isle — The No. 12 Belfast girls tennis team knew full well it would have its hands full in the Eastern Class B preliminary playoff match against No. 5 Presque Isle.
Not only had the Wildcats lost only one match all season, but the nearly 400-mile round trip to “The County” and back is a far from desirable bus ride.
Both factors came into play on Monday, June 2 as the Lions (4-9) were dealt a 5-0 loss, which eliminated BAHS from the postseason.
The Wildcats (11-2) will play at No. 4 Ellsworth (10-2) in an upcoming quarterfinal match. The Eagles are the lone team to defeat the Wildcats this season as they bested Presque Isle 3-2 on May 13.
Belfast was the lowest seed entering the regional tournament.
The individual results from Monday's prelim, with Belfast players listed first, were: In singles, Mariah Hurd lost to Sara Gilson, 2-6, 1-6; Ashley Keene lost to Hilary Boucher, 1-6, 0-6; and Amalia Kockerols lost to Blair Bailey, 1-6, 0-6.
In doubles, Mackenzie Moore and Catey McGinn lost to Michelle Cawley and Lora Ireland, 0-6, 1-6; and Lacey Durkee and Madison Pickering lost to Sarah Morneault and Sedona Lucas, 3-6, 1-6.
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Mark loves the Boston Red Sox, iced coffee, cargo shorts and time with friends and family.
He resides in Thomaston with his wife Jenn, his sons Beckett and Austin and daughter Lila.
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