Whether delivering a forehand winner, securing a hard-earned point at the net or serving up an emphatic “ace,” high school boys tennis was at a premium this season, as is evident by the 11 student-athletes deemed worthy to by named VillageSoup notables.

This year’s notables include Georges Valley’s Cy McGeady and Luke Rector; Medomak Valley’s Zach Judkins; Camden Hills’ John Vannorsdall, Devon Gordon, Henry Owen, Evan Drinkwater, Sam Predham, Isaac Hirschfeld and Tyler Coleman; and Belfast’s Clint Fraser.

Coleman, Fraser and McGeady are seniors; Drinkwater, Vannorsdall, Judkins, Gordon, Owen and Predham, juniors; and Hirschfeld and Rector, sophomores.

VillageSoup will name notables in all high school varsity sports where there are at least two Midcoast teams in that season playing an official varsity schedule. Student-athletes who will be considered for notable distinction can come from Belfast Area High School, Camden Hills Regional High School, Rockland District High School, Medomak Valley High School, Georges Valley High School, Vinalhaven High School, North Haven Community School, Islesboro Central School, Mount View High School and Searsport District High School.

In the spring, VillageSoup names notables in boys and girls tennis, baseball, softball and outdoor track and field.

Boys tennis is offered at Camden Hills, Belfast, Medomak Valley and Georges Valley.

The criteria to become a Midcoast notable student-athlete begins with the VillageSoup sports department polling area coaches to provide a list of what they feel are their top student-athletes for that season, not necessarily a high school career. In this case, for boys tennis, Belfast’s Jen Cameron, Camden Hills’ Chris Walker-Spencer, Georges Valley’s Kathryn Armstrong and Medomak Valley’s Eric Lee were polled for their nominations.

The notables are based on individual performances, although the strength of a team’s season may impact how many players from a specific team are selected.

In naming notables in a sport, VillageSoup is not trying to highlight every potentially deserving student-athlete from a given team, only to highlight the most consistently strong performers during a particular season in a particular sport. Obviously, with any such list of notables being subjective, it is possible not all those initially considered ultimately will make the final list of notables.

In addition, there usually is at least one representative from each school in a given sport, but that is not always the case. From that point, the rest of the notables could be a mix of student-athletes from many schools, or weighted heavily on one or two schools. Obviously, the more success a particular team was will, in some respects, dictate the number of potential notables it receives.

In most sports, the nomination process for a sport begins with the VillageSoup sports department polling area coaches to provide a list of what they feel are each respective team’s premier players for that season, not necessarily for a high school career. The notables are based on individual performances, although the strength of a team’s season may impact how many players from a specific team are selected.

A nomination only guarantees each candidate’s consideration, not ultimate notable status. While the input of each coach is weighed heavily with each candidate, the final decisions are made by VillageSoup Sports Director Ken Waltz and Associate Sports Director Mark Haskell.

Again, not all potential notables will ultimately become VillageSoup’s notables. Only those nominated by coaches and ultimately selected by the VillageSoup sports staff.

Belfast, competing in the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference’s Class B division, finished with a record of 6-6, clinching the number eight seed in the Eastern Class B playoffs. The Lions went on the road to face top-seeded Ellsworth, but fell to the Eagles 5-0.

Camden Hills, competing in the KVAC’s Class B division, finished with an undefeated mark of 12-0 and clinched the No. 2 seed for the Eastern Class B playoffs. The Windjammers dispatched of No. 7 Old Town 5-0 before running into third-seeded Presque Isle in the semifinals, where they were eliminated 3-2 by the Wildcats. The ‘Jammers also earned a berth in the KVAC Class B title game, falling 3-2 to Waterville.

Georges Valley, competing in the Mountain Valley Conference, finished with a record of 5-7, earning the No. 7 seed for the Western Class C playoffs. The Buccaneers received a tough draw against No. 2 Dirigo of Dixfield, falling 5-0 to the Cougars.

Medomak Valley, competing in the KVAC’s Class B division, finished with a record of 0-12 and was 14th (last) in Eastern Class B. The Panthers did not qualify for postseason play.

The 2011 VillageSoup high school boys tennis notables, listed in alphabetical order, are:

Coleman, a senior, went 11-1 during the regular season for Camden Hills playing first doubles. A steady player with a strong knowledge of the game, Coleman earned second-team KVAC Class B honors for his play along with teammate Gordon. Coach Walker-Spencer added that Coleman provided strong leadership to the remainder of the team as a senior and will be sorely missed next season.

Drinkwater, a junior, finished with a 9-3 record during the regular season for Camden Hills and was one of the team’s most athletic performers operating out of the first singles slot. Drinkwater had an outstanding year, which was capped by earning a spot in the Maine Principals’ Association state singles tennis tournament. Drinkwater bested Oak Hill’s Brian Bradstreet, 6-0, 6-4, before falling in straight sets to Waynflete’s Patrick Ordway, who went on to win the state singles tournament. Drinkwater also earned a KVAC Class B honorable mention and could reclaim the top singles slot next season for the Windjammers.

Fraser, a senior, has been a mainstay for coach Cameron and the Lions the past four years and played both first and second doubles this season for Belfast. Though he did not play often in his first two seasons, Fraser came into his own his junior and senior campaigns and “really put in a lot of work to get better every single year,” the coach said. He also was captain of the team this spring and “really did an amazing job getting the players motivated in practice and matches.”

Gordon, a junior, sported an 11-1 record this season for Camden Hills and, alongside teammate Coleman, earned second-team all-conference in the KVAC Class B for their efforts. Coach Walker-Spencer added that Gordon, while relatively new to the game, picked things up quickly, was athletic and possessed great hands, which, in turn, helped him on the court for the Windjammers.

Hirschfeld, a sophomore, was the most improved player on the team for Camden Hills, according to coach Walker-Specner. Finishing with an 11-1 record and earning second-team all-conference for his efforts, Hirschfeld came to the sport this season strictly from a racquetball background, but made the transition seamlessly and, in turn, helped the Windjammers to an undefeated regular-season mark. Hirschfeld will be a player to watch the next two seasons for Camden Hills.

Judkins, a junior, was Medomak Valley’s most consistent player this season and a bright spot for a squad that finished the season without a single victory. Amassing four individual victories for himself on the year, Judkins played second singles for the Panthers and, according to coach Lee, had a great deal to do with the team’s morale as he “had a wonderful sense of humor and helped keep everything light for us.” Lee added that Judkins was not only a talented and capable tennis player, but graceful on the court and an all-around strong leader.

McGeady, a senior, played third singles for Georges Valley and improved immensely throughout the campaign, according to coach Armstrong. A player who was both patient and focused when on the court, McGeady earned an 8-3 record, leading the Buccaneers in victories. “He was a great player to coach and really absorbed everything I taught him,” said Armstrong. She added that McGeady’s overall athleticism — being a three-sport athlete at Georges Valley — helped the senior on the court immensely. McGeady also was named both first-team all-conference as well as being selected to the all-academic team.

Owen, a junior, played second doubles for Camden Hills and, along with teammate Predham, finished the regular season with a record of 8-1. A KVAC Class B second-team all-conference selection, Owen possesses both a strong overhand and forehand and, along with his teammate, uses his amazing athleticism to his advantage. Expect another big year from the tandem next season for the Windjammers.

Predham, a junior, displayed the same superior footwork he possesses on the soccer pitch on the tennis court, sporting an 8-1 alongside teammate Owen at second doubles. Earning a second-team all-conference nomination, Predham picked up the game quickly and depended a lot on his footwork and “amazing” reflexes, according to coach Walker-Spencer. He also has a strong forehand in his repertoire and excels at net play.

Rector, a sophomore, played first doubles for Georges Valley and was an intergral part of the success enjoyed by the Bucs this season. Finishing the year with a record of 6-5, coach Armstrong commented that Rector “played very consistently and aggressively, and dominated at the net and at service.” She added that his humor and attitude certainly boosted team morale, which, in turn, made practices and games positive experiences for the entire team. He also progressed significantly with his ground strokes, while Armstrong expects Rector to be a significant contributor next season for Oceanside High School (a combination of Georges Valley and Rockland District High School).

Vannorsdall, a junior, finished undefeated for Camden Hills with a mark of 12-0, much as his team did in Eastern Class B. He also earned a berth in the MPA state singles tennis tournament. A first-team KVAC Class B selection, Vannorsdall displayed outstanding leadership and possessed a strong all-around game for the Windjammers. Vannorsdall, along with many other juniors on the team, likely will return next season for a run at what could be the Windjammers second regional title in three years.

Village NetMedia Associate Sports Director Mark Haskell can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email at mhaskell@villagesoup.com.