The Maine Principals’ Association state boys singles tennis tournament, which began on Friday, May 24 and wrapped on Monday, May 27, saw defending champion Nick Forrester of Falmouth ease through to his second straight individual crown with a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Dariy Vykhodstev of Thornton Academy of Saco.

But, along the way, five Midcoast racketeers also made their bid for the coveted crown — to varying degrees of success — in matches played Friday and Saturday, May 24-25.

Of the area players, Belfast’s Eli Jolliffe saw the most success as he swung to the Round of 16, before he, ultimately, bowed out to Vykhodstev.

Camden Hills’ Henry Cooper went 1-1 and teammate Charlie O’Brien 0-1.

Camden Hills’ Ezra LeMole and Oceanside’s Abe LeMole, who are brothers and clinched the eighth and 11th seeds, respectively — along with a bye to the Round of 32 — also went 0-1 on the weekend.

Matches were held at various venues, including Apex Racket and Fitness in Portland, Lewiston High School and Bates College in Lewiston.

The following is a breakdown of area players’ runs in the state tournament:

Ezra LeMole, CH, the eighth seed, received a bye to the Round of 32 and lost to Weston Goodwin, Freeport, 6-4, 5-7, 0-6.

Cooper, CH, beat Itai Boss, Orono, 6-3, 6-4; and lost to Caleb Richard, Thornton Academy, 6-2, 6-4.

Abe LeMole, Ocean, the 11th seed, received a bye to the Round of 32 and lost to Matthew Ray, Falmouth, 2-6, 2-6.

O’Brien, CH, lost to Archie McDonough, Yarmouth, 0-6, 2-6.

Jolliffe, Bel, received a bye to the Round of 32, beat Kaitao Fang, George Stevens Academy of Blue Hill, 6-3, 6-2; and lost to Vykhodstev, Thornton Academy, 0-6, 0-6.

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