Allen Insurance and Financial Tennis Challenge April 11 at MRCClass A champion Rams, Class B champion Capers come to town
Rockport — While the Midcoast high school court season does not begin for several weeks, the Camden Hills boys will experience a significant preseason tuneup on Friday, April 11 during the 12th annual Allen Insurance and Financial High School Tennis Challenge.
Held at the Midcoast Recreation Center, the tournament is an annual precursor to the regular season for the Windjammers, who invite two of the top teams in the state to play alongside them in the tourney.
The event will begin at 4 p.m.
Historically, the event includes the reigning Class A and Class B champions. This year's tournament will be no different as defending Class A champion Gorham and defending Class B champion Cape Elizabeth will participate, along with the Windjammers.
The Windjammers and Rams will begin the day on the courts at 4 p.m., while the Rams and Capers will then play. Camden Hills and Cape Elizabeth will be the final match of the night.
Last year, Camden Hills finished 8-4 in the regular season and claimed the No. 6 seed in the Eastern Class B playoffs before being upset by No. 11 Washington Academy of East Machias in the regional quarterfinals.
The preseason event originated in 2002 when former Camden Hills coach Chris Walker-Spencer and MRC's John Lippman, a former Windjammer tennis coach, and Steve Crane, the former CEO of the Allen Agency, wanted a way to bring a strong boys tennis presence to the Midcoast.
Noah Capetta is the coach of the Windjammers this season, replacing Walker-Spencer.
Camden Hills will open the regular season on Monday, April 28 at Belfast.