Experience, court savvy should keep Oceanside competitive
Rockland — The following is a synopsis of the 2014 Oceanside High School boys tennis team:
Coach/years coached current team: Dan Wiley, first year.
Last year's record/playoff information: 9-3, seventh in Eastern Class B. The Mariners defeated No. 10 Foxcroft Academy of Dover-Foxcroft 5-0 in a preliminary playoff before falling to No. 2 Caribou 3-2 in the quarterfinals.
Roster: Seniors Johannes Korhoren, Jack Crockett, Cody Chase, Sean Grace, Evan Billington, Cameron Butler and Jason Lund; juniors Eli Thorbjornson, Logan Finnegan, Jayce Thorbjornson, Kaleb Robinson, Nicholas Barrett, Brian Haskell, Justin Robinson, Stephen Goodridge and Nathan Philbrook; and sophomores Alden Mason and Kyle Waters.
Known graduation losses: Henry Berry, Love Eklund, Tyler Gilson and Luke Rector.
Significant impact players: Butler, Philbrook, Eli Thorbjornson, Crockett, Korhoren, Finnegan and Goodridge.
Team strength: Experience.
Team goals: To be one of the top seven teams in Eastern Class B, make a deep run in the postseason and win the Maine Principals' Association sportsmanship award.
Top league opponents: Waterville, Camden Hills and Erskine Academy of South China.
Outlook: The Mariners lost their second and third singles players to graduation, but have a great deal of experience remaining on the roster, which should translate into court success this season.
Butler, who played in the state singles tournament last year, returns to first singles, while Philbrook and Eli Thorbjornson, who thrived as doubles players last season, climb the ladder to second and third singles, respectively. Crockett, Korhoren, Finnegan and Goodrich will comprise the doubles teams, the coach said.