Both Camden Hills and Yarmouth had a devilish time keeping pace with talented Lewiston Friday night as the Blue Devils finished first in the eighth annual Allen Agency High School Tennis Challenge at the Midcoast Recreation Center.

Regardless of the outcome, the Yachtsmen, Blue Devils and host Windjammers also enjoyed a competitive night of preseason boys tennis, as Lewiston finished first with two wins and no losses, Camden Hills second at 1-1 and Yarmouth third at 0-2.

Lewiston roared to 5-0 wins over both the Windjammers and Yachtsmen, while Camden Hills edged Yarmouth 3-2.

Traditionally, the state Class A and B tennis champions from the previous year are invited to the preseason event. This year, Class A champion Lewiston and Class B titlist Yarmouth attended to play each other and the Windjammers on the MRC indoor courts.

The event originated in 2002 when Camden Hills coach Chris Walker-Spencer and MRC’s John Lippman, a former Windjammer boys tennis coach, and Steve Crane, the former chief executive officer of the Allen Agency, wanted a way to bring a strong tennis presence to the Midcoast.

“The whole premise behind it is to get our kids, Camden Hills, to play some topnotch teams,” said Lippman, the tournament director. “It’s a great way for everybody to kick off the year.”

Lewiston also won the tournament last year and has done so many times, said Lippman.

Lewiston, led by coach Ron Chicoine, is a powerhouse, having won seven straight Class A crowns under his guidance. In fact, the team is 107-1 in official Maine Principals’ Association matches since the coach took over. That lone loss came in the team’s third match under Chicoine, who is beginning his eighth year.

Camden Hills also has won state Class B titles under both coaches Lippman and Walker-Spencer.

The preseason tournament includes a regular high school format with three singles and two doubles matches per team match.

In the first match, Lewiston defeated Camden Hills 5-0. The individual results, with Windjammer players listed first, were: In singles, Pierre Haugen lost to Scott Gagne, 0-6, 1-6; Casey Scott lost to Eric Morin, 7-6 (6), 3-6, 1-10; and Tom Young lost to Eric Hall, 0-6, 0-6.

In doubles, Evan Drinkwater and John Vannorsdall lost to Ben Chicoine and Jake Berube, 3-6, 3-6; and Tyler Coleman and Kyle Nolan lost to Brian Hall and Cam Dube, 1-6, 0-6.

In the second match, Lewiston bested Yarmouth 4-1. The individual results, with Blue Devil players listed first, were: In singles, Gagne beat Ben Robinson, 6-4, 6-0; Morin beat Eli Pitegoff, 6-1, 6-2; and Hall beat David Olshan, 6-2, 6-2.

In doubles, Chicoine and Jon McDonough beat Dan Conner and Ben Woodbury, 6-2, 6-0; and Keagan Cote and Brett Vallee beat Ethan Andrews and Sam Beaulieu, 6-0, 6-2.

In the event’s final match, Camden Hills bested Yarmouth 3-2. The individual results, with Windjammer players listed first, were: Haugen beat Pitegoff, 6-2, 2-6, 10-4; Scott lost to Olshan, 0-6, 4-6; and Young beat Woodbury, 7-6, 6-4.

In doubles, Drinkwater and Vannorsdall beat Andrews and Connor, 6-1, 7-6 (1); and Robin Crandall and Max Fischer lost to Kyle Brunelle and Beaulieu, 4-6, 6-3, 8-10.

VillageSoup Regional Editor/Sports Director Ken Waltz can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail at kwaltz@villagesoup.com.