An annual reminder spring is nearly upon us is the annual Allen Insurance and Financial High School Tennis Challenge.

Little has changed in that regard this season as the 17th year of that event will swing in on Friday, April 5 with a 4 p.m. start time.

The event annually features the Camden Hills boys and two of the top teams in the state, as the trio of squads participate in back-to-back-to-back court matches.

This season, the state Class A runners-up will welcome state Class A champion Falmouth and annual state Class B title contender Cape Elizabeth.

Camden Hills and Falmouth will take part in a rematch of last year’s state Class A final at 4 p.m., while the Yachtsmen and Capers will square off in the second match. The event will conclude with a showdown between the Windjammers and Capers.

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 prior to the regular season.

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