ROCKPORT  — After a two-year hiatus, the Allen Insurance and Financial High School Boys Tennis Challenge returned this spring at the Midcoast Recreation Center.

In its 18th year, the event typically showcases the Camden Hills boys tennis team in varsity preseason tuneups against two topnotch opponents from Southern Maine, with three indoor matches on tap during the afternoon and night in early April.

Camden Hills’ Wilson Fedarko. Photo by Holly Vanorse Spicer

However, event organizer John Lippman of MRC said, with COVID-19 still a factor, it was decided only one team would make the trek to MRC this year to square off with the Windjammers.

Thus, Yarmouth, the 2021 state Class B champions, went racket to racket against Camden Hills — the 2021 state Class A runners-up — on Friday, April 8.

Camden Hills’ Noah Thackeray. Photo by Holly Vanorse Spicer

The preseason event originated in 2002 when former Camden Hills coach Chris Walker-Spencer and 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.

In recent years, Michael Pierce of Allen Insurance and Financial has been instrumental in the event, which was not held the past two years due to the pandemic.

Camden Hills’ Charlie Nicolet. Photo by Holly Vanorse Spicer

In Friday preseason court affair, the visiting Clippers won 4-1.

The individual results, with Camden Hills players listed first, were: In singles, Ezra LeMole beat William Best, 6-2, 6-1; Noah Thackeray lost to Asher Lockwood, 3-6, 6-2, 8-10; and Wilson Fedarko lost to Quinn Federle, 2-6, 2-6.

In doubles, Liam O’Dwyer and Alex Todd lost to Sutter Angua and Ethan Lombard, 1-6, 2-6; and Sam Von Lonkhuyzen and Micah Mosheyev lost to Andre Violette and Henry Hall, 2-6, 0-6.

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