High school boys tennis

In battle for 'A' supremacy, Yachtsmen encounter smooth waters, Windjammers rough seas

Falmouth wins state crown 5-0 over previous two-time defending Class B titlist Camden Hills
By Mark Haskell | Jun 10, 2018
Photo by: Mark Haskell Camden Hills' Noah Heidorn eyes a shot against Falmouth on June 9 in a high school boys tennis match at Lewiston High School. The Windjammers lost to the Yachtsmen 5-0 in the state Class A championship match.

Lewiston — It hardly would be reinventing the wheel to state the Falmouth boys tennis team is the cream of the crop in Class A.

After all, the Yachtsmen won the Class A championship a year ago and were unbeaten again this season, as they sailed to the state final for the second straight year.

However, Camden Hills had been the bar that all other teams measured against in Class B the past few years as well, as the Windjammers collected the last two 'B' titles, and had competed for the previous four.

Those two high school court worlds collided in the Class A state championship on Saturday, June 9 at Lewiston High School as the Windjammers, who moved up a class this season, and Yachtsmen — each unbeaten in their regions — squared off to determine who indeed was the best of the best.

And the Yachtsmen answered the call.

The Windjammers challenged the Yachtsmen in third singles and both doubles matches — and also received a strong second-set effort from junior Charlie O’Brien at second singles — but the Yachtsmen were simply too poised, polished and talented for the Windjammers as they soared to a 5-0 win to claim their second straight state title.

Watch video, and see more photos, below.

The loss, which certainly was not as lopsided as the score indicates, also ended Camden Hills’ 35-match unbeaten streak in regular season and postseason matches.

“We lost 5-0 but there were a lot of competitive sets,” said Camden Hills coach Noah Capetta. “Tiebreak sets, 7-5 sets, everybody competed hard, and that’s what I’m most impressed with with our result today. All of our players in all the positions fought for every point, and that’s all you can ask for as a coach.”

Falmouth finished 16-0 and Camden Hills 14-1 (15-1 if the league title match is included). This season, the Yachtsmen experienced 13 5-0 match victories and three 4-1 wins, while the Windjammers had eight 5-0 matches and six 4-1 matches.

The individual results, with Camden Hills players listed first, from the state final were: In singles, Cooper Russell lost to Nick Forester, 1-6, 0-6; Charlie O’Brien lost to Alex Klemperer, 0-6, 4-6; and Noah Heidorn lost to Matthew Ray, 3-6, 3-6.

In doubles, Henry Cooper and David Poutasse lost to Matt Adamowitz and Calvin Spencer, 6-7 (2), 3-6; and Trevor Iltis and Jack Lawrence lost to Jake Leavitt and Nicky Shapiro, 5-7, 6-7 4).

Of course, the Yachtsmen were led by their top two singles players, Forester and Klemperer. Which, by comparison for high school-aged players, may as well equate to having Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.

Forester won the Maine Principals’ Association state singles tournament on Monday, May 28. The tournament held a qualifying round where many players from Caribou to Kittery vied to make it into the Round of 48.

Among all the high school tennis players in the state, Forester defeated his teammate, Klemperer, for the individual title.

Forester was as advertised, and then some, as he made quick work of the talented Russell, though the outcome of the team match had already been decided at that point.

While Forester and Klemperer were Falmouth’s top two players, the Windjammers knew if they had a chance to steal the state crown, they would have to go through the Yachtsmen’s foundation to do it, namely at third singles and in both doubles matches.

Those three matches were tightly-contested, particularly at both doubles matches.

“We had set-point at first doubles, we were up 5-4 in second doubles in the first set,” Capetta said. “Those sets easily could have gone our way and then you might be looking at a 2-2 scenario. And Noah Heidorn was up 3-0 in his second set with Matt Ray. There was definitely a path to victory today, and we came pretty close. I’m happy with the way everybody played today and I’m happy with our season.”

Cooper and Poutasse had Adamowitz and Spencer on the ropes, only to fall in a first-set tiebreaker. At second doubles, Iltis and Lawrence were back-and-forth in both sets — the second of which also was a tiebreaker — but Leavitt and Shapiro edged them in the championship-deciding match.

Camden Hills, which also won the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class A championship this year, received a bye in the regional quarterfinals, defeated No. 4 Mount Blue of Farmington 5-0 in the semifinals and No. 2 Lewiston 5-0 in the final to advance to Saturday’s state match.

Falmouth defeated No. 8 Gorham 5-0 in the quarterfinals, No. 5 Thornton Academy of Saco 5-0 in the semifinals and No. 2 Portland 5-0 in the regional final to advance to face the Windjammers.

Camden Hills versus Falmouth boys tennis
Camden Hills and Falmouth boys tennis on June 9 at Lewiston High School. (Video by: Mark Haskell and Holly Vanorse Spicer)
Camden Hills' Noah Heidorn. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Charlie O’Brien. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Charlie O’Brien. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Charlie O’Brien. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Charlie O’Brien. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Trevor Iltis. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Trevor Iltis. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Trevor Iltis, left, and Jack Lawrence. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Trevor Iltis. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Trevor Iltis. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Henry Cooper, left, and David Poutasse. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Henry Cooper. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Henry Cooper. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Henry Cooper. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Henry Cooper, back, and David Poutasse. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' David Poutasse. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Noah Heidorn. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Noah Heidorn. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Noah Heidorn. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Jack Lawrence. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Trevor Iltis. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Jack Lawrence. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Cooper Russell. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Cooper Russell. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Cooper Russell. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Cooper Russell. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Cooper Russell. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Cooper Russell. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
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