High school boys tennis

State Class A supremacy: When titans meet, something has to give

Falmouth outlasts Camden Hills 3-2 to secure fifth crown in six years
By Zack Miller and Ken Waltz | Jun 10, 2019
Photo by: Zack Miller Camden Hills' Jack Lawrence set to serve against Falmouth on June 8 in high school boys tennis in Lewiston. The Windjammers lost to the Yachtsmen 3-2 in the state Class A championship match.

Lewiston — When two 15-0 high school boys tennis teams with incredibly long, storied success meet on the court, something simply has to give — one way or another.

It is, in net terms, the famous unstoppable force versus immovable object.

And that was the case for Camden Hills and Falmouth on Saturday afternoon, June 8 with a state Class A championship on the line at Lewiston High School.

In the end, in a highly-competitive match, the Yachtsmen prevailed in the three singles matches and Windjammers the two doubles matches.

Thus, Falmouth bested Camden Hills 3-2 for the state crown for the second straight year and earned its third straight state title and fifth in six years.

Talk about history. Combined, the Yachtsmen and Windjammers now have 17 state and 25 regional titles.

Now that is an impressive court pedigree for the programs from Southern and Midcoast Maine.

Watch video and see more photos below.

Falmouth finished 16-0 and Camden Hills 15-1.

The Windjammers' match originally was scheduled for 4:15, but was moved to 12:45, due to the Camden Hills prom Saturday night, which meant first-year Windjammer coach Jesse Simko was absent for most of the state championship match.

Simko was flying back from Colorado, where he attended a hockey event, and his flight did not land until 2 p.m. Simko arrived shortly before the conclusion of the state championship matches.

"I was basically texting non-stop, calling, just checking in where everything was as I got off the plane," said Simko. "It was one of those things where I could tell it was going to be a close match [based on the updates]. I arrived right after it was determined we had lost the three games.

"It was nice to see the doubles put in a good showing, for both second [doubles], and what I got to watch for first [doubles]. We pushed them as far as we could. [Falmouth] has had a great season, and I'm super pleased with everyone's effort."

Bob Withey, longtime coach and athletic helper at Camden Hills, coached the Windjammers in Simko's absence.

The individual state match results, with Windjammer players listed first, were: In singles, Ezra LeMole lost to Nick Forester, 2-6, 0-6; Henry Cooper lost to Matthew Ray, 2-6, 2-6; and Charlie O'Brien lost to Calvin Spencer, 3-6, 6-3, 2-6.

In doubles, Simon Fedarko and David Poutasse lost to Marcus Goodbody and Jake Leavitt, 7-6 (6), 6-7 (4) and 1-6; and Zach Markowitz and Jack Lawrence lost to Jack Forester and Willie Parker, 2-6, 2-6.

The first second doubles match was a tough, back-and-forth affair and proved pivotal in the outcome

Additionally, the incredibly talented Forester is the two-time state individual champion.

Since 2014 the Windjammers have made it to the state final, with the first three appearances in Class B — which included championships in 2016 and 2017 — and the other two in Class A.

Camden Hills has had its grip on regional crowns for five years, as the Windjammers added the fifth notch to its belt with a 3-2 victory over No. 2 Lewiston in this year's final. Earlier in the playoffs, Camden Hills beat No. 4 Mount Blue of Farmington 3-2 in the semifinals, after the Windjammers earned a first-round bye.

In the South playoffs, Falmouth beat No. 8 Portland 5-0 in the quarterfinals, No. 5 Deering of Portland 4-1 in the semifinals and No. 2 Thornton Academy of Saco 5-0 in the final.

Last year, Falmouth bested Camden Hills 5-0 in the state Class A championship match.

The Windjammers have a long championship pedigree. As either Camden Hills or Camden-Rockport the past 30 years, the Windjammers have five state crowns in Class A and B and an impressive 11 regional titles in the two classes.

In fact, Cape Elizabeth has been the team's most notably, and toughest, state-level nemesis, as the opponents have faced off 12 times in the state final, as the Capers won nine times.

The Windjammers swung to state crowns in 2017, 2016, 2005, 1992 and 1991 and lost in the state final in 2019, 2018, 2015, 2014, 2010, 2004, 2003, 1997, 1995, 1993, 1990 and 1989.

Falmouth now has five Class A titles, four in Class B (one runner-up) and three in Class C for 12 total state crowns over three classes since 1983.

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Camden Hills versus Falmouth boys tennis
Camden Hills versus Falmouth on June 8 in high school boys tennis at Lewiston High School. (Video by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Jack Lawrence, front, and Zach Markowitz. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Zach Markowitz. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Zach Markowitz. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Jack Lawrence. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Jack Lawrence. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Jack Lawrence, left, and Zach Markowitz. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Zach Markowitz. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Jack Lawrence. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Zach Markowitz. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Jack Lawrence. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Simon Fedarko, back, and David Poutasse. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Simon Fedarko. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Simon Fedarko. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Simon Fedarko. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Simon Fedarko. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' David Poutasse. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Simon Fedarko, right, and David Poutasse. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' David Poutasse. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' David Poutasse. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' David Poutasse. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Charlie O'Brien. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Charlie O'Brien. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Charlie O'Brien. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Charlie O'Brien. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Charlie O'Brien. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Henry Cooper. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Henry Cooper. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Henry Cooper. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Henry Cooper. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Henry Cooper. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Henry Cooper. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Henry Cooper. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Henry Cooper. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Charlie O'Brien. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Charlie O'Brien. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Charlie O'Brien. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Charlie O'Brien. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Henry Cooper. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Henry Cooper. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Jack Lawrence. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Zach Markowitz. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Ezra LeMole. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Ezra LeMole. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Ezra LeMole. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Ezra LeMole. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Ezra LeMole. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Ezra LeMole. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Ezra LeMole. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Ezra LeMole. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Ezra LeMole. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills Regional High School boys tennis — state Class A runners-up. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Camden Hills seniors, with coach Jesse Simko, second from right, include, from left, Charlie O'Brien, Simon Fedarko, Henry Cooper and Zach Markowitz. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
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