Tennis: Waynflete boys win 11th straight Class C title


LEWISTON — History was made at the Class C state tennis championships Saturday afternoon at Lewiston High.

The Waynflete boys won an 11th consecutive state title to join Mt. Blue girls’ skiing and St. Dominic boys’ hockey for the longest streaks in Maine history. The Flyers beat Mattanawcook Academy of Lincoln, 5-0.

Meanwhile, Mattanawcook Academy edged first-time finalist Maranacook 3-2 to become the first girls’ team from Northern or Eastern Maine to win the Class C state title.

In Class B, the Lincoln Academy girls’ won their first Class B title, edging Caribou, 3-2.

Caribou won the Class B boys’ title, 3-2 over Freeport.

The Class A championships are later Saturday.

Lincoln’s victory wasn’t secure until the final match at No. 1 singles ended, with freshman Caitlin Cass defeating Caribou senior Gabrielle Marquis 6-2, 6-3 to give the Eagles a sweep of the singles matches.

Both teams were undefeated, with every victory but one by a score of 5-0. (Caribou lost a doubles match in its 4-1 season opener against Hermon.)

The match ended less than 24 hours after 15-year-old Lincoln Academy freshman Isabelle Manahan died in a car crash in Edgecomb.

“We almost didn’t play,” Lincoln Coach Charlie Scimone said. “I was late on the phone (Friday) night, talking to the girls, trying to determine if we were up for it or not. They all rose to the occasion.”

“It was really hard,” Cass said. “Isabelle was one of my closest friends. My body was still shaking from everything, so that kind of added to the stress, plus I was just tired, and it was a good match.”

Marquis was seeded fourth in the state singles tournament and reached the quarterfinals. Cass was seeded sixth and reached the semis.

Junior Emily Harris (6-4, 6-1) at No. 2 and sophomore Fiona Liang (6-0, 6-1) at No. 3 also won for the Eagles (16-0). Liang had been scheduled to fly home to China on Wednesday before her teammates conducted bake sales to help defer the $700 cost of changing her plane ticket to Monday.

“I’m very happy I can stay,” Liang said.

In the boys’ final, Caribou swept doubles and Gabe Rand clinched with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Liam Gould at No. 3 singles. Freeport junior Wes Goodwin and sophomore Clay Canterbury won at first and second singles.

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