Eagles bring home Eastern Class C title for tennis, fall at states

The Eagles, with Coach Larry Gray

The Eagles, with Coach Larry Gray (back row, second from left) and supporters, bring home the Eastern title. Photo courtesy of Michelle Yoder

Blue Hill—The George Stevens Academy boys tennis team didn’t let go against #3 Piscataquis, winning their sixth straight Eastern Maine Class C title 5-0 on June 9 at Colby College. Doubles team Tim Dentino and Matt Stephens opened with a win, followed by second singles player Nate Boechat. Luke Theoharidis, third singles player, cemented the win. First singles Tate Yoder and second doubles team David Reinke and Ben Politte completed the sweep.

Bringing a 13-1 record to the state finals in Lewiston, the Eagles fell 1-4 to a familiar foe, Waynflete Academy.

Coach Erich Reed

Coach Erich Reed bought his team to the state track and field championships on June 6. Above, Elize Broughton, left, and Mary Richardosn compete in a girls’ relay race. Photo courtesy of George Stevens Academy

The good news is the team scored a match win against the South Portland team, when first doubles team and PVC champions Tim Dentino and Matt Stephens battled back after a 6-0 first set rout to win the second set 7-5. They clinched the match in a 10-6 tiebreaker.

The George Stevens Academy team has fallen 5-0 to the South Portland school for the past five  years—2011 was the one exception until now.

First singles Tate Yoder falling 6-1, 6-0, second singles Nate Boechat  losing 6-2, 6-3, third singles Luke Theoharidis unable to win a game at 6-0, 6-0 and second doubles team Ben Politte and David Reinke falling 6-1, 6-1.

The Eagles last won a state championship in 2004—against Waynflete.

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