Bangor—Varsity tennis combines team and individual competition together, with the outcome of singles and doubles matches determining whether a school team wins.
But every spring, players compete to advance on their own merits in the state tournament.
On May 14-15 at Bangor High School, singles players from the boys and girls varsity teams of Deer Isle-Stonington High School and George Stevens Academy competed in the Region 1 qualifying rounds, but failed to advance to the all-state tournament.
Competing against schools both smaller and quite larger, Eagles Erin Niehoff, Lindsay Nevin and Abbey Frost all fell in the second round. Nevin had to defeat DIS’s Jessica Trainor in the first round to advance.
Mariners Justine Rhys and Cameron Wendell, and Eagles Matt Stephens, Beowulf Urban and Ben Politte also failed to advance past the second round, while DIS’s Devon Emerick and Brantley Emerick lost in the first round.
But the players, as part of their teams, are all closing in on the Class C tournament, with the Eagle boys currently ranked first, at 7-1, and the Mariner boys fourth, at 6-2. The Eagle girls stand in the sixth spot, at 6-2, while the Mariner girls are hanging on to the 13th spot, the final tournament position, with a 2-6 record.
The tournament begins with preliminary rounds on Tuesday, May 31.