Crusaders knock out MDI Trojans

CAMDEN — The Mount Desert Island High School Trojan’s tennis season came to an end on June 2 after the boys lost to Bangor’s John Bapst 5-0 after the first singles player was forced to forfeit due to an injury.

First singles player Kaleb Payson lost his match to John Branch 5-7, 0-5 after hurting himself trying to return a volley and deciding to end the game after a playing a couple more points while obviously hurting.

“He really wanted to continue, he thought he could just serve underhand,” Coach Ben Rowell said. “We had to end his match early.”

Second singles player Teddy Geary lost to John Bapst’s Darren Hansom 3-6, 3-6, and third singles player Drake Janes fell to Max Ouyeng 3-6, 3-6, whom he beat two weeks ago when the Trojans played John Bapst at home.

In first doubles, Jimmy Carroll and September Murray lost to John Bapst’s Tien Duong and Minh Le 4-6, 3-6.

Second singles team Gabe Michael and Derek Collin overcame a tiebreaker in the second set of their match, but were ultimately defeated by the Crusaders’ Tommy Carmach and Noah McCarthy 5-7, 7-6 (winning the tiebreaker 7-5), 2-6.

“The boys improved every day,” Rowell said about the season. “It seemed like they got better and better, and we showed it in our results.

“It’s been a great season, they’ve been a great group of kids,” he added.

Members of the tennis team this season include Kaleb Payson,

Bryce Dimauro, Teddy Geary, Jimmy Carroll, Drake Janes, Gabe Michael, September Murray, Ryan Kelly, Max Craigo, Austin Lunt, Lanvin Lenard Estacio, Derek Collin, Rocco DenDanto and Jasper Berzinis-McLaughlin.

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