PHOTO BY HUGH BOWDEN

MDI boys win Eastern Maine Class B tennis title



PHOTO BY HUGH BOWDEN

Caleb Cough of the Mount Desert Island Trojans hits a backhand return in MDI’s 5-0 Eastern Maine Class B tennis championship win over the Caribou Vikings.

ORONO — Four years ago, some of the seniors on the Mount Desert Island Trojan boys’ tennis team never had held a tennis racket in their hands.

Last week at the University of Maine, those same Trojans defeated the Caribou Vikings to win an Eastern Maine Class B tennis championship.

The undefeated Trojans left little doubt that they deserved the top ranking in Eastern Maine Class B as they rolled to a 5-0 win over the second-ranked Caribou Vikings, who lost just once in the regular season.

The Trojans won four of their five matches in straight sets to up their record to 15-0.

At first singles, sophomore Luke Horton bested Ethan Plourde 6-3, 6-3; and at second singles, senior Ian Sampson downed Michael Marquis 6-4, 7-5.

The first doubles duo of seniors Caleb Cough and Sam Jacobson topped Brendan Cyr and Tyler Willey 6-2, 6-0; and the second doubles duo of Chris Kaiser and Sam Walker bested Gabe Massey and Cameron Hill 6-1, 6-2.

Caribou’s Zac Gorence gave MDI’s Andrew Dalton a tough battle in a lengthy third singles faceoff.

Dalton prevailed in the first set 7-5, but fell to Gorence in the second set 4-6 before rebounding for a decisive 6-2 third set win to clinch the sweep for the Trojans.

The Trojans are now slated to face undefeated Cape Elizabeth, the Western Maine champion, for the state Class B title on Saturday.

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Hugh Bowden

Hugh Bowden

Executive Editor
Hugh writes editorials, covers Hancock County sports and helps out where needed in The American's editorial department. When he's not on the sidelines, he enjoys playing jazz and tennis. [email protected]