Tennis teams fall to Crusaders



BANGOR — The Mount Desert Island High School varsity tennis teams fell to the John Bapst Crusaders on the road on Monday, April 25.

The Crusader girls won 3-2, and the boys won 5-0.

Several players on the MDI varsity team weren’t eligible to play due to a lack of practice hours, so the Trojans were forced to forfeit some games.

According to head Coach Ben Rowell, “once the majority of the team is back and eligible and when we have the full squad, we should be able to do just fine.”

Izzy Wellman-Webster and Delaney Smith of the MDI girls’ team beat Makenzie Baber and Robyn Henry 8-6 in first doubles, and the Trojans lost the second doubles matchup by default. “They played even better than they did against Old Town and pulled out a great victory,” said Rowell.

India Janes played first singles, defeating John Bapst’s Crystal Bell 8-4.

“India is definitely a very nice player, and she imposed her will a little bit,” he said.

At second singles, Molly Corson fell 8-3 to Alice Podolsky. The Crusaders won third singles by default.

In singles for the boys’ team, Paul Branch defeated MDI senior Kaleb Payson 8-3. At second singles, Darren Hansom of John Bapst beat Teddy Geary 8-4. Max Ouyang defeated MDI junior Jimmy Carroll 8-4.

For boys’ first doubles, Minh Le and Liam Hennigs of the Crusaders swept Drake Janes and September Murray 8-4. At number two, Tommy Carmack and Noah McCarthy defeated Trojan sophomores Max Craigo and Gabe Michael 8-4.

“We played better in spots, but if you take a few points off and lose a few quick ones, it is hard to keep the momentum going,” said Rowell.

Old Town

The Lady Trojans took down the Old Town Coyotes 3-2 on Saturday, while the MDI boys fell 3-2.

“We got a good effort from the players,” said Rowell.

In first singles, India Janes defeated Rheylan Burke 8-3, and Corson beat Sierra Finnemore 8-0 in second singles. Emily Pomeroy of Old Town won third singles by default.

The Trojan team lost a singles player, Ellie Bridgers, out due to a concussion, which “put a lot of pressure” on the remaining singles players on the girls’ side.

“They played well and got a nice victory from them [Old Town].”

Smith and Wellman-Webster took down Kalee McLaughlin and Sara Gifford 8-4 in first doubles, and the Trojans lost second doubles by default.

Payson secured the first singles win for the MDI boys, defeating Chad Bartlett 8-3. Geary was defeated 9-8 by Brad Westura in second singles, 7-2 in the tiebreaker. In the third set, Carroll fell 8-6 to Zac Libby.

“Kaled [Payson] was looking really solid,” said Rowell. “Teddy [Geary] ended up losing in the tiebreaker. A little bit of the inexperience set in, and he couldn’t keep it going.”

In the first doubles matchup, Drake Janes and Craigo took down Mike Baker and Jay Theriault 8-4. Michael and Ryan Kelly fell 8-3 to Nick Ferro and Caleb Braley in the second.

The Trojan teams were set to host the Ellsworth Eagles on Wednesday, April 27, and are set to travel to Hermon High School on Friday, April 29, for a 4 p.m. match. MDI will host Washington Academy on Monday, May 2, at 4 p.m.

Amanat Khullar

Amanat Khullar

Amanat Khullar is a sports reporter for the Mount Desert Islander. She comes from New Delhi, the capital city of India and graduated from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

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