N.E. Council removes tennis

Posted Jan. 20, 2009, at 9:06 p.m.

The Council of New England Secondary Schools Principals’ Associations has voted to remove tennis from the sports that it sponsors.

The popularity of the New England tennis championships has been in decline for several years as other non-scholastic tournaments have become popular. Many of the top players skip the New England championships each year to play in other regional and area tournaments.

Last spring, for instance, neither Maine schoolgirl champion Camille Jania of Scarborough nor runnerup Christine Ordway of Waynflete of Portland participated in the New Englands, nor did state schoolboy tennis champion Mike Hill of Mount Ararat of Topsham or runnerup Neall Oliver of Deering of Portland.

Erin Flynn of Hancock and John Bapst of Bangor, a semifinalist in the 2008 state schoolgirl championships, did go on to place second at the New England championships.

The Council of New England Secondary Schools Principals’ Associations is the governing body for all interscholastic sports competed at the New England high school level. It continues to sponsor New England championships in cross country, golf, gymnastics, indoor track and field, outdoor track and field, spirit (cheering), and swimming and diving.

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