Top-seeded George Stevens Academy of Blue Hill will attempt to sweep the Eastern Maine Class C tennis championships for the second time in three years Wednesday.
The boys squad will face No. 3 Madawaska in a rematch of last year’s regional final, while the girls team will attempt to avenge a 2008 semifinal loss to Dexter in this year’s title match.
Both matches are set to start at 10 a.m. at Colby College in Waterville. The GSA boys (13-1) are attempting to win their seventh EM title in the last eight years, a run highlighted by the Eagles’ state championship season in 2004.
GSA graduated its top three singles players from last year’s team that defeated Madawaska 4-1 in the final, but Elias Springer, Michael Senter-Zapata and Dillon Morris all have moved up from doubles to lead the Eagles.
Madawaska (12-2) returns six of its top seven players from last year’s team, led by its entire singles tandem of Shawn Parker, Nathan Beaulieu and Christian Lizotte. Also back are doubles players Jacques Daigle, Jaime Cyr and Kyle Pelletier, with Adam Lavertu the only newcomer to the starting lineup.
The Owls are seeking their first regional title since winning the state championship in 1999.
The GSA girls (11-3) ousted defending EM champion Madawaska 4-1 in Saturday’s semifinals, but now will be challenged by a 13-1 Dexter squad that eliminated the Eagles 3-2 in last year’s semifinals.
GSA features singles players Sotherd Steer, Katie Herklotz and Roz Brokaw.
Dexter defeated Deer Isle-Stonington 4-1 in its semifinal, with Sarah Murray and Cally Mountain earning victories at second and third singles along with Danielle Burton and Katie Eastman at first doubles and Alexis Mitchell and Jessica Mason at second doubles.
Chrissy Mountain has anchored the Tigers at first singles this spring.
Bangor wins KVAC crown
The Bangor baseball team will enter the Eastern Maine Class A playoffs on Thursday with one championship already in hand.
Coach Jeff Fahey’s club defeated Cony of Augusta 8-5 on Saturday to win the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class A crown.
The Rams got a solid pitching effort from righthander Kyle Savage, who worked into the sixth inning, and pounded out 12 hits while playing errorless defense.
Lonnie Hackett led Bangor with three hits and three runs scored, while Ryan Larochelle, Nate Lewis and Savage each contributed two hits.