Tennis: Players to Watch in Southern Maine

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GIRLS

Scarborough High junior Amber Woods was 13-1 in tag team competition last spring and led the Red Storm to the regional semifinals. Daryn Slover/Sun Diary

Brunswick elder Anna Barnes: A quarter-finalist in the state singles tournament last spring, Barnes returns to No. 2 for the Dragons, the reigning Class A state champions. She was 13-1 in junior tag team competition.

Olivia Cutone, freshman at Kennebunk: At age 12, Cutone won the women’s open division of the Betty Blakeman Memorial Tournament in 2019. Last spring, her brother George won the Maine Principals’ Association boys’ singles title as a rookie, and she will probably be the best seed among the girls.

Abby Emerson, Gorham Senior: Emerson didn’t lose a match in tag team competition last spring. Unseeded in the MPA singles tournament, she advanced to the round of 16 before dropping to the fourth seed.

Caroline Gentile, Senior Cap Elizabeth: Playing No. 2 in singles last spring, Gentile went 10-1 to help the Capers win the Class B South regional crown. She advanced to the round of 16 of the tournament in singles before falling to eventual champion Sofia Mavor of Yarmouth.

Portland senior Jenna Lederer: Lederer returns to No. 1 in singles for the Bulldogs after going 10-3 in tag team competition last spring. In the state singles tournament, she advanced to the round of 16 before dropping to the 10th seed.

Brunswick Sophomore Coco Meserve: Meserve returns to No. 1 in singles after leading Brunswick to the Class A state title. As the seventh seed in the national singles tournament, she reached the round of 16.

Lincoln Academy Junior Olivia Nixon: Nixon went 10-1 in tag team competition last spring and the only loss was a forfeit after rolling an ankle. She fell in three sets to the 11th seed in the second round of the singles tournament.

Scarborough Jr. Amber Woods: Woods had a 13-1 season in tag team competition and led the Red Storm to the regional semi-finals. As the fifth seed in the national singles tournament, she advanced to the quarter-finals.

Emma Lindsey, Greely’s second year: Lindsey was one of three Rangers to reach the knockout stages of the national singles tournament. She started last spring at No. 1 in singles, dropped to No. 3 in mid-May and is returning to the top of the Greely ladder this year.

Sadie Yentsch, Kennebunk senior: Yentsch led the Rams to the Class A South final as the No. 1 singles player. Unseeded in the singles tournament, she reached the round of 16 before falling in three sets to ninth-seeded Barnes.

BOYS

Greely High’s Leif Boddie was unbeaten in tag team competition for Class B South runners-up Rangers last spring. Daryn Slover/Sun Diary

Will Best, Yarmouth Junior: Best moves up a rung to No. 1 in singles for the Clippers, the defending Class B state champions. He reached the knockout stages of the national tournament in singles.

Leif Boddie, Greely senior: A semi-finalist and first seed in the 2021 State Singles Tournament, Boddie was undefeated in tag team competition for Class B South runners-up Rangers.

Kennebunk sophomore George Cutone: Cutone has yet to lose a game in high school. He is the reigning state singles champion and led Kennebunk to the program’s first Class A state title.

Camden Hills senior Ezra LeMole: LeMole was ranked in the top 10 in the state singles tournament twice. He reached the round of 16 last spring and the round of 16 as a freshman. His only loss in tag team competition came to Cutone in the Class A State Finals.

Terry Ma, freshman at Thornton Academy: Ma takes over at No. 1 in singles from Kohei Sato for the Golden Trojans. Coach Andy Carlson said Ma had a lot of variety in his game, used angles well and could build up points and mix shots when necessary.

Peter Rinehart, Senior Greely: Western Maine Conference second-team all-star Rinehart returns to give the Rangers a powerful brace atop their singles roster. He was 9-5 last spring in tag team competition.

Henry Kerr, Wayneflete Jr.: Kerr is coming off a 10-2 season in No. 3 singles for the 13-time defending Class C state champions. He’s moved up to No. 1 in singles for the Flyers.

Thornton Academy junior Kohei Sato: Sato slips into second singles after going 8-4 at No. 1 last spring for a Thornton team that lost only to Class A state champion Kennebunk. Sato reached the Round of 16 in singles.

Will Smith, Senior Kennebunk: Playing at No. 2 singles for the Rams last spring, Smith went undefeated as Kennebunk broke a 16-0 record and the Class A state championship.

Falmouth Freshman Sam Yoon: In the shadow of two-time State Singles Champion Nick Forester (Falmouth Class of 2019), Yoon hits the forehand from either wing. He looks likely to be a factor in the singles tournament.


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