PATRICK ORDWAY

Boys’ tennis

A year ago as a freshman, Patrick Ordway reached the finals of the Maine Principals’ Association singles state tournament, losing to Waynflete teammate Brandon Thompson. This year, it was Ordway’s turn.

Not that it came easily. In the first three-set boys’ final in seven years, Ordway rallied to a 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 victory over Falmouth freshman Justin Brogan.

In the semifinals, the top-seeded Ordway avenged his only loss of the regular season, beating Cape Elizabeth sophomore Matt Gilman, 6-0, 6-2.

The individual state title is the fourth for the Ordway family. Sister Christine won the girls’ crown in 2006, 2007 and 2009.

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MARIA VARANO

Girls’ tennis

During her first two years at Kennebunk High School, Maria Varano held court outside the auspices of her school team, working her way up the USTA New England junior ladder to further her hopes of playing collegiate tennis.

This year, she decided to wear the Kennebunk uniform. The result was a straight-set victory every time out, including every match of an MPA state singles tournament culminating in a 6-2, 6-1 victory against Brunswick’s Maisie Silverman.

“She’s told me this is the most fun she’s had playing tennis,” said Kennebunk Coach Paul Gaylord. “She’s really enjoyed just being one of the gang.”

Varano, a junior, reached the finals thanks to a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Falmouth junior Analise Kump.

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