1. Falmouth: Graduation claimed the top two singles players, but nine straight state titles and a 141-match winning streak result from plenty of depth. Senior Kate Kelley moves up to No. 1, freshman sister Meredith Kelley slots in at No. 2 and senior Amanda Watson at No. 3. A big test will come May 5 at defending Class C state champ St. Dominic, which boasts an all-senior lineup led by three-time singles semifinalist Bethany Hammond.
2. Cape Elizabeth: Coming off a Class B state title, the Capers must replace four starters lost to graduation but return senior Liv Clifford and junior Katie Gilman to the top two singles spots. Sophomore Emelie Jarquin or senior Ellie Garfield will slide into No. 3, leaving Coach Sarah Boeckel to fashion two doubles teams from a combined varsity and JV roster that numbers 45.
3. Greely: Senior Kathryn Pare, who helped the Rangers win Class B state titles in 2014 and 2015, drops down to No. 2 singles with the return from a year abroad of junior Izzy Evans, a singles quarterfinalist in 2015. Her sister, Paige Evans, a freshman, slots in at No. 3. Junior Kathryn Steinberg and sophomore Jordan Bryant team up at first doubles with four strong contenders to fill out the second doubles team.
4. Waynflete: Senior Lexi Epstein is back at No. 1 singles for a team that went 8-7 but reached the Class C South finals before falling to unbeaten St. Dominic. Six of the top seven are back, including senior Sidara Cash-Sortwell, who finished the season at No. 3 singles. Classmate Kiera MacWhinnie, likely at No. 2 singles after playing first doubles as a sophomore, has recovered from a knee injury that cost her last season.
5. Gorham: The Rams went 12-2 and reached the Class A South semifinals before falling 3-2 to No. 2 Scarborough. Much of that lineup is back, along with freshman Jocelyn Bolt, who is likely to join seniors Whitney King and Jenna Cowan in singles. Coach Nicole Bergeron is still sorting out doubles, but has plenty of depth and young talent from which to draw.
1. Thornton Academy: The defending Class A state champion Golden Trojans once more have an international flair, with returning sophomore Dariy Vykhodtsev being joined in singles by senior Jakub Jarasek from the Czech Republic and junior Balazs Balati of Hungary. Juniors Asher Thompson and Adam Lovejoy move up to first doubles with junior Junxi Xiao (who played No. 3 singles) and sophomore Caleb Richard at second doubles.
2. Falmouth: Losing Nick Forester on the eve of the team tournament cost Falmouth a third straight Class A title, but a depleted lineup still managed to reach the regional final and lose only 3-2 to Thornton Academy. With the dual-handed Forester healthy again, junior Alex Klemperer and senior Peter Stegemann return to second and third singles. The formidable doubles quartet of seniors Jordan Bruce, Trey Fallon and Greyson Cohen, and sophomore Calvin Spencer returns intact.
3. Waynflete: Senior Brandon Ameglio returns at No. 1 singles for a squad seeking its 10th straight Class C state title. Four other starters (senior John Van Dyke, junior Shuhao Liu, and sophomores Thorne Kieffer and Cooper Sherman) return from the championship lineup. Junior Jacob Greene missed the final because of a school-sponsored trip to China but is back at either second or third singles.
4. Camden Hills: Graduation claimed four of the top seven from the reigning Class B state champion, but seniors Matt Morse and Josiah Krul return at singles, and classmate Colby Arau moves up from first doubles.
5. Portland: The Bulldogs return every starter from a club that went 11-3 and reached the Class A South semifinals, but it will be hard to get past Falmouth or Thornton Academy. Seniors Peter Gribizis and Peter Barry lead the singles lineup, which also includes junior Quinn Clarke. Seniors Henry Gates and Daniel Mencher form the first doubles team, and juniors Dana Hinchcliffe and Jack Kovarik the second.
– Glenn Jordan