WATERVILLE – As much as they wanted to linger Saturday, Falmouth seniors Hutch Hurwitz and Eric Sanderson were happy to walk off with a 6-0, 6-0 victory in second doubles that lasted 45 minutes.

“I wanted to draw it out,” Sanderson said. “I wanted to keep it going for a long time. But we came to play.”

Their quick triumph paved the way for Falmouth’s second consecutive Class B boys’ tennis state championship.

In Class A, Gorham pulled out three three-set victories to defeat Bangor 4-1 for the first state title in school history. In Class C, Waynflete beat George Stevens Academy, 5-0.

The Class B final capped the second straight 16-0 season for Falmouth, which swept the singles matches in straight sets behind Justin Brogan, Brendan McCarthy and Aiden McGrory.

Ellsworth (15-1) extended the first doubles match before Sam Holland and Tom Wilberg finished the shutout, 6-2, 5-7, 6-2.

“After our (regional final) match against Cape (Elizabeth) we felt good about our chances,” said Brogan, the two-time runner-up in the state singles tournament.

Falmouth Coach Bob McCully drew particular pleasure from the success of his only two seniors, Hutchinson and Sanderson, each of whom spent three years on the junior varsity.

Sanderson, in particular, needed to rally from a 7-2 deficit in an eight-game pro set ladder match in late April to earn his spot in the lineup. His varsity debut came at Cape Elizabeth, a 3-2 Falmouth victory.

“He’s been solid for us ever since,” McCully said.

“It’s been fun playing with Hutch,” Sanderson said. “We’re both seniors “and we’re good buddies,” said Hurwitz, finishing the point like the good partner he is.

In the most dramatic match of the day, Gorham and Bangor split sets in the first two singles matches and No. 2 doubles.

Third sets are familiar to Gorham, which was 13-3 in three-set matches this spring. Quincy Owens and Adam Bourgault rallied to a 5-7, 6-3, 6-3 win at No. 2 doubles, leaving the match in the hands of Kyle Curley and Ryan Gilbert at first and second singles.

Curley had already stared down a match point in the regional semifinals against Scarborough that would have eliminated Gorham, so trailing 4-1 in the first set against Bangor’s 6-foot-6 Patrick Stewart and losing the second set didn’t faze him.

“I felt like he was the attacker and I was the defender,” Curley said. “But a lot of my matches this year were like that. I try to play every point as hard as I can and stay as solid as I can. Endurance is one of my assets.”

Curley provided the title-clinching victory, 6-4, 4-6, 6-1, followed shortly by Gilbert gutting out a 6-2, 6-4, 6-2 decision.

“Our guys have fought through so many close matches, I knew they had a chance,” Gorham Coach Aaron Landry said. “Nobody panics.”

In Class C, Waynflete earned its fifth straight title with decisive singles victories from Patrick Ordway and Ben Shapiro, and hard-fought comebacks from Isaac Salas (6-7, 6-1, 6-0) at No. 2 singles, Addison St. Onge-May and Owen Deady at No. 1 doubles (2-6, 6-1, 6-0) and Jon Tao and Sam Martin at No. 2 doubles (2-6, 7-5, 7-5).

“Normally we succeed by getting to net,” said St. Onge-May. “Today was the other way around. They hit low and deep groundstrokes, so in the final set we played more defense.”

Salas said seeing St. Onge-May and Deady clinch the title freed him to hit out more, resulting in his abrupt turnaround.

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