Declan Archer, Kennebunk sophomore: As the second seed in the MPA singles state tournament, Archer advanced to the quarterfinals for a second straight year before being ousted by No. 7 Jacob Greene, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4. In team play, Archer led No. 3 Kennebunk/Wells to the regional semifinals before a 3-2 loss to No. 2 Portland. His only loss in team play came against Nick Forester, the singles state champ.

Quinn Clarke, Portland senior: A versatile four-sport athlete, Clarke led the Bulldogs (13-2) into the Class A North final against Falmouth. As the ninth seed in the singles tournament, he reached the quarterfinals, knocking off No. 8 Zach Flannery of Hampden Academy 6-4, 6-1 before falling to eventual champion Nick Forester, the only player this spring to beat Clarke. He plans to attend the University of Minnesota.

Parker Deprey, Caribou sophomore: In the singles tournament, the sixth-seeded Deprey advanced to the quarterfinals before falling 6-3, 6-3 to eventual finalist Alex Klemperer. In team competition, Deprey led the Vikings to a 16-0 record and the Class B state title, their first since 2008. His only loss came in the 3-2 championship victory over Freeport, in a third-set tiebreaker after Caribou had clinched.

Jacob Greene, Waynflete senior: After two years of upsetting seeded players in the singles tournament, Greene earned No. 7 seed this spring and advanced to the semifinals with a 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 victory over No. 2 Declan Archer before dropping a three-setter to No. 3 Alex Klemperer. Unbeaten in team play, Greene helped the Flyers to a 16-0 season and an 11th straight Class C state title. He plans to continue his career at Case Western Reserve.

Nick Forester, Falmouth junior: A finalist in the 2017 singles tournament, Forester drew the top seed this spring and did not disappoint. He won every match in straight sets, culminating in a 6-4, 6-1 victory over teammate Alex Klemperer. The dual-handed Forester was also unbeaten in team play, leading Falmouth to a 16-0 season and fourth Class A title in five years.

Thorne Kieffer, Waynflete junior: The No. 1 singles player for the Flyers, Kieffer reached the quarterfinals of the singles tournament as the fifth seed, turning aside No. 12 Aidan Treutel before falling 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 to No. 4 Peter Mao. That was Kieffer’s only loss of the season as in team competition he led Waynflete to a 16-0 record and an 11th consecutive Class C state championship.

Alex Klemperer, Falmouth senior: Seeded third in the singles tournament, Klemperer advanced to the final with a 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 victory over No. 7 Jacob Greene before falling 6-4, 6-1 to teammate Nick Forester. Klemperer and Forester helped Falmouth steamroll four playoff opponents – all by scores of 5-0 – on the way to its second straight Class A state championship.

Peter Mao, Mt. Ararat senior: As the fourth seed in the singles tournament, Mao won three matches – including a tough three-setter over No. 5 Thorne Kieffer in the quarterfinals – before falling 6-1, 6-1 to eventual champion Nick Forester. In team competition, Mao led No. 3 Mt. Ararat to a 9-4 record and an appearance in the Class A North quarterfinals.


John Habeeb, Caribou: Ten years after its only other appearance in the state final, Caribou knocked off Freeport 3-2 to cap a 16-0 season with the Class B state title. The Vikings swept doubles and got a win from Gabe Rand at No. 3 singles. A graduate of Caribou High, Habeeb has developed the strongest program in Aroostook County over three decades. “I can’t be any prouder of that boys’ team,” said Habeeb, who also coaches the state runner-up Caribou girls. “I’ve always said, ‘Give me seven good athletes and I’ll give you championships.’ “

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