The memorable and highly successful spring sports season is just getting interesting.

Tennis has crowned its individual champions, while everyone else is winding down their regular season.

For athletes who didn’t have as much as a single practice in 2020, the overdue fun is just beginning.

Here’s a glimpse:

Tennis

Yarmouth’s Sofia Mavor returns a shot during her run to the state singles championship. Shawn Patrick Ouellette / Portland Press Herald

Yarmouth’s Sofia Mavor is the 2021 girls’ tennis singles champion.

Mavor, the No. 1 seed – who, oh by the way, is just a freshman – started with a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Falmouth’s Nina Woodbury in the second round. After downing Cape Elizabeth’s Caroline Gentile, 6-0, 6-0, in the round of 16, Mavor overpowered No. 9 Anna Barnes of Brunswick, 6-0, 6-0, in the quarterfinals.

“My forehand was going a lot better than my backhand,” Mavor said. “My movement felt a lot better than I had been. I have been getting a lot more matches and I kind of felt a lot more relaxed as the tournament has been going. It is exciting. Hopefully, I can go as far as I can.”

In Monday morning’s semifinal round, Mavor made quick work of fourth-ranked Caitlin Cass of Lincoln Academy, 6-0, 6-3. That set up a state final showdown against third-seeded Waynflete’s Morgan Warner, who needed nearly three hours and three sets to survive No. 2 Blair Hollyday of Cape Elizabeth in her semifinal. Regardless, Warner took a 4-2 lead in the first set, but Mavor battled back to win, 6-4, before taking the second set, 6-0, to win the title.

“I was pretty sure I was fresher than she was,” Mavor said. “Knowing that, I might have loosened up a little too much, thinking she would be tired.”

Mavor became the third member of her family to win a state singles crown, joining sister Lana (2017) of Yarmouth and father Brian (1982) of Cape Elizabeth.

Greely’s Luna Smith Mejia defeated Taber Allen of Mt. Desert Island, 6-0, 6-0, in the first round, then lost to eighth-ranked Abby Svor of Lewiston, 4-6, 2-6, in the second round. Teammate Mia Netland also won a first round match, 6-3, 5-7, 1-0 (5), over Bangor’s Sophia Mullins, then was eliminated, 4-6, 2-6, by No. 5 Amber Woods of Scarborough. Greely’s Emma Lindsey was a 6-1, 6-1 first-round winner over Hannah Duley of Winthrop, then lost, 3-6, 0-6, to Washington Academy’s Sarah Moulton.

Falmouth’s Ella Holland was a 5-7, 4-6 first-round loser to Moulton. Teammate Gracyn Mick fell, 4-6, 3-6, to Edward Little’s Molly Vincent in the first round.

Greely’s Leif Boddie of Greely High School backhands a shot during Saturday’s state singles tournament match against Yarmouth’s Will Best. Boddie would advance all the way to the semifinals. Daryn Slover / Sun Journal

On the boys’ side, Greely’s Leif Boddie was the top seed and reached the semifinals. Boddie started with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Kennebunk’s Will Smith. Boddie then downed Yarmouth’s Will Best (a 6-0, 6-0 winner over Mt. Blue’s Ayden Biesaw in the first round and a 6-1, 6-3 winner over Thornton Academy’s Kohei Sato in the second round) by a 6-3, 6-4 margin in the round of 16.

“I forgot to applaud Will,” Boddie said. “He played a very good match. I just want to say that. It wasn’t my best performance, but I got through it. For the past couple of days, I haven’t really felt the greatest or played my best. During the regular season, like in school, I felt I played pretty well, but I don’t know.”

Boddie eliminated No. 8 seed Gabriel Naftoly of Berwick Academy, 5-7, 6-1, 6-3, in the quarterfinals.

“I usually get cramps when I do this much,” Boddie said. “I drink the amount of electrolytes needed to so I don’t feel that bad — although it was a very tiresome match. (Naftoly) was a grinder. I applaud him for putting up a fight like that. He played a very long three-setter before that. I want to win this thing. That’s what kept me in it.”

Monday, Boddie ran into fourth-ranked Caleb Fockens of Foxcroft Academy and his run ended with a 3-6, 0-6 loss.

Boddie’s teammate, Peter Rinehart, lost, 2-6, 6-7 (5), to Hampden Academy’s Owen Flannery in his first round match.

Yarmouth’s Andi Cobaj beat Noah Grube of Winthrop, 6-1, 6-7 (4), 1-0 (7), in the first round, then lost, 0-6, 0-6, to No. 7 Brendan Mailloux of Portland in the second round. Teammate Asher Lockwood was a 6-1, 6-0 winner over Presque Isle’s Landon Thompson in the first round, then fell, 0-6, 2-6, to No. 6 Charlie Haberstock of Waterville.

Falmouth’s Aiden Hendry defeated Old Town’s Justin Bishop, 6-1, 6-1, in the first round, then lost, 0-6, 0-6, to Fockens.

North Yarmouth Academy’s Noah Silander won his first round match by walkover, then dropped a 3-6, 6-7 (2) decision to No. 11 Sawyer Deprey of Caribou in the second round.

In team action, reigning Class A boys’ champion Falmouth was 8-3 and fourth in the Class A South Heal Points standings entering Tuesday’s regular season finale against Portland. The Falmouth girls were 11-0 and first in Class A South entering their final regular season match Tuesday, at Portland.

In Class B, Yarmouth’s girls were 8-3 and second after handing Cape Elizabeth its first loss, 3-2. The Clippers close versus Waynflete Tuesday. The reigning Class B champion Yarmouth boys’ squad will be the top seed and hoped to finish 12-0 when it took on 12-time reigning Class C champion Waynflete in the regular season finale Tuesday.

Greely’s girls were 7-4 and fifth in Class B South and the boys’ squad had the same record and ranking. The Rangers boys and girls closed versus Lake Region Tuesday.

Freeport’s girls were 4-6 and 10th in Class B South going into Tuesday’s regular season finale at Fryeburg Academy. The Falcons boys were 6-5 and third in the standings entering Tuesday’s finale versus Fryeburg Academy.

In Class C, NYA’s boys were 5-6 and fourth. The Panthers girls’ team was 0-11 and eighth in the region.

Baseball

Freeport senior Anthony Panciocco delivers to Yarmouth’s Will Cox early in game two of Saturday’s doubleheader. The Clippers won both games. Michael Hoffer / The Forecaster

Heading into the final week of the baseball regular season, Yarmouth is red-hot. Last week, the Clippers swept three games from previously undefeated Freeport, winning at the Falcons (6-0), then taking both ends of a home doubleheader (5-2 and 3-2). In the shutout, Jake Gautreau threw a two-hitter, striking out eight, and Matt Robichaud added a pair of hits. In game one of the twin-bill, Yarmouth rallied from a 2-0 deficit to win, 5-2, as Will Dickinson earned the victory, Jack McGrath got the save and first baseman Gibby Sullivan had three hits, including the go-ahead RBI.

“I still have to figure out the first inning, but I have a good defense, so we usually get out of it OK,” Dickinson said. “It wasn’t my best performance, so I just tried to keep the ball low and let them hit it. We have really good bats in the lineup 1 through 9, so I know if I keep the score low, we can come back.”

“I got some fastballs to hit today and that’s what I was hunting for,” Sullivan said. “I just barreled them up.”

“I challenged the seniors,” added Yarmouth coach Marc Halsted. “These 12 seniors care a lot. They needed to make an impact today and they did.”

In the nightcap, the Clippers fell behind again by a 2-0 score, but again got off the deck and scored the go-ahead runs in the bottom of the fifth inning on an error and went on to a 3-2 victory, as senior Blake Venden earned the win in relief and Sullivan, who went 5-for-5 on the day, came in to get the save.

“We knew these were two big games for us to get for Heal Points,” Dickinson said.

“Gibby was just a higher level hitter today,” Halsted said. “He’d been hitting the ball hard but hadn’t been rewarded. He’s made some adjustments and he put on a clinic today. He really squared up the ball off the barrel of the bat.”

The Clippers then improved to 11-3 Monday with a 10-1 home win over Fryeburg Academy, as Gautreau earned the victory, struck out 10, had two hits and drove in two runs, while Xan King added a pair of doubles. Yarmouth (first in the Class B South Heals) hosts Poland Wednesday and closes at Poland Tuesday of next week.

“We’ll keep trying to do our thing,” Halsted said. “We’re excited to compete with anybody come playoff time. We just want to be a tough out.”

Freeport entered last week 9-0 and ended it 9-3 after three losses to Yarmouth, 6-0 at home and 5-2 and 3-2 at the Clippers in a doubleheader. Blaine Cockburn struck out in 10 in the first game, but suffered the loss. In the opener of the doubleheader, Julian Gideon and Anthony Panciocco each had two hits. In the nightcap, the Falcons only managed two hits and a throwing error proved to be the difference.

“Yarmouth’s the best team we’ve faced so far,” said Freeport first-year coach Steve Shukie. “Pitching and defense have been our thing all year, but we made mistakes defensively and good teams will take advantage of them. Hats off to them. They scouted us pretty well. They had guys right where we were hitting it. Hopefully we see them again and try to get one out of four. The one that matters.”

The Falcons (sixth in Class B South) hoped to bounce back Tuesday when they hosted Greely. Saturday, Freeport is at Greely for a doubleheader (see pressherald.com/forecaster-sports/ for game story). The Falcons close Tuesday of next week at Lake Region.

“If we keep getting the pitching we’ve been getting, we’ll be in every game,” Shukie said. “Our goal is still to be playing in (the state championship) at the end of June, but we have to clean some stuff up.”

Greely dropped a 2-0 home decision to Cape Elizabeth last Tuesday, then swept the host Capers in a doubleheader Saturday, 8-0 and 13-0 (in five innings), to improve to 8-3 and second in Class B South. In the setback, University of Maryland-bound Zach Johnston was the hard-luck loser, striking out 14. In the first game of the twin-bill, Brady Nolin threw a four-hitter with 10 strikeouts. In the nightcap, Nolin and Johnston combined on a shutout while Max Cloutier and Johnston each had two hits. The Rangers were at Freeport Tuesday, play at Gray-New Gloucester Thursday, welcome the Falcons for two Saturday, then close at home versus Gray-New Gloucester Tuesday of next week.

Falmouth was 9-2 and fourth in Class A South after blanking visiting Windham (7-0) and sweeping host Gorham in a doubleheader (3-0 and 4-3) last week. Ben Wilson earned the win over the Eagles, while Sean Dilworth, Sam Kidder and Brennan Rumpf all had extra base hits. In the first game against the Rams, Bennett Smith threw a seven-hit shutout and had an RBI single, while Kidder tripled and Patrick Gill added a double. In the nightcap, Falmouth rallied with a pair of sixth inning runs. Gus Ford’s bases loaded walk drove in the decisive run. Eli Cowperthwaite earned the victory in relief. Falmouth welcomes Portland for a doubleheader Wednesday, hosts Cheverus for a pair Saturday and closes at Windham Tuesday of next week.

The Waynflete/North Yarmouth Academy co-op team started last week with a 3-0 loss at Sacopee Valley, then improved to 9-4 after beating visiting St. Dom’s (8-0), then sweeping the host Saints in a doubleheader Friday, 8-2 and 12-1 (in five innings). Cole Lambert shut out the Saints in the teams’ first meeting. In the opener of the twin-bill, Payton Smith struck out seven and earned the win. Waynflete/NYA (fifth in Class C South at press time) plays at Fryeburg Academy Wednesday, welcomes Richmond Thursday and closes at home against Lake Region Saturday.

Softball

Turning to softball, Greely fell to 4-7 and 13th in Class B South after three five-inning losses last week to juggernaut Cape Elizabeth: 13-0 at home and 8-1 and 8-1 in two doubleheader games in Cape Elizabeth. The Rangers were no-hit in the first game and managed just four hits total in the doubleheader. Greely hoped to get back on track Tuesday at Freeport. After going to Gray-New Gloucester Thursday, the Rangers host Freeport in a doubleheader Saturday and close at home versus Gray-New Gloucester Tuesday of next week.

Freeport got its elusive first victory last Tuesday, 17-4 (in five innings), over visiting Yarmouth, then split a doubleheader at the Clippers Saturday, losing, 20-8 (in six innings), and prevailing, 20-12. The Falcons (2-10 and tied for 14th in Class B South) hosted Greely Tuesday, play two at the Rangers Saturday and close at Lake Region Tuesday of next week.

Yarmouth fell to 1-13 and tied for 14th in Class B South after a 17-4 (six-inning) loss at Freeport, a 20-8 (six-inning) home victory over the Falcons and a 20-12 home loss to Freeport. The Clippers host Poland Wednesday and close at Poland Tuesday of next week.

In Class A South, Falmouth fell to 3-10 and 15th after five-inning losses last week to visiting Windham (14-0) and at Gorham in a doubleheader (13-1 and 14-0). After visiting South Portland Tuesday, Falmouth closes at home with a doubleheader against Cheverus Saturday.

In Class D South, NYA was 6-3 and seventh following three straight wins over St. Dom’s: 12-6 at home and 24-6 (in five innings) and 9-8 (in six innings) in a doubleheader, followed by an 8-4 home victory over Old Orchard Beach. In the first victory, Jasmine Huntsman, Lauren Powers and Hayden Wienckoski all had a pair of hits. In game one of the twin-bill, Eliza Chace had four hits and three RBI, while Huntsman had three hits and three RBI and Carly Fanzo also drove in three runs. In the nightcap, Mikayla Wallace had three RBI. Against the Seagulls, Huntsman had two doubles and a triple, while Acadia Gee earned the win with Haley Hegarty getting the save. The Panthers go to Class B power Fryeburg Academy Wednesday, visit Richmond Thursday, welcome Lake Region Saturday and host Sacopee Valley for a doubleheader Tuesday of next week.

Boys’ lacrosse

North Yarmouth Academy’s Nat Peretz tries to drive past Waynflete’s Harry Millspaugh during the Panthers’ 8-7 loss last week. Shawn Patrick Ouellette / Portland Press Herald

Falmouth’s boys’ lacrosse team extended its season-opening win streak to eight last week by downing host Windham (14-5) and South Portland (9-6). Jonah Eng had four goals against the Red Riots. Falmouth then lost in a battle of unbeatens at Cape Elizabeth (14-5) and fell to 8-2 Monday after a last-minute 7-6 loss at Scarborough. Against the Capers, Wyatt Kerr scored three goals, but Falmouth went scoreless in one stretch for 25 minutes.

“(Cape) just outplayed us in every facet,” Falmouth coach Dave Barton said. “I’m proud of how my group competes, but we weren’t going to beat them today.”

In the loss to the Red Storm, Falmouth erased a 4-1 deficit and led, 6-4, at the start of the fourth period, but lost on a goal with 47 seconds to play. Kerr and Kaz Berry each scored twice.

“We battled back,” Barton said. “I’ll never question this group’s character or compete level, but we couldn’t throw and catch tonight. For a long time there in the middle of the game we owned the middle of the field, but we just made too many bad decisions.”

Falmouth (first in the Class A North Heals) returns to action Friday at home versus Yarmouth, then closes Wednesday of next week at Berwick Academy.

Freeport was 1-9 and 13th in the Class C state Heals after an 18-2 loss at Brunswick, a 15-4 home win over Morse and a 5-2 home setback to Gray-New Gloucester. After going to NYA Thursday, the Falcons close at home versus Greely Wednesday of next week.

Greely’s skid hit three games Saturday with a 9-5 home loss to South Portland. Chase Cornwall scored twice. The Rangers (4-5 and eighth in the Class B state Heals) look to get back on track Thursday at home versus Waynflete (see pressherald.com/forecaster-sports/ for game story), visit York Saturday and close at Freeport Wednesday of next week.

NYA has also dropped three in a row and fell to 6-5 after recent losses to visiting Berwick Academy (11-2), host Waynflete (8-7) and host York (15-7). Against the Flyers, Caleb Waterman and Brayden Warde both scored twice to help build a 7-2 lead, but the Panthers didn’t score the game’s final 30-plus-minutes and lost on a late goal.

“I think Waynflete started to figure us out,” NYA coach Peter Gerrity said. “We came out hot and that felt good, but  they made some adjustments that worked. We couldn’t get the ball at the end and that was deeply frustrating.”

The Panthers (third in the Class C state Heals) close at home against Freeport Thursday.

Yarmouth fell to 4-5 and sixth in Class B after last Friday’s 4-3 loss at Kennebunk. Killian Marsh scored three goals for the Clippers. Yarmouth hosted two-time reigning Class A champion Thornton Academy Tuesday, goes to Falmouth Friday and closes at home versus York Wednesday of next week.

Girls’ lacrosse

Yarmouth’s Katelyn D’Appolonia is chased by Falmouth defenders Avi Fishman, left and Sloane Ginevan during the Clippers’ 12-10 last week. Shawn Patrick Ouellette / Portland Press Herald

On the girls’ side, Yarmouth increased its win streak to six games after holding off visiting two-time reigning Class A champion Falmouth (12-10) last week and edging host Greely (11-9) Monday. Against Falmouth, the Clippers built a 9-3 lead, then saw Falmouth creep within one before they closed it out. Annie Lowenstein had four goals, Aine Powers added three and Katelyn D’Appolonia scored twice and won nine draws.

“My face hurts from smiling,” Lowenstein said. “I always smile when I’m playing. Having our parents and friends here and knowing the Falmouth girls made it so fun. It’s fun playing in big games. This showed us what kind of team we are and what we can do when we come out strong.”

“We had to settle the ball,” D’Appolonia said. “We knew we were forcing a lot of passes and were turning the ball over and it wasn’t benefiting us. We just held the ball, had composure, won our draws and won our 50-50 (balls) and it worked out.”

“It was a great game, two great teams,” Yarmouth coach Dorothy Holt added. “You can’t ask for anything better. A game like this makes both of us better. We should play every year. I really feel like competitive games and the energy around them are super-fun.”

Against the Rangers, the Clippers trailed by a goal early in the second half, then scored four times in a four-minute span to take the lead for good. Lowenstein and Anna Thornton both scored twice and Maddie Marston helped spark a strong defensive effort.

“There was some panic, but we picked each other up and stayed composed,” Marston said.

“Greely’s a really strong team and you can never underestimate them,” Thornton said. “They have a lot of grit.”

“This was a great test for us,” Holt added. “It was a great game. I’ll take games like this any day. Two good teams.”

Yarmouth (7-1 and first in the Class B state Heals) hosts NYA Wednesday, welcomes Cape Elizabeth Friday (see pressherald.com/forecaster-sports/ for game story), travels to Freeport Tuesday of next week, then closes at home versus York June 3.

“We’re showing a lot of growth,” Holt added. “I love playing good teams at the end. It’s great for us and the girls love it.”

Greely extended its win streak to five games with victories at York (15-7) and at home over Gorham (11-3) before falling to 7-3 and second in Class B with Monday’s 11-9 home loss to Yarmouth. Elsa Dean-Muncie and Sam Goldburg both scored four goals and Karley Ferentz added three in the win over the Wildcats. Against the Rams, Dean-Muncie scored six times and Goldburg added three goals and three assists. In the loss to the Clippers, a team the Rangers haven’t beaten since 2005, Ferentz and Goldburg both scored three times, but Greely fell just short.

“I’m really proud of this group and how much they’ve improved and how hard they fought today for 50 minutes,” Greely coach Becca Koelker said. “We played so well. It’s very encouraging.”

The Rangers host Freeport Friday and close at home versus Cape Elizabeth Tuesday of next week.

“We have two more really good teams to play,” Koelker said. “We want to keep our momentum going into playoffs. I’d love to see Yarmouth again.”

Falmouth dropped a 12-10 decision at Yarmouth and improved to 7-2 with a 15-3 victory at Lewiston. In the loss, Eva Clement had five goals, but a valiant rally from a 9-3 deficit fell just short.

“It was a great effort, a great learning experience,” Falmouth coach Ashley Pullen said. “I think it shows a lot that when a lot of teams would roll over down six goals there was never a question about this team playing hard.”

In the win, Clement, Whitney Adams, Abby Blakeman and Avi Fishman all scored twice. Falmouth (first in the Class A North Heals) hosted undefeated Kennebunk in a potential state game preview Tuesday (see pressherald.com/forecaster-sports/ for game story), go to Cheverus Thursday and close at home versus Scarborough Saturday.

Freeport improved to 8-1 and first in Class C after home wins over Waynflete (9-6) and Morse (16-3) and a 13-10 victory at NYA Monday. Against the Flyers, Kate Tracy led the way with four goals. In the win over the Shipbuilders, Savannah Tracy and Myah Jensen both had three goals and a pair of assists. Against the Panthers, Kate Tracy and Savannah Tracy scored four goals apiece. The Falcons are at St. Dom’s Wednesday, go to Greely Friday and close at home versus Yarmouth Tuesday of next week.

NYA beat visiting Gray-New Gloucester (19-4) and host Fryeburg Academy (14-1) last week, then fell to 7-3 and third in Class C Monday after a 13-10 home loss to Freeport. Maggie Holt and Lily Weinrich had four goals apiece in the win over the Patriots. Natalie Farrell scored four times against the Falcons. The Panthers go to Yarmouth Wednesday and close Friday at Waynflete (see pressherald.com/forecaster-sports/ for game story).

Track

In track action last week, Falmouth swept Deering, as the girls won a close competition (69-56) and the boys prevailed as well (117-31).

Greely and NYA/Maine Coast Waldorf took part in a meet at Cape Elizabeth. The Rangers boys had 86 points to come in first. NYA/MCS (30) was third. In the girls’ competition, won by Greely with 80.5 points, NYA/MCS (31) came in third.

Freeport and Yarmouth joined St. Dom’s at Gray-New Gloucester. The Clippers won the boys’ meet with 96 points. The Falcons (71) placed third. Freeport’s girls were first with 105 points. Yarmouth (74) was runner-up.

Sun Journal staff writers Nathan Fournier and Tony Blasi and Portland Press Herald staff writer Glenn Jordan contributed to this story.

Sports Editor Michael Hoffer can be reached at [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter: @foresports.

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