WATERVILLE — Three Hancock County tennis teams have advanced to the Eastern Maine championships scheduled for Wednesday at Colby College.In Class B, the Ellsworth boys and the Mount Desert Island girls both made it to the regional finals. The George Stevens Academy boys will compete for the Class C Eastern Maine title.All three teams entered the postseason tournament ranked first in the Maine Principals Association standings.The Ellsworth boys notched home wins over No. 8 Foxcroft Academy in Thursday’s quarterfinal and No. 4 Caribou in Saturday’s semifinal. Ellsworth will face No. 2 Camden Hills in the championships.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textClass B boys’ semifinal: Ellsworth (14-0) 4, Caribou (13-2) 1Singles: Evan Toothaker (E) beat Michael Marquis 1-6, 6-0, 6-0; Brendan Cyr (C) beat Alec Toothaker 6-3, 7-5; Adil Kahn (E) beat Ethan Plourde 6-3, 6-4.Doubles: Anthony Gardner-Jarred Whitney (E) beat Alec Cyr-Austin Scott 6-4, 6-4; Kyle Lima-John Fendl (E) beat Austin Cheplic-Seth Beitleman 6-1, 6-4.Class B boys’ quarterfinal: Ellsworth 4, Foxcroft (10-4) 1Singles: Fernando Caceres (FA) beat Evan Toothaker 6-0, 6-1; Alec Toothaker (E) beat K.O. Zhong 6-3, 6-2; Adil Khan (E) beat Guillermo Sanchez 6-1, 6-1.Doubles: Anthony Gardner-Jarred Whitney (E) beat Woo Jun Kim-Bram Dennis 7-6 (3), 6-1; Kyle Lima-John Fendl (E) beat Kazu Kawashima-Matthew Biamonte 6-0, 6-1.The MDI girls beat No. 9 Presque Isle in Thursday’s quarterfinal and No. 4 Oceanside in Saturday’s semifinal. They will face No. 6 Caribou in the championships.Class B girls’ semifinal: MDI (13-1) 3, Oceanside (10-4) 2Singles: Sarah Phelps (MDI) beat Lily Butler 6-1, 6-0; Ivy Wallace (MDI) beat Meghan McGonagel 6-2, 6-3; Emily Gould (O) beat Maeve Geary 3-6, 7-6 (8-6), 6-2.Doubles: Clara Feltus-Mary Allen (O) beat Ellie Bridgers-India Janes 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-1); Emily and Olivia McCarthy (MDI) beat Becca Boggs-Emily Prothero 6-2, 7-6 (7-2).Class B girls’ quarterfinal: MDI 3, Presque Isle (8-6) 2Singles: Hilary Boucher (PI) beat Sarah Phelps 6-4, 6-0; Ivy Wallace (MDI) beat Michelle Cawley 6-3, 7-6 (7-3); Sarah Morneault (PI) beat Maeve Geary 7-5, 6-2.Doubles: Delaney Smith-Molly Corson (MDI) won by default; Robin Nicholson-Emily Cough (MDI) won by default.The GSA boys beat No. 9 Deer Isle-Stonington in Thursday’s quarterfinal and No. 4 Fort Kent in Saturday’s semifinal. They will face No. 3 Piscataquis on Wednesday in the championships.Class C boys’ semifinal: GSA (13-1) 3, Fort Kent (9-5) 2Singles: Ryan Chasse (FK) beat Tate Yoder 6-0, 6-4; Nate Boechat (GSA) beat Tito Naranja 6-0, 6-0; Rowan Stamp (FK) beat Luke Theoharidis 7-6, (7-4) 4-6, 6-3.Doubles: Tim Dentino-Matt Stephens (GSA) beat Micah Charette-Niko Naranja 6-2, 6-3; Ben Politte-David Reinke (GSA) beat David Roy-Charles Parham 6-2, 6-3.Class C boys’ quarterfinal: GSA (12-1) 5, DI-S (4-10) 0Singles: Tate Yoder (GSA) beat Matt Duddy 6-2, 6-0; Nate Boechat (GSA) beat Paul Zoephel 6-1, 6-2; Luke Theoharidis (GSA) beat Cameron Wendell 6-2, 6-4.Doubles: Tim Dentino-Matt Stephens (GSA) beat Cody Eaton-Justin Eaton 6-2, 6-0; Aiden Byrne-David Reinke (GSA) beat Marvin Merritt-Brendan Penfold 6-0, 6-2.The No. 2 GSA girls ended their season 10-4 after losing to No. 3 Van Buren 5-0 in Saturday’s semifinal match.The No. 5 Ellsworth girls ended their season 9-5 after losing their quarterfinal 3-2 to No. 4 Oceanside.
With a new year comes another round of spring football practices, the setting in which veterans get to prove their worth and newcomers get the chance to show everyone what they have to offer. With an undoubtedly disappointing season in the background, the Badgers look to improve their established strengths and fill the gaps that have opened over the offseason.The fullback is without a doubt one of the most prolific positions for the Badgers. Unlike many spread offenses of the modern era, the Badgers still prefer to run a mostly classic ground and pound offense that wears down an opponent. At the forefront of this attack is the fullback.Football: Fresh defensive line, linebacking corps seek to return Wisconsin defense to dominanceThe date was December 27, but the Badgers’ 34–3 Pinstripe Bowl victory against the University of Miami feels like it Read…Junior Mason Stokke and sophomore John Chenal are battling out on the practice field for the right to take the No. 1 spot on the depth chart this spring. Stokke saw his first game time last year with just a few carries but averaged a promising 3.3 yards per touch. Chenal played limited time outside of special teams and will have to prove himself in this early round of spring practices to supplant Stokke.Tight end Jake Ferguson has continued to impress this spring, specifically his physical condition. In an interview with Wisconsin Athletics, former Badger standout tight end and current Denver Bronco Troy Fumagalli praised the progress of his successor.“He tried to get pretty heavy pretty quick just to match some of the other guys who play tight end at this level and it wasn’t necessarily good weight his first couple of years,” Fumagalli said. “Now, he’s really putting it in the right places.”At 6 feet, 5 inches and 245 pounds, Ferguson will continue to be a force to be reckoned with throughout spring practices and hopefully into the regular season.The Badger defense has been a strong point under defensive coordinator Jim Leonhard, but there are big shoes to fill this spring after the major departures of lineman Olive Sagapolu, linebackers Ryan Connelly and Andrew Van Ginkel as well as safety D’Cota Dixon.Football: NFL Pro Day sets up Wisconsin’s top recruits for April’s draftThe University of Wisconsin held their NFL Pro Day March 13, as scouts from around the league came to watch Read…Fifth-year seniors Chriss Orr and Zack Baun are the two linebackers that Leonhard will look to this season to help fill those gaps, both in terms of skill and leadership.Speaking with Mike Lucas, Leonhard said he’s “always trying to develop leadership in that next group. Guys understand that it doesn’t matter what you’ve done on the field. If you consistently do the right things, if you care about your teammates, you can lead — and guys will follow.”There are certainly big shoes to fill after the departure of key roster members on both sides of the ball. Yet, coming into spring practice, coaches feel confident that there are ample men ready to take the reins of the program.With expectations high especially considering the arrival of four-star quarterback Graham Mertz, spring practices will be the proving ground for those who wish to distinguish themselves from the pack and earn a starting spot or leadership role on next season’s squad.