LEWISTON – The Lewiston High School boys’ tennis team hasn’t rested on their laurels, but they’ll face a stiff test this season.
In the last three years, the Blue Devils have posted a 43-1 record in the regular season and playoffs, including three Eastern Regional crowns and three state championships.
“This will be a rebuilding year for us,” Lewiston coach Ron Chicoine said. “We have lost four out of the seven who played in the state championship last June. Our goal is to try and become four time consecutive state champions.” The ladder may have some rungs to fill, however, there are some experienced players who have been tested previously. Returning lettermen are senior James Morin (three-time state champion), junior Mike Sarrazin (two-time state champ) and sophomores Devyn Cote and Matt Letourneau.
Lewiston has ruled the KVAC, as it did in the SMAA, prior to moving to the east. The Blue Devils beat longtime foe Deering to win state meets in 2003 and 2005. Biddeford was the victim in 2004.
A pair of freshmen newcomers who most likely will play varsity are Michael Butler and Ben McDonough. The past team’s success has drawn interest and this has increased the numbers who are challenging for a position. The competition is healthy and keeps every one on guard.
The Blue Devils strengths were thought to be wilted after standouts Adam Wilding and Mike Burke graduated two years ago.
Fortunately, strong programs have an unique ability to reload, while keeping the opposition at bay. Morin, who is captain, will be at No. 1 singles. Sarrazin and Butler appear to be the front-runners for the other singles spots.
“(James) Morin, (Mike) Sarrazin and (Michael) Butler will all be competitive on a state-wide basis in singles,” Chicoine said. “(Matt) Letourneau and (Devyn) Cote are experienced doubles players, but at least two rookies may be playing doubles this year.” Sophomore, Andrew Marden also played strong in the pre-season.
Toby Poirier, Christian Ouellette, Zach Racine, Luke Bonenfant, Tim Stretton, and Brian McKeown will be fighting for time with varsity.