AUGUSTA — Messalonskee senior Jai Aslam is back. So are Waterville juniors Colleen O’Donnell and Olivia Lopes. Hall-Dale senior Spencer Shagoury and Winthrop senior Amber Pritchard are also making a second consecutive trip to the Round of 48 at the state singles tennis tournament.

The qualifying rounds were held Tuesday across the state, and several central Maine players advanced to the Round of 48, which is scheduled May 25.

Aslam defeated Lucas Burstein of Camden 8-0 in the first round at the Buker Courts before he toppled Cony’s Chase Whittier 6-1, 6-1 in the qualifying round.

O’Donnell, who drew the third seed, defeated Katherine Waters of Oceanside in the qualifying round, 6-0, 6-0. Lopes, the No. 6 seed, beat Leah Solloway of Brunswick 8-1 and then Celie Deagle of Skowhegan, 6-0, 6-0 in the Region 3 tournament.

Tiffany Suchanek (Waterville) and Dallas Clark (Cony) also advanced out of Region 3.
In Region 4, which Bates College in Lewiston hosted, Shagoury cruised past Janik Hosfeld of Mountain Valley, 6-2, 6-2.

Kelby Mace of Maranacook, Aaron St. Pierre of Winthrop, Derek Vigue of Hall-Dale, and Dylan Price of Madison also advanced to the Round of 48.

Lewiston High School hosted the Region 4 girls qualifying tournament. 

Pritchard edged Meaghan McDonough of Edward Little, 7-5, 6-2, to reach the Round of 48 again.
Mt. Blue had a pair of players — Mackenzie Conlogue and Savannah Swain — advance as well.


Valley 10-11, Forest Hills 3-0: Dylan Belanger and Cody Laweryson each struck out nine in complete-game victories as the Cavaliers swept the Tigers in Jackman.

Belanger pitched a six-hitter in the opener and also singled twice. Seth Malloy added a two-run homer. Nate Jalbert and Evan Worster each had two hits for Forest Hills (6-5).

In game two, Valley (7-0) scored all of its runs in the first three innings, and the game ended after five innings by the mercy rule. Laweryson threw a one-hitter and had two hits himself.


Forest Hills 18-15, Valley 11-12: Anna Carrrier had eight hits and Dana McNally added five to lead the Tigers to the Western D sweep in Jackman.

Carrier finished wth three doubles, a double and four singles to lead Forest Hills (6-5). Haley Cuddy had three hits in the opener and Josie Hoyt had three hits in Game 2 for the Tigers.

Teagan Laweryson had six hits, including two doubles, to lead Valley (0-7).

College baseball

Maine 9, Boston College 7: Shane Bussey had three hits, including his first career home run to lead the Black bears to the win in Chesnut Hill, Mass. Fran Whitten and Colin Gay added two hits apiece for Maine (32-19) while Jake Marks went six innings for the pitching win. Boston College is 11-28.

USM awards

GORHAM — Messalonskee graduate and University of Southern Maine freshman Sam dexter was named Little East Conference Rookie of the Year on Tuesday as the Huskies dominated LEC post-season awards.
USM senior Tucker White was named co-Player of the Year while teammate Logan Carman wa snamed Pitcher of the Year. All three were first team selctions along with catcher Matt Verrier, first baseman John Carey, third baseman and Erskine grad Nick Grady and outfielder and Gardiner graduate Forrest Chadwick.

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