The Juneau-Douglas High School tennis team tied for their best state finish during last weekends state championships and for the second straight year Juneau-Douglas High School tennis player Emma Good fell just a couple points short of a state tennis title.
On Saturday, Good, a junior, and Marc Heifetz, a senior, battled to a runner-up finish at the Alaska School Activities Association 2012 state Tennis Championships at the Anchorage Alaska Clubs North and East, falling to East High Schools Alec Parry and Ellen Rumley 6-1, 7-6.
“I feel happy and bummed at the same time,” Emma Good said. “I am amazed and happy how we did as a team. We did not expect that.”
Last season Good and 2012 graduate Johnny Joyce fell in the Mixed Doubles finals 6-4, 6-4 to Lathrop’s Mackenzie Calvillo and Kade Fitzgerald.
“It was interesting because they are two totally different players,” Good said of her partners. “Johnny relied mostly on his athleticism. Marc had better mechanics and more experience, and we actually didn’t partner up until a week before state.”
That partnership resulted in a run to the semifinals where they defeated the state’s number one-seeded Anton Clark and Saharra McKee from West High School 7-5, 6-3.
“It is a mixed feeling,” Marc Heifetz said. “It is never great losing but I was happy we made it to the finals as a three seed. It was a great experience to get a silver medal and a good way to end my high school tennis career.”
Last season Heifetz played into the state quarterfinals in singles. Heifetz credited JDHS coaches Skilbred, Raul Gross, Anne Kincheloe, Kurt Dzinich and Vinnie Lata.
“We just played our game,” Heifetz said. “We did a lot of strategy that we worked on earlier in the season with the coaches, so we were able to talk a lot more and were more comfortable on the court with each other. The team getting third was a goal I had for the team going into state. It is really hard to even get a team to play, yet alone to get everyone into play on Saturday. This is really exciting because everyone on the team did really great this year.”
The Crimson Bears 3rd place finish ties the best ever for Juneau-Douglas. The Crimson Bears were also 3rd in 2007 & 2008, were 5th in 2009, and 7th in 2010 & 2011.
“It was a great showing for our high school,” JDHS coach Amy Skilbred said. “Every player accounted for points in the team scoring and for the first time we had every player on the court in the second day of action.”
West High School took the team title with 140 points, South was second with 117 points, JDHS third with 117, East Anchorage fourth with 65 and West Valley fifth with 62 point.
The Crimson Bears also had an outstanding performance by senior Pelle Arthur who finished in third place in Girls Singles.
Arthur lost in the semifinals to the state runner-up, West’s Ava Lekander, 6-1, 6-0 and then defeated West Valley’s Dana Raugust 6-3, 6-2 for the consolation title.
“It felt great,” Arthur said. “I had a lot of fun. I just had to mentally space people, not get to overly excited with the harder hitters and just try and stay consistent. I was excited that I medaled, of course, and really happy with how I did as a whole, I felt honored actually that I was able to play there. Everyone was really excited about the team finishing third.”
The state tennis scene was served notice by the Crimson Bears underclassmen duo of Jasper MacNaughton and Sam Bibb. The sophomore combination placed third in Boys Doubles, falling to eventual champions Alex Elson and Robert Miller of South 6-3, 6-1 in the semifinals.
MacNaughton and Bibb defeated Eagle River’s Bennice and Klaameyer 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 for the consolation title.
“That is what we were shooting for,” Bibb said. “Our communication on the court was key. We have been playing together for a while now. The team we lost to were the state champions and they are both seniors so we have to put a lot of work into next year to get that title.”
According to coach Skilbred, seniors Evan Carnahan, Jade Pilcher and Kathe Tallmadge all contributed with wins that added to the team point total and helped boost the team to third place.
Carnahan fell to the eventual third place winner and had to withdraw from the consolation bracket due to illness. Pilcher teamed with Tallmadge in Girls Doubles and played into the consolations.
“I am so proud of everyone,” senior Jade Pilcher said. “Cheering everyone on did help people. Letting them know that they had support.”
In addition Sam Bibb and Jade Pilcher were selected to the state All Good Sport team.
“Year around practice and finding a partner earlier,” Good said of next season. “Strong net play is the key and playing together a lot during the season. You have to learn which shots you can take. Volley’s are my strong point.”
Following are the matches for JDHS
round of 32 -
Evan Carnahan def Lawrence Velasco (Kodiak) 8-0
round of 16 -
Carnahan def Aden Moon (Service) 6-1, 6-4
Ryan Roys (East) def Carnahan 6-1, 6-4
Ryan Roys won third place in Boys Singles
Evan withdrew from the consolation bracket due to illness.
round of 16 -
Pelle Arthur (4th seed) def Stephanie Kremer (Hutichinson) 6-0, 6-0
Arthur def Amber Lien (Lathrop) 6-0, 6-1
Ava Lekander (West, 2nd seed) def Arthur 6-1, 6-0
Ava Lekander was runner up in Girls Singles
Third Place match Arthur def Dana Raugust (West Valley, 3rd seed) 6-3, 6-2
Round of 16 -
Jasper MacNaughton/Sam Bibb (4th seed) def David Schweigert/Josh Wells (West Valley) 6-3, 6-1
MacNaughton/Bibb def Clayton Nadon/Jack Sedor (Dimond) 7-5, 6-2
Alex Elson/Robert Miller (2nd seed, South) def MacNaughton/Bibb 6-3, 6-1
Alex Elson/Robert Miller won Boys Doubles
Third Place Match -
MacNaughton/Bibb def Bennice/Klaameyer (Eagle River) 6-3, 2-6, 6-4
Round of 16 -
Katrina Brown/Grace Weinstein (2nd seed, West) def Jade Pilcher/Kathe Tallmadge 6-0, 6-0 (Brown/Weinstein won Girls Doubles)
Quarterfinals Qualifier Consolation -
Pilcher/Tallmadge def Madison Marlow/Morgan Withers (Monroe Catholic) 8-4
Quarterfinals Consolation -
Kathryn Hoke/Felicia Krieter (East) def Pilcher/Tallmadge 8-7
Hoke/Krieter finished fifth in Girls Doubles (won the feed in Consolation bracket)
Round of 16 -
Emma Good/Marc Heifetz (3rd seed) def Samuel Greenberg/Tori Toms (Lathrop) 6-0, 7-6
Good/Heifetz def Nathaniel Brose/Kayla Rauenhorst (Monroe) 6-3, 6-3
Good/Heifetz def Anton Clark/Saharra McKee(1st seed, West) 7-5, 6-3
Alec Parry/Ellen Rumley (4th seed, East) def Good/Heifetz 6-1, 7-6