The Juneau-Douglas High School tennis team begins the 2013 season with matches at Anchorage Friday and Saturday.
The Crimson Bears are hoping to key off of last year’s best finish at the Alaska School Activities Association State Tennis Championships.
Returning senior Emma Good will look to find a partner to replace graduated Marc Heifetz, the duo were runners-up in the Mixed Doubles finals last year and Good was a runner-up in 2011 while teamed with Johnny Joyce.
“We will be trying some different people with her,” Juneau-Douglas head coach Amy Skilbred said. “She will try both mixed and girl’s doubles. So we can sort of figure out what we are going to do.”
Also returning are junior Boys Doubles team Jasper MacNaughton and Sam Bibb, third place finishers at state. The duo lost in the semifinals to the eventual state champions Alex Elson and Robert Miller of South by the score of 6-3, 6-1.
“They are probably still some of our strongest boys,” Skilbred said.
Kathe Tallmadge also scored team points at state and will be looking for a doubles partner this season.
Graduated is Pelle Arthur who finished third in Girls Singles, losing in the semifinals to the state runner-up and winning the consolation final. Gone too is Evan Carnahan and Jade Pilcher who both won point scoring matches at the tournament.
The Crimson Bears finished third as a team at the state championships last season; a tie of their best finishes ever. JDHS also placed third in 2007 & 2008, were fifth in 2009 and seventh in 2010season.
Seniors on the team include John Connolly, Emma Good, William Pollard, Kathe Tallmadge and Barclay Weyhrauch.
Juniors include Samuel Bibb, Bailey Davenport, Taylor Flannagan, Joseph Greenough, Robert Janes, Jasper MacNaughton, Macleod Morehouse, Ben Scudder and Catherine Walsh.
Sophomores include Esme Crossett, Derek Dzinich, Olivia Fletcher, Zachary Hebert, James Parise, Anton Rieselbach and Jonathan Scudder.
Freshmen include Sami Good, Caleb Haney, Kimberly Hart, Cameron Jardell, Thomas Kappler, Sara Lee, Reuben MacNaughton, Chatham Moser, Ian Scholl and Philip Wall.
“We have a lot of freshmen, which is really great,” Skilbred said. “And a lot of new players, that is a way to build for the next couple of years. A lot of players get stronger through the year. We have some kids right now that are hitting the ball pretty hard.”
The Crimson Bears will host two Fundraiser Tournaments at the Alaska Club in the valley on September 12-15 and 25-29. The team will then play at the State Championships in Anchorage on October 11-12 at the Anchorage Alaska Club’s North and East.