Juneau-Douglas High School’s Emma Good is the best runner-up tennis player in the state.
For the third consecutive year, Good fell in the championship match of the Alaska School Activities Association State High School Tennis Mixed Doubles Championships and placed second, while helping the Crimson Bears take third place.
“It is a bummer that I didn’t take first,” Good said. “But it is kind of funny to be an all-so-ran again.”
Good and partner Jasper MacNaughton lost a heart breaker at the net on Saturday in Anchorage’s Alaska Club, falling 7-5 and 6-4 to the top seed from South Anchorage, Palden Flynn and Bryce Foster.
Good and MacNaughton had beaten third seeded West Anchorage’s Anton Clark and Ellen Silverman 6-3, 6-3 in the semifinals to earn the title shot.
Last season Good and Marc Heifetz were second, the year before Good and Johnny Joyce were the bridesmaids.
“I must be a good teammate I guess,” Good said. “I have been really fortunate to play with really strong players every year, so it is not just me. Every year I have played with someone who has been really good. The hardest part about losing was it is the last time I get to play with any of these people in high school.”
West won the state title with 125, South 112, JDHS 57, West Valley 52, Lathrop 47, Dimond 40, North Pole 35.
Key for the Crimson Bears third place team finish was that every member on the team advanced to play into the second day of action.
“That gets you the points,” JDHS coach Amy Skilbred said. “As long as people are still playing. So everybody contributed to our finish, whether they one just a single match or four matches. It is the team that really does it for us. We don’t have a number one this year but we have a lot of depth.”
Senior Kathe Tallmadge and freshman Sami Good placed third in Girls Double, falling in the semifinals to West’s Baker/Flynn 6-0 and 6-4.
“It feels pretty good,” Tallmadge said. “I think we actually played pretty well, probably some of the best playing we have done all season. We worked hard together and it paid off. I feel like, in each of our matches, we got off to a slow start but once we figured out who we were playing we caught up and did good.”
Juniors Sam Bibb and Ben Scudder lost in the Boys Doubles round of 16 to Monroe’s Brose/Griffin and placed sixth.
Sophomore Jon Scudder finished sixth in Boys Singles, losing in the round of 16 to Service’s Ian Kroloff 6-1 and 6-4.
Junior Bailey Davenport lost in the Girls Singles round of 16 to North Pole’s Dana Lemay 6-2 and 6-1.
Kathe Tallmadge and Jasper MacNaughton were selected to the State Good Sport Team.
“It is great,” JDHS coach Amy Skilbred said. “It is fantastic actually. It felt like our best wins ever. It is great to finish so high when we really don’t have other teams to play against. The Anchorage schools have eight sanctioned high school tennis teams and Fairbanks has five so we feel pretty happy to do so well.”