JDHS roundup: Bears' tennis prepares for state

JDHS swimmers finish regular season while volleyball team reaches semifinals

Posted: Tuesday, October 09, 2007

The Juneau-Douglas High School tennis wrapped up its regular season on Sunday at the JRC/The Alaska Club in the Mendenhall Valley.

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Forty players competed for the team championship.

Juneau-Douglas singles player and Hong Kong student Ling Chan dropped just four games the entire tournament to win the girls singles title. Chan defeated Lyndsey Kelly 6-2, 6-1 in the final.

Mallory Story took third place after topping Kristina Paulick 6-1, 6-0.

Kelly, however, teamed up with Nathan Graves to win the mixed doubles championship. Kelly and Graves upended Merijke Coenraad and Steffan Wilcox 6-4, 6-3.

Brian Vandor and Laurel Messerschmidt joined forces to win third place after topping Dream Suchitbharabitya and Peter Jorgensen 7-5, 6-1.

In the boys singles champions, Graves toppled Wilcox 6-2, 6-1. Ben Gelotte outlasted Andy Lawson 7-5, 6-2 for third place.

Wilcox defeated Vandor in the semifinal round 6-2, 6-7, 10-5. Another preliminary match saw Andy Laws nip Zander Hoke 6-2, 7-6.

In the doubles consolation round, freshmen Hoke and Gelotte topped Wesley Bowman and Forrest Wilcox 4-6, 7-6, 10-8 for a victory.

Up next for JDHS will be the inaugural Alaska School Activities Association State Tennis Championships on Friday and Saturday in Anchorage.

Chan and Vandor will play singles while Suchitbharabitya and Coenraad will represent JDHS in girls doubles. In boys doubles, Jorgensen and Wilcox will team up while Kelly and Graves will play mixed doubles.


The JDHS boys and girls closed out the regular season with victories over Southeast competitors Friday and Saturday in Sitka.

The girls finished the season undefeated after winning each day. On Friday, the girls amassed 132 points followed by Sitka with 65, Petersburg with 63 and Ketchikan with 49. On Saturday, the girls racked up 112 points, opposed to Petersburg's 70, Sitka's 63, Ketchikan's 53 and Mount Edgecumbe's 1.

On Friday, junior Linzie Norman captured the 200-yard individual medley and 100 backstroke while Alex Reishus won the 100 backstroke. Divers Allison Sharp and Hanna Davis swept their events as well on Friday.

Freshman Cassie Anderson enjoyed a breakout performance on Saturday, winning the 200 IM. Reishus won the 100 breaststroke on Saturday.

In the boys competition, JDHS won Friday with 92 points while Sitka had 74, Petersburg had 61, Ketchikan had 60 and Craig had 12. On Saturday, JDHS picked up 103 points followed by Petersburg with 64, Ketchikan with 49, Sitka with 41 and Craig with 12.

Freshman Josh Anderson delivered two days worth of outstanding swims. On Friday, Anderson clocked two personal bests in the 200 IM and 500 freestyle and swam personal bests in the 200 freestyle and 100 freestyle on Saturday.

On Friday, sophomore Derik Swanson took third in the 50 freestyle while on Saturday sophomore Nick Rutecki won the 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle events. He clocked a personal best in the 500 freestyle.

With the regular season over, the Crimson Bears will train for the Southeast Region Championships on Oct. 26-27 in Ketchikan. The state championships will take place on Nov. 2-3 in Anchorage.


The Crimson Bears reached the championship semifinals in the 16th annual Juneau Invitational Volleyball Extravaganza tournament before falling to Colony on Saturday.

Defending small-school state champions Cordova defeated Palmer and Colony for the tournament title.

JDHS fell 25-23, 25-18 to the Knights in the semis as Nicole Fenumiai posted eight kills and Kristin Pratt had five kills. Kristie Ely added three aces in defeat.

In the quarterfinals, the Crimson Bears upended Southeast Conference rivals Ketchikan 25-19, 26-24.

Carly Lehnhart posted nine digs, Pratt had nine kills and Ely added seven kills in the win.

On Friday, JDHS swept its two preliminary matches to advance to the quarterfinals. The Crimson Bears topped Petersburg 25-20, 25-20 and beat Craig 25-9, 25-23.

Cortney Wagner had five aces and 16 digs in the two wins while Hailey Summers added an ace, eight digs and two kills.

Rachel Peyton added six kills, Susy Hurtte had two kills, Pratt had 13 kills, Fenumiai added 12 kills, Ely posted 10 kills and Gloria Lumba posted eight digs in the two wins.

Later on Friday, JDHS won three games and lost three games to Cordova, Wrangell and Mount Edgecumbe.

JDHS fell to Cordova 25-21, 25-20, split with Wrangell 23-25, 25-23 and beat Mount Edgecumbe 25-19, 25-18.

Ely had 19 kills and seven aces, Peyton added seven blocks and two kills, Pratt had 18 kills and Lehnhart posted 22 digs in the three matches.

JDHS travels north to Anchorage for a match against Service on Thursday and the Service/Dimond Tournament on Friday and Saturday.

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