The Juneau-Douglas High School tennis team brought home a title in the boys singles division Saturday at the Anchorage High School Invitational.
The Crimson Bears' team of Devon Kibby and Nathan Woodring defeated a team from West Anchorage in the finals 6-3, 6-4 to capture the title.
"It just seems like a closing chapter for a high school career," Woodring said. "We prepared for this the whole season. It's nice to feel that we accomplished what we wanted to do."
In Anchorage, high school tennis teams play a minimum of 14 matches during the course of a season because of the wealth of local school teams in the area.
In Juneau, however, the Crimson Bears have played in just one high school tournament this season before heading to Anchorage.
Despite the lack of experience, Woodring and Kibby handled themselves like champions.
"There were a lot of good teams," Woodring said. "There was a bunch of different high schools there. Getting to the finals was a big accomplishment for us."
In preparation for the tournament, the duo worked on their individual games.
Woodring tried to perfect his big serve while Kibby's outstanding net game provided the perfect mix of power and finesse.
"With me, it was just working on my serve and getting a good, hard spin to the backhand side," Woodring said. "Devon is an amazing net player. It worked really well."
In the girls doubles bracket, the JDHS sophomore team of Lyndsey Kelly and Dream Suchitbharabitya made it to the finals before falling to a team from East Anchorage 6-3, 4-6, 6-2.
"In our finals match we were down in the first set and came back in the second match," Kelly said. "But in the third set, we just kind of fell apart."
Kelly and Suchitbharabitya, who claimed the in-school title just a week ago, won two matches earlier to make it to the finals.
In the championship round, however, the talented twosome fell short.
Despite the loss, Suchitbharabitya said she is proud of how they played.
"We were really nervous and stuff," Suchitbharabitya said. "It was a dream to get to the finals. It was really awesome."
In the boys singles events, Juneau's Bryan Crowder started the tournament seeded sixth overall and made it to the semifinal round. Boys singles players Kaelen Knutson-Lombardo, Gerry Carrillo and Steffan Wilcox made the quarterfinals as well.
In the mixed doubles, the team of Owen Kelly and Lauren Hopson made the quarterfinal round while Ramona Alex and Jeff Bornemann went to the semifinals of the consolation round.
In girls doubles, Becca Freer and Molly Trostle went as far as the quarterfinals. Joelle Ballam-Schwan and Katie Stromme took second in the consolation round for the Crimson Bears.
"It's just been terrific to see the kids perform so well up there," JDHS coach Amy Skilbred said. "Everyone is pretty pleased."
Look for complete results in Monday's edition.
Tim Nichols, sports editor, can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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