Juneau-Douglas Hosting Tennis Tourney Today Thru Sunday

    The 2019 JDHS tennis team with their Sportsmanship Award from the state championships. (ASAA)

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The Juneau-Douglas High School: Yadaa.at Kalé tennis team, a combination of Thunder Mountain and JDHS players, is hosting a tournament this weekend at the Alaska Club Juneau Valley location.

      The Recess Round Robin fundraiser begins tonight from 5-7:30 p.m., and runs through Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The team will be playing against club members.

      Masks are required for all participants and spectators.

      The roster this season includes:

    Seniors - Jaymie Collman (TM), Liam Penn (JD), Will Rehfeldt (JD), Alain Soltys-Gray (TM) and Callan Smith (JD).

    Juniors - Kean Buss (JD), Anna Dale (JD), Katie Pikul (JD), Gloria Bixby (JD), Karter Kohlhase (JD) and Krishna Bathija (JD).

    Sophomores - Elizabeth Djajalie (TM), Joshua Kessler (TM), Chelsea Ligsay (JD), Sam Cheng (JD), Paul King (JD), Brendan West (JD) and Kyra Wood (JD)

    Freshmen - Dylan Sowa (JD), Milina Mazon (JD), Taliesin Paul (JD), Finley Rautianinen (JD), Alex Rehfeldt (JD), Hayden Soboloff (TM), Eero Woolford (JD) and Lucas Mattson (TM).

      The team has played at the Anchorage Invitational earlier in the season. Results were not available at press time.

      The Region V Tennis Tournament will be Sept. 22-25 at the Alaska Club Juneau Valley and the Alaska School Activities Association state championships will be in Anchorage, Oct. 7-9.

      The state categories are girls singles, boys singles, girls doubles, boys doubles, and mixed doubles. Eight players will be selected with two alternates. JDHS gets to choose eight players because no other tennis teams are in the Region V.

      Last season JDHS state qualifiers were Anna Dale, Jaymie Collman, Callan Smith, Brendan West, Adelie McMillian (graduated), Liam Penn, Will Rehfeldt and Katie Pikul.

      Due to the coronavirus pandemic the team did not attend state and the event only included players form Colony, Dimond, Lathrop, Palmer, South Anchorage, Wasilla, West Anchorage and West Valley.

      Juneau-Douglas placed fifth at the 2019 state tournament won by co-champions South and West Anchorage. At that state tournament the Crimson Bears won the Sportsmanship Award; Anna Dale placed fifth in girls singles; William Smoker and Will Rehfeldt placed fifth in boys doubles; Olivia Moore and Jaymie Collman placed third in girls doubles; and Liam Penn and Adelie McMillan placed fourth in mixed doubles.

    Above - JDHS girls double team in action at the 2019 ASAA state championships. (ASAA).

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