Region V Tennis Tourney Begins Today

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The Juneau-Douglas Kale tennis team, a mix of Juneau and Thunder Mountain students, is hosting their Region V tournament at the Alaska Club Juneau Valley, beginning today at 5 p.m., continuing on Thursday and Friday at 1 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday at 9 a.m.

      Seniors Liam Penn from Juneau-Douglas, and Jaymie Collman, from Thunder Mountain, are this year's team captains.

      Boys Doubles begin today and play continues through Saturday. Teams include juniors Josh Kessler (TM) & Krishna Bathija (JD) playing juniors Kean Buss (JD) & Karter Kohlhase (JD) with sophomore Brendan West (JD) & senior Will Rehfeldt (JD) awaiting the winner. Also, senior Alain Soltys-Gray (TM) & freshman Dylan Sowa (JD) play seniors Callan Smith (JD) & Liam Penn (JD). This bracket is double elimination format.

      Girls Singles begin today and play continues through Sunday. Matches include sophomores Chelsea Ligsay (JD) vs. Elizabeth Djajalie (TM) with junior Katie Pikul (JD) awaiting the winner on Thursday. Senior Jaymie Collman (TM) vs. junior Gloria Bixby (JD) with junior Anna Dale (JD) awaiting the winner on Thursday. This bracket is double elimination format.

      Boys Singles begin Thursday and play continues through Sunday. Matches include Alain Soltys-Gray (TM, sr.) vs. Krishna Bathija (JD, jr.) with Callan Smith (JD, sr) playing the winner. Dylan Sowa (JD, fr.) vs. Kean Buss (JD, jr.) with Brendan West (JD, so.) playing the winner. Josh Kessler (TM, jr.) vs. Will Rehfeldt (JD, sr.) and Liam Penn (JD, sr.) vs. Karter Kohlhase (JD, jr.). This bracket is double elimination format.

      Girls Doubles begin Friday and play continues through Saturday. Matches include Chelsea Ligsay (JD, so.) & Gloria Bixby (JD, jr.) vs. Elizabeth Djajalie (TM, so.) & Katie Pikul (JD, jr.) with Anna Dale (JD, jr.) & Jaymie Collman (TM, sr.) playing the winner on Saturday. This bracket is double elimination format.

      Mixed Doubles begins Saturday and play continues through Sunday. Saturday matches include Brendan West (JD, so.) & Gloria Bixby (JD, jr.) vs. Chelsea Ligsay (JD, so.) & Karter Kohlhase (JD, jr.) on Saturday with Anna Dale (JD, jr.) & Liam Penn (JD, sr.) playing the winner on Sunday; Alain Soltys-Gray (TM, sr.) & Elizabeth Djajalie (TM, so.) vs. Jaymie Collman (TM, sr.) & Will Rehfeldt (JD, sr.) on Saturday with Callan Smith (JD, sr) & Katie Pikul (JD, jr.) playing the winner on Sunday. This bracket is single elimination play.

      Seniors shared some background on Tuesday.

      Callan Smith’s favorite food is pizza and his favorite artist is Hannah Montana.

      “My plan after high school is to go to a trade school to be an electrician,” he said.

      Will Rehfeldts’s favorite food is spaghetti and his favorite artist is The Kid LAROI.

      “I have no clue what I am going to do after high school,” he said. “I like to do anything, just wing it.”

      Liam Penn’s favorite food is pizza and his favorite artist is The Cult.

      “After high school I will probably go to welding school,” he said.

      Jaymie Collman’s favorite food is couscous and her favorite artist is Kehlani.

      “I plan to get into dental hygiene after I graduate,” she said.

      Alain Soltys-Gray’s favorite food is pineapple pizza and his favorite artist is Macklemore.

      “I have no idea what I want to do after school but hopefully it is something to do creative or with engineering,” he said.

      Masks are required for all participants and spectators at the tournament. Space is limited so players in doubles matches can bring just one spectator and in single matches two spectators. 

      The Region V tourney helps select the teams roster for the ASAA state championships in Anchorage, Oct. 7-9.

      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.

      The roster this season included:

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


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