The tennis state championships this weekend drew crowds from all around the state with schools geographically from North Pole to Juneau participating in the final round of the tennis season.
South High School won both girls and boys singles with Christine Hemry and Joseph Hemry – who are siblings – winning the championship matches of 6-3 6-4, and 6-1 6-2, respectively. Christine narrowly beat Erica Hutte of Juneau, and Joseph defeated Eli Neslund of East.
The boys doubles championship went to the Service team of Dylan Bryce and Alec Clayton, who stopped another perspective South win 6-2 6-0. The Lathrop girls doubles team, Amara Hackett and Anna Kardash narrowly beat the South girls doubles team for a 7-6 6-3 win. Juneau’s mixed doubles team of Sami Good and Phillip Wall beat South for a win of 6-4 6-2.
From the Chugiak-Eagle River area, only two teams participated.
Maggie Krafft from Chugiak placed sixth in girls singles.
“I had a really fun season and playing girls singles was definitely a different experience from playing girls doubles, but amazing nonetheless,” Krafft said.
Kathryn Bistodeau and Rebecca LaRue – author of this article – represented Chugiak in the girls doubles taking sixth place in the state tournament held at the Alaska Club in Anchorage Oct. 7 and 8.
“We have grown incredibly over this season, and really gotten to be solid players,” Bistodeau said. “It’s been super fun and I’m proud of our team.”
Editor’s Note: Rebecca LaRue is a student at Chugiak High School and an intern with The ECHO News.