On a day when upsets abounded, West High's Reed Lekander furnished the biggest surprise on the final day of the state high school tennis championships to help lead the Eagles to the team championship Saturday at the Alaska Club North.
Lekander upended defending champion Eddie Lewis of South in the boys singles finals, winning 6-3, 6-2 for his second upset of the day. The No. 3 seed among boys, Lekander knocked off second-seeded Ryan Roys of East in the semifinals.
West, which sent players to four of the five championship matches, racked up 140 points to run away with the team title. South was second with 117 and Juneau won a tight battle for third place, scoring 69 points to edge East (65) and West Valley (62).
Katrina Brown and Grace Weinstein captured the girls doubles crown for West, which got runnerup performances from John Gutsch and Keenan Hodges in boys doubles and Ava Lekander in girls singles.
It was a day for underdogs. South's Whitney Williams, who beat Ava Lekander 6-2, 6-0 to defend her girls singles title, was the only top seed to walk away with a championship.
Mixed doubles was a minefield for favorites. The No. 1 and No. 2 teams fell in the semifinals, and in the finals fourth-seeded Alec Parry and Ellen Rumley of East downed third-seeded Emma Good and Marc Hefetz of Juneau, 6-1, 7-6. In the semifinals, Parry-Rumley battled through a three-set match with second-seeded Nettie Larson and Jeremy Weaver of West Valley and Good-Heifetz pulled out a close win over top-seeded Anton Clark and Saharra McKee of West.
The most dramatic finals came in boys doubles and girls doubles, which both went three sets.
In girls doubles, second-seeded Brown and Weinstein rallied past top-seeded Lauren Drake and Adrienna Fox of Dimond, 2-6, 7-5, 7-5. In boys doubles, second-seeded Alex Elson and Robert Miller of South held off the top-seeded team of Gutsch-Hodges, 6-2, 3-6, 7-5.
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State tennis championships
West 140, South 117, Juneau 69, East 65, West Valley 62
Final -- Reed Lekander (W) def. Eddie Lewis (S) 6-3, 6-2. Semifinals -- Lekander (W) def. Ryan Roys (E) 6-1, 6-2; Lewis def. Jared Lees (WV) 6-3, 6-2.
Final -- Whitney Williams (S) def. Ava Lekander (W) 6-2, 6-0. Semifinals -- Lekander (W) def. Pelle Arthur (J) 6-1, 6-0; Williams (S) def. Dana Raugust (WV) 6-0, 6-0.
Final -- Alex Elson/Robert Miller (S) def. John Gutsch-Keenan Hodges (W) 6-2, 3-6, 7-5. Semifinals -- Elson/Miller (S) def. Sam Bibb/Jasper MacNaughton (J) 6-3, 6-1; Gutsch-Hodges won by default over Bennice/Klaameyer (Eagle River).
Final -- Katrina Brown/Grace Weinstein (W) def. Lauren Drake/Adrienne Fox (Dimond) 2-6, 7-5, 7-5. Semifinals -- Brown/Weinstein (W) def. Palden Flynn/Zoey Flynn (S) 6-2, 6-2; Drake/Fox (Dimond) def. Lydia Kurberg/Catherine Sample (WV) 6-1, 6-2.
Final -- Alec Parry/Ellen Rumley (E) def. Emma Good/Marc Heifetz (J) 6-1, 7-6. Semifinals -- Parry/Rumley (E) def. Nettie Larson/Jeremy Weaver (WV) 3-6, 6-4, 7-6; Good/Heifetz (J) def. Anton Clark/Saharra McKee (W) 7-5, 6-3.
Eagle River wins Juneau Jive tourney
After having to forfeit all of its matches Friday because the team was stuck in foggy Ketchikan, Eagle River battled through the consolation bracket Saturday to capture the championship of the Juneau Jive volleyball tournament Saturday in Juneau.
The Wolves won all six of their matches and landed two players — Alexa Walker and Morgan Worhle — on the all-tournament team. In the championship match, they defeated West Valley 25-17, 25-16.
Walker ran the offense from her position as setter, while Worhle spearheaded a strong effort at the service line with 22 aces in six matches. Cheyenne Yaw served 16 aces.
Tess Anderson finished with 27 kills, Gabbi LeCates added 23 and Brianna Norris tallied seven blocks.
Eagle River’s journey to Juneau was disrupted by fog that grounded the team’s plane in Ketchikan.
Grace tops at its own tournament
Grace Christian beat Kodiak in the finale of the Lady Grizzly Invitational to win the championships of its own volleyball tournament Saturday.
Heather Green ripped 23 kills and Nicole Weisenfelder provided 16 kills and five aces in Grace’s 16-25, 26-24, 15-13 win over Kodiak.
Monroe finished third in the six-team tournament.