State tennis titles go to Williams, Lekander

Whitney Williams, Reed Lekander and Katie Brown all repeated as state champions Saturday at the state high school tennis championships at The Alaska Club North.

Williams won another girls singles title for South, while Lekander repeated in boys singles and Brown in girls doubles to lead West to the team championship.

West racked up 135 points to hold off South, which was second with 120. Juneau was a distant third with 55.

Williams fended off West's Ava Lekander 6-1, 6-4 in a girls singles final featuring the tournament's top two seeds.

Reed Lekander outlasted West Valley's Jared Lees 7-5, 6-2 in the boys final. Both survived tough semifinals -- top-seeded Lekander stopped fourth-seeded Diego Velez Gonzalez 7-5, 6-2 and second-seeded Lees needed three sets to stop Dimond's third-seeded Cole Fox, 6-3, 4-6, 6-0.

Brown defended her state title in girls doubles, although she had a different partner this time. Brown and Alli Haynes, the No. 1 seeds, topped South's second-seeded Tyanna Baker and Zoey Flynn 6-2, 6-2 in the finals.

Top-seeded Palden Flynn and Bryce Foster of South claimed the mixed doubles crown with a 7-5, 6-4 win over Juneau's Emma Good and Jasper MacNaughton. Good and MacNaughton, the No. 4 seeds, upset West's Anton Clark and Ellen Silverman, the No. 2 seeds, in the semifinals.

In the only division where the top seeds did not emerge as champions, second-seeded Alex Jordan and James Kardash of Lathrop knocked off the top-seeded team to claim the boys doubles crown. Jordan and Kardash stopped South's Daniel Frentzel and Justin Wolfe 6-1, 6-3.

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State tennis championships

Alaska Club North

Team scores

1) West 135, 2) South 120, 3) Juneau 55, 4) West Valley 52

Boys doubles

Semifinals -- Jordan/Kardash (Lathrop) def. Moon/Morgan (Service) 6-2, 6-3; Frentzel/Wolfe (South) def. Anderson/Hodges (West) 2-6, 6-3, 6-0. Final -- Jordan/Kardash (Lathrop) def. Frentzel/Wolfe (South) 6-1, 6-3.

Boys singles

Semifinals -- Lekander (West) def. Velez Gonzalez (Chugiak) 7-5, 6-2; Jared Lees (West Valley) def. Cole Fox (Dimond) 6-3, 4-6, 6-0. Final -- Lekander (West) def. Lees (West Valley) 7-5, 6-2.

Girls doubles

Semifinals -- Baker/Flynn (South) def. Good/Tallmadge (Juneau) 6-0, 6-4; Brown/Haynes (West)) def. Bjornstad/Sawyer (North Pole) 6-0, 6-1. Final -- Brown/Haynes (West) def. Baker/Flynn (South) 6-2, 6-2.

Girls singles

Semifinals -- Lekander (West) def. Fox (Dimond) 6-1, 6-2; Williams (South) def. Lemay (North Pole) 6-1, 6-0. Final -- Williams (South) def. Lekander (West) 6-1, 6-4.

Mixed doubles

Semifinals -- Good/MacNaughton (Juneau) def. Clark/Silverman (West) 6-3, 6-3; Flynn/Foster (South) def. Alford/Sample (West Valley) 7-5, 6-1. Final -- Flynn/Foster (South) def. Good/MacNaughton (Juneau) 7-5, 6-4.

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