Lathrop Tennis

Elodie Dahle and Claire Eberhart of Lathrop battle during the girls doubles tennis match against West Valley. Hart Pisani/News-Miner

The weather has turned all the way around since the beginning of the prep tennis season and the action was in full swing on Tuesday.

Lathrop and West Valley faced off against one another in the tennis version of the biggest rivalry in Fairbanks. The results was to be expected: a close, hard fought competition.

First up, Cole Neal of West Valley took on Peter Park of Lathrop in the boys first singles. Neal got the best of that battle by scores of 6-2 and 7-6.

Next up was Alex White for the Wolfpack and Matt Kim for the Malemutes in the second boys singles. Kim got the best of that duel by a final score of 6-4 and 6-3. That evened the battle between the two schools to 1-1.

Aidan Payan and Kade Rowland went up to play for the Wolfpack in the boys doubles match while Lathrop was represented by Bradley Birkholz and Aydan Lafond. The match was back and forth as Birkhold and Lafond won the first set 7-5 while Rowland and Payan won set two 6-3. The tiebreaker set was won by West Valley 10-4 to sway things in favor of the Wolfpack 2-1.

The first girls singles were up next as Morgan Ely of the Wolfpack took on Fiona Beardsley. Ely made quick work of the competition, winning both sets 6-1, 6-1.

Robin Raskovic of West Valley then took on Elodie Dhle of Lathrop in the second girls singles. Like Ely, Raskovic didn’t need long to claim victory as she won 6-1, 6-2.

Lathrop won the girls doubles by default as West Valley didn’t have enough eligible players. That made the team score 4-2.

The final competition was the mixed doubles. Zoe Schneider and Jorge Lai of West Valley took on Tifani Holcraft and Darshan Nautiyal of Lathrop. The Malemutes lost the day 4-3, but they won the final competition with little trouble as Holcraft and Nautiyal were victorious 6-0, 6-1.

The Malemutes and Wolfpack weren’t the only teams facing off on Tuesday. Monroe took on North Pole with the Rams collecting the sweep.

Oliver Pender of Monroe took on Bryce Wyman of the Patriots in the first boys singles. It was a tight contest with Pender taking set one 6-1 before losing 1-6 in set two. Pender ultimately took the tie breaker by a score of 10-6.

Next up was the second boys singles where Theodore Kenna of the Rams challenged Aaron Zeisel of North Pole. Kenna was outstanding in winning both sets by a score of 6-1, 6-1.

Kenna teamed with Tyler Hansen in the boys doubles against North Pole’s Wilson Wade and Riley Perry. Monroe took that matchup 6-2, 706, 7-3.

In the first girls singles, Erin Hendricks represented the Rams against Grace Sikorski of the Pats. Hendricks came out on top by a score of 6-4, 6-3.

The second girls singles was ruled a no contest while Monroe won the girls doubles by default as Sikorski is North Pole’s only girls tennis player.

Finally, there was the mixed doubles. Pender teamed with Grace White for the Rams while Wyman and Sikorski paired up for North Pole. Monroe was victorious 6-3, 6-4.

The final match of the day was between Monroe and Eielson. Eielson’s lone tennis player, Payton Jones, took on Hansen with Hansen winning 6-2, 7-5.

The tennis season continues on Thursday as Hutchison takes on Lathrop at 3 p.m. and West Valley takes on Monroe at 5 p.m. Both of those matches will take place at DRCTC.

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