We’re getting down to the wire here, but we still have some standout athletes to honor. Let’s get to it with the tennis and swim teams.

TENNIS

Grace Sikorski, North Pole

Sikorski was one of the top female tennis competitors this season. She had a cinderella run at the state tournament, too, saving her best efforts for the championship stage.

Axton Siekmann, West Valley

Siekmann had the best run of any interior tennis player. The Wolfpack standout took the long route to a third place finish at state, the best placement for any individual from Fairbanks.

Peter Park, Lathrop

Park was a strong competitor in all phases of the game. He was one half of the top interior team at state this year with a fourth place finish in the mixed doubles category.

Tiffani Hollcraft, Lathrop

You know how I said Park was one half of the top team from the Interior? Hollcraft was the other half as the Malemute duo took fourth place at state.

SWIMMING

Samantha Bristor, West Valley

The West Valley Wolfpack had easily the most dominant swim team in the interior this season as they sent 20 athletes to state. Bristor was the best of them all as she took home first place in the girls 500 yard freestyle with a time of 5:12.35.

Avery Hafele, Lathrop

While West Valley had the best team, Hafele may have had the best individual performance. The sophomore was a state champion in two separate events as she finished first in both the girls 100 yard butterfly (55.70) and the girls 100 yard backstroke (58.04).

Grace Greene, Hutchison

The junior standout was victorious in every single diving competition she took part in this season. That’s how outstanding she was. The story was no different at state as she took home first in the diving contest with a score of 373.10.

Jean Cook, Monroe Catholic

Cook may not have won state, but when you’re competing in the same contests as an Olympic Gold Medalist (Lydia Jacoby), that’s understandable. Cook still took home second place in the girls 200 yard IM with a time of 2:09.54 and third place in the girls 100 yard backstroke at 1:04.07.

Paige Sheridan, North Pole

Sheridan was one of the top divers in both the interior in the state this past season. After finishing the state prelims in second, the freshman finished fifth at the state championships with a score of 343.45.

Contact sports editor Hart Pisani at hpisani@newsminer.com or 459-7530.

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