Wright, Garcia win state tennis consolation bracket

Kodiak's Joanna Garcia hits a ball during a practice last week. Garcia and Kaleb Wright won the mixed doubles consolation bracket at the state tennis tournament in Anchorage on Saturday. (Derek Clarkston photo)

Kodiak finished 12th at the state tennis tournament on Saturday in Anchorage.

The Bears scored 7.5 points and were half a point away from finishing tied for eighth with Lathrop, Eagle River and Monroe. South won the team title with 45.5 points.

Kodiak’s mixed doubles team of Kaleb Wright and Joanna Garcia lost their opening round game to Service’s Jane Piraino and Garth Schulz 6-2, 6-3, then won three straight matches to win the consolation bracket.

The two beat Bartlett’s Mike Camerer and Mei Lim 8-2, Hutchinson’s Brook Meath and Lynette Thompson 8-4 and Eagle River’s Evan Schmidt and Brody Schuyler 8-4.

Girls singles player Rachel Hoyt and the boys doubles team of Jayse Taan and Lawrence Velasco each won their opening round match on Friday, but lost in the second round on Saturday.

Taan and Velasco beat Huchinson’s Ben Leslie and Sam Zaia 7-5, 6-1, then lost to Service’s Derek Noland and Patrick Walgren 6-0, 6-0.

Hoyt edged Service’s Erica Keogh 7-6, 7-5, then fell to Dimond’s Adrieene Fox 6-0, 6-0.

Boys singles player Jake Powell lost both of his matches, falling to East’s Alec Parry 8-5 and Lathrop’s Kade Fitzgerald 8-6.

Kodiak’s girls doubles team of Shiori Ohki and Juvy Small lost both their matches, losing to Juneau’s Cassidy Davenport and Marlena Sloss 6-1, 6-0, and Lathrop’s Amber Lien and Tori Toms 8-3.

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