Local ace Connor Whiteside was a star at the Crab Festival Tennis Tournament.
Whiteside grabbed a pair of titles during the annual event, winning men’s singles and men’s doubles last week at Baranof Park.
After dropping the first set to veteran Derrik Magnuson, Whiteside rallied in the men’s singles final, winning 5-7, 6-2, 1-0 (11-9). He teamed with former Kodiak High School tennis coach Craig Johnson to take out Manguson and Lawrence Velasco, 4-6, 7-5, 1-0 (10-5), in the men’s doubles final.
Tournament organizer Steve Johnston said Whiteside, Magnuson and Tom Lowes, who competed in men’s doubles, are all 5.0-level players.
“It was a great tournament on the men’s side. They added a very high and competitive level of play,” Johnston said. “There were several hard fought matches.”
The mixed doubles title went to Josie Bahnke and Velasco. The duo defeated Bella Goble and Elbren Montuya, 6-1, 6-0, in the finals. Erica Kostelecky and Max Pyles placed third.
Bahnke is the new deputy city manager and worked with the Juneau-Douglas High School tennis program, according to Johnston.
Velasco placed third in men’s singles, while Lowes and Montuya were third in men’s doubles.
There were no matches in women’s singles or women’s doubles.