Taking the court by storm
January 28, 2012
Filed under Sports
By Jacob Leslie
The McCluer North girls’ tennis team put in a lot of hard work and determination this season and came up big, becoming the district champs. The team consisted mostly of freshmen, but the inexperience didn’t hold them back.
“We were really, really new and really, really young,” said Coach Noel. “We didn’t play as well as I hoped out of conference, but we were really strong in our conference matches.”
Juniors Corinne Keller and Chelsea Foster became the new tennis captains and really stepped up in leading by keeping the team focused on improving themselves every practice. Both girls have been playing for North since their freshman year.
“This year I thought we would have a good chance of winning the state championship,” said Keller. “We had a lot of skill and everyone really worked hard to prepare for the next match to come.” After blowing away Riverview and Hazelwood Central for the district title, the girls got knocked out in the first round of the championship bracket by Parkway Central.
“I loved playing tennis again this year,” said Foster. “This year was different than every year before, and I can’t wait to compete next year.” Foster won the league tournament, a singles tournament, and was the only one to win their match when the team played Pattonville.
The team also hosted a breakfast fundraiser at Longhorn Steakhouse on Sept. 24th and raised approximately $1,100 for new uniforms and for next year’s budget.
The captains enjoyed getting to know the girls on the team and the bonding that occurred throughout the season. Once a week, Chelsea and Corinne brought them all treats like brownie popsicles or a box of candy. They had all the girls line up with their backs to the fence and call out one team member at a time, give them their treat and tell the girl something they liked about her.
Overall, the team bonded well together and is looking forward to an improved next season.