It was hot for runners, tennis
For Baldwin High School girls tennis and cross country, the first week of practices had a common thread it was hot, mostly.
"It was hectic and hot," said Ginny Honomichl, BHS girls tennis coach. "We spent a lot of time getting used to a routine.
"We also figured out the skill levels," said Honomichl. "We then played our first matches. All of them came back Monday and worked on their serve. They all know they need it."
For the cross country runners, the way to beat the heat was in the morning. But, the evening session was still hot until Thursday's brief "cool spell" provided some relief.
Coach Mike Spielman has the girls team running three miles in the morning and five miles in the evening. The boys are churning out four miles in the morning and six to seven in the evening. What ever the distance is, they're looking good.
"I've been real happy with the shape we came back in," said Spielman. "Our younger kids have really adapted and we're going to be pretty solid on both the boys and girls teams."
There are 17 runners each on the boys and girls teams. That's an increase of five for the girls and a decrease of two for the boys from a year ago.
The BHS boys are two-time Class 4A state champions and it comes a little easier for them, Spielman said.
"The boys will be more solid than the girls," he said. "It's easier for the freshmen to make the biggest jumps during the season. Freshmen Phil Wagner and Johnny Strong have really run well."
That being said, Spielman is also pleased with what he's seen on the girls side from newcomers. He pointed out junior Nicki Frerking, sophomore Kayla Pringle, freshmen Michelle Pressgrove and Erica Ogle, and transfer student Abby Hofmeier as bringing strength to the team.
The tennis players and cross country runners will be introduced at Friday's all-sports recognition event at Liston Stadium. They will be introduced before the football scrimmage, which is scheduled for 7 p.m.