Girls battling for BHS tennis line up
With several players returning with varsity experience, the Baldwin High School girls' tennis team opens its season next week.
BHS senior Mary Clippinger is one player who returns with a lot of varsity experience for the Bulldogs. She is ready to begin her final season at BHS.
"I am really excited about beginning next week," Clippinger said. "I can't wait to start my senior year of tennis."
Clippinger finished her junior year at the regional contest, but is ready to get back on the courts.
"I like just being able to get on the courts and play," Clippinger said. "You can make a lot of friends in tennis."
Clippinger has made friends from De Soto and Hayden and can't wait to see them at their matches.
She is just one of several players that saw some varsity action last fall. Coach Ginny Honomichl said a few sophomores and juniors will challenge those players for varsity playing time.
"We have lots of sophomores and juniors that have potential this year," Honomichl said. "Nothing is guaranteed right now."
The Bulldogs have separated practices into two groups based on ability level. Clippinger said the practices have been difficult so far, but she knows that will help her in her matches.
"They are tough as always, but they get me in shape really well," Clippinger said of the practices. "It's always hot, but we drink a lot of water. I'm just glad it's hot and not cold, because when it's cold, it's miserable."
Honomichl said the girls are probably ready to start playing matches and having less practices.
"We are definitely ready for the matches next week," Honomichl said. "There's nothing like competition, but we still need some practice. I'm sure they get tired of practice, but we've got to get comfortable before next week."
The junior varsity Bulldogs will play an all-day tournament Wednesday at Mill Valley. The varsity team will play a quadrangular meet at 3 p.m. on Aug. 31 at Hayden.
The Bulldogs will also be hosting the Class 4A State Tournament this fall in Emporia on Oct. 13-14.