As the winter season of cheerleading ended, the rush of spring sports began. Nihya Henderson, freshman, needed a sport to keep her in shape. The sport that sparked Henderson’s interest was tennis.
Henderson was involved with football and basketball cheer at the beginning of the school year. But like all other sports, their seasons come to an end. Just because a sport season ends, doesn’t mean the athlete gets to pause their training. They need to keep themselves in good shape in order to begin the next season well. “I started playing tennis because the cheer season ended and I wanted to stay in shape,” said Henderson. Katie Hemann, junior, was thrown into the world of tennis for a different reason,“My freshman year, Emily Reider talked me into playing on the tennis team.” No matter what the reason was for someone getting involved with a sport, they usually love the sport in the end.
Like anyone who is just starting at a sport, there are difficulties to overcome. The struggles faced by athletes usually include problems with learning the basics of the sport. Henderson knows the struggle well, considering this is her first year playing tennis. “My biggest struggle this season has been receiving the ball and getting it back over the net,” she said. Even though separate individuals on the team have had their struggles, Henderson says the team as a whole hasn’t really had any struggles in the 2017 season.
Today’s home meet against Maquoketa begins at 4 PM and is at the court located next to the high school.