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Posted: Wednesday, June 11, 2014 7:00 pm

More options equal increased opportunities.

With that, I applaud Washington High School for adding girls golf and boys and girls swimming programs for their student-athletes.

It’s great to see more and more opportunities available to student-athletes.

But while reading about the school district’s expansion of its sports offerings, one thing crossed my mind.

What about tennis?

When I moved here I was surprised by the fact that none of the local high schools offer tennis, boys or girls.

The community I last worked in was a big tennis town, as the high school program regularly sees a lot of success at the state level, boys and girls. They’ve had individual and team state champions over the years, and the community has a large youth tennis program, along with a popular adult tennis tournament each summer. Several of their top high school tennis players have moved to the college level, earning scholarships to help with the ever-increasing cost of higher education.

And it wasn’t just that community. Every team in their conference fields boys and girls tennis teams.

That was there, not here, I understand that.

So I ask — Is there enough interest in adding tennis to the high schools here?

I would assume so.

And to me, there are many reasons to add tennis at the high school level.

Tennis is a lifetime sport, meaning those who learn the game can play it and enjoy it throughout their entire lives.

Of course, everyone reading this knows what participating in athletics does for kids — they learn things like teamwork, hard work and overcoming obstacles while building friendships that can last a lifetime.

Participating in tennis at the high school level also teaches sportsmanship and fair play. And it’s a fun game to play, whether you’re playing singles or doubles.

Giving student-athletes as many opportunities as possible should be the goal of every school district. Providing tennis teams could help kids earn college scholarships, too, while potentially adding more and more hardware to a school’s trophy case.

The only arguments against adding more sports at a high school are the fact that the new sport could pull kids away from the pre-existing sports and increased costs. I don’t think either would be an issue.

In a school the size of Washington High it seems there were would be enough athletes to go around. We’re not talking about a tiny high school here. I’ve seen high schools in Kansas much smaller than WHS that offer baseball, track and field, golf and tennis in the spring for boys. Like golf, student-athletes involved in tennis provide most of their own equipment (racquets, shoes) for the sport, so the cost isn’t too great for the school.

The new World Team Tennis league is another indication that there is an interest in tennis in the Washington-area.

The tennis courts at Phoenix Park are nearly brand new and would be a place the local high school players could practice and hold meets. Of course, if new courts are built on a high school’s campus, they would not only be used by the tennis teams, but also by physical education classes throughout the day.

Adding tennis in the next few years would be a good idea for the local high schools. I don’t see any negatives in doing so.

Who knows, the next tennis star could be in this area, too. If we don’t give that kid a chance to play, he or she may never find his or her calling.

At the least, those kids who play tennis will be able to enjoy the sport for the rest of their lives.

And I’ll say it again, more options equal increased opportunities.

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Area Scoreboard

62nd Annual Borgia Pepsi Thanksgiving Tournament

Blue Division

Pool 1

McCluer North

Normandy

Carnahan

Pool 2

Cardinal Ritter

Pacific

Rockwood Summit

Gold Division

Pool 1

CBC

Soldan

Washington

Pool 2

Borgia

North Tech

Union

Monday, Nov. 24

CBC 77, Washington 52

Tuesday, Nov. 25

Cardinal Ritter vs. Rockwood Summit, PPD

Washington 63, Soldan 62

Borgia 83, Union 50

Wednesday, Nov. 26

Carnahan 71, Normandy 46

Pacific 64, Rockwood Summit 22

North Tech 67, Union 37

Thursday, Nov. 27

McCluer North 95 Carnahan 68

CBC 82, Soldan 55

Borgia 50, North Tech 45

Friday, Nov. 28

McCluer North 93, Normandy 39

Pacific 70, Cardinal Ritter 57

Saturday, Nov. 29

Blue Consolation — Rockwood Summit 47, Normandy 38

Gold Consolation — Soldan 78, Union 59

Gold Third Place — North Tech 63, Washington 57

Blue Third Place — Cardinal Ritter 71, Carnahan 46

Blue Championship — McCluer North 64, Pacific 58 (OT)

Gold Championship — CBC 67, Borgia 66

Boys Basketball

Monday, Dec. 8

Lutheran S 64, St. Clair 48

Borgia 61, Carnahan 51

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Lafayette 44, Washington 35

Friday, Dec. 12

Potosi 72, St. Clair 45

*Washington 69, Ft. Zumwalt North 65

Montgomery Co 62, New Haven 61

*St. Mary’s at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Bourbon 75, Union 74

Glendale 63, Pacific 46

Saturday, Dec. 13

New Haven 46, Barat 40

Nixa 56, Pacific 46

Tuesday, Dec. 16

*Pacific 70, New Haven 35

*Hermann 67, St. Clair 49

*Ft. Zumwalt South 61, Washington 50

*Union 81, St. James 74

Friday, Dec. 19

*Owensville at St. Clair    4 p.m.

Washington vs. Parkway Central, GAC/Suburban Shootout, St. Charles Family Arena, 5:30 p.m.

*St. James at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific 76, Union 57

Saturday, Dec. 20

Sullivan Shootout

Owensville vs. Rockwood Summit, 11:30 a.m.

Lindbergh 67, St. Clair 46

Jefferson City vs. Jackson, 2:30 p.m.

Washington 56, Lutheran South 54

Poplar Bluff 59, Borgia 49

Sullivan vs. Affton, 7 p.m.

Girls Basketball

Saturday, Dec. 6

Cor Jesu 63, Borgia 60

New Haven 46, Moberly 39

Monday, Dec. 8

Pacific 73, Rolla 40

St. Clair 68, Dixon 37

Washington 54, New Haven 15

Tuesday, Dec. 9

*Borgia 59, Rosati-Kain 38

Union 53, Northwest 44

Thursday, Dec. 11

*Borgia 60, Notre Dame 53

Union 81, Bourbon 53

Friday, Dec. 12

New Haven 45, Principia 30

*Washington 59, Ft. Zumwalt North 32

Saturday, Dec. 13

West Plains 76, Pacific 37

Monday, Dec. 15

*Pacific 46, New Haven 28

*St. Clair 59, Hermann 50

*St. James 64, Union 37

Sullivan Tournament

Cuba 48, Principia 27

Borgia 68, Patriettes 29

Sullivan 56, Pattonville 43

Owensville 78, Farmington 54

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Sullivan Tournament

Farmington 61, Pattonville 39

Sullivan 68, Owensville 64

Principia 55, St. Louis Patriettes 42

Borgia 56, Cuba 38

Thursday, Dec. 18

*St. James 72, New Haven 21

*Union 49, Pacific 48

Friday, Dec. 19

Francis Howell 55, Washington 48

Sullivan Tournament

Seventh Place — Pattonville vs. St. Louis Patriettes, 4 p.m.

Consolation — Farmington vs. Principia, 5:30 p.m.

Third Place — Owensville vs. Cuba, 7 p.m.

Championship — Borgia 62, Sullivan 35

Saturday, Dec. 20

Union at Waynesville    5 p.m.

Wrestling

Monday, Dec. 8

Maplewood 48, Borgia 30

Brentwood 47, Borgia 36

Winfield 48, St. Clair 36

St. Clair 42, St. James 40

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Pacific 55, North County 10

Jackson 63, Washington 12

Farmington 63, Washington 6

Wednesday, Dec. 10

Borgia 36, Lutheran St. Charles 34

Winfield 54, Borgia 30

Thursday, Dec. 11

Union 72, Ft. Zumwalt East 9

Union 52, Principia 30

Union 54, Winfield 27

Saturday, Dec. 13

Union Tournament    9 a.m.

Borgia at McCluer S-Berkeley Tny    9 a.m.

Pacific at Farmington Tny    9 a.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 16

Owensville 61, St. Clair 16

Union 48, Owensville 27

Union 65, St. Clair 18

Friday, Dec. 19

Washington at Raytown S Tny    TBA

Union at Cape Central Tny    TBA

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

Saturday, Dec. 20

Washington at Raytown S Tny    TBA

Union at Cape Central Tny    TBA

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

Girls Swimming

Monday, Dec. 8

Washington at Eureka    4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Washington at Nerinx Hall    4 p.m.

LSC/OFC 134, Borgia 101, St. Dominic 83

Monday, Dec. 15

Borgia at Notre Dame (Forest Park)    4 p.m.

Kennedy 88, Washington 84

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Lindbergh 128, Washington 48

*Conference Games

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