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FF tennis team gets creative

Published 11:07am Thursday, April 18, 2013

The late winter weather has forced some Fergus Falls High School athletic teams to get creative this spring. For the boys tennis team, that has meant finding a surface similar to what they play on somewhere indoors.

With the ice off the rinks at the Community Arena, head coach Norm Newell and assistant Roy Anderson found their answer. Now that they have a place to practice, Newell said the challenge is figuring out how best to train.

“We’ll have to be pretty creative coming up with drills to get these guys ready,” Newell said.

The two coaches laid out a full sized singles and doubles court with blue tape as lines. Two additional courts were set up as well, but run a little short because of the boards that are still standing. Nets hang from large volleyball poles outside of the rink on the two main courts. A string with hanging blue tape divide the two smaller courts.

Despite the makeshift effort the team has put into practicing, Newell said they consider themselves lucky just to have a place to go.

“We’re out here and not in the way of any other spring sports practices in the gyms,” Newell said. “The only thing we would be doing if we didn’t have this arena is running and shoveling off the courts outside.”

Weather has already canceled two matches for the team, and forecasts seem to be predicting another cancellation on Thursday. The team has only been able to practice outside once.

While the rest of the state tries to figure out what the high school league will do with this spring’s sports season, the 28 varsity and junior varsity players will keep on with the roof over their head until mother nature decides otherwise.

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