Friday, Oct. 12, 2012
Swinging to sectionals
Lady Wildcats captures first district championship
By Stephanie Yeagle
The Harrisonville girls’ tennis team has started a new era this season.
The Lady Wildcats, for the first time in school history, earned the Class 1, District 12 championship trophy after taking down Warrensburg, 5-2, Oct. 3 at Warrensburg.
“I am proud of the girls and what they have accomplished this season,” Harrisonville head coach James Norman said. ‘We are very happy with our district championship, but we know we have more work to do...This is a team competition. Every single player must have an impact in order for us to win.”
Harrisonville will face Carl Junction Saturday, Oct. 13 for Class 1 sectionals at Joplin.
“I feel like we have a good shot on Saturday,” Norman said. “We haven’t backed down from any competition this season. I like where we are at on the playoff bracket. I am excited for the girls to have this opportunity and continue to make history for the program.”
The Lady Wildcats also qualified an individual doubles team to sectionals at the district competition.
Cassie Long and Mallory Sturdevant took second place in the Class 1, District 12 tournament, losing the finals match to Alyssa Parsells and McKayla Wells of Warrensburg 6-1.
At Class 1, Sectional 6, Long and Sturdevant took second place to earn a spot to the Class 1 State Tennis Tournament held Oct. 18-19 at Cooper Tennis Complex, Springfield.
“This is the second year in a row that these two girls have qualified for the tournament,” Norman said. “No player/players in school history have ever qualified for the state tennis tournament multiple years.”