Taos hosts district tennis championships

By Sheila Miller
sports@taosnews.com
Posted 5/9/19

For one of the first times all season, the Taos Tennis team was able to play under clear blue skies with warm temperatures while hosting the district individual …

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Taos hosts district tennis championships

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For one of the first times all season, the Taos Tennis team was able to play under clear blue skies with warm temperatures while hosting the district individual championship competition Friday and Saturday (May 4-5). It was a perfectly wonderful day to sit outside. Neither hot nor cold, although the sun built steadily in the sky, which was blazing blue.

"I'm overdressed!" joked a fan from Ratón. "Every time I come to Taos, except today, it's cold!"

As they so often are, the tennis meet was a refuge of decency and civil behavior. Sitting on the sidelines, one hears quiet exchanges like these.

"Can you hold one for me?"

"Sure."

"Nice shot."

"You have good serves!"

"I've got one - thanks, though."

As well as, "Are you sure? Where did it land, exactly?" Lijah Medina of Ratón wanted to be sure.

Kira Seckler indicated with her racket where the ball hit and added, "You can have it."

To which a man on the side suggested - "You've gotta fight for the points that are yours! Don't let her bully you."

A casual observer might have thought the man was a Taos fan or a family member. Instead he was Lonny Medina, coach of the Ratón Tigers and father of the Ratón player, providing an example of sportsmanship at its highest, a wish for the game to be played as well as possible by all parties.

Though none of the Taos players is going on to state this year, many of them have improved dramatically over the season, and none more than Maddy Steinberg.

"Maddy's the most improved player we have this year," said head coach Kurt Edelbrock. "She hasn't played that much, but early in the season she really listened and changed some things. It's been fun to watch."

Indeed, all the athletes were fun to watch. With great attitudes and huge improvement over the season, 2020 looks likely to be a good season for Taos tennis.

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