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The Edge Benefits Wildcats Tennis

In summers past, Wildcats Tennis Coach Tony Martinez, in his 7th year in Sulphur Springs, would busy himself by conducting tennis camps, most of them at the University of Texas in Austin. His Wildcats would have the summer off but he would occasionally let some of them know about various tournaments they could compete in. The Edge has predominately been a conditioning program for football players. However some athletes, both boys and girls with other teams, would attend to get in better shape. With the UIL allowing more time per week for coaches to teach their players specific sports skills, more and more coaches are utilizing The Edge for their teams. With the need to spread out due to coronavirus concerns, football has taken over the Multipurpose Building this summer but other sports are using the high school gym, middle school gyms, Prim Stadium and the Wildcat Tennis Center. As The Edge nears its end for tennis on July 31, Coach Martinez says he’s been very happy with The Edge. He says working with middle school and high school players during June and July, he’s seen the players getting better and better by leaps and bounds. Coach Martinez says after the kids were required to stay at home for several months due to the pandemic, they were very eager to hit the courts in June. He says he gave the kids last week off due to increasing virus cases in Texas but he says at the end of last week he started getting a lot of calls asking when they could resume. The Edge for tennis cranked back up Monday night. The Wildcats are pointing toward the beginning of the team tennis season, scheduled to start on Monday, August 3. The Wildcats are a young bunch with only one senior, veteran and captain Harleigh Stegient. Coach Martinez will have to rebuild his boys team that had heavy losses to graduation. Possible returners include Carlos Lopez, Tate Smith, Waylon Matlock and Alex Romero. The girls side is loaded with experienced players who started as freshman the past two years. Among possible returnees are Jeauxleigh Cantu, Paige Miesee, Savannah Lilley, Emily Dick, Trynity Luckett, Ella Ray, Mykylee Meador and Kaylee Schumacher.

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Author: Matt Janson

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