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FREDERICK — There’s a different sound coming from the Frederick High School athletic fields this fall.
It’s the sound of ball against tennis racket, as the Warriors prepare for their first season of interscholastic tennis.
Eight players were on the court for most of the first week of practice. Most practiced twice a week over the summer.
“The improvement is already there,” said coach Mark Allen. “Every one of these kids played recreationally for the last two months. The hand-eye coordination is there. I tell them if they make a mistake, go back and fix it.”
Allen spent most of the first two weeks of practice gauging the talent for the Warriors.
“We have three kids who can play, but we don’t have a stand-out player, like some schools,” Allen said. “I’m proud of the kids. A lot of them came out during the summer. The improvement is there. We may surprise some people with some of the kids we have.”
Allen said tennis is a sport that is “easily learned” but not to a point where even veteran players know all the ins and outs.
“They are going to get frustrated at times,” Allen said. “I’ve told them to let it out and then to fix everything they can.”
The team debuts on the road Sept. 4 against Brighton’s junior-varsity squad. The first home match is against Brighton Sept. 9.
“I want to make this important for the kids. We aren’t going to be the best team,” Allen said. “But if our kids give 100 percent, I’ll be proud. I want them to have fun. If they aren’t having fun, they shouldn’t be out here.”
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