Getting In The Swing Of Things

Girl’s golf and tennis have successful first week after the postponed beginning of the season.


Rachel Horsley

Hand up high going for the ball, sophomore Mary Donovan serves the ball back over the net to her opponent. Donovan won the match against Shawnee Mission North with the help of her teammate.

With the delayed start of fall sports last week, golf and tennis hit the ground running. Tennis matches took place almost every day this week and the first varsity golf tournament was on Wednesday.
The Raider tennis team had a successful weekend, finishing 2nd at SM Districts. On Saturday seniors Mary Novak and Madison Hanna took second. Sophomore Carolyn Armstrong went 4-0 in singles. Juniors Madeleine Enko and Audrey Cauton went 4-0 in doubles. On Monday the team competed in a tournament at Lawrence High with seniors Mary Novak and Madison Hanna going into tiebreakers in two of their three matches. (SME and BNV match). Novak and Hanna won their doubles match on Wednesday against Mill Valley and Hanna won her singles match 8-3.
“It [Hanna’s wins in her doubles and singles] was a good end to the week,” Hanna said.
McLain Neal, a junior, shot a 77 in the first varsity tournament of the season. Neal tied for 4th but ended up taking 5th in a tiebreaker.
“I was very excited to see that I took 5th at the first tournament and it feels nice to start the year with a great score,” Neal said.
Seniors Gretchen Schultz and Grace Vavak also attended along with senior Abby Brown. Schultz shot a 106 and Vavak and Brown shot a 123.
“While I was playing my round I felt great because I was hitting my driver really well and I was shooting well. Of course, I had a couple bad holes, but I tried my best to save myself with some birdies and I tried to stay positive on the course,” Neal said.