In the absence of football, the Archbishop Murphy community has had to fulfill sports watching needs in other ways. There’s the currently undefeated girls volleyball team, the star studded girls soccer team, and the incredibly fast cross country team…..but none of those quite have the male dominant, intense feel of football. What does you might ask? Archbishop Murphy Boys Tennis.
Led by coaches Tyler McLaughlin and Chris Becher, the Wildcats took on South Whidbey today at home. In a last minute decision, I chose to attend this match. And let me tell you, I wasn’t expecting the level of intensity and seriousness the tennis boys brought.
I don’t know much about tennis, but according to junior girls tennis player Hannah Beyer, tennis is, “hard to learn, easy to master.” As we watched senior duo Jack McClincy and Riley Quinton play the court, it was obvious by their skill they were not first timers. And on either side of them, fellow senior duo Trent Mosier and Robbie de Mello and junior duo Matt Welter and Jack Glynn also showed their capabilities, bringing the heat against South Whidbey. Throughout the six courts, there were shouts of both excitement and frustration during gameplay.
These matches were not played in the same carefree manner I had seen on the girls team last spring. No, the AMHS boys tennis team plays to win. And although it may not have been their evening for winning, they played some hardcore tennis, and, might I add, looked good doing it in their classy black and white polos.
Watching the AMHS Boys Tennis team play today definitely gave me a greater appreciation for the sport. I’m excited to watch #MoreTennisTennis.