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2020 Greensburg Girls Tennis Oultook from June Rigney

Prior to the start of any season, there is always an air of hope and optimism by coaches and players.  Unfortunately, that hope and optimism for the spring sports season was dashed for everyone with its cancellation due to COVID-19.

But we asked coaches to share with us what they were looking forward to: team outlook, individual hopes and expectations or anything else about the season in general.  We’ll be sharing those stories as we receive them and we appreciate those who took the time to send us their thoughts.

Greensburg coach June Rigney:  We are all well. I keep reminding myself and my family we are good in a bad situation. So far, healthy, still working, and get to be with each other.  But there has been a lot of sadness in our house due to disappointment since I have a senior spring athlete in Raegan. In fact, my tennis team would’ve for sure been “senior heavy” since I had seven seniors excited to compete.

Returning for us would’ve been: Raegan Rigney (2019 #1 singles All-EIAC, Conference MVP, individual sectional champion, member of All-District team and All-State Honorable Mention), Bailey Menkedick, Ellie Acra, Aliyah Evans (#2 doubles All-EIAC), Claudia Westhafer (#2 doubles All-EIAC), Sarah Schneider and Emma Nobbe.  I suspect this group would’ve been instrumental in a lot of victories for the Pirates.

Along with those girls, returning for us were Mollie Pumphrey and Olivia Colson plus four talented freshmen joining the team. Those rookies are Jenna Foster, Ella Chapman, Abigail Hoeing and Hailey Duerstock. Scotlyn Reinhold was a sophomore that was also joining the team for the first time.

When I contacted the girls to let them know their season had been canceled, of course there were tears shed and a lot of sad athletes, rightfully so. Many of these successful athletes are multi-sport athletes and they were anxious to experience their last high school sport.

Yes, I think we would’ve been very competitive this year. We had been working out since December, our uniforms were already delivered, all we were waiting for was the start date. That, of course, never occurred. Last year, we were conference and sectional champs and only lost one senior out of our varsity lineup. We had a lot to look forward to. I told the girls, I empathize with them and am sad for them. We were looking to repeat both of those honors.

But what really hurts my heart, are the memories these girls and all the athletes have been cheated out of. The wins, the losses and competition most of our multi-sport athletes have experienced, but this group of girls really enjoyed being together. When talking with the girls, this was the topic that came up over and over again. No going out to eat after practices or matches, no walking over to the baseball/softball fields to cheer on our classmates, no going to SuperTwist for a treat, and no singing on the minibus as we travel to away matches. As I told them, I can’t fix it, I can’t change it, and I certainly wish it was different; however, they all have a lot to be proud of.  The seniors have bright futures ahead of them, and I have been fortunate to coach such great girls!

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