Unified Tennis competes for more than just a match point: Photo of the Day 10/23/17


courtesy of Kim Hunley

Angela Shaffer and Lindsey Green play against Urbana.

by Emily Reed, Co-editor-in-chief

Unified Tennis plays on October 23rd after their October 17th loss after maximum effort against Urbana High School . However, for Unified Tennis players, the outcome of a game is not as important as improving each week and bonding with fellow teammates.

For Unified Tennis players, it’s fun to compete. This is because anyone interested can join Unified Tennis and can expect a stress free atmosphere without negativity and the pressure that usually comes with competing.

While everyone can play at matches, only pairs containing a disabled student athlete count towards the team’s score. Lindsey Green, a member of the Class of 2021, and Angela Shaffer, a member of the Class of 2020, compromise Linganore’s only scoring team.

Shaffer enjoys competing with Green and getting to know new people. She said, “It’s nice to stand up and be there for those that really need it.”

Because Linganore has a small team, they have chosen to combine with Frederick High’s Unified Tennis team, and both teams are sending one pair to compete for points at the district finals.

Unified Tennis plays a short season of a guaranteed three games, and perhaps a fourth at Towson University for the state finals. Yet even though their season is short, players have noticed personal improvement.

Leigha Plugge, a member of the Class of 2021, and Madison Chicantek, a member of the Class of 2021 are both first-time tennis players that enjoy this positive exposure to the world of tennis while being supported and encouraged by their veteran teammates. Plugge specifically wants to improve to continue the family tradition of tennis excellence started by her mom. Chicantek wants to improve to learn a new skill.

All players hope to grow the Unified Tennis program and add more scoring teams for next season. If interested, see Mrs. Kim Hunley for more information.

Go see Unified Tennis compete at the district finals on 10/23 at Baker Park!

courtesy of Kim Hunley
Angela Shaffer and Lindsey Green pose together.