Spring Sports Sign Up Night 2019

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We are only five weeks away from outdoor tennis and the start of the season. I am so excited! Sign up night will be in the main gym at Washburn next Monday, February 25th from 5-7pm. I will be there to meet with parents and answer any questions. All paperwork can be filled out and payment for the season (70$) can be made then. You can also find out if your physical needs to be updated. A sports physical is needed every three years.
You can have your child pick up the necessary paperwork this week and send it back with them as well. The nice thing about showing up is being able to take care of everything at once and have any questions answered.
I’m looking forward to catching up with you all!
Please pass this along to any new families you know that may be interested in playing.

Kowalski’s Recap & 2019 Season Info

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It was a great day to be a Miller today! Thanks to all that stepped up and donated their time to make this event great! I was so impressed with the 12-2 group and I’m hearing wonderful things about the others. I’m proud to announce that we raised $1843.30 in just six hours. That’s unbelievable considering it was only tips that made up that amount.
A HUGE thanks to Ann Prentice for getting this set up and also to the parent and player volunteers that showed up and participated.

How crazy to think that tennis season starts next month!

A few important notes:

Thanks to Jennifer Bastian et al leading the charge, we will have the Kenwood courts this spring! Varsity will be practicing and playing there. Thank you Jennifer for leading the fight and speaking on behalf of the team. We are grateful!

Jv Orange (top jv team) will be coached by Varo again this season and will practice at Lynnhurst from ~345-515

Jv Blue will be coached by Tim Burke once
again and will have practice from ~445-615 at lynnhurst.

If you attend Justice Page middle school (or any other school that gets out after 3pm) plan on being on the JV Blue team (exceptions are if you were on jv orange last year, amount of players at tryouts and/ or varsity candidates). This is a change I’m implementing this year so kids do not miss so much class. If you have a question, please let me know.

Please be mindful that we leave school early for both conference and away matches. Plan accordingly with your sixth hour teacher (better yet, make sure to have an elective that hour).

Ping pong tournament is set for March 24th and the tennis season starts the following day. What a great way to take us into the tennis season with some great competition. Henry Smith is the defending champion. I hear he has a nasty hangnail that’s preventing him from practicing much—he is ripe for an upset! More details forthcoming soon.

We will dress up for matches this year: shirts and ties. No tie, no match.

If you’re planning on taking the ACT on April 13th please let me know. We will be playing a tournament that day.

If you have afternoon IB or AP exams, please let me know.

For those not going on the spring break trip there will be a home match over spring break. Please let me know ASAP if you have out of town travel plans and then again during tryouts.

We use team snap—make sure you do too.
We have a Facebook page—add us as a friend @ Washburn men’s tennis

Only 8 weeks until our first match!
I love this team.
Thanks all

2017 Boys Varsity Season has Started!

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The Washburn varsity tennis team is off and running into this 2017 season. With a record of 4-5 they currently own as many losses as last year (17-5) but the future looks to be bright. “We have a much tougher schedule this season and have played elite competition so far” coach Ryan Hoag, who returns for his ninth season as head coach explains. Highlights of the season thus far were big victories over conference rival Minneapolis Southwest and Elk River. Four seniors and six juniors lead the way. The team looks to continue to improve these next few weeks and attempt to become the first ever Minneapolis public school to win six consecutive outright conference championships.

Harding Tournament 

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Washburn faced good competition in the St Paul Harding tournament and got a number of quality matches in.  Changing the lineup yet again provided the Millers to see which combinations may work once sections start, as well as to check on section individual lineup options.  The Millers go back to work this upcoming week with matches against Henry, St Michael Albertville and Woodbury.

Washburn over Orono 6-1

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Despite being shorthanded in the match due to choir and band concerts, Washburn banded together to beat a very good Orono team.  A number of close matches went Washburn’s way proving the Miller mental game was just too strong this day.  Henry Smith, playing with yet another new doubles partner, led the way to a comeback win finishing the match off in impressive fashion.
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