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End of Regular Season, Sections Begin Thursday

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The Millers have had an amazing regular season performance as they head into their first team sections match on Thursday against either Minneapolis Southwest or Richfield. For now NINE years and counting, the Millers have been consecutive conference champions, Twin Cities champions, and Academic All State Recipients. They also head into the post season with an incredible 18-2 record, the best in the 6AA section. Let’s go Millers!!!

Summer Match Play Opportunities

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Hi Washburn Tennis Family—

Even though we’re still in season, it’s never too early to be thinking about summer tennis opportunities. Your off-season play is critical to our team’s performance. Please see the attached info about a summer match play program.  The sign-up link is in the attachment—and the deadline is June 4th.  This was a popular program last summer and they ended up with a waiting list, so if you’re interested, sign up soon.  The cost is $30/match (approx. 1.5 hours per match), but if you need financial support, please contact the organizer, Koua Yang (check email for contact information).

Community Tennis Summer 2021 Match Dates →

Go Millers!

Tennis—Quick Season Updates

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Hi Washburn Tennis Family!
We’re excited to be so close to starting the season!  Weather does appear to be cooperating with us for next week, although we have shifted one tryout day indoors (TeamSnap updated).
—The schedule is basically final in TeamSnap—the Mound Westonka match location may shift to away. Please read the notes sections carefully for each match, particularly when you need to drive to an away match. I have tried to estimate drive times to each away location and added those to the notes. Aim to be at matches 45 minutes prior to start time, unless the coaches advise differently. All distances/drive times calculated from Washburn.
Because weather can be very unpredictable, please set TeamSnap alerts and check the schedule frequently for last-minute cancellations or changes.
Early Release: If it is a school day, students will get an early release 15 minutes prior to you needing to depart. For Washburn students: we will provide the early release information to the Athletic Director’s office. For middle school students: Parents, please check with your school as to how they would like you to alert them of early release. It varies by school. There is no early release for team practice, only matches.
—Below is a link to Washburn’s Spring Sport COVID-19 guidance. Within it is a link to tennis-specific guidance from the MSHSL.  Our understanding is spectators are allowed at matches, but need to remain outside the fence (no bleacher seating). Please plan according…bring chairs/blankets, whatever you prefer to cheer on your Miller. We will let you know if this changes.

Tryouts start next week!

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Tennis fam,

Two long years have passed since the last time we’ve gotten together and needless to say, I am really excited to begin the 2021 season! I know the captains (Luke, Luca, Henry) are excited to get started as well. A lot to cover in this message so please read it closely:

Tryouts start next Monday and will go from 2-6pm at Kenwood courts. We will split into two groups so the coaches can evaluate you closely. ON WEDNESDAY TRYOUTS WILL BE AT INNERCITY TENNIS (ICT) FROM 4-6 PM (CHECK EMAIL/TEAMSNAP FOR DETAILS).

Please be early.
Please bring water and a snack. **There will be no water at the courts
Please wear a MASK until you are on the actual tennis court (this will be monitored and strictly adhered to).
Please bring a tennis racket and wear athletic clothing. **We have extra rackets if you need one
These players will need to be there from 2-430pm on Monday
L. Little
H. Bastian
L. Cordova Stuart
O. Prentice
O. Hemer
T. Grimes
C. Graff
B. Fitzgerald
A. Graff
N. Anderson
L. Smith
B. Merims Johnson
*I chose those individuals based off my familiarity with them as players. *Upperclassmen status was considered as well.
Everyone else please arrive at 4pm and plan on staying until at least 6pm.
We will have team introductions at 4pm when we have the 30 minutes of overlapping time together. We will wear masks at that time.
Uniform shirts will be handed out on Monday. Thank you Beth Gyllstrom and Washburn Foundation for providing monies to cover these. You will get to keep these.
Once tryouts are over we will hand out varsity and junior varsity shorts as well. They will need to be worn every match.
**New this year
We have 24 kids signed up for tennis. In the past we have had double that. We will have only ONE Jv team this year and coaches Tim and Varo will be co-head coaches. If the numbers stay that low expect to have about  12 make varsity and the remaining players will be on Jv. No one will be cut!
FAQ
What if it is raining/snowing/wet on Monday?
We will still show up to the courts and check in with the coach. We will shorten the practice time and condition.
Is it too late to sign up for tennis?
No! Tell your friends! We only have a handful of new players on the team and only one seventh grader—I’m hopeful that changes.
What if I’m not feeling well for tryouts—will missing a day eliminate my chances of making varsity?
NO! Please stay home until you feel better. There will be movement throughout the year and opportunities to move up.
Will there be anything tennis related during spring break?
Yes. The coaches haven’t decided when or what because we don’t know how many will take us up on that. We will have some sort of optional hitting, match play, private lessons available for those who stay in town.
Where do we find our schedule?
TeamSnap has our complete schedule. We will be amending one match date or time (Mpls South) because it overlaps another but other than that, barring cancellations, the schedule is set.
If I’m supposed to be at practice from 4-6 Monday, should I assume that’ll be the same for me the rest of the week?
No! There will be a lot of movement after day one and I will send an email that evening detailing who needs to be where/when. Since it’s been a long time since I’ve seen you play (and some never at all) I need to evaluate you to determine if you’re ready for varsity consideration or not.
Who should I tell if I have a conflict with a practice or match?
Please tell me if it’s during tryouts and your respective head coach once teams have been decided.
Last but not least, please please please get out and play some matches/sets this week. The majority of tryouts will be a match play format so we can begin to assemble a lineup. Varsity has a tournament the Monday after spring break so I will have four days next week to figure that out. Come ready to compete!
Thanks all! Cheers to a great season.
Coach Hoag

Spring Sports Registration Night is March 15th

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Spring sports registration night is Monday, March 15th, 5:00-7:00 p.m. This is a form drop-off event in the main gym, but unfortunately it won’t be like previous years where you go to a sport-specific table and get to talk with coaches. Please check your email for further details on Spring Sports Registration Night and making sure you are eligible to play when the season starts.

Off Season Opportunities

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Hi Washburn Tennis Family,
I wanted to pass along an opportunity from a former colleague who is providing  indoor tennis matchplay and lessons at a reduced rate.  He was the former coach at St Paul Harding and did an amazing job building that program up.  The one thing that hindered his ability to compete with the Edina and Wayzata teams was lack of affordable indoor opportunities for his student athletes…so he decided to start his own.  Please review the attachment and consider signing your kid up for this awesome program!  The more match play and tournament play we can do, the better we will compete with the top teams in state!

More Information on Community Tennis Here

Also, please see attached for information about the Fridays at the Fort program.  These are free, monthly opportunities for middle school and high school players—hosted at Fred Wells.  In the past they have been drop-in, but due to COVID-19, they are asking people to sign up and have limited spots.  Please see the attached flyer for details.  Questions?  Please contact their coordinator, Ryan Berkas, at 612-252-8367, ext. 106 or ryan@fwtec.org

More Information on Fridays at the Fort

Coach

Morgan Courts Update!

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VISIT THE UPDATED MORGAN COURTS SITE HERE →

 

Exciting News – Morgan Courts

We are excited to announce that construction has begun on the Morgan tennis courts.  Construction began on Monday, August 10th and we hope to have new courts completed this fall!

The Minneapolis Park Board and Love Morgan Courts/Support the Courts joined forces for the past three years to secure funding to replace the Morgan tennis courts.  Thank you to all of you who have supported this project, either financially and/or in lending your support to petitions.  In particular, we want to thank our donors and neighborhood supporters –

  • USTA Northern Grant
  • USTA National Grant
  • Hennepin County Youth Sports Grant
  • Lynnhurst Neighborhood Association Grant
  • Washburn Foundation Grant
  • Support the Courts Foundation
  • Private donations and Give to the Max day donations

We’d also like to thank all the work the Minneapolis Park Board has contributed to this project.  We would not have been able to get this done without them!

The project is expected to move quickly with grading, installation of fence posts and paving to be completed by the last week of August.  Once that is completed, fencing will be installed and the asphalt needs to cure for 30 days before we are able to color coat. We plan to color coat in early October, however we need warm weather for several days in order to complete the work. If the weather does not cooperate, we will color coat in the Spring of 2021.

For more information and updates on this project check out “Love Morgan Courts” on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/lovemorgancourts) or join our mailing list on our Love Morgan Courts website at  https://www.supportthecourts.net/love-morgan-courts.html.

Support the Courts – Love Morgan Courts
Beth Gyllstrom, Tracy Robinson, Ann Prentice, Anne Miller & Ellen Doll

Kowalskis Fundraiser – February 1st

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Please alert your family, friends, neighbors, teachers….really anyone who might go be doing some grocery shopping this weekend and encourage them to do their shopping at Kowalski’s (54th and Lyndale location).  Kowalski’s pays us for our time—and all tips come directly to the team. We will be there Feb. 1st,  10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

Go Millers!!!!!!

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