Tennis team waits out UIL delay to see if they finish out season

By Melissa McCaghren

Slatonite GM

The Slaton Tennis team had played two tournaments and one practice before the University Interscholastic League suspended the spring sports’ seasons out of precaution for COVID-19.

That said, Head Coach Rebecca Castillo said the team had a decent start before the stoppage. “We have 14 returning players,” she said.

In one tournament, the team of Mykah Lamberson and Jeridan Wallingsford placed consolation in mixed doubles.

During a tournament Feb. 25, Lamberson finished third in girls singles. “Varsity played three matches, won the first 8-2, lost the second 4-8, and won the final match 8-3,” said Castillo.

Michelle Jaramillo and Wallingsford placed fifth in mixed doubles varsity.

Then, it all stopped when UIL suspended play. As of press time Tuesday (April 14), the state sports organization has not altered its current plans to resume sports May 4, adding it would extend the timeline to complete all UIL activities this year.

Still, the impact on the tennis team like the others can be felt. “I am hoping we’ll get to compete at District.  We had one practice before UIL suspended all practices and competitions,” said Castillo. “They are ready to get back to work as soon as we’re allowed. It’s disappointing not being able to practice or compete.”

She said she also misses her team. “We have a few seniors that are missing out on their last season, including my son.  Most of the seniors have been playing for me since their freshman year,” Castillo added.

That said, should the Feb. 25 tournament be the last one for the Slaton High School Tennis team this year, Castillo is optimistic about the future.

“We have a lot of potential with the younger classmen,” she said.

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