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The Quincy Trojan tennis team is ready to take on challengers March 21, standing from left, Chavis McAllister, Fisher Clark, Kaleb Dupras, Andrew Hardy, Gabriel Fletcher, and Quinn McMichael. Front from left, Ava McColm, Evelyn Valdis, Connor Pangburn, Lilly Pingree, and Julia McGarva. Not pictured: Madeline Blaufuss, and Luke Lerch. Photo submitted

Quincy Trojan tennis in full swing

Mari Erin Roth

Staff Writer

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Tennis players are warmed up and have already begun their 16-game season. The number of matches is twice what was scheduled last year and far larger than the usual 6-game season. One might think the excessive snow this year would be a deterrent, but the athletes are on the court and firing away their back court and net shots. “Off to a crazy start like everyone else,” said Quincy High School head tennis coach Sarah Gallagher. “But we did manage to get an away match with Paradise Adventist.” The Trojans won their first match facing the Cougars 6-3 on March 15. The second set of games took place at Sutter High School with the Huskies on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17. The Trojans were not so lucky and lost the match by a close 5-4 score. “Three losses were in third set tiebreakers,” said Gallagher, “very close.”

Today, March 23, the Trojans travel to Colusa to play the RedHawks and have plans to host the Sutter Huskies in Quincy at QHS tomorrow, Friday, March 24 at 1 p.m. The forecast has changed from a little snow Friday to clear (22-39 degrees! Brrrr!). With a 70 percent chance of snow for today, the courts will likely need to be cleared before the match on Friday. “We have been on the courts a few times,” said Gallagher. “Thankfully they (the courts) do dry fast! We played our first match at Paradise Adventist without ever stepping on the court.” All practice before the first matches took place in the gym. “The new kids were very nervous,” said coach Gallagher. The match schedule was expanded before Hwy 70 closed, and traveling was easier. “Glad to have a lot of solid returning players,” said Gallagher, “and some promising new ones. We are making the best of the season.”

Games are scheduled through April 29. The boys have more matches scheduled than the girls on the team, seven of the matches are for boys only. “The boys are in a great competitive league,” said coach Gallegher. “I added more matches so the girls would have more court time.” The schools that only have boy’s teams are Colusa, Live Oak, Willows, and Paradise. The entire team will have matches facing Paradise Adventist, Sutter, North Highlands, Lindhurst, Golden Eagle Charter, and at the end of season Individuals tournament, Friday and Saturday, April 28 and 29. Spectators are welcome and encouraged to cheer on the team at all QHS Trojan home games.


Quincy Tennis Schedule

Home games are in bold

March 1                Colusa (boys only)

March 15             Paradise Adventist

March 17             Sutter

March 23             Colusa (boys only)

March 24             Sutter                                   at QHS 2 p.m.

March 28             Live Oak (boys only)

March 30             Paradise (boys only)       at QHS 3:30 p.m.

March 31             North Highlands

April 3                   Live Oak (boys only)       at QHS 3:30 p.m.

April 4                   Lindhurst

April 6                   Willows (boys only)        at QHS 1 p.m.

April 7                   Golden Eagle Charter

April 18                 Paradise (boys only)

April 19                 Paradise Adventist          at QHS 3:30 p.m.

April 21                 Golden Eagle Charter     at QHS 3:30 p.m.

April 28-29           Tournament (location and times TBD)


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