Coach Joe Gorman and junior singles player Kodi Boersma laugh through a recent workout. Gorman hopes Boersma—the team’s leading singles competitor—has what it takes to succeed during divisionals in Belgrade and make it to state in Great Falls.

Tennis headed to divisionals in Belgrade

On a warm Wednesday afternoon at the tennis courts by Community Park, Lone Peak High School Tennis Coach Joe Gorman told his team to abandon their racquets before running them through a drill where each tried to catch a tennis balls at waist level. 

     Players reached high and low while Gorman shouted, “Too high! Waist height!” 

     “You want to have that same hitting zone each time,” explained Gorman, as he coached his players not to chase balls way over their heads, but instead focus on always connecting with even, waist-height swings. 

     Reflecting on the season so far, Gorman said, “Our new players. They’re playing like they’re new players. Getting better, but still not able to beat these experienced players that they have to play against.”

     Gorman continued, “Our experienced players. Number one seed on the doubles from last year who made it to state—that’s KP Hoffman and Solae Swenson.”

     Junior Kodi Boersma, said Gorman, “She’s our number one singles player. And she’ll be seeded in the top eight at divisionals.” 

     Class B-C divisionals begin in Belgrade on May 10 and will include players from Townsend, Whitehall, Jefferson, Three Forks and Lone Peak. 

     Gorman expects Swenson and Hoffman to succeed in Belgrade and make it back to state.

      “And we’re hoping that Kodi will make it, too,” said Gorman.



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