By Brittney Goldenstein – With tough loss comes great win. That’s what the LHS girls tennis team experienced this season. As many may know Jack James, a well known and loved LHS supporter, passed away in early March. However many people don’t know that Jack James was Varsity tennis coach, Kevin James’s father. “My father’s passing has affected my coaching, but in a very positive manner. I have learned to put things in perspective.” Kevin James said. The Varsity tennis team has had a pretty good season despite the loss. Currently the team is 5 and 3 is dual competitions with nice wins over Omaha Central and Northeast.
The team also finished third at the Lincoln High invite and placed 5th out of 10 teams at the Fremont invitational. “Junior Han Le has been a very nice addition after having to sit out last year due to injury. She only has 3 losses on the year at 2 singles. She finished first at 2 singles at the Lincoln High Invite and 2nd at the very competitive Fremont Invitational.” James said. The team is a young team, but having more talent at lower levels is keen to be ready for challenge in the future. “The team has done really well. A big improvement from last year. Last year was kind of a growing season, this year the team is kind of back and we are doing really well.” Senior player Clara Higgins said. Chloe Baylor remains to be a very strong 1 singles player, Sarah Smith continues to be very strong at doubles play and Julia McMahon-Cole is probably the most consistent player throughout the program as well.
“ Though I want the team to do well in every aspect of play, I focus now on not the wins and losses but the joy I get from seeing the athletes compete and strive to be the best they can.” said James, “His passing gave me motivation to not only be a better coach but a person in general.” The girls varsity tennis team has had a tough season not only competitively but emotionally, but the girls and coaches all came together and made the best of their season. This season, Love All, meant more than zero.