The state tennis championships will be split into two classes for the first time. And some local players think that may lead to some medals coming home to central Illinois.
“Makes a huge difference, with having two more classes, that makes the competition a little bit less and we won’t have to play the bigger schools who have a lot more people to choose from,” said Central Catholic junior Maggie Stopa.
The sectional champion Saints are sending four players to state in Class 1A.
Normal Community is sending five players in Class 2A. And only one of them is a senior.
“It sets the stage for next year,” said Normal Community junior Olivia Kraft, who teams his double partner Katie Toohill. “Katie graduating is going to be kind of sad. But we know that we have everyone who can step up next year and we can hopefully bring oiur team back to where we were this year.”
The state meet starts Thursday in Buffalo Grove.