Boys and Girls Tennis off to a good start


Highlands High School Varsity Tennis team won their home opener game this past week against Holy Cross, girls winning 5-0 and boys, 3-0.
Athletic Director, Kevin Nieporte, mentions how both the boys and girls are off to a good start. He is, “very excited to have moved from the 10th region to the 9th this year,” and looks forward to a successful region.
In yesterday’s game, the Birds took on their next competitor, Covington Catholic High School at 3:45 at Cov Cath.
The day prior, Joss Finseth speaks confidently in how the team will perform. “I am not that worried about tonight’s match,” he says, “Covington Catholic is a good team but we have a lot of better players and I am very optimistic in tonight’s game. I am looking forward to winning.”
As the Birds continued on in their games, they ended up losing to 4-1.
Though the team may have lost overall, Sophomore Peter Laskey had a 6-3, 3-6, and a 10-8 win for #1 singles against Cov Cath’s number one player. For the Birds, this was a big deal. Laskey is now posted up in the Enquirer, for Athlete of the Week.
“Though Cov Cath is normally a harder match, I was not as nervous as I normally am. Still, I have never beaten them before yesterday. Because I was playing someone I knew, I was a bit more comfortable in the match, so that made it a little, less intimidating” says Laskey.
“My teammates were cheering me on the whole game and were super supportive even though I lost the second match. I am really looking forward to this season and being competitive in the 9th Region.”


Girls Tennis swept Dixie yesterday 5-0 to improve 3-1 season, led by Senior, Elizabeth Schwalbach, who won a 3rd set tiebreaker at #1 singles 10-8. Freshman, Olivia Hoffmann made a quick sweep at her #2 position in singles, winning all three of her matches. For doubles, Rachel Hoffmann and Helen Halbauer along with Ada Donelan and Regan Lindeman all contributed wins for both their matches.
Coach, Kevin Listermen mentions how the girls are off to a good start in what has come so far for this season. “We are still solidifying the position with the girls, but we have a young and athletic team that has potential to be good.”
The Birds advance at home again today and to take on their next competitor, Simon Kenton at 3:45 p.m.