By Greer Stangl
Another exciting season of Milford High School Tennis is underway this spring. Over the past five years, Milford’s program has produced four Henlopen Southern Division Championships, two Coach of the Year honors, and the Best Sportsmanship award for the state of Delaware. “We are looking forward to another promising season this year. We have a talented group of athletes that are ready to work hard to continue to continue our success”, notes Girls’ Coach Jacqueline Powers. One of Milford’s goals is to win the Southern Division Championship this year for Milford Boys and Girls Tennis. The Girls’ team won the Henlopen Southern Conference last year.
Next year, Milford will move into the Northern division, facing an established field of competitors. In advance of that move, the Bucs have a plan to advance their level of play. Unlike many of their competitors in the Henlopen North, the Bucs have no youth tennis program. “Most high school athletes come out with no experience and or knowledge of the game, this is something we would like to change,” explains Powers. The team plans to hold multiple clinics throughout the year to inspire local youth to play tennis. While Milford Parks and Rec does offer tennis programs, the Milford area is without an indoor facility like players on teams in the Dover, Lewes and Bethany areas enjoy. There are also several spring sports that compete for current high school athletes. But that isn’t stopping the Bucs from setting goals and moving forward.
The Milford tennis program will need to supply equipment, signs, score cards, and additional practice tennis balls. These items are needed for regular season play next season and to support the youth tennis clinics. Athletes could also benefit from new tennis rackets, grips and or even tennis shoes to be able to play the game to the best of their ability.
To help build Milford’s tennis program, the Boosters will host the First Annual Buccaneer Open tennis tournament. Powers explains, “Our hope is that the tournament will start strong and grow larger each year to bring tennis enthusiasts of all ages to our area. We think this fundraiser will be a fun way to bring the tennis community together as a yearly tradition.” The Buccaneer Open is scheduled for Saturday, April 27, starting at 9:30, with check in between 8:30 – 9:15. The rain date is Saturday, May 5. For the first year, the double- elimination tournament will be open to adults and will be structured with mixed doubles through random draw with brackets grouped by age. There will be a consolation round. Participants will receive a Buccaneer Open tournament shirt and awards will be given. The entry fee is $40 per player. For those who wish to support
Milford’s tennis program, event sponsorships and donations are also being accepted. Contributions can be mailed to: Coaches Jackie Powers and Keegan Worley; Milford High School; 1019 N. Walnut Street, Milford, DE. 19963. Tennis players can sign up at https://buccaneeropen.eventbrite.com. For more information, contact them by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or check out the team’s Facebook page at @MilfordBucsTennis .
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