Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Athlete of the week loves tennis

Lucy Hartshorn, sophomore at FMHS, can’t deny it. She loves tennis. Having been exposed to the game at the tender age of five, something about the game has carried through even though she quit playing tennis and jumped into volleyball, as well as exploring other activities until she reached the eighth grade. Then the idea of tennis took hold. She started playing her game once more.

Randy Majors, Fruita 8/9 School teacher, currently coaches the FMHS junior varsity team. That team has 37 players, which has caused Majors to schedule two separate schedules so the team members may best get personal training.

One of the two sets of JV teams recently played against Central’s JV team, which consists of upper classmen. The ninth grader tennis players from Fruita lost the match 6 to 1, but they gained experience and finesse through this experience.

Majors is pleased with the progress of his team members and especially pleased with the example Hartshorn has set with her work ethic.

“”She is a hard worker,” he said. “She pushes her teammates at practice. I like the fact that she is very dependable and coachable. She is near the point where she will be crossing over to play some varsity.”

Her parents, Julie and Duane, a brother and two sisters like to follow her game.

School finds her really interested in science, particularly anatomy since she could be considering the medical field since her father has made that field his career.

Having taken piano lessons since grade one, Hartshorn is an accomplished pianist, having taken lessons from Mary Lee Chavez, recently recognized as Colorado Music Teacher of the year.

An optimist, Hartshorn keeps a positive attitude about school, her game and her friends.

With two more years of high school tennis, classes and all the events that go with high school, she will be a busy individual. Her achievements will fun to watch as she approaches the future.