Girls Varsity Tennis · Girls Tennis: Athletes return to practice


Coach Haertl addresses the team on opening day. (Photo by Tom Fenton)

Dan Haertl has been coaching tennis for 35 years, and he’s always looked forward to the first day of practice. This year is no exception, but how the season is going to unfold remains a mystery for both Haertl and his Maple Grove girls’ tennis team as the country continues its battle with coronavirus.

Monday was the first day high school sports teams could begin fall practice. The Minnesota State High School League’s Board of Directors voted three weeks ago to move forward with seasons for soccer, cross country, girls’ tennis along with girls’ swimming and diving. Football and volleyball, however, were postponed due to health concerns related to COVID-19 and – as of now – are scheduled to have an unprecedented spring season beginning in March….

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