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Port Huron High School Opens New Tennis Courts

It was the perfect day for the start of a new era.

The Port Huron High School boys tennis team played its final regular season match of the season Tuesday. But after being away from home throughout the year, the Big Reds were finally able to play a match on their own courts Tuesday.

“It feels pretty good,” Port Huron junior Christian Harris said. “It’s great to be out here with the school in the background and be able to play on your own courts.

“We don’t have to leave the campus to practice every day. It’s really great and I’m grateful for it.”

As part of a bond proposal that passed, Port Huron High and Port Huron Northern were each slated to receive new tennis courts over the summer.

The Port Huron High courts were delayed due to issues that arose during construction. But none of that seemed to matter Tuesday as the Big Reds finally got a chance to play at home.

“This was worth the wait,” Port Huron High girls and boys tennis coach Jeremy Rosenau said. “They look fantastic. I know all of the guys and I are super appreciative to the community for passing that bond and letting this happen.

“I hope for boys it kick-starts our program. It made it really difficult to get boys out. With the new facilities and excitement, maybe they will be excited about trying it out. We have great numbers for girls, but I’m excited and hope it helps the boys program.” 

Speaking of the girls team, they were also on hand for the opening celebration of the new tennis courts. There are still eight courts at the facility, but now there is a walkway through each pair of courts to allow onlookers to see the action better.

 

“I’m very excited,” Port Huron senior Sara Haynes said. “It was definitely needed. Although I just started playing last year, I think it will help how we play. It’s just nice to have this represent our school now. It’s fresh and new and other schools will be able to come here and appreciate it as well.

“I really think it’s going to be a fun season for the girls and the boys. It’s really awesome this was passed in the bond. It’s pretty great.” 

Contact Joseph Hayes at (810) 989-6268 or at jahayes@gannett.com. Follow him on Twitter @Joseph_Hayes11.