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Thu, Dec. 05

Prescott High's tennis courts need support

It doesn't seem like we should have to fight so hard to make sure money is available to replace the Prescott High School tennis courts, but unfortunately that is the case for the 30-plus year old six-court tennis facility on Ruth Street.

For two years the high school teams have been unable to use the tennis complex for matches, not to mention physical education classes and match play by the public at this very central location.

Other tennis entities such as the Prescott Racquet Club and Yavapai College have been gracious enough to help Prescott High School resolve its court problem so far. But it certainly has impacted their facilities and displaced many tennis players throughout the area and may not be as possible in the future.

The Prescott Unified School District board will meet on Tuesday, June 20, at 5:30 p.m. and if you are interested in making sure our board members know that this is a serious issue, you need to attend. Please make sure you sign in to speak during the public comment section of the meeting.

Currently, $225,000 is a line item in the building renewal fund for this project, but this meeting will determine if that money will stay as a line item or go to some other project.

The City of Prescott may also commit a share of the cost to replace this tennis facility but unfortunately did not appropriate or earmark any amount for the 2006 budget.

Please mark your calendar and attend this very important meeting. If you have the time, write a note to each of the following board and city council members about this dilemma:

Dr. Andy Newton: Mr. Steve Campbell:

Mr. Tom Staley: Mrs. Dee Navarro:

Dr. Joan Fleming: City Council Members:

"First Junior Drop-In-Tennis this Thursday at 5:30 p.m."

All Tri-City juniors who play tennis are invited to play in the first junior "Drop-In-Tennis" program this Thursday, June 15 at the Yavapai College tennis courts from 5:30-7 p.m. (an adult supervises each site.)

Starting the following week and throughout the summer, three sites will conduct this program for their youth. 1) At Chino Valley High School on Mondays from 5:30-7 p.m., 2) At Bradshaw Mountain High School on Wednesdays from 5:30-7 p.m., 3) At Yavapai College on Thursdays from 5:30-7 p.m.

"A-B-C Summer Doubles-Saturday, June 17; 3-7 p.m."

Join in the fun of the "A-B-C Summer Doubles", this coming Saturday from 3-7 p.m. at the Yavapai College tennis courts. Play is determined by ability not gender and will be in a round robin format. The cost is $15 per person and includes snacks, drinks, all the tennis you can handle and prizes to all finalists. Call 445-1331 by Friday at 3 p.m. to enter as a team.

(Chris Howard is a local USPTA Tennis Professional with over 30 years in the racquet and fitness industry. He can be reached at 445-1331 or

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