USA match biggest event in Boise tennis history
At Tuesday's meeting of the Boise Noon Optimist Club, Boise State tennis coach Greg Patton talked of the success of the team. They had just returned from Montgomery, Ala., where they defeated Nebraska, Notre Dame and Texas Tech. All nationally ranked teams. Well done, coach.
Coach Patton also talked of the upcoming quarterfinal Davis Cup matches coming to Taco Bell Arena April 5-7. "Obviously for tennis, this the biggest thing that's ever happened to Boise and the state of Idaho. ... The community is going to love it," said Patton, part of the organizing group that worked to bring the international match to Boise.
The Davis Cup match will be between the United States and Serbia. Serbia? Yes, Serbia. They have the No. 1 tennis player in the world, Novak Djokovic. (The D is silent)
Good luck to us!
WALT CALLAHAN, Meridian
Team's support critical to local freshman baseball
The second year of 5A freshman baseball is under way with nine valley high schools participating in a venue that is made possible almost entirely by the Boise Hawks!
As many are aware, high school sports and freshman sports in particular, are suffering with the budget constraints hitting our schools today.
Without the support of the Hawks, financially and by supplying baseballs, umpires and the use of Hawks Stadium, as well as Hawks employees, these 162 young men would not have a high school baseball program to enjoy.
Yet, the Hawks suffer in getting the support from the community in their search for a new facility in the Boise area.
It's time for local business and community leaders to realize that the Hawks not only provide us with affordable entertainment throughout the summer, but most importantly provide a strong and positive community presence.
It's time to say thanks and to help ensure the Hawks are in our valley to stay!
STEVE KOPPES, Head Baseball Coach, Eagle High School Freshmen, Eagle