Introductory Tennis helps middle-schoolers hone skills

allyson-maciasAGILITY DRILL: Allyson Macias, 11, carries a tennis ball on her racquet while running around cones during an agility drill as part of Introductory Tennis on Tuesday afternoon in Hemlock Park. The after-school tennis program offered through the City of Big Rapids Recreation Department in cooperation with the Big Rapids Community Tennis Association, the Ferris State University Professional Tennis Management students and Ferris Club Tennis. Middle school students meet twice a week for four weeks to receive introductory tennis instruction from PTM students. Each day’s activities usually include instruction, drills and games for the kids to play. (Pioneer photo/Candy Allan)

alek-liparPRACTICE SHOT: Alek Lipar, 11, hits a tennis ball back to Mitchell Reynolds, a Ferris State University Professional Tennis Management student, during a drill on Tuesday afternoon in Hemlock park.(Pioneer photo/Candy Allan)

annika-liparCAUTIOUS PROGRESS: Annika Lipar, 13, carefully focuses on not dropping the tennis ball on her racquet during a drill as part of Introductory Tennis on Tuesday afternoon in Hemlock Park. (Pioneer photo/Candy Allan)

trenton-baroneBALL RETURN: Trenton Barone, 12, hits a ball back to Michael Manning, a Professional Tennis Management program student at Ferris State University, during a drill on Tuesday in Hemlock Park. (Pioneer photo/Candy Allan)

mitchell-lectureLESSON TIME: Mitchell Reynolds (left), a Professional Tennis Management program student at Ferris State University, explains the technique of a backhand swing to middle school students as part of Introductory Tennis on Tuesday afternoon in Hemlock Park. (Pioneer photo/Candy Allan)

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Posted by Candy Allan

Candy is the Pioneer's associate editor. She also coordinates the Family & Friends, Religion and Parenting pages. She can be reached by phone at (231) 592-8386 or by e-mail at callan@pioneergroup.com.

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