Cedaredge one singles player Dario Melgoza likes a good game of tennis. He's got a strong serve, a mean backhand, and a lot of potential.
But then, he first picked up a racket when he was five.
"My whole family plays," said Melgoza. "My parents, my uncles, everyone. I was raised on it."
And ever since he can remember, he's wanted to play in high school.
So when Melgoza, a sophomore at Delta High School, started his freshman year at Delta High School, he was disappointed to discover that while the school offers girls' tennis in the spring, there hasn't been a boys' tennis team for about a decade.
Melgoza tried to get on the Cedaredge team, but because of his parents' tight work schedules, he had no way to get to and from daily after-school practices. So he missed his freshman year.
Changes in his dad's work schedule have allowed Melgoza to join the Bruins team this fall, where he took over at one singles.
Melgoza said he'd like to see the sport, considered a life sport, get more support at Delta, where there are two sets of courts.
A competitor at the annual Taco Bell Tournament held every July in Grand Junction, Melgoza said he would also like to see more tournaments in Delta County. The school still holds its annual Delta County Invitational tournament every September.
Tennis isn't offered at the middle school level either, said Melgoza, but if it was, players would be ready for competition at a younger age, and that badly needed support for the sport would build. Right now, the high school offers golf, soccer and football in the fall, but those sports can be expensive to get into, and not everyone wants to play a contact sport like soccer or football. "Tennis is a great alternative" to these sports, said Melgoza.
But the more he gets to know his teammates and coaches Sheri and Don McFadden, he said, the more he enjoys being a Bruin. "I'm glad Cedaredge has a team," said Melgoza. If Delta does form a team before he graduates in 2015, he would probably still be a Bruin.blog comments powered by Disqus