Teachers, students to take the court

Tennis tournament to be held at Harmon


Raul Hernandez

Senior Gianluca Rizzo, who will be competing with Harmon principal Tony Fontana, prepares to hit the ball across the court during practice.

Sixteen varsity tennis players and 16 faculty members from the three campuses will make teams of doubles for the annual faculty tennis tournament. It will be held at the Harmon campus tennis courts on Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 5 p.m.

The faculty tennis tournament has been going on for the past seven years. Typically the tournament is both competitive and fun for those participating.

“We hold the tournament every year,” varsity tennis coach Manuella Rogers said. “This was something that the previous coaches that were here before me used to do. So I decided to keep hosting the tournament. It is very fun to see the faculty interact with the players on the court.”

Varsity tennis freshman Alex Canizales will be participating in the tournament with Harmon’s world geography teacher Kristin Stauffer. Canizales hopes to go far in the tournament and win the most matches possible.

“We’re practicing together and separately so we can know what we’re doing when it’s time,” Canizales said. “I think we can combine good. She knows how to play tennis and I do as well, so together we’ll be pretty good.”

Stauffer has also been preparing for the tournament off the court.

“Working hard, staying focused, eating healthy and doing cardio exercises are ways I’m preparing,” Stauffer said.

The teachers are guaranteed a fun time with their students.

“It’s a great way to have fun with the staff and students outside of school,” Stauffer said. “[It’s a] fun way to get active and involved. I am looking forward to beating Mr. Fontana.”