Nice weather was the icing on the cake for Colchester High School (CHS) spring sports Wednesday during their early portion of preseason practices and tryouts – the cake being the ability to once again come together as a team after having the 2020 season completely cancelled.
“It feels great. It's something that I know a lot of us were really, really hoping for – especially since the rest of the year has been kind of… eh,” said CHS senior girls’ tennis player Julia Correll. “It's really fun to be able to see people, especially my friends on the other half of the alphabet, and to be able to do something active outside and play tennis again.”
Colchester Athletic Director Mark Ellingson, who’s also serving as the girls’ tennis coach this season, had thoughts about the preseason that touched upon the great weather as his team practiced within sight of Malletts Bay’s wading waters.
“This has been a breath of fresh air – being able to get outside and everybody starting on time,” he said. “We're not in the gym trying to do conditioning. We're actually back on the courts, back on the fields with the first day of practice. It's been refreshing.”
The Sun was able to stop and capture a few scenes of training for the baseball, softball, girls’ lacrosse, and girls’ tennis teams – as well as a few track athletes running sprints – for Part 1 of our preseason coverage. Next week, we plan to stop by practices for boys’ lacrosse, boys’ tennis, and ultimate frisbee – in addition to providing more coverage of the track and field team – for Part 2 before competition starts April 17.