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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Lions Club tennis lessons continue to provide instruction

  • A group of boys and girls could be found Wednesday morning at the Hannibal High School tennis courts, giving up some post-school year snooze time to participate in the annual Lions Club tennis lessons.
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  • A group of boys and girls could be found Wednesday morning at the Hannibal High School tennis courts, giving up some post-school year snooze time to participate in the annual Lions Club tennis lessons.
    HHS Tennis Coach Jay Johnson, who oversees the annual spring tennis camp, said this year’s turnout of participants is about average.
    “We have about 40 girls and boys. That’s a normal number. Sometimes we have more; sometimes we have less. It can kind of depend on the weather,” he said.
    The free camp is advertised as being open to those in kindergarten through the eighth grade, but there’s always a little wiggle room.
    “If they’re younger and can play a little bit, we let them come,” he said.
    The young netters receive a full indoctrination to tennis fundamentals.
    “We do ground strokes, volleys, overheads, serves. We just start from the beginning and add more each day and by the end of the week we’re trying to put it all together and do it all in one sequence where we hit our ground strokes, attack the net, volley and hit our overheads. We spend a lot of time working on serves which is difficult for a smaller person to get started on. We get them off to a good start,” he said.
    Assisting Johnson are members of the HHS boys and girls teams.
    “It’s a good deal,” said the veteran coach.
    It’s only fitting that some of Johnson’s high school players lend a helping hand.
    “A lot of the varsity tennis players started off in Lions Club tennis lessons,” said Johnson. “The Lions Club has really benefited the tennis program. We appreciate the Lions Club doing it.”
    According to Johnson, the Lions’ lessons have been benefiting the HHS tennis program for decades.
    “I took them as a kid and have taught them for over 20 years,” he said.

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