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One small cut signified a giant step for the Duncan tennis program Saturday, as the team hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony honoring the complex’s four new courts and resurfacing of its existing eight courts.
With former players, members of the community and administration present, Duncan superintendent Sherry Labyer and Demons coach Phil Barnes started the event by taking time to thank who helped with the courts’ creation.
“In Duncan, we’re always talking about quality of life, and this court is one way we’re improving that,” Labyer said. “Every day when I step out of my office, rain or shine, I see someone at the complex playing tennis. Now they have four new courts to play on.”
With an audience of more than 50 people, Barnes thanked Duncan’s John Bowers, who helped organize the funds for the new courts.
Right before the ribbon cutting, senior tennis players Brittany Toone and Samantha Cassidy discussed their appreciation they had for Barnes and his impact on the program.
Barnes then gathered the members of the 2013 tennis team in front of the ribbon on the new courts, and seniors Brittany Toone and Samantha Cassidy did the honors.
“I really believe we now have the best tennis facilities in the state, bar none,” Barnes said. “It’s great to see all the ex players and members of the community here. And we’re not done yet, there are still other things we want to do here in the future.”
Former Demons tennis start Travis Traux, who played at No.1 singles from 2003-2005, credited Barnes for his constant efforts to improve the program.
“Since I left, ever before I came here he’s been working hard and never letting up to make Duncan tennis better,” Traux said.
The cutting was followed by a set of reunion games between former and current Duncan tennis players. More than 15 former Demons players were in attendance.