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Thursday October 5, 2017 at 3:04pm Age: 1 year
Category: Athletics, High School, District


Three seniors were recognized for their contributions to Minisink Valley’s girls tennis program on Wed., Oct. 5.

Emma Hogan
, who plays second doubles with her partner Becky Kennedy, has shown exceptional leadership on the court, helping Becky, a junior, learn the game quickly.

“I’ve been playing tennis with these girls since ninth grade. I pretty much grew up with them, so it’s kind of sad to think this is my last tennis season in Minisink,” Emma said. “But I’m happy about our performance this season. We definitely improved our game. We started out not winning any games, and then we won three in a row.”

Emma is hoping to pursue forensic science, preferably at the John Jay College of Criminal Science in Manhattan.

Tianna Popstein, who plays fourth singles, has had many exciting matches this year, losing some and winning some.  Her leadership has earned her the role of team captain.

“I’m really going to miss my teammates. We’re like a family,” Tiana said. “But I had a good season and improved my game.”

Tiana will be studying biology and is considering Marist College and SUNY New Paltz. Also involved in girls golf, she’s happy to have another season to go before graduation.

Jennifer Townsend plays third doubles and has shown remarkable improvement throughout the season.

Jennifer shares her peers’ sadness in leaving friends behind, but acknowledged she and her partner Colleen can be proud of the progress they made this season. “And I never had a better coach,” she said of her experience with Coach Jeffrey Malara.

Jennifer hasn’t yet decided on a major but is considering Skidmore College or SUNY Purchase, and plans to play tennis and lacrosse in college.