[This is my column in the Oct. 16 issue of The Commercial Review.]
The IHSAA had its tennis state tournament last week.
Carmel, the No. 1 team in the state and two-time defending state champions, made it three in a row by defeating tournament host and third-ranked North Central on Saturday, 3-2.
On Monday, nearly 83 miles northeast of where the Greyhounds and Panthers battled, there was one more tennis match of the fall sports season.
And only one person was there to see it; most of it, anyway.
A chilly and windy afternoon didn’t make for the greatest tennis match between myself and Jay County High School senior Xavier Ninde, but it needed to be played in my quest to see how I stack up against the athletes half my age who I get to write about on a daily basis.
Tennis, as I quickly discovered, is much harder than it looks.