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Helena High ready for anything with state tennis on horizon

Posted at 11:09 PM, May 13, 2019

HELENA — With the Class AA state tennis tournament looming, so too does the potential for wet weather that could spoil the day’s affairs or move them inside.

For the Helena High tennis teams, having to practice inside to open the season put them at a disadvantage because of their inability to scrimmage properly with limited court space, something head coach Lance Bouchee says now is extremely important at this point.

“The match practice is really important for these kids, not so much as just getting out and practicing, but actually playing matches, that’s what really benefits the kids at this point in the game,” Bouchee said.

Playing outdoors brings the elements into play, where one player could benefit simply due to the wind blowing a certain direction, but indoor play levels that playing field.

“Everyone is on the same terms,” Bouchee said.

Which is why the Bengals’ indoor practices to open the season could help, if foul weather sends the state tournament indoors.

“It was beneficial in the fact that there’s a pretty good chance, I think, we’re going to run into some rain this week,” Bouchee said. “Most of them have had some practice indoors, too, so that’ll be good.”