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Three Groesbeck seniors sign to play collegiate tennis

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Published: May. 21, 2020 at 9:03 PM CDT
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"(Thursday) would've been, about right now, we would've been going to eat somewhere after winning in the semifinals, getting ready to play in the finals in the morning," longtime Groesbeck tennis coach Jim Longbotham said.

Not only that, but hopefully playing for a state championship the following morning before watching the class of 2020 at their high school graduation.

"That night. (Friday) night. Pretty heartbreaking."

While there's no championship to be had for anyone due to COVID-19, Groesbeck High School used this time to have a surprise collegiate signing for three of their athletes -- Hannah DeFriend, Luke Henley and Colby McWhorter.

"It's good that we got to play a little bit this season and feel each other out for the college aspect," McWhorter said. "But we also got to play together and realize how good we would've been to go at this individual season and make a run at a state title."

"Obviously if it were normal, it would've been under different circumstances," DeFriend said. "We would've been at the state tournament today. We would've been playing right now. The signing would've been in the gym, with all of our classmates to see, but with it like this, I'm glad we got to have a real signing."

DeFriend will make her mark at McMurry University in Abilene. McWhorter and Henley will be roommates at Bethel College in Kansas.

"I like the coach a lot," Henley said. "He's a younger coach, he graduated from there and he played there two years ago. I can relate to him and he's a super nice guy."