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Serving a New Team

Serving a New Team

In an exciting development for sports and collaboration at the Maine School of Science and Mathematics (MSSM), a new tennis team is making its debut, marking a significant addition to the school's athletic offerings. This team, however, isn't just any team—it's a collaborative effort with Van Buren, showcasing a unique partnership that brings together talent and resources from both schools. We had the chance to speak with Lochlan O'Connor, a junior from Hallowell, Maine, who shared insights into this new adventure.

Lochlan, like many of his peers, values sports not just for the competitive edge they provide but also for the health benefits and the sense of community they foster. "I just like to do sports in general, because I like to stay fit and whatnot," he says, reflecting a sentiment common among students at MSSM who are keen on maintaining a balanced and active lifestyle. This initiative to form a joint tennis team with Van Buren is particularly noteworthy as it signifies MSSM's first foray into the world of tennis, a step that broadens the athletic horizon for its students.

The team, comprising seven or eight players, benefits from the coaching and expertise provided by Van Buren's staff, offering a blend of new opportunities and shared knowledge. This collaboration is especially valuable for MSSM, given that this is the school's inaugural tennis season. The arrangement allows students from both schools to learn from each other, build new relationships, and enhance their skills in a supportive environment.

Lochlan, despite being new to the tennis team and the sport itself, is no stranger to the tennis world. "All of my sisters have played tennis," he notes, indicating that while he may not have previous competitive experience, he's familiar with the game and its dynamics. This familial connection to tennis not only sparks his interest in the sport but also provides him with a foundational understanding that he's eager to expand upon.

The formation of this joint tennis team is a testament to the innovative and collaborative spirit that defines MSSM. It represents a commitment to providing diverse and enriching experiences for its students, encouraging them to explore new interests, develop their skills, and engage with their peers from neighboring communities. As the team prepares for its upcoming matches, there's a sense of anticipation and optimism in the air, signaling the start of a new chapter in MSSM's athletic and collaborative endeavors