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Wapakoneta Redskins senior Makenzie Klock is going to be a Racer netter.
Klock on Tuesday signed a national letter of intent to play tennis for the University of Northwestern Ohio Racers next year.
â€śIt was a good fit for me because it was close to home,â€ť Klock said. â€śI got a good opportunity.â€ť
As her father and as Wapak varsity girls tennis coach, Mike Klock felt a double dose of pride.
â€śSheâ€™s put a lot of hours on the tennis court. Iâ€™m just tickled that sheâ€™s taking it to the college level,â€ť he said.
â€śIt was really nice,â€ť Makenzie Klock said. â€śWe worked really well together. I think that it helped me become a better player. I didnâ€™t feel so much pressure that I was turned away from it. It was really good.â€ť
Makenzie Klock said sheâ€™s glad to have the decision behind her.
â€śItâ€™s good. I donâ€™t have to worry about anything else,â€ť she said. â€śI feel really secure with my decision.â€ť
She plans to major in business.
Mike Klock knows UNOH head coach Terry Hilborn from the latterâ€™s involvement with the Elida Bulldogs girls tennis program over the years.
â€śIâ€™m really impressed with the facilities and the sports complex they have up there,â€ť he said.
Mike Klock said he plans to continue coaching at Wapak.
â€śMost of [UNOHâ€™s] matches, Coach Hilborn said, are on the weekend,â€ť Mike Klock said. â€śSo it will give my wife and I a chance to see Makenzie play.â€ť
He said he will leave his coach hat at home when he attends Makenzieâ€™s matches.
â€śThatâ€™s Coach Hilbornâ€™s job now,â€ť he said.View more articles in: