Wyoming Area High School's Tennis Courts Not Safe For Play - wnep.com

WEST PITTSTON -- The tennis courts at the Wyoming Area School District have seen better days. They're in such bad condition, that the district says they're too dangerous to play on. Now, school officials are scrambling to come up with a plan.

Becoming co-captains for Wyoming Area High School's girls tennis team has been a dream for Lauren Perry and Anna Thomas.  But instead of practicing on their school's own tennis courts, they're practicing at Pittston Area's Martin L. Mattei Intermediate School in Hughestown.

"It's great that Pittston is letting us use their courts, very, very nice http://texastennisopen.com and generous, but it would be nice to have a home advantage," Thomas said.

The Wyoming Area School District's architect deemed their home courts too dangerous to play on. The concrete courts on Boston Avenue in West Pittston are plagued with huge cracks, some starting at one court and ripping right through another.

"I mean, we want to see the team do good, but it's also kind of sentimental because, you know, we've been playing here for like three or four years, so we want to be able to play our home matches on our home courts," Perry said.

And it's not just the surface of the courts that's causing a concern for some of the athletes. The light posts may also be a danger. Some have actually fallen off at random.

"It's just not worth us putting any kids in jeopardy and the liability of the school district," said Joe Pizano, the Wyoming Area athletic director.

Wyoming Area school officials say they're working on a long-term solution to find a permanent home for the tennis team. But some athletes are hoping for the best as they prepare to play their home matches away from home.

"I would like to see the courts to be at least fixed temporarily," Thomas said.

"I just hope that people understand that this is like a community place, too. It's not just for Wyoming Area, so if the courts are closed, everybody's affected by it," Perry added.

School officials plan to meet with the Wyoming Area School board Wednesday to decide what should be done with the tennis courts.

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