Girls’ Tennis Finishing Season with Three-Year Captain

Chloe McMaster, Staff Writer

AP Academy and Honors classes. Beta Club. Community service. Tennis in the fall. Lacrosse in the Spring. Captain of girls’ varsity tennis for three years straight, senior Sophie Moore balances it all through sports.

Sparking an interest for sports at the age of six, Moore picked up tennis, basketball and later lacrosse. By the age of 12, she realized that tennis was her passion and began playing competitively.

Moore’s efforts in tennis and lacrosse are shown through her eight varsity letters, which span her high school career and are awarded to athletes with outstanding performance during the season. Eight is the maximum number of varsity letters an athlete can receive.

“I like to put 110 percent effort into everything, and I wanna be a part of as many things as possible,” Moore said.

Moore has a very strong sense of pride for Wando, and her goal for her last season with Wando tennis is to make it back to the state championship after winning the title last year.

“I want to represent the school in as many ways as I can,” Moore said. “Especially doing things that I love, such as tennis and lacrosse.”

Varsity tennis coach Eric Praedel said Moore puts in hard work into tennis and her leadership qualities.

“She’s well-versed in the athletic program and our traditions and what it means to be a warrior,” he said.

As captain of the team, Moore represents a strong voice for the younger girls and does her best to lend them a hand however she can. She gives the example of how to act both on and off the court and learns something new from her teammates everyday.

“Life lessons come out of playing sports and being active and being involved in the community you’re in,” Moore said.

Although tennis isn’t her main focus at the moment, Moore plans on continuing to play while at college in order to form new friendships and make connections. She currently has three scholarship offers to play lacrosse in college and plans to commit in the next month.

Moore is the only senior on the team this year to leave a legacy for the next group, and she wants the girls to remember her in a positive light and as a strong leader.

“I care about camaraderie of the team and everyone being for each other,” Moore said. “That really close team aspect, [that’s] definitely what I want to leave this year knowing.”