There is a reason why the Munster High School men's tennis team is preparing to defend their 34th consecutive sectional title. The city years ago built and maintains exceptional tennis facilities around the city, but particularly the 14 courts at the high school.
Those courts are used not only by tennis team members male and female, but also by kids just starting and by senior citizens.
The health coefficient for the whole city is raised by all the exercise that happens there.
Recently, Hammond used federal funds to replace four derelict courts in the downtown Harrison Park. The new courts are across the street from a middle school that has four seldom used tennis courts that are always locked to the public.
I went with a friend to play the new courts, and we found the courts were locked up tight as a drum. Munster's courts are never locked and seem to survive fine.
Hammond doesn't have many kids who become good tennis players; Munster does.
- Ross Cannon, Hammond