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Silverado boys tennis season saved

The Silverado boys tennis team will have the opportunity to win its fourth straight Desert Sky League title this spring.

The school has decided not to suspend the sport for the season.

Silverado athletic director Vinny Williams said the Victor Valley Union High School District will not provide any funding for transportation, which was the main issue in the sport being on the chopping block.

Williams met with coaches, players and parents and provided them with options for transportation. Coach Bill Mocharnuk said he and assistant coach Alan Pellegrini will provide transportation for at least the nine varsity players to away matches in the Victor Valley area.

They plan to fundraise to get buses for their two league matches at Burroughs and one at Barstow as well as for the junior varsity team’s travel expenses.  

Williams said other parents can volunteer to drive if they’re approved volunteers through the district, but they’ll have to pay the cost of the approval process.

Silverado will play a limited schedule of mostly DSL matches, Williams said.

He said the outcry from the team and others in the community at the last district board meeting helped.

“I thought the kids and community did really well in lobbying to save the sport,” Williams said. “They’re one of our smaller teams, but they’re committed to doing what they do.”

It doesn’t look like the golf team will be saved for the season.

“If there was interest, we would explore it,” Williams said.

When the district told the school it had to cut its budget, Silverado based cuts on program sizes. Boys tennis and boys golf draw the fewest players at the high school.

The Hawks’ first scheduled match is Feb. 26 at home against Hesperia.

Anyone who would like to donate to the program can call Mocharnuk at (760) 955-3353, ext. 25102.


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