But Bogdonas, who came in the next year, was even better, going in before losingto three-time state place-winner Stacy Berg of Oak Park in the third round at state. But she was gritty and could get balls back with a lot more on them. Bogdonas, our choice for the free online dating in the Rapids girls tennis player in Rockford-area history, was undefeated heading into the state tournament three of her four years in high school.
The only conference match she ever lost was, to Cindy Marcial in the NIC finals her junior year when she had a slight back single ladies in Ohio looking for man. The next week, though, she beat Marcialto win sectionals. More: Rockford's greatest girls tennis players No.
More: Mary Johnson: Rockford's No. Bogdonas also played four years at NCAA power Georgia and played in major regional and national tournaments in the summer and trained with private coaches, while the Marcials mostly trained and practiced against themselves. Tonya played at a much higher level, with more pace. She trained outside and I practiced with my family.
But she was very nice. Her persona on the court was gritty, take-no-prisoners, but you get her off the court and she is pretty easy going.
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Watching her was very inspiring. Kohl and Bogdonas both were known for hard, powerful, somewhat flat groundstrokes, but Bogdonas also had an inside-out forehand.
It was awesome. I also had a great two-handed backhand.
Those shots help you open up the court. I used to work on short angles at mid-court.
As a sophomore, Bogdonas was again undefeated until losing to eventual champion Cece Cahill of Hinsdale Central in the state quarterfinals. She then won four more matches in the backdraw before losing to Tracy Taylor of Chicago Latin and finished sixth best telephone dating phone numbers Miami Fl earn the first girls state tennis medal in area history. Even though she came back to beat her at sectionals and that was her only loss to Marcial in three years.
I like Island hook up sex end points quickly and she was always getting them back. And she hit a lot of topspin, a lot of loopy, slow balls and I would have to generate all the pace. It took more patience for sure. And it was frustrating. She was quick and she was tiny and she could get everything back. Being unseeded meant Bogdonas ran into Berg again fairly early, losing, in the third round. And, once again, the backdraw was rained out, so Bogdonas had no chance to place after that loss.
But she had a great chance as a senior, when she was seeded No. Bogdonas wound up fourth as a senior.
The crushing blow was afind a man in Raleigh North Carolina NC, semifinal loss to eventual champion Julie McKeon of Glenbrook North, a player she had beaten three times in the past. That match was delayed eight hours by rain, after Bogdonas had taken an early lead, and moved indoors to Glenbrook Racquet Club, where McKeon often practiced. They also had a basketball game there and the entire team and their fans came in and flooded the indoor center. There were no stands. The court was surrounded by their fans.
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They were heckling and yelling at me. They were talking during points. It was crazy. It was a zoo. Her older sister, Cindy, was also a tennis star, playing for Boylan and then Michigan State, but not much with Tonya because she was 12 years older. Still, she passed Phoenix girls looking for me the tennis bug. It was just time to stop. My senior year we were preseason ranked No. We lost our No. If we had those two, we might have won.
One of the best decisions I ever made was to go play at Georgia. It felt like home when I went on my recruiting trip.
I still talk with all the girls I played with and we go back and watch the matches. Last fall we hosted a retreat for all the incoming freshmen and current players. Georgia is a great place to be an Chesapeake VA distance relationship date ideas. The Rockford Register Star is running a daily retrospective on the greatest area athletes of the past 75 years in every IHSA sport fielded by local high schools.
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