COLORADO SPRINGS — On the tennis courts of John Venezia Park, a fitting end for a senior group that served their school well.
"I tried to practice by myself but it's not the same without my teammates," Morgan said.
"It feels so good to be out here with my teammates again, getting back into that "normal"; doing a little social distancing practicing," Cheatham said.
Lisanne Cheatham, Hailey Morgan, Monica Cichon and Lauren Sauley, four key members of a historic Lady Pirates tennis program.
"Just being with them and experiencing all of this tennis with them, it was great," Cichon said.
A big step in the right direction, the group led the school to its first two trips to the Class 3A state tennis tournament.
"My favorite memory with the girls was going to state for the first and second times," Cheatham said. "It's a bonding experience getting to know each other and reaching our goals. Just an up and coming tennis team, so going to state was really big for us."
The true definition of student-athletes, these St.Mary's stars also smashed it in the classroom with some of the highest grade point averages (GPA) in our region.
The group is looking forward to continuing their academic success at Notre Dame, Colorado State, Wyoming and Harding next year.
"Everyone has a unique personality and everyone adds an important piece to the team that I just love," Cichon said.
Unfortunately due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this talented foursome never got a chance to rally in 2020. However, the love and effort they put forth will help the next generation follow through to future success.
"Feels great to build the legacy and leave a part of me at the school," Morgan said.