Tennis teams at Tuloso-Midway High School will be doing a lot of traveling on the road thanks to the still-unresolved issues with the school's multi-million dollar tennis courts.
Varsity tennis coach John Loyd said teams will have to play every game this fall and spring on the road because the high and middle schools' courts are still unsuitable to host any type of competitive events.
"We're on the road all season long in the fall and we're probably going to be on the road during the spring, as well," Loyd said. "We're not going to be able to host any of the tournaments that we have in the past, so we've been contacting some of the other schools around to see if they'd be able to host them."
Trustees with the Tuloso-Midway Independent School District filed a lawsuit in February against the project's contractor due to the poor condition of the courts, which have cracking, chipping and uneven levels all across their surface. Included in that lawsuit are the courts at the middle school, as well.
The total cost for both tennis courts, which have yet to see a game played on them since being completed last year, was $2.2 million.
Loyd said tennis players at the eighth-grade level are being bused to the HEB Tennis Courts to hold practices, while the junior varsity and varsity teams are splitting time with the courts at Robstown High School and the HEB facility.
The situation has left many players unhappy, Loyd admitted, particularly since road trips tend to wear on a team's mental strengths.
"(The players) are not exactly thrilled about it, but that's the situation we're in and that's what we have to deal with," Loyd said. "We've just got to make the best of it."
Despite the reservations by his players, Loyd said he and his staff are working to help the teams overcome the circumstances and focus on the season.
"The dynamic has changed a little bit, but they're starting to gel," he said. "It's not my fault, it's not their fault, but sometimes in life there are things that happen that we have no control over. I think eventually it'll make them stronger tennis players and stronger individuals."