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Tennis is for these birds

February 24, 2010 - Neil Rudel

Those who play tennis in and around Blair County are blessed with some really nice indoor facilities.

You have the Summit Tennis & Athletic Center, Pro Care Rehabilitation and, less than 30 minutes away, the Ebensburg Tennis Center.

Each has three indoor courts along with (in the case of Pro Care and Ebensburg) outdoor courts as well.

I've often said there aren't many small towns with better tennis options.

I'm part of a 7 a.m. group on Wednesdays that includes my brother-in-law Tom DeLeo -- he's our A player who, depending on his patience, keeps both teams in the game -- Michael Tucker, an avid player who adjusts his skill level to the competition and WTAJ newsman Kevin Flanigan.

Kevin and I are the C&D players of the group, sometimes interchangeable. I've been the D now for two weeks running.

Anyway, as I walked outside this morning, the sun had just dawned, and you could hear a few birds waking up. And then when I went into the Summit, I could hear the same thing.

You see, the Summit has a couple of nests in its rafters, which are higher than most clubs, and some birds have taken up residency.

They weren't flying around today, which occasionally happens and really gives you the feel of an outdoor court/bird sanctuary, and is fine until, well, ya know.

But you could hear them chirping. Could that mean spring isn't far behind?




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