by Hanna Houck for Walkersville High School Lion’s Pride
Not many high school athletes can say that they have won a county championship. Even fewer athletes can say they have won a county championship as a freshman, but Julie Wallace can.
The county tournament for tennis was held on Friday, May 13th and Saturday, May 14th. Due to the rain on Friday, the matches were delayed in starting.
In the semi finals, Wallace played Urbana’s second seed, Aaliya Husain and won 2-6, 6-1, 6-1. In finals she played Urbana’s first seed, Isabella Miller and won 6-1, 6-0.
“It feels amazing to win counties. I never thought I would have so much success throughout the season and during the tournament,” Wallace said.
“I prepared [for counties] by practicing every day and working on areas that needed improvement,” she continued.
Wallace has been playing tennis since she was 5 years old but she says “I didn’t get serious until I was 9.”
“I credit my success to my parents who teach and play with me during the summer and my coach and teammates for playing with me during the school season,” Wallace said.
“I’m very excited for regionals,” Wallace said. When asked about her chances at regionals Wallace said “I’m seeded second in the draw so hopefully I’ll go pretty far.”
“[It’s] So exciting to watch Julie overcome many obstacles and fears,” said teammate Kaitlyn Tokarz.
“Her talent was there from the start and as a team, we were proud to watch her succeed,” Tokarz continued.
Teammate Thomas Anderson, who prepared for counties with Wallace and came in 4th in the tournament for boys’ singles joked, “She’s tall.”