We regularly praise state champion high school athletes when they earn a title. It takes a combination of talent, coaching, parental and school support, and hours upon hours of practice to achieve a championship.
Last June, as a junior, Greenwood girls tennis player Jackie Kawamoto won the state singles championship at Park Tudor High School, capping a 28-0 season. But for the time being, she’s not going to defend her title.
No she hasn’t quit the sport. Far from it. She plans to play and compete just as fiercely as she did last year. Rather, before this season began, Kawamoto and her twin sister, Jade, decided the latter should be given the same opportunity to reach for glory. As a result, Jade is now playing No. 1 singles for the Woodmen with Jackie at No. 2 singles.