Badminton Team Proves Popular in Its Year

Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), April 4, 1999 | Go to article overview

Badminton Team Proves Popular in Its Year


Byline: Chris Powers

For the first time in Glenbard West High School's 75-year history, Lady Hilltoppers are spreading "Pride, Tradition, and Excellence" in the new girls badminton team.

Once only a favorite pastime in PE class, badminton has joined Glenbard West's plethora of interscholastic sports.

The showing for badminton tryouts was phenomenal, with more than 80 participants. Many tennis players - who saw the badminton team as an opportunity to practice during the off-season - aided the strong enthusiasm behind the formation of this team.

Many girls also were drawn by the idea of being part of Glenbard West's first badminton team and participating in a piece of their school's history.

"I tried out for the team to get in shape, but I also thought it would be very exciting to be part of the first badminton team ever, and to be part of West's history," said junior Katrina Simek, a member of the girls badminton team.

Training for badminton is slightly different from training for other Glenbard West sports, junior Christelle Sheldon said.

"I've played soccer at West, and those practices require much more conditioning than badminton since you have to run much more. …

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