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Streator High gets tennis court money

The U.S. Tennis Association has awarded a $20,000 grant to Streator High School.

The grant will be used for the reconstruction of four existing 78-foot tennis courts, complete with blended 36- and 60-foot tennis playing lines, as well as the replacement of net posts and center strap anchors, a USTA news release said.

The USTA Facility Assistance Program aims to support and provide communities access to safe, appealing and functional tennis environments.

At its January meeting, the school board approved spending about $230,000 to refurbish its courts.

Last year, competitive matches no longer were allowed on the school's courts, because they were in such bad condition.

At the time, Superintendent Matt Seaton told the board he feared with the courts in such bad condition, students may lose interest and the tennis teams may disappear.

The girls and boys teams have about 15 to 20 members each, Seaton said.

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