Since Cooperstown doesn’t offer tennis in the fall, any girl that wants to play has to compete on the boys team in the spring.
That includes senior Kate Trosset, who’s been competing for the Hawkeyes since she was a freshman.
“I never really thought about it as me being on the boys tennis team,” Trosset said. “I’ve been playing with boys my whole life.”
Trosset made history earlier this month, when she became the second Section III girls tennis player in the last decade to win a sectional title in boys tennis. She did it by beating Hamilton’s Alex Linden in straight sets in the finals.
“After I won, it clicked (in my mind) that you don’t normally see many girls (win sectional titles in boys tennis),” she said. “It definitely feels a little better when you beat a boy because you’re not used to it. It’s a boost to know that I can beat boys too. That’s pretty cool.”
Trosset caps her Cooperstown athletic career with titles in back-to-back seasons. She also won with basketball in the winter.
“I really couldn’t have asked for much more,” she said. “It’s nice to end my sports career at Cooperstown with a win.”