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Maddie Warzeka / Winonan
This past weekend ended the regular season for Winona State University’s women’s tennis team.
Their final match of the season was against Decorah, Iowa’s Luther College. Coach Heather Pierce shared her thoughts before the match.
“Luther is always a strong program, so it will be a good test for our girls,” Pierce said.
Even though the match against Luther College was not a part of the conference matches, the girls played hard, winning the match 7-2. Juniors Justine Daane and Rachel Gantz, and first-years Kendra Kappes, Tayla Card and Katie Scruggs all won their singles matches for Winona State.
Not only did the girls take the singles matches, but two out of three of the doubles matches went into tie breakers. Daane and first-year Kaisey Skibba won 9-8 (7-5). Kappes and Gantz won 9-8 (7-4).
Kappes held on to her winning streak, ending the season with only three losses at the number four singles position, as well as her four game winning streak at number two doubles with Gantz.
“My biggest supporters are my family, especially my parents. I can’t remember the last match they weren’t at,” Kappes said.
With her supporters by her side, Kappes and the Warriors will head into the conference tournament this Saturday against Bemidji State University.
Daane shared that they achieved their original team goal.
“At the beginning of the season we set goals as a team and individuals. Our team goal was to make it to the conference tournament,” Daane said.
A few weeks ago a sign was removed from each of the bathroom doors of the Lutheran Campus Center (LCC). The LCC shares space with Mugby Junction, so I wondered if the owner or manager of the coffee shop had removed the signs; they hadn’t. I printed two new signs and posted them on the doors, perturbed by the initial removal. Then I sat in on a KEAP Council meeting and became more than perturbed, for I learned that safe space decals had been removed from the doors of twenty-four reported professors (as of April 5.) I made the connection and realized it was past time for me to speak up as pastor of the LCC.
The LCC has a long history of being an affirming and welcoming place for LGBTQIA+ persons. As a pastor of this community, I consider it my responsibility and calling to be out with this message: We do not condone hate speech nor hate crimes, and removing signs that read: “It’s not about bathrooms as it was never about water fountains” is hateful. Removing safe space decals is hateful. Furthermore, the removal of these declarations of sanctuary is cowardly.
The LCC will continue to stand with our LGBTQIA+ siblings and will continue to strive to be a place and ministry worthy of the name “safe space.” You can remove a sign on a door, but you cannot take that away.
Pastor Corrine Haulotte