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Poland high school tennis standout to join the Valparaiso Crusaders

May 8, 2014
By J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

The Poland Seminary High School Athletic Department hosted a college tennis signing for senior Garrett Gardner last week. Gardner will be continuing his tennis career for the Valparaiso University Crusaders this fall.

Gardener's passion for tennis began at age 7. He was carrying on a family tradition since his mother, Joanne, is an avid tennis player who was on the Ursuline High School team and is an inductee into the Ursuline Hall of Fame for tennis. She is currently the coach for the boys and girls tennis team at Boardman High School.

Gardener went on to win the sectionals in the past two years and in 2013 won districts and qualified for state. He was named player of the year in 2013.

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Photo by J.T. Whitehouse, Town Crier
Poland Tennis Coach Annie Marian and teammate Anthony Ricciardi join proud parents Ron and Joanne Gardner as their son, Garrett Gardner, signed his letter of intent last week to play tennis for Valparaiso University this fall.

Gardener said he chose Valparaiso University in northwest Indiana mainly for its tennis team.

Gardener will be attending Valparaiso on a partial-combined athletic and academic scholarship this fall. He plans on majoring in math, and is looking at entering the teaching profession or becoming a stock broker like his father.



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