The Holly varsity girls tennis program has been one of the most successful programs, if not the most successful, in the tri-county area for the last 30 years.
The girls have either won or shared every single Metro League crown but two since the 1982-83 school year, and have made waves at the state level in recent seasons as well.
But some new history was made this fall when two ex-Holly teammates competed against each other at the collegiate level — at least in terms of their teams. The pair didn’t play directly against each other in either of their matches.
Taylor Barrett was playing for Grand Valley while Nicole Johnson competed for Saginaw Valley. Grand Valley won the dual match 5-3, but both Holly graduates left the dual with victories.
Barrett played at No. 4 singles and won her match against Gyselle Gutierrez 4-6, 6-0, 10-4, while Johnson played at No. 6 singles and won her match 6-2, 2-6, 6-3. Both also played in doubles matches. Barrett teamed up with Marija Leko to win her No. 2 doubles match while Johnson teamed with Sara Neves and lost at No. 3 doubles.
Johnson is in her sophomore season and posted a 9-5 record in singles matches and a 4-9 record in doubles matches this fall. During her freshman season she posted a 3-7 singles record and a 3-6 doubles record. She capped her Holly playing career by winning the No. 2 singles state title at the Division 2 meet in 2018.
Barrett began her career at Grand Valley this year and posted a 10-1 record in singles matches at a variety of flights. She was 10-4 in doubles matches, usually playing at No. 2 doubles.
Grand Valley finished second in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Association (GLIAC), posting an 8-1 dual record. Saginaw Valley was 3-6 in its GLIAC duals.
The Lake Fenton graduate is playing defensive end for Concordia University’s NAIA national tournament-bound football squad.
Foerster played in nine games this fall, recording 12 unassisted tackles and 13 assisted tackles. He posted 3.5 sacks for a loss of 35 yards and 8.5 tackles for loss for 43 yards worth of losses.
Concordia (8-2 overall) competes against Grand View University Saturday in Des Moines, Iowa.
The Fenton graduate completed her sophomore season at Western Michigan University last spring, posing a .273 batting average. She played 39 games at catcher and 43 games overall. She had four home runs and drove in 12 runs. The Broncos posted an 18-28 record last spring, including a 9-11 record in the Mid-American Conference.