Tennis standout now feels part of the team

Tennis standout feels part of a team

KENNEBUNK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- As a freshman last year, all Rosemary Campanella wanted to do was play tennis, a sport that was not offered at Wells High School. Tennis was classified as a cooperative individual sport, unlike football or ice hockey, so she could not hop on to a neighboring school's squad.

"It really upset me and my dad gave me two options," said the Wells sophomore, "I could either go through my high school career without doing anything or I could put up a fight." 

Rosemary collected nearly 500 signatures on a petition to change the rule and be allowed to play for neighboring Kennebunk.

While It did not work in time to be on the court with the Rams last spring, the MPA did pass an alternate proposal later in the year that eliminated the cooperative individual classification not just for tennis but for all sports.

"I think somebody who was really concerned about it being fair as Rosemary felt all along I think they analyzed and the MPA  thought this is unfair to some individuals doing so well can't seem to belong to a team and for them to open the door for them to be a part of it is great," said Kennebunk-Wells girls tennis coach Peter Leon. 

"I was relieved, it was a  burden that is just off me now," said Campanella. 

With spring sports in full swing it's all smiles for Rosemary as she joins this co-op team for its first season and she feels part of the team since the first day of practice. 

"I really do it's called the Kennebunk-Wells team," said said, "there's Kennebunk and Wells girls here and that's what  we want."

 

 

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