Dodge City High School Red Demon tennis player Melissa Roetzer signed a letter of intent Monday to continue playing tennis at Southwestern College in Winfield next year. The senior at DCHS finished her final high school season by going 1-1 at regionals in Goddard.


Dodge City High School Red Demon tennis player Melissa Roetzer signed a letter of intent Monday to continue playing tennis at Southwestern College in Winfield next year. The senior at DCHS finished her final high school season by going 1-1 at regionals in Goddard.
    "I'm looking forward to improving my game — from what I hear the competition is really tough," Roetzer said. "Tennis is a lifelong sport — something you can play at even 70 or 80 years old."
    The 2007 Moundbuilder women's tennis team took third place during the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference's regular season and placed third in the KCAC tournament as well. The Moundbuilders placed third once again in the NAIA region 4 tournament.
    "We're looking forward to having Melissa with us and we think she can help us get back to the top," said Moundbuilder women's tennis coach John Paulin. "We really like the experience she's been able to get in high school and she's developed a very solid game. We think she'll be a good, solid player for us during the next four years."
    DCHS tennis coach Tamie Preston knows just how solid Roetzer's game is. She spent most of the 2008 tennis season as Preston's No. 1 singles player.
    "She's always wanted to play college tennis," Preston said. "And she put in the work to be able to do so. She's worked through summers and it's really rewarding to see when someone's able to go on and accomplish the things they want to accomplish the way she's done."
    Roetzer is also interested in playing the flute in Southwestern's band. She is the first athlete in the DCHS class of 2009 to sign a letter or intent for athletics with any college.