Alton's Nikki LoweEDWARDSVILLE – Alton’s Nikki Lowe enjoys being a part of the Redbird girls’ tennis program with head coach Jesse Macias and her other team members.

“It’s nice playing better players,” Lowe, a junior, said. “I took a few lessons (prior to joining the Redbirds), but I started enjoying it my freshman year when I was on the team; that’s when I got into it. It’s really fun (playing for the Redbirds and coach Jesse Macias).

“I like being with the other girls on the team when we go to matches like this or when we stay the night at places and have a lot of fun.”

Lowe has also danced, swam and played golf before joining the Redbird netters.

“I still swim during the summer (for the SummersPort club swim team and the Tri-City YMCA Tidalwaves); it keeps me busy," she said.

“I like being with the girls (on the tennis team) and winning; I’m pretty competitive.”

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Feeney, 56, is a native of Granite City and graduated from Granite City South in 1978. He was a part-time writer for the old Granite City Journal from 1979-84 before attending Eastern Illinois University in Charleston,
from which he earned his BA in journalism in 1988. He has worked for newspapers in Sikeston, Mo., Rocky Mount, N.C., Seneca, S.C. and in Charleston-Mattoon. He also worked for the old St. Clair County Suburban

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