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Allen Copson follows her return during tournament action on May 15, 2017 on the Nelson courts.

After years of asking, Nelson County High School will get its tennis courts repaired in time to host home matches in April.

At a continued meeting March 14, the Nelson County Board of Supervisors voted to fund $199,400 for repairs to the tennis courts at the high school. According to an email from Superintendent Martha Eagle to County Administrator Steve Carter, “The courts are in dire need of resurfacing as large cracks have formed making the playing surface ill-suited for competitive play.”

With the funding approved, Tennis Courts, Inc., the selected vendor for the tennis court renovation, can begin repairs March 30.

If the planned timeline works out, the courts should be ready for play by April 8. The tennis team will be able to hold its last six home matches of the season on the resurfaced courts.

“The timeline is optimal for us as it coincides with the [division’s] spring break,” Eagle said in her email to Carter.

Thomas Bruguiere, West District representative; Tommy Harvey, vice chair and North District representative; and Larry Saunders, chair and South District representative, voted to give the school board funds to repair the courts. Jesse Rutherford, East District representative, voted against the motion saying he wants to see the entire budget and capital improvement plan first. Ernie Reed, Central District representative, was absent.

“I want to see the grand scheme,” Rutherford said.

Harvey said the need to resurface the tennis courts had been on the school board’s capital improvement plan for quite a while and something he had studied before.

“This is something that should have been done about five or six years ago,” Harvey said.

The home tennis matches scheduled before the resurfacing is complete will be held at other locations, such as Stoney Creek in Nellysford or Sweet Briar College.

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Erin Conway covers Nelson County. Reach her at (434) 385-5524 or

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