It had been a year since Frank Ackley of Springs had played a singles match, so, with the United States Tennis Association’s men’s 65 clay court championships coming up in New Orleans in early November, he took himself to the Ross School, where, he said, “they let me play singles and doubles with the academy kids . . . and they didn’t take it easy on me either.”
Middletown High School, where the state boys soccer Final Four games were played recently, is the Taj Mahal of high schools, the size, I thought, of at least two airports.
An eight-lane track wraps around a large turf field overlooked by a Jumbotron — yes, a Jumbotron — and at the other end is a large grandstand over which a commodious press box stretches. I tend to stay away from press boxes, though, preferring a ground-level view, as close to the action as possible.