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Whitfield sophomore Grace Klutke made history for the Warriors.

Klutke reached the Class 1 semifinals in the state tennis meet at the Cooper Tennis Complex in Springfield. It was her first trip to the state tournament.

“She is the first girl from Whitfield who has made it to state,” Whitfield coach Jill Starr said. “There was a boy, Michael Gardner, about eight years ago who made it to state.”

Klutke beat Clinton’s Adriane Dehn in her opening match 6-1, 6-1. She followed that with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Chillicothe’s Sydnie Whiteside to make the semifinals.

However, Klutke’s run ended when he lost 6-2, 6-2 to eventual state champion Yurie Heard, of Pembroke Hill.

“Our expectations going into state for her was to make the final four,” Starr said. “She played very well and was very focused.”

Starr is pleased to have Klutke back for two more years.

“I’m extremely happy to have Grace return,” Starr said. “We hope to be back at state next year.”

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