Sheila Johnson 60yo college tennis player

Sheila Johnson played tennis at Arizona State 40 years ago, and — with one year of eligibility left — is playing her final year of college tennis at the age of 60. The history story of her coming to Hawaii with the Grand Canyon U. tennis team, as 7th seeds in the NCAA Div II Western Regional playoffs, is told entertainingly by Cindy Luis, of the Honolulu Star-Bulletin at

On Thursday, May 8, two of us local, mature tennis players went to watch GCU play against 2nd seeded host team Hawaii Pacific University, and were thoroughly captivated by Johnson’s court demeanor and play. GCU didn’t win, but this team, built up by first-year coach, Greg Prudhomme is a testimony to good-story, heart-warming athletic endeavors. Johnson media interviews with CBS, NPR and other media link to talk of even a movie deal. The two of us were inspired, so no argument that a big screen story would be any less inspirational to other tennis folks world ’round.

Sheila’s stellar play was grounded on steady placement, deep on the baseline or close to sidelines, quick reactions at the net, and good anticipation of a return shot. Her much younger, singles opponent often showed frustration, once smacking a ball against the opposite fence on a change over. Singles is Sheila’s game, though she did admit to getting winded in her set–called at 4-5 when HPU won two match-winning singles on other courts. Those watching were disappointed that the set couldn’t be played out, as it was great tennis to watch.

A student-athlete at 60.  Sheila Johnson has set the bar higher.


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Starting a PhotoBlog

May 4th 08 – This site doesn’t require HTML knowledge. But….there’s still a learning curve. Have been seeking a way to post visible descriptions with personal photos, and after a Matt visit here to Hawaii, I knew someone had allowed the me a way to do this. Now to start figuring out remedial site layout… to add photos?

May 5th 08 – I’ve figured out how to add photos, though the following three should have been staggered: centered, left, right.  Maybe because I use a Mac, not all of the layout issues have been ironed by the WordPress folks.

The photos were taken at the 08 Orchid Show and Plant Sale, held this past weekend at Noelani Elementary School in Manoa. The displays, and, of course the blooms themselves, often elicited descriptions of wonder. The four in our group of photographers were challenged by the variables in natural and ambient light to capture blossoms’ true colors, just as they were displayed. 

2008 Orchid Show

Delicate White

Dark Beauty

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