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1967 Girls Team State Co-Champs
1968 5th Place State   1969 - 6th Place State
Singles - State

Semi-Finalist  Mary Paczesniak 1967

                                    Doubles - State
  Semi-Finalists  Janie Chiene and Peggy Eddy 1967
Linda Prefontaine and Peggy Eddy 1970

District Champions
Team Champions      1967   *   1968


              2004  Suzanne Massie
              1985  Jill Jensen
              1974  Patti Layton          
              1967  Mary Paczesniak  


1983   Karyn Jensen and Kim Kemper
 Linda Prefontaine and Marilyn Layton
   Linda Prefontaine and Peggy Eddy
   Linda Prefontaine and Marilyn Layton
   Ann Guenther & Angie Guenther
   Janie Chiene and Peggy Eddy

Mary Paczesniak

Linda Prefontaine

Peggy Eddy

Janie Chiene
State Semifinalists  -  The above players made it to the 'Final Four' in Oregon

History of Girls Tennis at Marshfield High School

Marshfield didn't field their first girls' tennis team until 1964, but that didn't stop two of the Pirates' all-time greatest female tennis stars from competing as individuals.  From 1952-55, Jackie Ford practiced and competed on the boys' team while able to compete against other girls at the State Tournament.  From 1960-63, Marilyn Haliski excelled during the regular season and at the State Tournament as Marshfield's only female. 
     In 1964, Coach Jan Rust decided the time had come to organize a girls' team.  The team's first State Tournament competitor didn't come until 1965 when freshman Mary Paczesniak finished 2nd in singles at the District Tournament, thus earning the right to represent the Pirates at State.
     By 1967, tennis had taken it's grip on a number of Marshfield ladies who practiced diligently long after their regular practice hours were over.  The extended practice sessions paid off as the Pirates took 1st place in singles (Mary Paczesniak) and 1st (Janie Chiene and Peggy Eddy), 2nd (twins Anne and Angie Guenther), and 3rd (Carol Hanson and Kathy Krummel) place in doubles at the District Tournament.  With Paczesniak advancing into the semi-finals in singles and Chiene and Eddy advancing into the semi-finals in doubles at the State Tournament, the 1967 Marshfield girls' tennis team tied with perennial tennis powerhouse Roseburg as State High School Co-Champions, becoming the first girls' State Championship team in Pirate history.
     The success of the Marshfield tennis program didn't stop there as Paczesniak (singles) and the Guenther twins (doubles) both advanced into the quarterfinals at State in 1968, earning enough points for a 5th place team State finish.
     In 1969 the momentum carried the Pirates to a 6th place finish at State with Peggy Eddy advancing to the quarterfinals in singles and the doubles team of Linda Prefontaine and Marilyn Layton also advancing as far as the State quarterfinals.
     Marshfield never again achieved the success as a team at the State Tournament that those late 1960's teams had, but has had numerous other outstanding individuals.   Linda Prefontaine won District doubles Championships in 1970 (with Peggy Eddy) and again in 1971 (with Marilyn Layton), advancing to the State semi-finals in 1970.
     Patti Layton qualified for the State Tournament all four years of her high school career (1971-74), culminating with a District singles Championship and a State quarterfinal finish in 1974.
     The 1980's saw Karyn Jensen and Kim Kemper win the District doubles Championship in 1983 and Jill Jensen win the District singles Championship in 1985.
     In 1998, Katie Massie was the District singles runner-up and State Consolation Champion and in 2004 Katie's younger sister, Suzanne Massie, became the Pirates' 4th District Singles Champion of all-time on her way to a State quarterfinal finish.