Brownstown tennis celebrates 2022 season


The Brownstown Central girls tennis team gathered at its home courts last week to put a bow on the 2022 season.

Head coach Erik Stangland, assistant coach Sabrina Wonning and manager Grant Elliott handed out awards to the Braves for their efforts this past spring.

Varsity letter winners were Hannah Hackman, Chelsea Luedeman, Leah Pottschmidt, Jenna Bolte, Ava McKinney, Kaitlyn Williams, Bella Brown, Brynn Burton and Avery Harrison.

Williams, Brown, Burton and Harrison all earned their first varsity letter. Kylie Eglen and Alexia Manns were both varsity participants during the season, as well, and Bolte and McKinney both got their varsity jackets.

Stangland handed out three individual awards, starting with the most improved player award, which went to Williams. Williams is a sophomore who played her way into a consistent varsity rotation during the second half of the season.

The mental attitude award went to Audrey Scarlett, and the most valuable player award went to Hackman.

Hackman also earned all-Mid Southern Conference. Luedeman was all-conference honorable mention. Hackman and Luedeman played one doubles for the Braves all season long.

Brownstown finished the season with an 8-12 overall record and 3-5 in the MSC. The Braves beat Austin 3-2 in the first round of the sectional before losing to Scottsburg in the sectional semifinal.

Brownstown was a young team this past season. Hackman and Luedeman were the only two seniors on the court during the sectional. Stangland hopes the Braves can build on the good things they accomplished in 2022 and continue to grow for next spring.

“We’ve got our singles and our number two doubles back, and they’ve really come on. We’ve got a lot of potential there,” Stangland told The Tribune after the sectional loss to Scottsburg. “For a team that a lot of people said wouldn’t get two wins this year, to end up with eight wins and be able to make this a match (against Scottsburg), that was a big plus.”

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