Seymour’s Schafstall named The Tribune’s Tennis Player of the Year

Brooke Schafstall’s 2022 tennis season will be etched in the history books.

After playing at No. 1 singles all spring, Schafstall broke two school records that will go up on the walls at Seymour High School.

Her 16-3 record set the the new single-season record at one singles, beating Marley Vehslage’s record in 2015. Schafstall also extended her career record at one singles to 31-8, which also is a school record.

Due to her success this season, Schafstall has been named The Tribune’s Tennis Player of the Year. This is Schafstall’s second straight year earning this distinction.

“I’m really proud of myself,” she said. “It was a really good year.”

Schafstall also earned Hoosier Hills Conference first team, all-district first team and all-state honorable mention.

As a team, Seymour went 16-4, finished second in the Hoosier Hills Conference and won its third-straight sectional championship.

“I was kind of nervous about it since we lost so many seniors, but I had faith that the team was going to step up, so it was just a really good year for us,” Schafstall said.

Playing the top singles spot for the second consecutive year, Schafstall took a step up in the leadership department, helping out her teammates or giving pointers when she noticed something.

At regional, Seymour didn’t advance past Bloomington North as a team, but Schafstall advanced at one singles. One of her best matches of the season was one she lost as she went toe to toe with the hard-hitting one singles player from Bloomington South.

“I was able to incorporate more shot selections in my game,” Schafstall said. “For example, the Bloomington South match, it was really fast-paced, and I was able to slice and throw in different sequences of shots.”

That was the area Schafstall was most pleased with her game, and now with one more year left next spring, she hopes to add some more elements.

“I want to improve on speeding up my serve, hitting it harder and making it faster,” she said. “My serve is hard and fast, but it’s not hard and fast enough to where I want it to be. That’s the one area where I really want to improve on.”

She takes private lessons at Tipton Lakes every Sunday, and she attends conditioning and hitting at the high school in the mornings. June is a packed month for Schafstall, but she said she might enter some tournaments in July to get herself ready for next season.

Remainder of the all-county tennis team:

Sarah Lemming, Trinity Lutheran, Sr.: Played one singles, went 11-4 overall

Madalyn Baurle, Seymour, Sr.: Played two singles, 14-4 record set school record for two singles, HHC honorable mention

Elise Hartung, Seymour, So.: Played three singles, 17-1 record set new school record for three singles

Hannah Hackman, Brownstown Central, Sr.: Played one doubles, team MVP, MSC all-conference

Chelsea Luedeman, Brownstown Central, Sr.: Played one doubles, MSC all-conference honorable mention

Caroline Thompson, Seymour, Jr.: Played one doubles, 10-8 record, sectional champion

Ashley Clemente, Seymour, Jr.: 10-3 overall record, played one doubles throughout season

Ava Sunbury, Seymour, Fr.: 17-5 overall record, played one doubles in postseason

Jessica Hougland, Seymour, Jr.: Played two doubles, 12-4 record set school record for two doubles

Addison Hunsley, Seymour, Fr.: Played two doubles, 12-4 record set school record for two doubles

Drew Hubbard, Trinity Lutheran, So.: Played two singles, went 11-4 overall