Lady Owls celebrate tennis season on Wednesday


Elise Hartung graduated from Seymour High School this month with one of the best tennis records of anyone who has played for the Lady Owls.

This spring she split her time between No. 1 doubles and No. 2 singles where she was a combined 15-6. She went 19-1 her freshman year at No. 2 doubles, was 17-1 her sophomore year at No. 3 singles and 16-4 her junior year at No. 2 singles, giving her 67 wins in her four years. She set three school records along the way.

She was named Seymour’s most valuable player during an awards program held Wednesday night in the school cafeteria.

Assistant tennis coach Liz Davis said, “She was strong and always dependable. She was a leader on and off the court, and she challenged other players to get better.

Shealso was named Hoosier Hills Conference all-honorable mention.

Ava Sunbury, who played No. 1 singles and had an overall record of 8-12, received the mental attitude award, and also earned all-conference honorable mention.

“She had a good attitude and she never stopped fighting,” Coach Jacob Hunt said.

Tori Fee was named the most improved player this spring. She played No. 1 doubles with Emma Woodard all season.

“Tori was a strong player,” Hunt said. “She was dependable and capitalized on her skills. She worked hard in practice and in the matches.”

Kelsea Hunsley was named Freshman of the Year. She played No. 1 doubles with her sister, Addison. They had a combined record of 5-7.”

The Owls had a record of 9-8 and lost in the finals of the Bedford North Lawrence Sectional to the Stars.

The Owls beat Columbus East in the first round of the HHC tournament, then lost to Floyd Central and BNL to place fourth.

“The highlight win for me was a win against Floyd Central (April 25),” Hunt said. “They were a strong team. We came out to Floyd and performed really well. That was fun to see. I think it was a successful year.”

He was head coach of both the boys’ and girls’ tennis teams this past school year after serving as an assistant for the boys’ team the year before.

He announced his resignation as tennis coach and as a teacher at SHS and has accepted a teaching position at Franklin Central High School in Marion County.

“I enjoyed the players here,” he said. “They have a lot of fun playing tennis, going to practices, going to matches, driving home after matches.

“They have so much fun with whatever they’re doing, and they bring a lot of energy onto the tennis court, so even if I was having a bad day, it was immediately reversed when I got on the tennis courts. They are a great bunch of girls.”

Varsity Letter Winners

4 years- Elise Hartung, 3-Ava Sunbury, Addison Hunsley, 2-Clair Combs, Ross Kruse, 1-Tori Fee, Emma Woodard, Macy Pifer, Kelsea Hunsley

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