Newman, Shelton win titlePublished 6:33pm Sunday, May 13, 2012
SOUTH BEND — Undefeated Edwardsburg had no problem claiming the undisputed Lakeland Conference tennis title Friday at Leeper Park.
After fashioning a 6-0 regular season record, the Eddies easily won the conference tournament as it outscored runner-up Berrien Springs by 10 points.
Edwardsburg, which finished with 53 points, won three out of the fourth doubles flights and picked up a win at No. 4 singles with Andrea Wagoner.
Berrien Springs, which won both the No. 1 and No. 2 singles titles, finished second with 43 points. Brandywine, which had just one champion — first-year doubles players Mackenzie Shelton and CarlieNewman — at No. 3 doubles, finished third with 40 points.
The Bobcats came into the tournament in second place after going 5-1 during the regular season. Because the Shamrocks finished ahead of the Bobcats in the tournament, the two teams share second place in the overall standings.
Edwardsburg doubles titles came at No. 1 with Jamie Richardson and Alyssa Nasco, No. 2 with Kinzie Hahn and Madison Hatkevich, as well as No. 4 with Haley Deak and Sarah Ford.
Shelton and Newman, both members of the highly successful Brandywine basketball program, both played second last season. Neither had played a competitive match before joining the Bobcat squad earlier this spring.
Newman and Shelton defeated Edwardsburg’s Sydney Brancaleon and Katie Engle in straight sets.
Newman and Shelton won the first set 7-6, taking the tiebreaker 8-6, and then winning the second set 6-4.
Lakeland Conference Tennis
At Leeper Park
Edwardsburg 53, Berrien Springs 43, Brandywine 40, Bridgman 27, Buchanan 26, Coloma 22, Cassopolis 13
Regular season records
Edwardsburg 6-0, Brandywine 5-1, Berrien Springs 3-2-1, Coloma 2-2-2, Buchanan 2-4, Bridgman 1-4-1, Cassopolis 0-6
1. Edwardsburg, 2. Berrien Springs, 2. Brandywine, 4, Buchanan, 4. Coloma, 4. Bridgman, 7. Cassopolis
1. Arien Kissinger (BS) d. Alex Watts (ED) 7-6, 6-3; 2. Yasmine Benjelloun (BS) d. Hayley Jones (ED) 6-1, 6-2; 3. Connie Kutschbach (ED) d. Abby Hodge (BS) 6-1, 6-2; 4. Andrea Wagoner (ED) d. Victoria Knight (BW), 6-1, 6-2
1. Jamie Richardson-Alyssa Nasco (ED) d. Jessy Cooper/Rachel Gipson (BW) 7-6, 7-6; 2. Kinzie Hahn-Madison Hatkevich (ED) d. Alissa Gamble-Caitlyn Cummins (BW) 0-6, 6-4, 6-3; 3. Mackenzie Shelton-Carlie Newman (BW) d. Sydney Brancaleon-Katie Engel (ED) 7-6, 6-4; 4. Haley Deak-Sarah Ford (ED) d. Cassidy Purucker-Abbey Cole (BW) 5-7, 6-3, 6-4
Coach of the Year
Marge Urness, Coloma