This sports wrap-up was written by juniors Daniel Healey and Isaac Mervis.
The Boys Golf Team once again had a successful season. The team went 6-2 in dual matches. In tournament play they did not fare as well, but were still able to beat a couple big name schools. The team was lead by senior Adam Frasz for the second year in a row. Adam’s low score for nine holes this season was a very impressive 38. Junior Jake Tanner wasn’t far behind with a 41. Freshman Troy Belanger held the number three slot on the team. Troy’s season low was a 46 on nine holes. Junior Daniel Healey stayed in the fourth slot this season. His season low for the season was a 47. Junior Dakota Allen was in the fifth spot on the team, his season low was a 48. There were also some appearances this season by senior Marvin Scott, sophomore Paul Szewczyk, and junior TJ Pettinga. They played in their Sectional Tournament once school was out and placed 9th out of 11 teams. Jake Tanner was the low scorer for the team. The team will suffer a big loss with Adam Frasz graduating, but they hope to come back strong next season.
It was a year filled with many new players and lots of improvement for the Softball team. The team had one win this season, but they grew as a team and created a great team environment. Sophomores Lexie Schulte and Maddie Smith led the team with pitching all of the games between the two of them. The team did very well while batting. They had a .346 team batting average. Sophomores Isabelle Shevitz and Lexie Schulte led the team batting average with a .667 and .586 respectively. The team excelled on the bases collecting 97 stolen bases for the season. Freshman Annabelle Lance led the team with 16 stolen bases. Freshman Jenny Bruemmer wasn’t far behind Lance with 15 bases stolen. The team is looking forward to more improvement in the upcoming seasons with all of the new players who joined the team this season.
Track and Field
The Track and Field team was small but mighty this season. Jake Nerney broke the school record in the 100m and 200m race. Hari Dhadha, John Zeh, Marcelius Lewis, and Nerney broke the 400m relay school record. Sophomore Sam Klarquist consistently led the team in the long-distance events. The Girls team was also small but mighty this season. There were two girls on the team, junior Rebecca Byerly and freshman Emily Gardener. Gardener consistently improved her times in the 400 and 800-meter race. So did Byerly in the field events. The team will lose some leadership, but they hope to gain some more athletes and give the opposing teams a run for their money.
After losing five starting seniors and three other key players, the University Baseball team had an impressive year that surpassed all expectations. As shown in big wins against Indiana School for the Deaf, Irvington Preparatory Academy, Faith Christian, and Bethesda, University performed very well behind the plate. The team was led by Junior shortstop Isaac Mervis with a batting average of .393, followed by Senior pitcher Tyler Carlson with .319. The team got on base often, evident from impressive on base percentages throughout the team (Turner – .750, Mervis – .500, Bray – .455, Carlson – .417, Nerney and Klemsz – .400). Seniors Tyler Carlson, Spencer Dant, and Avery Walker all stepped up and helped lead the team. The Blazers had to dig deep in the roster to find pitching in Carlson, Bray, Wott, Metzman, Nerney, and Mervis. The team overcame a lot of challenges in the offseason and went on to have a successful season, beating Bethesda and Indiana School for the Deaf before losing in the Sectional championship game to Greenwood Christian. We are all looking forward to seeing how the team performs next year!
A youthful tennis team followed the leadership of Lauren Ciulla and Monica Chavan to victory. The Tennis team had a successful year against very tough competition, beating tough competition such as Northwest, Crispus Attucks, and Covenant Christian. The typical lineup throughout the year featured Ciulla at 1 singles, Hoover at 2 singles, Chavan at 3 singles, Geipel and Roeschlein at 1 Doubles, and Kraft and Kunamneni at 2 Doubles. Boasting impressive winning percentages were Monica Chavan (.571) and the dynamic duo of junior Lizzie Berry and freshman phenom Mahitha Kunamneni (.500). We are all looking forward to many players returning and having a great year next year!