BritneyFarmer

Terre Haute North's number one tennis player is Brittany Farmer. She's returning for her sophomore season with All-State first team honors under her belt.

Brittany Farmer made a lasting impression on the local high school girl’s tennis scene as a freshman last year. What can she do for an encore?

Farmer, now a sophomore at Terre Haute North, recently teamed up with her father Jeff in earning a silver ball award in the United States Tennis Association’s National Father-Daughter Championships in South Barrington, Ill. recently.

“Runner-up in the nation … not too bad,” understated North tennis coach Jim Cook.

Rewind back to a season ago. Farmer assumed the No. 1 singles position as a freshman with Cook hoping her extensive youth tennis background translated to high school victories for her and taking North to the level as a team. Did she ever.

In her freshman season, Farmer led an otherwise veteran Patriots’ team to the state finals. North lost the semifinal and consolation match at last year’s state finals, but that’s still a fourth place finish in the state.

Back to the future, Cook reports that Farmer is now 6-foot-1 and “a lot stronger.”

Cook added, “Her serve has jumped up a level and she has a multitude of shots which gives her a possibility to score from anywhere on the court, either baseline of at the net. She’s just one of the best I’ve ever coached.”

But that is just the tennis portion of Farmer. She is also an outstanding teammate.

“She is an exceptional young lady, shows good sportsmanship and is always ready to help her teammates,” Cook mentioned. “That’s important. It’s just her type of personality. Her parents have had a good influence on her.”



The following are previews for the three Vigo County schools and Northview:

• Terre Haute North — Despite the presence of Farmer, North will need to replace key graduated seniors in Molly Williams, Katie Clagg and Laura Burdick.

“Last year’s team will be hard to beat,” acknowledged Cook.

But the Patriots’ cupboard is not completely bare, as Farmer will be joined by senior Bekka Beller and junior Becky Ackley with extensive playing time last season. Junior Brittany Cuthbertson — who filled in to win a pair of matches at the regional — also returns.

The balance of the team will consist of senior Rachel Rose — “one of the most improved players on the team”. Talented freshman Paige Cook “will definitely help the team … very bright girl.” Others will be senior Alex Harrold, senior foreign exchange student Lena Staemmler (Germany) and sophomore Amanda Metternich.

Besides Farmer at No. 1 singles, “It will be hard telling now where we’ll find them in the lineup. All that have come back have improved, at what level will remain to be seen. We will have to find points, that’s the bottom line. We’ll shift players around to help the team most.”

Cook also noted that his team, as are all Vigo County teams, will be hampered at the start of the season due to Spring Break falling this week.

“Five of my nine [main] players will be on vacation so we’ll have only four in our first match [this weekend],” Cook said. “It’s not going to be a good start. This has happened maybe one other time since I’ve been coaching.”



Terre Haute North Schedule

April 7 — at West Lafayette, 10 a.m

April 7 — at McCutcheon, 2 p.m.

April 10 — vs. West Vigo, 4:30 p.m.

April 12 — at Sullivan, 5 p.m.

April 14 — at Delta Invitational, 9 a.m.

April 16 — at Northview, 4:30 p.m.

April 17 — vs. Floyd Central (at Bloomington), 5 p.m.

April 19 — vs. Terre Haute South, 4:30 p.m.

April 21 — vs. Plainfield, 10 a.m.

April 28 — at Merrillville Tournament, 9 a.m.

May 5 — at MIC Championships (Ben Davis), 8:30 a.m.

May 8 — at Bloomington South, 5 p.m.

May 9 — vs. Jasper (at Vincennes), 4:45 p.m.

May 11 — vs. Carmel, 5 p.m.

May 17,19 — Sectional at Terre Haute North

May 22,23 — Regional at Vincennes

May 26 — Semistate at Jasper

June 2 — State finals at North Central



• Terre Haute South — Braves’ coach Bill Blankenbaker is “anticipating a fun year … anticipating a very successful year. We’re pretty young but hoping to gain a lot of respect this year.”

South has four girls returning with varsity experience, including sophomore Hunter Bullock, junior Katie Bilyeu, junior Maddy Bogle and senior Chandana Namburi.

Blankenbaker is excited about the prospects of a pair of talented freshman, Mallory Metheny and Eesha Purohit, who “will be somewhere in the lineup.” Metheny’s brother Mark, a standout tennis and golfer, graduated last year from South.

Others in the mix include senior Shannon Borman, sophomore Angela Dawson, along with a trio of freshmen in Jackie Bogle, Emma Bilyeu and Alexis Summers.

Blankenbaker noted that, “43 girls came out for the team. The first 10 are good and even the next 10 can hit the ball. The JV should have a super year. Some of those girls will push some of the top girls.”

As for the inevitable comparison to rival North, Blankenbaker added, “We expect to match up real well. North will always be a good matchup.”



Terre Haute South Schedule

April 7 — at West Lafayette, 10 a.m

April 7 — at McCutcheon, 2 p.m.

April 9 — vs. Bloomington South, 5:30 p.m.

April 12 — vs. Northview, 4:30 p.m.

April 14 — Braves Invitational (Chatard, Evansville Central), 9 a.m.

April 19 — at Terre Haute North, 4:30 p.m.

April 21 — at Lawrence Central Invitational, 9 a.m.

April 26 — vs. West Vigo, 4:30 p.m.

May 2 — vs. Jasper (at Vincennes), 5:30 p.m.

May 5 — at MIC Championships (Ben Davis), 8:30 a.m.

May 7 — vs. Sullivan, 4:30 p.m.

May 12 — at Evansville Memorial, 10 a.m.

May 15 — at Vincennes Lincoln, 5:30 p.m.

May 17,19 — Sectional at Terre Haute North

May 22,23 — Regional at Vincennes

May 26 — Semistate at Jasper

June 2 — State finals at North Central



• West Vigo — Suzanne Marrs, a former four-year tennis player and a 2002 graduate at West Vigo, has assumed the coaching duties this season. Marrs succeeds Bruce Hartrich, who will remain as the boy’s coach.

Marrs will inherit a pair of seniors in Brittney Brown and Kristina Price, but the biggest preseason competition being waged between sophomore Taylor Brown and junior Josey Holscher for the No. 1 and 2 singles slots.

Also being counted on are juniors Megan Jackson and foreign exchange student Estela Gonzalo Garcia from Spain. Marrs noted that Garcia has one season of experience in Spain last year.

“Besides the two seniors, our team is made up of about nine juniors and the rest are all sophomores and freshmen,” Marrs said.

“We’re a pretty young team,” she added. “From what I can see, they are doing well and showing improvement in all their skills.

“Our goal for the season is to get a bit better every practice, every match. If we can put it all together as a team, hopefully we will have a winning season.”



West Vigo Schedule

April 10 — at Terre Haute North, 4:30 p.m.

April 11 — vs. South Vermillion, 5 p.m.

April 14 — at Sullivan Tourney, 9:30 a.m.

April 16 — vs. South Putman, 5 p.m.

April 18 — at Sullivan, 4:45 p.m.

April 19 — at Owen Valley, 5 p.m.

April 21 — at Edgewood, 10 a.m.

April 21 — vs. Brown County (at Edgewood), 11:30 a.m.

April 26 — at Terre Haute South, 4:30 p.m.

May 2 — vs. Linton, 5 p.m.

May 3 — at Northview, 5 p.m.

May 7 — vs. Greencastle, 5 p.m.

May 9 — at Turkey Run, 5 p.m.

May 12 — at Washington Catholic, 9 a.m.

May 15 — vs. Seeger, 5 p.m.

May 17,19 — Sectional at Terre Haute North

May 22,23 — Regional at Vincennes

May 26 — Semistate at Jasper

June 2 — State finals at North Central



• Northview — “We’ve lost six of our seven varsity players from last year,” stated coach Emily Goff. “So this is definitely a rebuilding season for us.”

The Knights’ lone varsity returnee from their sectional championship team is junior Jazmine Kellum. Period.

Goff says her remaining roster spots will likely consist of senior captains Kayla Cooper and Chelsea Mershon, senior Nikki Mogan, sophomore Allie Melega. Senior Abby Smith is currently out due to a back injury.

“The other spots are open,” Goff said. “We have a lot of inexperienced players, but I do have a lot of hard workers and they’ve worked hard in the offseason. It’s a good group of girls.”



Northview

April 9 — At Plainfield, 5 p.m.

April 12 — at Terre Haute South, 4:30 p.m.

April 16 — vs. Terre Haute North, 5 p.m.

April 17 — vs. Rockville, 5 p.m.

April 19 — at South Vermillion, 5 p.m.

April 24 — at Owen Valley, 4:30 p.m.

April 25 — vs. White River Valley, 5 p.m.

April 26 — vs. Edgewood, 5 p.m.

April 28 — Northview Invitational, 9 a.m.

May 3 — vs. West Vigo, 5 p.m.

May 5 — vs. Sullivan and Brown County, 10 a.m.

May 7 — at South Putnam, 4:30 p.m.

May 9 — vs. Danville, 5 p.m.

May 12 — at North Montgomery Invitational, TBA

May 14 — vs. Bloomfield, 5 p.m.

May 16-19 — Sectional (at Northview)

May 22 — at Regional, TBA

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