The Girls Tennis and Boys Golf teams ended their seasons successfully. See immediately below for the story on Halli Trinkle’s state championship, and scroll down for Boys Golfer Shawn Fitzpatrick’s Academic All-State achievement.
Trinkle wins first tennis state title for PHS
By: Coach Scott Gurgol
Following up a state runner-up season is not easy, but the 2018 version of Girls Tennis did not disappoint. The team met each goal created at the start of the season. The girls won the Crawfordsville Invitational for the first time, earned their third-straight sectional championship, secured their third-straight regional title, and won their second consecutive semi-state championship. At state Girls Tennis lost a close 2-3 match to No. 1 Carmel, the eventual state champion. Girls Tennis finished the regular season ranked No. 3 in the state rankings with a 19-3 record. Rising senior Halli Trinkle went on to become the 2018 state singles champion.
Halli played the No. 1 singles position throughout the season and was joined by varsity team members rising juniors Natalie Boesing at No. 2 singles and Maria Popson at No. 3 singles, Heidi Popson ’18 and rising senior Hannah Conder at No. 1 doubles, and Izzy Coe ’18 and Clare Hooper ’18 at No. 2 doubles. The varsity alternates are Kirstie Krininger ’18 and rising sophomore Anna Coe.
Halli, who beat defending state champion Lauren Lemonds in the team’s state quarterfinals appearance 6-1, 0-6, 7-5 to advance to the state singles tournament, was named to the First Team All-State Singles by the Indiana High School Tennis Coaches Association. Natalie, who finished her season with a 23-1 record , won her match in the state quarterfinals 6-3, 6-3 but did not advance to the singles tournament. She was also named to the First Team All-State Singles. Heidi and Hannah were named to the Second Team All-State Doubles.
The team received several nominations for the annual NTSPY Awards by the News & Tribune that will be held later this month. Coach Gurgol was nominated for Coach of the Year, and the team Team of the Year. Halli and Natalie are two of three nominees for Girls Tennis Player of the Year, and Halli is nominated for Girls Player of the Year. Natalie, who also played Girls Basketball, is nominated for Girls Athlete of the Year, a nomination she shares with Hannah Wolford ’18, who played Girls Basketball and Softball.
Several players and the team also received academic honors. Heidi and Izzy were named the IHSTeCA Academic All-State First Team, and Clare received honorable mention. The team was once again named an Academic All-State Team Winner, an honor received each year since the team award began.
Fitzpatrick one of 15 Boys Golf Academic All-State honorees
By Coach Victor Beeler ’94
The 2018 Boys Golf team had a 55-29 regular season record and placed well in tournaments against tough competition. The team was third in the Fuzzy Zoeller Invitational and second in the New Castle Invitational. At sectional, the team placed third and advanced to regional to compete against some of the toughest competition in the state.
Two recent graduates received postseason honors. Shawn Fitzpatrick ’18 was named to the Indiana High School Golf Coaches Association Academic All-State Team, one of only 15 honorees. Will Kaiser ’18 received honorable mention. The IHSGCA qualifications are among the toughest in high school sports, making his Academic All-State honors as difficult to obtain as All-State Team honors. To apply, players must have a 3.5 GPA and minimum of 1000 on SAT or equivalent. As a 2018 salutatorian and the No. 1 Boys Golf varsity player, Shawn’s GPA was 4.67 weighted. He scored a 34 of 36 on the ACT and ranked No. 2 in his class.
“Shawn and Will are both outstanding young men and very deserving of this award,” Coach Beeler said.
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