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Five Squires named All-TRC tennis team

RETURN: Manchester’s Halle Briner returns a shot during a match against Wabash earlier this spring.

BY JACOB RUDE - sports@wabashplaindealer.com

The Manchester girls’ tennis team dominated the Three Rivers Conference All-Conference tennis teams this spring with five members making First Team honors, led by all three of the Squires singles.

No. 1 singles Kelsey Eichenauer, No. 2 singles Halle Briner and No. 3 singles Eva Bazzoni took three of the five singles spots while the duos team of Anna Osborne and Halie Wampler earned All-Conference honors.

Northfield’s Chloe Miller earned a singles spot while the team of Annie Cole and Evelynn Gray of Wabash earned one of the three duos spots. The remaining two spots when to Peru’s Cate Wolfe as a singles competitor and Tiphanie Hodge and Makenna Bradley of Tippecanoe Valley as a doubles team.

On the season, Manchester finished with a 13-5 record but went a perfect 8-0 in Three Rivers Conference play. The conference title was the fourth-straight for the Squires, as was the ensuing sectional title Manchester would grab at season’s end.

Their postseason path saw them down Peru 3-2 in a tight-knit semi-final showdown before blanking Maconaquah 5-0 in the sectional final.

Record-wise, Briner led the Squires on the season with an impressive 17-4 record. The sophomore was the only Squire to win a regional match, downing Plymouth’s Miranda German 4-6, 6-4, 6-0 in their No. 2 singles showdown.

Each school received one Honorable Mention award on the season as well. From Wabash County, Rebekah Pyle of Manchester, Brooke Irgang of Wabash, Kelcie Thomson of Northfield and Courtney Andrick of Southwood were named Honorable Mentions.

Also receiving Honorable Mention recognition was Molly Gray of Peru, Alice Miller of Maconaquah, the duo team of Haley Baker and Kaitlin Neese of Tippecanoe Valley, Kayla Schipper of Whitko and Alivia Riegle of Rochester.