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Dubuque, Rowley lead area all-state selections

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BY SCOTT HUNT - shunt@chronicle-tribune.com

For the third time in her four years at Marion High School, incoming Indiana Wesleyan freshman Kayla Dubuque has earned selection to the Indiana High School Tennis Coaches Association’s all-state singles second team.

Joining Dubuque on the second team is rising Mississinewa senior Heidi Rowley, who has been honorable mention all-state the past two seasons.

Dubuque’s streak of second team all-state selections was interrupted in 2018 as her season was cut short by a knee injury. Still, she earned honorable mention as a junior, and after finishing 21-1 in 2019, reaped recognition as one of the state’s top 32 singles players. 

“For Kayla to get back to this level of play and see all of her hard work pay off, it’s definitely satisfying for her,” said Marion boys’ and girls’ tennis coach Doug Porter Tuesday afternoon. “It’s a reward for all the hard work that she’s done.”

Dubuque’s lone loss of the season came at the hands of Delta’s Eleah Snider, her soon-to-be teammate at IWU.

Rowley completed her junior campaign with a 17-5 mark, with two of those setbacks coming against Dubuque. She was able to avenge one of the losses, to all-state honorable mention sophomore Katie Davidson of Fort Wayne Canterbury, when Rowley captured the No. 1 singles championship at the Fort Wayne Concordia Invitational in mid-May.

“It’s nice for the girls. We always have team goals, but individually they want to do as well as they can,” said Ole Miss coach Bruce Fleming. “It’s nice that they got recognized and the respect from across the state.

“I’m glad we’re not honoring her with this award and saying goodbye to her,” he added. “I’m excited about having an all-state second teamer back.”

Fleming will also return an all-state honorable mention player in Tyra Stanley, who finished her year 17-4 at No. 2 singles.

Marion also earned honorable mention at two spots, with rising senior and No. 2 singles player Claire Hendricks as well as the Giants’ college-bound No. 1 doubles team of Courtney Kreischer and Sophia Porter.

Madison-Grant graduate Sadie Wilson also earned honorable mention from the IHSTeCA.   

Porter also experienced a first in his coaching career when both Dubuque and Kreischer were selected for the North team in the annual North-South All Star tennis series that was supposed to be held last weekend at Marian University in Indianapolis. Porter said it was the first time he’s had two players in the same year selected to be all stars.

Unfortunately, Mother Nature and her rainy ways forced the cancellation of the all-star matches. 

“Courtney had a great career, first playing No. 2 doubles then moving to one doubles this year,” Porter said of Kreischer. “She was all district playing with Sophia Kitts at two doubles then was all-district this year playing with Sophia Porter this season.

Kreischer and Porter finished the 2019 season 15-5.