Bolen’s senior season keeping her busy

Brandywine senior Alyssa Bolen earned a spot in the Bobcats’ starting line-up after spending two seasons coming off the bench. (Leader photo/TIMOTHY RITTER)

Brandywine senior Alyssa Bolen earned a spot in the Bobcats’ starting line-up after spending two seasons coming off the bench. (Leader photo/TIMOTHY RITTER)

Sometimes it not easy being a high school senior.

College is on the horizon, stress levels are high and the last year of sports are played. It is all about making it work, and Brandywine senior Alyssa Bolen is no different.

Now in her third year on the varsity, Bolen is also a part of Brandywine’s No. 1 doubles, with fellow basketball teammate Rachel Szilagyi, for the tennis in the spring.

Not to mention being in the running for class valedictorian for graduation in May.

“I like to stay busy,” Bolen said. “But when I’m not doing anything school related you can catch me hanging out with friends.”

Bolen hasn’t made a decision on where she wants to go to school, but she has narrowed her search down to Big Ten universities Michigan, Michigan State, and Iowa.

With a college decision dwindling down, Bolen still has her eyes set on the current year the basketball team is having. Coming into the Bobcats’ contest with Bridgman Feb. 4, the Bobcats had a 12-2 record and had won 75 straight games in their home court.

“This season has been a lot of fun,” Bolen said. “It has been the best season I have had so far, I’m enjoying playing.

This is the first year that Bolen has been a regular starter, an opportunity she has earned from head coach Josh Hood.

“This year her confidence has really gone up,” Hood said. “She hasn’t really gotten a lot of press, but she has improved her game defensively and she is playing at a very high level for us.

She also has her eyes set on helping her team win the MHSAA state championship when the tournament starts in less than four weeks.

“Helping my team win a state championship is something I look forward too,” Bolen said.  “But before I leave Brandywine I also want to go far in state for tennis and I want to get valedictorian.”

Brandywine is back on the court Thursday night as the Bobcats host Berrien Springs in a BCS Athletic Conference contest slated to tipoff at 7:30 p.m.

 

 

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