Brandywine tennis earns academic all-state

NILES — For the 23rd time in 24 years, the Brandywine girls tennis team has earned Division 4 Academic All-State honors from the Michigan High School Tennis Coaches Association, coach Joe Marazita announced Thursday.

“This team once again has shown the type of outstanding student-athletes that Brandywine Schools produce every year by earning this well-deserved recognition,” Marazita said. “Coach [Rich] Robbins and myself are very fortunate to work with players who excel on the courts and in the classroom. While we know the team is disappointed in having their season canceled, they can certainly take pride in accomplishing this goal.”

The Bobcats, who had a team grade point average of 3.50, were led individually by senior Megan Schmidt and freshman Abbie Hubbard. Both have GPAs of 4.0. To qualify as a team, it must have a GPA of at least 3.25.

Brandywine was one of eight teams that earned academic all-state in Division 4. No other area team received the honor. There are 79 schools in Division 4. A total of 29 schools received the all-state honors.

Wolverine Conference members Allegan and Vicksburg were academic all-state in Division 3.