The Brandywine Heights girls' tennis team enjoyed an 8-3 Berks League record and a division title. There will be two things working against Brandywine repeating this year. Number one is that they have just two returning singles starters this year, and number two they are now in the same division as perennial state contender Wyomissing.
Last year the Lady Bullets were in a four-team division with Fleetwood, Schuylkill Valley and Hamburg. This year the league has been reduced to just three divisions and Brandywine will join Wyomissing, Antietam, Kutztown, Schuylkill Valley and Tulpehocken in Division 3.
If the Bullets are going to challenge Wyomissing for the division title, they are going to have to depend on some young players to develop very quickly.
Senior Jenny Seabourn will led the way for Brandywine Heights this year as the number one singles player, a step up from number two last year. She was a district singles alternate last year and she was an All-Division selection.
Rebecca Hoke, a senior, moves from her number three position last year to number number two this year.
At number three will be senior Alyssa Potosnak. She was not in the starting singles line-up last year but reached the quarterfinals in the second doubles flight of the BCIAA Tournament.
Junior Emily Rothermel is the number four singles player this season. She is one of the players with no varsity experience last year.
At the five spot will be Kayla Knauss, who played mostly doubles competition last year.
'It's unlikely that any team in the division will challenge Wyomissing (for the division title), but Brandywine and Kutztown will probably contend for the runner-up spot and place in the county team tournament,' said Coach Charles Burkhardt. Our prospects depend on how quickly the new varsity single players develop.'
The team's first match on Aug. 20 against Conrad Weiser was promising. The Bullets won the match, 4-3 with two newcomers (Rothermel and Knauss) winning their singles matches. If they can keep that kind of success up, a playoff berth is a real possibility.