Bridwell to play in All-Star event

Greg Flint/For the Commercial-NewsCovington's Esther Bridwell digs out a shot during the Wabash River Conference doubles tournament in May. Bridwell will take part in the Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association's North/South Senior Tennis All-Star event Sunday at Marian University in Indianapolis.

COVINGTON, Ind. — The tennis season and athletic career for Covington's Esther Bridwell was supposed to have ended when the Trojans lost in regional play in May.

But on Sunday, she will have one more day to shine.

The senior will participate in the Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association North/South All-Star tennis event that will take place in Indianapolis' Marian University. She will be the first Covington participant since Hannah Clingan in 2008.

Bridwell was part of the 15-1 Wabash River Conference champion Trojans team that went undefeated in the regular season and won a sectional championship. She teamed at No. 1 doubles with Emma Taylor and the team was All-WRC in 2017 and 2019, All Bi-County in 2017, 2018 and 2019 and had a career record of 42-18.

Covington coach Terry Field nominated Bridwell for the event.

"You had to be a senior and nominated by your coach and have a good year. They were 18-3 overall for the season and she had a great year," Field said. "She played No. 1 doubles all three years, She's a great athlete, a good girls and she did well."

I found out Saturday morning, it was exciting and I was very honored," Bridwell said. "I didn't expect Tennis to go this way at all, but I am happy with how it is done. All aspects of this was a good surprise, It was a pleasant surprise when I found out."

With volleyball, Bridwell was part of a team that went to semi-states this past season for the first time in school history.

Bridwell did not play tennis as a freshman, but Field knew that she would be a good one for the Trojans.

"She used to come out before high school and hit with us. She played volleyball and other sports, so with her athleticism and her work ethic, she played and developed," Field said. "We thought that she would be a great player when she was young."

The event pits the best senior players from the north and south part of the state in singles and doubles matches. There are three rounds to the event.

"I am excited to play with players from other places and work with different partners. I am excited to see what the girls are capable of," Bridwell said. "It is exciting because I thought the regional match was going to be my last match, but I get another chance to run a little victory lap."

After Sunday, Bridwell will be done with athletics for good as she will be attending Liberty University and major in business.

"She was looking for a place with a great Christian education," Field said. "She has had some great times at Covington. We are very happy for her and the success that she had and having a good attitude through it all."