Lindsey Hume said she takes a lot of pride in being a part of two athletics teams at Seymour High School that have won Hoosier Hills Conference championships.

Last spring, she helped the girls tennis team win the HHC tournament, and this winter, she was a member of the girls basketball team that won the conference.

Hume began playing both sports in middle school and said she has enjoyed her teammates in both sports.

She played some varsity tennis matches her freshman year, and became a full-time varsity player her sophomore year.

The senior split her time between No. 1 and No. 2 doubles last spring, and her partners were either Karen Dringenburg or Megan Baurle.

“I enjoy doubles better,” she said. “I like having a partner. The points typically go quicker, and you’re able to attack the net a lot more often. I like playing up front. Down-the-line shots are my favorite. I prefer my backhand.”

Hume said it is important to get off to a good start on the tennis courts.

“It’s a big mental game because once you win the first set, you’re kind of pegged to win another one, and you’ve kind of calmed down and your nerves are under control,” Hume said. “If you lose the first, you’re kind of back on your heels, and you know you’ve got to step up your game.”

In the spring, the tennis players have to adjust to the elements.

“Normally, during practice, you’ll have days where it’s really cold, really sunny or really windy,” Hume said. “In warmups, you have to be aware of where the wind is, which way it’s coming from, and where the sun is so you can see the ball.

“Practice is important because it’s repetition, and it gets you ready for matches because you’re just able to hit and utilize many different shots in tennis or in basketball work offensively and defensively,” she said.

Hume said she tries to learn a lot about her opponents during warmups.

“In doubles, they’re very helpful because you can normally pick out the weaker link, and that’s what you want to aim at,” Hume said. “In singles, same thing. You just find their weakness whether it’s their backhand or forehand and just aim there.”

In the season, the SHS tennis team plays a mixture of dual matches and tournaments.

“The tournaments kind of build our endurance, so if we have to go to a third set, we know we can get through it,” Hume said. “If you have to go to a third set on tournament days, it’s really tiring, but it lets you get a lot of hitting in for sectional, regional and conference.”

Hume said being able to play basketball in the summer enabled her to improve her shooting.

“We did workouts weekly and then camps about every weekend, so that helped,” she said. “Three-pointers were my favorite shot. My sophomore year, I definitely preferred the baseline. But the last two years, I think I liked shooting from the wing more.”

Her high point game was scoring 18 points against Edinburgh her sophomore year.

She said she worked hard on defense.

“I tried to keep them in front of me because I wasn’t the quickest player,” Hume said. “I just continually worked to get better and quicker on defense and keep the ball in front of me.

“I enjoyed playing with my friends. We’re all a close-knit group of girls. Having spent every day with them and making memories was fun.”

At a glance

Name: Lindsey Hume

Parents: Jim and Linda Hume

Sibling: Emily

Sports: Basketball, four years; tennis, four years

Athletics accomplishments: In tennis, sectional champions 2013, 2014 and 2015, all-conference honorable mention 2014, HHC champions 2015. In basketball, HHC champions 2016, most improved award 2015, mental attitude award 2014

Organizations: National Honor Society, Latin Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, D.A.R.E. Role Model

Plans after high school: Attend Indiana University and major in computer science

Favorite food: Chocolate

Favorite TV show: “Wheel of Fortune”

Favorite movie: “Divergent” series

Favorite team: Indiana Hoosiers


Q: What’s it like attending SHS?

A: “Seymour has been great. I’ve had a lot of opportunities to take honors and AP courses for college, and the teachers are nice. They’re approachable and are willing to help you. It’s a great school.”

Q: Thus far, what are your fondest athletics memories?

A: “Conference and sectionals will always be big to look back on, especially since we won conference in tennis and basketball, and all the friends I’ve made from my freshman year that I still stay in touch through my senior year, girls and people younger than me.”

Q: With past success, what are your expectations this tennis season?

A: “It’s a great feeling to know that you’ve accomplished so much during the season. Hopefully, we’ll get a fourth sectional this season. We should have a shot at conference again and definitely sectional, and if we can get out of regional, that will be great.”

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Arv Koontz is a sports correspondent for The (Seymour) Tribune.