Delta High School Tennis


Yorktown (SMASH CANCER 11.0)

May 4th, 2023 at 4:30 p.m. (ceremony) 5:00 p.m. match

Win 5 - 0

Recipe for a great night of tennis:

> Start with a cup of sunshine and 65-degree temperatures
> Sprinkle in light winds
> Add two rival teams wearing every color under the rainbow
> Blend in 50+ “server survivors”
> Marinate with an overflow crowd of spectators
> Garnish with multi-colored smokebombs and a giant tennis racket
> Serve it up!

The 11th annual SmashCancer match was a smashing success Thursday evening.  On the courts, Delta earned a 5-0 varsity victory and a 14-2 JV victory over rival Yorktown.

Big racket

Delta freshman Elizabeth Bamidele attempts a serve with a giant tennis racket prior to the SmashCancer match. (Photo by Eleni Bow)

But their mutual opponent was cancer.  And through apparel sales, sponsor signage, concessions, chances for special Colts tickets, and donations, the annual match will set a record with more than $20,000 raised for local cancer beneficiaries. Final totals won’t be available immediately, but the previous record of $15,500 from a year ago was unquestionably smashed!

The online apparel store will remain open until 11:59 p.m. Sunday, May 7th if you want to make a last-minute order.  You can find it at

Beneficiaries this year include:

Delta senior Megan Hiday, who hit an honorary first serve prior to the match.  She is 18 months into her journey with CIC DUX4 sarcoma, a rare cancer that has resulted in five surgeries and months of chemo and radiation.

Server greeted

Delta senior Megan Hiday receives encouragment from a tunnel of Delta and Yorktown players in the opening ceremony. (Photo by Eleni Bow)


Delta Middle School phys ed teacher Dave Reade, who also hit an honorary first serve. He was diagnosed with metastatic squamous cell carcinoma earlier this year.

Dave Reade serves

Delta Middle School teacher Dave Reade hits his honorary first serve. (Photo by Eleni Bow)


Former Delta lunch lady and custodian Dawn Crawley, who also hit an honorary first serve.  She is battling throat cancer.

Server walks out

Dawn Crawley walks out to hit her honorary first serve. (Photo by Eleni Bow)

And Yorktown mother Candace Ford.  Her friend Beth Parris, a breast cancer survivor, hit a serve in her honor.  Ford is undergoing treatment for breast cancer.


Additional beneficiaries are the Cancer Center at IU Health Ball and the Little Red Door Cancer Services of East Central Indiana.


Those in attendance at the match who are fighting or have fought against cancer received a flower from Granny’s Bloomers floral shop of Hartford City.

Grandfather honored

Bill Lutterman, grandfather of a Yorktown player, gives high fives to players with his tennis racket on his way to serve. (Photo by Eleni Bow)

Many parents worked concessions, helped with server check-in, sold apparel, made the match programs, passed out programs, took photos, and sold chances for four on-the-field tickets to a Fall 2023 Colts home game.

Sixty six different girls — every girl for both teams who was healthy — got to play a match.

Here are the complete results

Varsity Singles

1. Gabby Knight (D) def. Jillian Darby (Y) 6-2, 6-2
2. Brylee Beckley (D) def. Shia Burns (Y) 6-4, 6-4
2. Iva Witter (D) def. Emma Hansard (Y) 6-0, 6-1
Varsity Doubles
1. Janet Wegener/Katie Manor (D) def. Jenna Tuck/Rylee Webb (Y) 6-0, 6-1
2. Kelsey Vest/Rowan Hinds (D) def. Bailey Robertson/Sara Garcia (Y) 6-0, 6-2
JV Singles
1. Elizabeth Bamidele (D) def. Alexandra Stone (Y) 8-2
2. Caitlyn Kirby (D) def. Elizabeth Creviston (Y) 8-3
3. Autumn Subler (D) def. Elise Knights (Y) 8-4
4. Tru Swoboda (D) def. Dena Sanchez (Y) 8-0
5. Mackemzie Lipps (D) def. Ava Reed (Y) 8-7
JV Doubles
1. Rylen Jones / Emily Hayes (D) def. Taylor Meyer/Pip Stinson (Y) 8-4
2. Olivia Marshall / Stella Sieber (D) def. Kielyn Yarger / Ryleigh Mayse (Y) 8-2
3. Grace Flowers / Carmen Maxwell (D) def. Avery Clark / Sofia Parrado del Amo (Y) 8-2
4. Maddy Cooper / Audrey Anderson(D) lost to Eva Ward / Ava Reed (Y) 4-8
5. Anna Marcum /Marley Dowling (D) def. Elise Knights / Donaji Valdes Sanchez (Y) 8-1
6. Ella Marcum / Sam Diaz (D) def. Addison DeWitt / Kaylee Anderson (Y) 8-3
7. Avery Barnes / Sammi Raleigh (D) def. Emma Day / Kaylee Gommel (Y) 8-1
8. Elizabeth Davis/ Hannah Swanson (D) def. Samantha Rowe / Preslie Tuck (Y) 8-2
9. Anna Marcum / Maidison Sanchez (D) def. Adrianna Chappell / Isabella McKay (Y) 9-0
10. Ava McCully / Azri Richey (D) lost to Kynnedi Writtenhouse / Rhen Martin (Y) 6-8
11. Noelle Longsworth / Jocelyn Moody (D) def. Zoe Halstead / Nicole Cole (Y) 8-1
Location Delta HS
Season Spring 2023