Brighton High School has developed quite a tennis tradition, sending players to the state tournament every season for the better part of a decade.

Senior Maddeline Peters is the latest player to find a lot of success.

Peters, Brighton’s No. 1 singles player who last year won district and region titles and advanced to the state tournament, signed a scholarship with Evangel College Tuesday afternoon in front of coaches, family, friends and teammates.


Brighton tennis coach Kim Greer said Peters’ skill set will serve her well at Evangel, which is located in Springfield, Mo.

“She’s very consistent, can hit it hard, hit it soft … she has all the shots,” Greer said. “She’s a very strategic, smart tennis player … The biggest thing you look for is somebody who’s coachable, and she is. Very respectful and has the right temperament.”

Peters said her goal is to get back to state in singles, but it will be a tough road. TSSAA realignment during the offseason put tennis powerhouses Collierville and Houston in the same district as Brighton this year.

With the tennis season winding down, Peters is focusing on cherishing some moments. Playing doubles with her freshman sister, Katie Peters, is one of those things.

Said Maddeline: “I’m going to enjoy playing with her in my last few matches.”


Jeff Ireland
Author: Jeff Ireland