Lisa Broughten graduated from Waseca High school in 1994 and from Gustavus Adolphus in 1998. In 2001 she graduated from Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia with a master degree in occupational therapy.
Lisa excelled in tennis for the Waseca Bluejays where she was a five-year letter winner. After a few matches as an eighth-grader, Waseca coach, Bruce Wessman moved her into the number one singles position. For the remainder of the 1989 season, and the next four seasons, Broughten’s name was a fixture at the number one spot. As a junior, she compiled a 25-4 win-loss record, including a South Central conference championship, a section runner-up and a fourth place finish at the state tournament. In her senior year, Lisa won 30 of 32 matches, repeated as conference champ, won the section championship and brought home a third place finish at the state tournament. Her only two losses came to the top two finishers in the state. Lisa led the Bluejay girls to their first-ever state tournament berth, where they placed sixth, making her senior year even more special.
She ended her high school tennis career with a 92-31 record, the most wins of any girl in school history. She advanced as far as the section semi-finals all five years of her career; and led her team to four South Central Conference team titles in her five years of competition.
Lisa continued her tennis career at Gustavus Adolphus, playing number three singles as a freshman , then moving into number one singles for her sophomore, junior and senior years. She also played number one and two doubles. As a freshman, Lisa and her partner captured the first individual national title for the Gustavus Adolphus College women’s tennis program when they won the doubles championship at the Rolex Small College Championships.
Each year of her college career, her team finished among the Nation’s top five NCAA III teams. Her team won the MIAC conference championship all four years. Lisa played on four NCAA Championship Tournament teams, finishing 9th as a freshman, 7th as sophomore, 7th as a junior and 3rd as a senior. Lisa was ranked nationally in the top 15 in Division III in both singles and doubles her junior and senior years, and was ranked 3rd in the Midwest Region. She was named 1998 Senior Player of the year in the Midwest Region by the Inter collegiate tennis Association. As a senior, Lisa was awarded the Arthur Ashe Award, given to the one Division III athlete in the nation who best demonstrated outstanding scholarship, sportsmanship, leadership, tennis excellence, and humanitarian concerns.
Lisa is currently living in Maple Grove and working with kids who have developmental disabilities at a pediatric clinic in Coon Rapids.