‘Really, really good group’ of Braves honored

Following a successful 20-8 season, the Brownstown Central boys tennis team congregated for their annual awards banquet in the library on Monday.

After a short video, coach Ron Slaton reviewed all of his team’s achievements on the season.

Senior Lute Lahrman, who played No. 1 singles, was awarded Most Valuable Player, All-Mid-Southern Conference and an Academic All-State certificate.

In 2015, Lahrman tied the school record for most wins in a career by finishing with 62 for the Braves.

It was also announced Lahrman was a Southeast All-Star Alternate.

The No. 1 doubles team of freshman Ethan Carlin and junior Sy Zickler set a school record 22 victories in a season.

“Year after year I have so many who follow that same line,” Slaton said of the broken records. “They just don’t want to lose. We work ourselves to death, play hard and with heart and it gets us by. We come to play every time we step on the court. We battle with all the schools, even if they might have better players.

Senior Cole Brock earned a letter jacket, the most improved player award, and an All-Mid-Southern Conference Honorable Mention nod for his efforts at No. 2 singles.

Braves senior Riley Carlin was presented a mental attitude award and letter jacket.

For his efforts in the classroom, senior Kent Criminger, who played No.3 singles, was Academic All-State Honorable Mention.

Madison Persinger, a senior, was also recognized for her role as the team’s manager.

The Braves finished 3-5 in MSC play, and made it to the sectional championship match at Seymour where they fell 3-2.

Slaton said his seniors, throughout the past three years, had 20-plus win seasons on the team.

“They have been a really, really good group to have,” he said. “Not only record and wins, but the quality of kids that came through here.”

Slaton also highlighted the help from assistant coach James Cruz.

“Coach (Cruz) has really been great,” Slaton said. “I got him two years ago. The first year, he didn’t say anything because he didn’t want to step on my toes. He knows how to play tennis and is a quality person. We have always found help in different places. There is always someone out there to help.”

Slaton said that he hopes the success will carry over to the next season.

“You can never count us out,” Slaton said. “We have players who are finding success in exhibition. We are getting in a lot of exhibition games. There’s a lost more involvement with the other teams now.”