Doubles pair named most valuable for Braves



Whenever the two took to the court, Brownstown Central tennis coach Scott Dittmer could count on a win.

Playing No. 1 doubles, seniors Sy Zickler and Sam Hoff combined for 32 wins to lead the Braves in 2016.

After the team was knocked out of sectionals, the pair captured the individual sectional championship by defeating Madison in Bedford to advance to regionals.

The streak ended there, as they fell to North Posey in the regional semifinals.

With all their successes on the season, Dittmer named Hoff and Zickler co-most valuable players during the end of the season programĀ  Monday.

Dittmer said he didn’t have to spend much time during matches focusing on their play because of their experience.

Hoff was also named All-Mid-Southern Conference honorable mention while Zickler made the All-MSC first team.

Zickler also took home a varsity jacket, and a plaque recognizing his school record of 70 career wins.

A mental attitude award was presented to senior Luke Cobb, who played at No. 1 singles for the Braves.

“He was never down out there,” Dittmer said. “He came in never playing varsity and filled the No. 1 spot pretty well. I know it was a big moment for him when he got his first win against Bedford North Lawrence.”

Cobb, who finished with five wins for the Braves, also made Academic-All State for his work in the classroom.

Overall, the Braves finished 8-8 on the season with a a record of 5-4 in MSC play.

Playing both doubles and singles, sophomore Ethan Carlin amassed 10 victories.

In other doubles play, sophomore Gunnar Zickler notched 12 wins while fellow-sophomore Jackson Lahrman added 11 to the Braves’ season.

At No. 3 singles, sophomore Ethan Wishcmeier totaled 12 victories.

Adam Pottschmidt led the Braves’ junior varsity unit by winning 82 percent of his matches with nine victories total.

The Braves lose three seniors: Cobb, Hoff and Zickler, but return nine players for 2017.

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