“In the time I’ve been here, Scott Montgomery, Adam Van Zee and Bryan are the three best tennis players,” Montgomery said.
The future for the program remains bright. Montgomery said Zach Overway, Cass McClure and Angelo Scagnoli will be ready for varsity spots next year. Eastburn, Kaleb Overway and Matt Jennings will have a shot at the No. 1 singles spot. Sophomore Jared Cole earned a varsity spot this year at No. 2 doubles and Montgomery said that he is at a point where he could move up in doubles or singles next season.
“We won’t have anybody like a Zehner but to me we’ll have seven players right there to make a solid team,” Montgomery said.
Bremen 8, Winamac 1
Winamac lost to Class A No. 20 Bremen at the Argos Sectional.
The Warriors held Bremen out of goal for the first 10, but then the bad luck that has plagued them all season, showed up according to coach Mark Eber.
Collecting a Warriors clear that hit their own player, Bremen powered the ball right back on goal for a 1-0 lead. Bremen looked every bit of its ranking as it collected two more goals after clearing passes hit other Warrior defenders and were fired into the net. Three more traditional goals ran the Lion lead to 6-0 at half.
Winamac got on the board in the second half off of a Jorden Bitterling free kick but lost 8-1 to end its season.
“It’s a bittersweet end to a very tough season,” Eber said. “The kids played their butts off. It would have been easy to just mail it in but the kids that went out there tonight refused to do that.”
Eber is stepping down after the season after a two-decade run as the coach.
“I’m proud of each of them. The seniors will be tough to replace, but whoever is coaching this team next fall will have some serious talent to work with, but some big holes to fill too. The end after 20 seasons hasn’t sunk in yet. I’m sure it will way too soon.”