Five more seniors sign Letters of Intent


Mr. Gruetzmacher

The five proud new college athletes, (from left to right) Crystal Sicard (‘16), Joey Koppelman (‘16), Brandon Hughes (‘16), Alexandrea Lee (‘16), and Olivia Zweber (‘16) pose right after signing to their future schools.

Mary Ellen Ritter, Reporter

Seniors Brandon Hughes, Joey Koppelman, Alexandrea Lee, Crystal Sicard, and Olivia Zweber make up the second group of student athletes to sign letters of intent for the 2016-17 academic year. These seniors were recognized for their dedication to high standards in the athletic arena which, in return, has opened up opportunities to further their educational aspirations.

These athletes will be representing Brookfield Central High School throughout the country. Starting next fall, Hughes (UW-Oshkosh), Lee (Carroll University), and Zweber (UW-Green Bay), will be staying in Wisconsin, while Koppelman (University of St. Thomas-Minnesota) and Sicard (University of Indianapolis) will be branching beyond the state’s borders.

During their four years at BCHS, this exceptional band of athletes exceeded triumphantly. In 2015, football team captain, Hughes, was not only voted onto the 1st Team All-Conference Defensive Line but was also chosen as the Greater Metro Conference (GMC) Defensive Lineman of the Year. Fellow captain and teammate, Koppelman, was chosen as the GMC Offensive Lineman of the Year and onto the 1st Team All-Conference Offensive Line, while also earning the Academic All-Conference Award. Both football players were recognized by the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association (WFCA) with All-State and All-Region Honorable Mentions.

Lee compiled quite a list of accomplishments in golf this past fall. In addition to qualifying for the state tournament, she was recognized with three awards: GMC Scholar Athlete, 2nd Team GMC All-Conference, and Golf Coaches Association of Wisconsin (GCAW) Academic All-State.

Selected twice as the MVP for softball and as the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s choice for All-Suburban Team Pitcher, Sicard has ample evidence for a bright future. Adding to her list of achievements is the fact that she was the 2011 National Softball Association (NSA) North World Series National Champion. By 2014, she earned GMC 1st Team All-Conference Pitcher honors and was the Wisconsin Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association (WFSCA) Southeast District Team Pitcher. Success for Sicard continued in 2015 when she became the American Softball Association (ASA) 18U Class “A” State Champion.

Participating in four years of varsity track and field, racing three years of varsity cross country, and being a two-time 2nd Team All-Conference Cross Country runner, Zweber is the fifth and final athlete of this group.

Zweber explains how, “It has always been one of my goals to sign a letter of intent and run competitively at a division one level college. It was definitely challenging, and I had to put a lot of hard work and effort into it, but in the end, it was all worth it.”

She shared that during her four years of intense competition, she not only found her passion for running, but also met teammates who quickly became family, broke limits she once thought were impossible to reach, and became the strong, hardworking person she is today.

Through these experiences, Zweber says, “Advice I have for others that are interested in signing a letter of intent is to do whatever it takes and be willing to make sacrifices to achieve goals.”
Congratulations and best of luck to these five dedicated athletes!