Broadneck doubles team was a perfect match

Bob Hough
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Things will be a little different next year for Broadneck tennis players Max Misner and Harrison Brown.

Longtime friends and doubles partners, they'll be separated once Brown reports to Gettysburg College. Come tennis season, it will be the first time the pair won't at least be on the same team — let alone playing together — in roughly 15 years.

The doubles team capped their time playing together — at least for now — by finishing second in this past season's county and region tournaments and posted their best showing in three years at the state tournament when they finished in third place. Brown, who is a year older, recently graduated and finished in the top 10 percent of his class. He had a 4.2 GPA, scored a 1430 on his SAT and a 32 on his ACT. He received the Abraham Lincoln Scholarship from Gettysburg College, the highest scholarship in terms of dollar amount the school grants.

While Brown is off at college, where he plans to play tennis, Misner will be left without his partner and best friend.

"It's going to be different, but I'm pretty confident we'll be in good shape," Misner said. "We really get along well with each other, and I think that's why we did so well."

It wasn't a coincidence the duo was paired together on the Broadneck tennis team. They were next door neighbors growing up and have been playing tennis since they were each old enough to walk and hold a racket. When one of the families decided to move, the other followed to the same new neighborhood.

"We're basically family now," Misner said.

The pair shared a mutual love for tennis and routinely played against each other at the Brigade Sports Complex. A pro at the complex saw them playing one day and suggested they play doubles together. They played in some local tournaments, then once they were both at Broadneck when Brown was a sophomore and Misner was a freshman, they joined forces for the Bruins. They made it to the region semifinal their first year together, but an injury to Brown the next year caused them to be apart on the court. They resumed playing together the next year, and not only picked up where they left off, but had their best season together.

"It was a great experience. We knew we had the skills to go far," Brown said. "We really put it all together. Hopefully Max can make it to the state final next year."

Even though they're friends and doubles partners, they're competitive and have developed a healthy rivalry playing against each other. They both agree that Brown had the upper hand for a few years before they reached high school, but recently it's Misner who's been winning more.

"Harrison and I are pretty competitive in everything we do," Misner said. "Overall, I'd say it's fairly even."

At some point in the near future, they do have a score to settle, though.

While playing against each other on Friday, Brown was playing well and jumped out to a 5-2 lead. Misner came storming back and tied the set at 5, causing some frustration from Brown. As Brown suffered a self-inflicted racket malfunction and with no backups to use, they were forced to end their day with the set tied. They did say they will resume at some point to declare a winner.

The pair recently joked when hanging out at Misner's house when Brown noticed a piece of mail addressed to Misner from Gettysburg College. Could Misner be looking to join his longtime friend and teammate at college in 2019?

"I love Harrison, but I'm not going to a college just because he's there," Misner said.

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