Not much changed from his freshman to sophomore seasons for Lakeside’s Sam Dromsky,
A dominant player from the time he stepped onto the court as a freshman, the 6-foot-1, 200-pound Dromsky was even more- so as a sophomore. The Panthers won their second consecutive Region 2-AAAAA title behind their No. 1 singles player who didn’t drop a match all year. They advanced to the state Class AAAAA semifinals and finished with a 20-1 record.
For his play, Dromsky was named The Augusta Chronicle All-Area Boys Tennis Player of the Year, his second honor in a row.
“It’s definitely a big honor and it gives me confidence going into the following season,” Dromsky said. “Hopefully we can get two steps farther this year. Hopefully we can make it happen.”
Lakeside coach Donnie Burch is looking forward to the next two years with Dromsky leading the way.
“Even as a sophomore, the other guys they look up to him, they follow his lead and he sets such a great example,” Burch said. “It’s his demeanor on the court. his mentality towards the game, the way he functions under pressure. He seems like he’s older, beyond his years mature.”
Dromsky is not one to rest on his laurels and will push to keep taking his game to higher levels.
“You can only get better, everybody can only get better.” Dromsky said. “As an individual we can all get better, which as a team makes us better.”
It’s that type of attitude that Burch loves to see out of his top player.
“If you could draw up an example of what you want a leader to be on a team, he would be it,” Burch said.
Dromsky has inspiration of his own to draw from, having had a chance to see his brother, Andrew, compete in doubles with Tennessee against UCLA in the NCAA Division I round of 16 in May.
“Seeing him play at the college level is just awesome, makes me want to get there. It just makes me want to work harder.”