With his red hair, Sam Dromsky is hard to miss on the tennis court, but it’s his play that keeps your attention.
On a Lakeside High School team comprised of five freshman, a sophomore and a junior in 2013, the freshman Dromsky was a dominant force with an overpowering serve and crisp groundstrokes.
He was the team’s No. 1 singles player from Day 1 and helped lead the Panthers to an 18-3 record, the Region 2-AAAAA championship and a run in the state tournament that fell just short of the semifinal round.
For his play, Dromsky was named The Augusta Chronicle Boys Tennis Player of the Year.
“Even though Sam was just a freshman, he acted and played well beyond his years,” former coach Miranda Whitmire said. “Not only could I depend on him to pull out his match, even against upperclassman, Sam also acted as a leader and encourager to the team.”
Dromsky was almost satisfied with what the team was able to accomplish, and has confidence in the team looking ahead.
“I felt like we could have gone a little farther, but it’s kind of a break-in year,” Dromsky said. “We’ve got it next year.”
Dromsky also competes individually in the United States Tennis Association, where he’s ranked No. 70 in the South. He receives different pleasure from competing as an individual as opposed to with teammates.
“The team aspect is definitely different because everyone needs to win,” Dromsky said. “It’s two different things. You have the self-satisfaction of just winning by yourself and you have the team satisfaction you get to share with more people.”
Dromsky is vying for a spot on the Lakeside football varsity squad as a wide receiver.
Participating in the sport has its ups-and-downs with regards to his tennis.
“I miss a lot of tournaments in the winter,” he said. “It kind of hurts tennis sometimes but it makes me stronger.”