Kamrath shines at GI
The Columbus High boys’ tennis team officially started the season on Thursday night when it took on the Grand Island Islanders, powered by junior Adam Kamrath.
The Discoverers went a combined 3-6 between singles and doubles events, but Kamrath accounted for two of those wins when he won the No.1 singles match, and propelled his team to victory in the No. 3 doubles match.
Columbus head coach Scott Bethune said the Discoverers always look to Kamarath to get victories when he steps on the court.
“Adam Kamrath was the big winner today,” Bethune said. “Being our returning top player from a year ago, we look to Adam to get key wins for the team and set the tone for the day. He came out swinging well and took early control of his match.”
Those positive vibes translated quickly to the doubles court where he and teammate Colin Flyr combined for the victory.
“Adam has his sights on improving last year’s record and possibly earning a state seed come the end of the season,” Bethune said. “Today was a step in the right direction to accomplishing that goal.”
Conner Wiehn also picked up a singles win for Columbus.
“Conner (Wiehn) is new to varsity this year and his game has really improved from last year,” Bethune said. “Conner used his big serve to win key points in his match. He took the lead early and used momentum to maintain that lead until the end.”
Overall, Bethune said he liked parts of what he saw, but also wants his team to improve in some areas.
“I saw some good things today that show good things are to come this season,” Bethune said. “In order for that to happen, we need to really work on some weak areas across the board. With some more hard work and focus, the boys will raise their game and show improvement early.
The Discoverers take the court next 9 a.m. today at Elkhorn.
No. 1 Adam Kamrath (C) def. Josh Grosvenor 8-1
No. 2 Caden Menagh def. Coden Prokopec (C) 8-1
No. 3 Matt Ford def. Dawson Dreifurst (C) 8-4
No. 4 Wyatt Kohles def. Colin Flyr (C) 8-2
No. 5 Conner Wiehn (C) def. Harrison Wooden 8-4
No. 6 Jake Inthavongsa def. Cole Wilcox (C) 8-4
No. 1 Ford and Kholes def. Dreifurst and Prokopec (C) 8-5
No. 2 Grosvenor and Menagh def. Wilcox and Wiehn (C) 8-6
No. 3 Kamrath and Flyr (C) def. Wooden and Inthavongsa 8-6
Peter Huguenin is a sports reporter for the Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org