By Ben Logan
There are athletes all over the world who yearn to strive to the top. One of these such people is none other than Red Lion’s very own tennis player Sam Innerst.
Last year, Innerst placed second overall in the county championships, earning him a spot to play in the YAIAA districts championships, where he placed sixth. This however did not satisfy his thirst. “I want to win districts this year,” Innerst says, “Will it happen...meh, there are some pretty good kids, but I’m confident in my abilities.”
Head Coach Ronda Vaselles states that, “Sam has limitless potential. He is both a great individual and team player, and seems to really pull the team together. He is almost like a big brother.”
When asked about any specific plans for the future, Innerst stated that he has big plans for his tennis career: “I hope to go to college and continue my career and hopefully improve.” Sam has been playing tennis for nine years, and has throughout his career earned a reputation in York County, as well as the state of Pennsylvania.
In the 2011-2012 school year, Innerst ranked number three in Red Lion, behind Grant Williams, and his very own brother Dustin.
In Sam’s sophomore year, he was ranked number one, securing a third place in counties and traveling to districts for the first time. This year he still reigns champion of Red Lion, sitting at the number one spot.
“I like to not think about winning or losing when I get out on the court,” Innerst says, “I really just focus on my overall performance as a player, and do my best. When we lose...yeah it sucks, but I know that I can improve and look forward to just playing and winning in the next match.” When asked about preparation for such matches, Innerst stated that he engages in, “A lot of running, and a lot of practice (laughs).”
Though being a number one player for a sport can be very stressful, Innerst says that it is still very fun, and longs to make it his career in the future.
WATCH: Video piece on Sam Innerst's high school career: click here.
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