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Tolland SAM: Cam Nick - TheSportsDept.com

Tolland SAM: Cam Nick

Cam has taken the highest possible course levels in all four core subjects all four years. Whenever offered, he took honors, AP, and UConn ECE courses – and he received As and Bs in these difficult classes. He was the male recipient of the Connecticut Association of Public Schools Superintendent Award, was the recipient of the ninth grade Physical Education Award, and is Secretary of the National Honor Society. On the court, he has played varsity tennis all four years and has earned All-Conference recognition all four years. He was a co-captain junior and senior years, was a 2015 CCC East conference champion, and a Class M state tournament quarterfinalist senior year.

How Cam prepares for a match: As a serious athlete, I understand that preparation leads to performance. Whenever possible, I like to eat a big pasta dinner on the night before a match. Also, throughout the day of the match, I drink lots of water. Shortly before match time, I eat a banana or some other small snack. On the way to an away match our team would always bring a speaker on the bus and listen to music.

What Cam was most excited about this season: The 2015 Tolland boys tennis team consisted primarily of seniors. I had spent the past three years with these same teammates and I was excited to finish out my career with them. High expectations were set for us this season as we were such an experienced team and I couldn’t wait to live up to them.

Cam’s most memorable moment as a high school athlete: Throughout my high school tennis career, two moments stand out to me as the most memorable and they both occurred this year. From a team perspective, winning the CCC East conference was something unforgettable. Raising a conference champion banner for Tolland High School was something that hadn’t been done since 2005. As an individual, perhaps the highlight of my tennis career was upsetting the 2nd seed to reach the quarterfinals in the Class M state tournament. Having only been playing tennis since eighth grade, I was extremely proud of my rapid improvement. Winning that particular match affirmed that all my hard work had truly paid off.

What Cam had hoped to accomplish this season: Recognizing that we had an experienced team this year, I hoped to capture the elusive CCC East conference championship. The team came together when I really mattered and finished the season with a 5-0 in-conference record to raise the banner.

Cam’s favorite college or pro athlete: Roger Federer

Cam’s college plans: Next year, I will be attending the University of Connecticut to pursue dual degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Business Administration.


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