Camdenton senior Grant Burton saw his Laker tennis career come to a conclusion Wednesday night in Columbia.
Burton, who has served as Camdenton’s No. 1 position player for all four years during his time as Laker, was in a singles sectional battle hoping to punch his ticket to the state singles tournament. However, standing in his way was Columbia Rock Bridge’s Kamran Farid and Farid managed to defend his home turf taking the match in two sets by final scores of 6-0. Burton ends the season with a 20-4 record in singles play.
Burton’s time as a Laker may be over, but his four years on the courts of Camdenton will not quickly be forgotten. The senior was the 2014 Ozark Conference doubles champion with former Laker Ryan Elliot, a two-time All-Ozark Conference 1st team selection in 2016 and 2017, a two-time doubles district champion in 2015 with Mason Hadfield and 2016 with Riley Shriver and he took the district singles title this season.
Burton has seen plenty of success on the court, but one thing Camdenton coach Kirk Richey always emphasized and commended the senior for was his leadership and his drive to help his teammates. Time will soon tell how much of Burton’s leadership will rub off on the returning Lakers and whether those players can continue to raise the bar as Burton has.