Gus Cooper is becoming the big cheese around the tennis courts for Camas.
On a windy Wednesday afternoon, Cooper struggled to keep the ball in play and lost the first set to Columbia River’s Dylan Koester. After a pep talk with head coach Jonathan Burton, Cooper strung together an incredible 4-6, 6-1, 6-0 come-from-behind victory that had major ramifications on the Papermakers beating the Chieftains by the total number of games won.
“The wind made it interesting, but I think I figured it out after the first set,” Cooper said. “On one side, it pushes the ball deep so you have to put less power on it. On the other side, it takes more power or you won’t get it over the net.
“Knowing that I’m able to come back from losing a first set is a good feeling,” he added. “I’ve always had that mentality. You take it point by point.”
A little snack between sets also helps. On Sept. 21, coach Burton could see Cooper was reeling after losing his first set to Mountain View by the score of 1-6. He reached into his bag of tricks and ripped open a bag of Cheez-Its.
“I told Gus, this is a power Cheez-It,” Burton said. “You eat this, and you will win.”