Gage Gohl Keeps Lincoln Tennis Dynasty Going Strong
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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (Dakota News Now) - Before tennis was a competition, it was always fun for Gage Gohl.
“My parents got me in lessons when I was about seven and, ever since, I’ve just fell in love with the game. A lot of lessons and a lot of smiling and having fun. Not really many tournaments but, ultimately, when I realized that this was something that I really enjoyed, it became more of a competing thing.” Lincoln Junior Gage Gohl says.
Gohl would do even more learning when he joined a Lincoln tennis team led by brothers Kaleb and Sam Dobbs.
“They both taught me in different ways. Kaleb really taught me how mentally strong a tennis player should be and how mentally stable one should be in a competitive atmosphere like this. And Sam taught me how to compete.” Gohl says.
After winning the second flight singles and first flight doubles championships in 2019, Gage was poised to take what he’d learned from the Dobbs brothers to succeed them as the Patriots top player.
When the COVID-19 pandemic wiped out his 2020 season, though, he leaned to his own brother, Drew.
“We couldn’t get out and hit with our group lessons. I still had him and we just live a few blocks from here. He’s ben an unbelievable hitting partner and probably has the most mental toughness of anyone I’ve ever played.” Gage says.
Skills as sharp as ever, the fun was back for the junior last week at the State AA meet, where he won the top flight singles and doubles championships.
“He is such a special kid. He is so intense. Very complimentary of his opponent yet he never gives up on a ball. You’ll see his feet sliding three feet on balls to go after it. So he’s got the entire package.” Lincoln Head Coach Tom Krueger says.
“It was unbelievable how long a year off felt. It’s been a long time coming and it’s an awesome feeling!” Gage says of winning the state’s top singles title.
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