Boys Tennis Fall Sports Features

Colin Costello and Varsity Tennis: A Feature Article

Written by Seth Hartz

Colin Costello goes to tennis practice every day during the season, not missing one of them. He plays on the boys varsity tennis team. It hasn’t always been this way though, Colin used to play both basketball and football in middle school. 

After deciding against those sports, he took up tennis. He made the tennis team for the first time in 8th grade and has made it every year since, he’s a Junior now. 

Some things are an acquired taste. For Colin, the sport of tennis is just that, an acquired taste “I love it. I’ve come to love it more. It’s just so much fun to be with the guys and have fun every day.” 

The dictionary definition of fun is “enjoyment, amusement, or lighthearted pleasure.” Merriam Webster probably never met anyone quite like Colin.

Hard work is what Colin considers to be fun. The Varsity Tennis Coach Steve Lubbers agrees. “Colin is a tough competitor – he never gives up – he has quite a few memorable matches and they all have to do with him staying focused and playing hard every point.”

One of those memorable matches was against Byron Center last season. “I had pushed it to a 3rd set and all the guys were cheering me on and I beat him.” It’s important to keep in mind that this was against the 4th best singles player in the state.

As in Euchre, you follow suit. Colin must have had the same suit as his two brothers. Both Austin and Noah, now graduated, played tennis for Hamilton. They even had the same coach as him.

Coach Lubbers is a long tenured tennis coach for Hamilton. His 18 year career started in 2001.

He had this to say about Colin “I met him the summer before his freshman year. He was and is an athletic kid that worked hard and showed great potential. …He has matured both on the court and in his mental and physical development.”

“Coach is absolutely awesome…” said Colin “…he was coach of all my brothers, Austin a 2009 grad, Noah a 2017 grad, and now me a 2021 grad.” 

In order to get a job, you must be qualified for it. Aside from being a hard worker, Colin is also a great leader. These two mindsets combined is what qualifies him to be one of the team captains. 

“He does a great job of showing leadership and setting a great example to the rest of the team,” said Coach Lubbers.

He also has a saying “you are going to play like you practice”. “Colin shows by example in practice… He takes the sport seriously and his actions speak louder than words for the rest of the team.” 

Colin’s leadership abilities extend past the lines of a tennis court. He was recently promoted to a drum major for the high school band.

“He shows traits of selflessness, empathy, and kindness that allows for people to trust and respect him.” Said Maya Klanderman, a co-drum major with Colin “He is very accepting of everyone and that is why he has so many leadership roles at Hamilton.” 

As The Steve Miller Band once said. Time is slipping into the future, or something like that. 

Jokes aside, Colin will continue to be a leader in the future. He told me this “I want to be a P.E teacher and a coach for my career.” 

Although he doesn’t think he’s good enough to play tennis at the college level. It seems as though he could have a future with Hamilton if he wanted it. A comment by Coach Lubbers put this all into perspective. “If he came to my door looking for a job I would hire him in a heartbeat.” 

“It’s a pleasure to be able to coach him and I’m confident that whatever he decides to do after high school will be a great success.”

Colin Costello goes to tennis practice every day during the season, not missing one of them. He plays on the boys varsity tennis team. It hasn’t always been this way though, Colin used to play both basketball and football in middle school. 

Finding a passion is something everyone does. The thing that puts Colin apart from everyone else is the fact that his dream career follows his passion.