Athlete of the Year: Campos finds time to excel at tennis

Jessi Campos was a jack of all sports trades in high school, but tennis will become her primary racquet when she goes to Coker College in the fall.

Campos played five sports at St. James High – basketball, cross country, track, tennis and soccer – but she will focus on the latter two when she joins the Lady Cobras.

Despite her obvious diverse talents, her position as the Lady Sharks’ No. 1 singles and doubles player for the past three years earned Campos the Mammy’s Kitchen Athlete of the Year award for girls tennis.

“I really enjoy playing all sports, but soccer and tennis are my top two,” said Campos, who earned scholarship money for both sports at Coker. “It’s weird because they’re two very different sports.

“I love soccer because it’s such a team-oriented sport, but there’s something cool about when it’s just you and you don’t have anyone else to credit or blame. And tennis is a lot more mental than physical.”

Campos showed she has the mental maturity by adjusting to a major move to the Myrtle Beach area. Campos and her family moved from Cancun, Mexico to the Grand Strand as an eighth-grader, and she hit the ground running.

“I played club tennis in Mexico because they didn’t have it through the schools, but when I came here I decided to play school tennis and not juniors,” Campos said. “That way I could still play other sports.”

Campos took full advantage of her options at St. James, leading the Lady Sharks to region titles in soccer and basketball. St. James wasn’t as successful on the tennis court, but she helped the Lady Sharks have their best soccer and basketball seasons in school history as a senior.

Campos kept the tennis team in the mix and earned all-region honors for the second straight season. She earned the team’s No. 1 ranking as a sophomore but gave it up so she could continue to run cross country.

Now she hopes to have the same two-sport impact at Coker while also finding time to study. But given her ability to multitask through her time at St. James, it’s a safe bet she can juggle both sports with ease.

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One response to “Athlete of the Year: Campos finds time to excel at tennis”

  1. Linda Kressal says:

    In addition to her obvious athletic skill. Jessi is also a very creative painter, winning awards for artistic talents. She is a beautiful young lady in all ways.

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