Lamphere senior continues to serve

By: Christian Davis | Madison - Park News | Published September 25, 2015


MADISON HEIGHTS — It’s just another typical day for Madison Heights Lamphere senior Koede Bautista.

First, a full day school, and then a tennis match where he plays No. 1 singles for the Rams. Following that event, he heads to a meeting for one of the many extracurricular clubs he belongs to. He’s vice president of major events at Lamphere, and on Sept. 21 his job was to help prepare the floats for the upcoming homecoming parade.

Then, following all of those appointments, it’s time to study for his tests the next day, sleep and do the process all over again.

“I just kind of do it,” he said, laughing. “It’s every day, so it’s a lot of hard work to keep track of everything and planning them all day, but I like it. It keeps me busy.”

By Bautista’s count, he’s in five after-school groups, not including the tennis team where he’s also made his mark.

Last season, he was named the Macomb Area Conference Gold Division MVP, an honor he has a shot at earning again this season. This season, he was 3-0 in the division at press time.

Coach Brian White praised Bautista’s leadership.

“He just has the determination to succeed. It has to come from the inside,” White said.

Bautista described his game as unpredictable. He likes to play quick and isn’t afraid to throw in a behind-the-back shot if the situation calls for it.

“If I’m feeling it … I just go for it,” he said. “The more I do it, obviously, the better I get doing it, but it’s just something I told myself I would do.”

Bautista didn’t have to look far for inspiration on the tennis court. His brother, Eddison, who graduated from Lamphere in 2010, played in the program, and his mother, Minako, was a strong player in her own right, as one of the top youth doubles players in Japan growing up.

“Most of my game comes from her and my bother. They’ve had the biggest impact on my tennis game,” he said.

Bautista said his goal is to do better at the regional level than he did last season, when he made it to the second round. Looking to improve is a common theme for him.

“I’m always trying to better myself. Making yourself busy and doing new things always expands your growth,” he said. “I’m always learning new tricks and techniques. I love staying busy.”

Catch the Rams in the Division 3 regional at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 8 at Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood.