Mike Hyc, of St. Laurence
Updated: May 9, 2013 6:23AM
This week we shine the spotlight on: Mike Hyc, St. Laurence track and field; Emma Peele, Andrew soccer; Adrian Perez, Thornwood co-op tennis; and Kristen Kleist, Mother McAuley water polo.
Senior, Track & Field, St. Laurence
“You’re judged based on your individual performance, and you’re still part of a team as a whole,’’ Hyc said of why he likes his sport. “It has a lot of elements I enjoy.’’
A 2012 state qualifier in Class 2A in shot put and discus, Hyc won the shot put (57 feet, 5 inches) at the recent Illinois Top Times Meet.
“I’m hoping in the shot put to get 61 feet and the discus to get 170 feet,’’ said Hyc, who wants to attend Notre Dame or Illinois.
Sr., Soccer, Andrew
Peele is enjoying being a senior leader for the Thunderbolts.
“It’s awesome,” she said. “Everyone looks up to you, and that’s a good thing.”
An All-Area selection last season, Peele is one of the SouthWest Suburban Red’s top defenders.
“I’ve played defense ever since I started playing soccer,” she said. “I like it, but I do like to be on offense sometimes and score.”
Sr., Tennis, Thornwood co-op
Perez, the team’s No. 1 singles player, was coaxed into taking up the sport his freshman year and he has taken a liking to it.
“(Former coach Tom) Walsh wanted me to come out and I have really improved a lot in four years,” he said.
Even though he never made it to state, Perez has an appreciation for the sport.
“The beauty of the sport gets to me,’’ he said. “I’m really passionate about playing. I wish I would have played it when I was younger.”
Senior, Water Polo, Mother McAuley
Kleist scored 56 goals last season in earning All-Area honors, but her biggest strength is her defense.
“It’s my favorite part of the game,” she said. “I don’t care if I don’t score any goals as long as I keep the other team from scoring. I love the aggressiveness of defense.”
The Mighty Macs are looking for a state trophy after falling in the quarterfinals last year. “We’re fired up and we’re excited,” she said.”