Kurt Butterfield, of Lincoln-Way West
Updated: May 23, 2013 6:09AM
This week we shine the spotlight on: Caitlin Duffner, Lincoln-Way East badminton; Adonis Barnes, T.F. North track and field; Kurt Butterfield, Lincoln-Way West water polo; and Haakon Skrodal, Lincoln-Way North volleyball.
Sr., Badminton, L-W East
Duffner, a returning state qualifier in doubles, finished top 32 at state in 2012 with the-graduated Nadine Kahl.
“Playing doubles is the best thing about badminton,” Duffner said. “Singles is lonely. Doubles is fun because you have someone to goof around with. It’s a more lively game. But you can’t be too buddy-buddy with your partner. You can’t goof off too much. You have to know when to be serious.”
Duffner has paired with Bri Michaels this season as the Griffins No. 1 team.
Jr., Track & Field, T.F. North
Barnes, a running back on the football team, was a 2012 state qualifier in the Class 3A 300-meter hurdles.
“I saw it as a challenge because not many people can do it,’’ he said of becoming a hurdler. “It takes time to work at it and get better. Hurdlers have to be the best athletes on the track. They have to be willing to do anything and everything. Their bodies have to be strong, physically and mentally. You’ve got to be able to not lose focus.’’
Sr., Water Polo, L-W West
Butterfield is finishing his fourth year on the varsity.
“Every year we take that step up,” he said. “Last year, teams would come in and just roll over us. This year, almost all of our games have been close.”
Butterfield, who prepared to play the hole position his senior season by training with the water polo team at the Naval Academy, is passionate about water polo.
“It’s a mix of being physical and being smart,” he said. “It’s like a gentlemen’s violent game.”
Sr., Volleyball, L-W North
Along with one of the best nicknames — “Hawk” — in volleyball, Skrodal, a middle hitter, deploys a nasty fluttering serve and is the leading blocker for North.
“I set the school record for blocks in a season last year,” Skrodal said. “I’m hoping to break it again this year.”
Skrodal, a four-year member of the varsity who plans to study aerospace engineering in college, noted his best asset is his “awareness of the court.”