Mitch Weiler, of Brother Rice
Updated: June 7, 2013 6:16AM
This week we shine the spotlight on: Mitch Weiler, Brother Rice volleyball; Quinn Johnson, Bremen co-op water polo; Dana O’Grady, Lincoln-Way East track and field; and Ashley Godawski, Sandburg badminton.
Jr., Volleyball, Brother Rice
Weiler, a 6-foot-4 outside hitter and returning All-Area selection, is regarded as one of the top prospects in the state. The junior has received interest from Penn State, Lewis, UCLA and everywhere in between.
Recruiting is on the back burner, however.
“We have a young team after losing a lot of seniors,” Weiler said. “I’m trying to be a leader — both by example and vocally — to help bring the team back to (the state tournament at) Hoffman Estates.”
Sr., Water Polo, Bremen co-op
After finishing with 113 goals and 121 assists last season, Johnson’s had a target on his back this year.
“I like the pressure,” he said. “I want to be able to help my team win and be as strong as possible. “
Johnson has been a big part of the Silver Snakes’ turnaround. Bremen upset Andrew in sectionals last season and is 19-7 headed into the postseason this year.
Jr., Track & Field, Lincoln-Way East
The point guard on the basketball team, O’Grady has a quick answer for her best moment so far on the track. “Definitely when we won state for our 4-by-100 relay freshman year,’’ she said. “It was amazing.’’
O’Grady started running in sixth grade at Mokena Junior High. She said she wanted to improve her “form and endurance level’’ this year and set a goal of 57 seconds in the 400-meter dash.
“I love my team,’’ O’Grady said.
Jr., Badminton, Sandburg
Few players improved from 2012 to this season as much as Godawski.
A year ago, Godawski was relegated to ninth singles in the SouthWest Suburban Blue Tournament, where she finished third. This year, she made the jump to No. 2 singles and won the title.
“I’ve had a lot of great players come through the program that I’ve looked up to who made great jumps as well,” Godawski said. “It’s great to have them as a role model.”