Bryan Spoon, of Shepard
Updated: June 21, 2013 6:14AM
This week we shine the spotlight on: Bryan Spoon, Shepard tennis; Imani Haynes, Marian Catholic track and field; John Hodul, Sandburg volleyball; and Sarah Abbott, Mother McAuley water polo.
Soph., Tennis, Shepard
Spoon is a relative newcomer to the sport but quickly has climbed the ladder on veteran coach Dmitri Cooper’s team. The second-year player worked his way to No. 1 on the team’s singles roster.
For Spoon, tennis came a little later.
“I played baseball and football but really started to like tennis,” he said. “Last year I played doubles on the varsity and started to love the sport. So I worked hard during the offseason to try to get better.’’
Senior, Track, Marian Catholic
Haynes was named Athlete of the Year at the East Suburban Catholic meet after she won both hurdle races and the 200-meter dash.
She was ninth Saturday in the 300 hurdles at the Class 3A state meet (44.62).
“I only had about three meets. … My time was in the 50s when I started because of the weather,’’ Haynes said. “I knew I had to work hard my last week so I wouldn’t let my school down, my coaches down, my mom down. So, I did it.’’
Sr., Volleyball, Sandburg
Not only is Hodul one of the premier blockers in the Southland, but the 6-foot-10 middle hitter may have a future as a volleyball analyst.
During preseason, Hodul said Sandburg, Brother Rice, Lincoln-Way North and Lincoln-Way East would be the top four teams in the Andrew Sectional. His assessment proved correct.
“I see the team winning that sectional winning state,” he said.
Hodul, who played on Sandburg’s “B” team as a freshman, is committed to play at Lewis.
Sr., Water polo, Mother McAuley
Abbott, who helped Mother McAuley reach the state semifinals by making 14 saves in Thursday’s quarterfinal win over Fenwick, has been a standout goalie the last three seasons.
“I’m definitely a lot more comfortable with the position now than my first year,” she said. “I like playing goalie. My defense is great, and they help me out a lot.”
Abbott allowed just 4.5 goals per game last season in earning All-Area honors.