Kim Katner, of Sandburg | Gary Middendorf~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: November 2, 2012 6:10AM
This week we shine the spotlight on: Kim Katner, Sandburg swimming; Danny Buss, St. Laurence soccer; Adesuwa Osabuohien, Homewood-Flossmoor tennis; and Dennis Minefee, T.F. North golf.
Sr., Swimming, Sandburg
Swimming on Sandburg’s 200- and 400-yard freestyle and 200 medley relays last year at state, Katner felt the frustration when the Eagles failed to reach the finals in any event.
She hopes to make the best of her last run at state.
“State was really disappointing, and even during club season I would think about how tough it was,” Katner said. “This year I’m so excited to lead the team and show people what I’m capable of. I’m more excited than anything.”
Sr., Soccer, St. Laurence
Buss helped St. Laurence win the Catholic League White title last year and has led the Vikings to a 5-0 mark in league play this season.
After some disappointing early playoff exits in the past, he is hoping for a deep postseason run for the Vikings, top seeds in the regional they host.
“Every year, we’ve always had a good showing up until the first game of playoffs, so we want to change that,” he said.
Sr., Tennis, Homewood-Flossmoor
A senior and three-time state qualifier, Osabuohien has a plan for exiting on a high note.
“It’s going to take hard work, dedication every day and the right positive outlook,” Osabuohein said. “I put myself down a little bit last year.”
Osabuohien, a seed in each of the last three state tourneys, plans a more aggresive approach this year.
“It’s in me to be defensive,” she said. “But I’ve been working on my offense this year.”
Sr., Golf, T.F. North
Minefee, the top golfer at North, placed seventh at the South Suburban Blue Tournament for the second year in a row with an 84 at Broken Arrow.
Now the two-time sectional qualifier hopes to add a state finals trip to his resume.
“I missed state by two strokes last year,” Minefee said. “I’m a senior, so this is my last hurrah. I’m going to give it everything I’ve got.”
Minefee is in Tuesday’s Marian Catholic Regional.