PROSPECTOR PERSON OF THE YEAR CANDIDATE: LUKE ZARDZIN

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Jake Terpins, Sports Editor

Luke Zardzin is a two-sport athlete. He plays basketball and football. Many people will know him as the running back that dominated every team that we played. He led the Knights to a football playoff win and a regional championship in basketball. He played a key role in ending both a postseason win drought for football and a regional championship drought for basketball, earning him a nomination for Prospector Person of the Year. 

 

Ever since he was little, he’s always been looking forward to playing sports in high school.

 

“I’ve always wanted to be out on that field and just play,” Zardzin said.

 

Since Zardzin started playing, he’s made a big impact on this football team, as he scored five touchdowns in a state playoff game against Dekalb. 

 

Zardzin’s dad also had a huge impact on why he’s playing today.

 

“I started playing football because of my dad,” Zardzin said, “After I started playing I just fell in love with the game.”

 

On the basketball court, Zardzin had never started this year, until, Senior Matt McAleer got a concussion. Zardzin came in and played in the regional against Buffalo Grove, where he had an outstanding defensive day, and showed that he really deserved a spot out on that court.

 

Later that week, they had a hard-fought game against Mundelein to go to the sectional championship. Zardzin played another great game just showing even more how much of an athlete he is. 

 

Zardzin now looks forward to his senior year and to keep playing like he has.