While no one can actually leap tall buildings in a single bound, if you had to pick someone to try, you could do worse than Hinsdale Central senior Chase Hamilton. He’ll try anything.
“I don’t think there’s any sport that I don’t like,” Hamilton said. The Red Devils’ three-sport athlete currently roams the hardwood for basketball coach Nick Latorre. He was the football team’s starting quarterback to start the fall season and he’ll transition to tennis in the spring. Hamilton played soccer through middle school and he was a promising baseball prospect as a freshman before giving it up for tennis, which he’ll play at Valparaiso.
“He’s right up there among the best all-around athletes I’ve ever coached,” Latorre said. “I had a great all-around athlete play for me when I coached at Driscoll in David Schwabe, and Chase is right there with him. They’re 1 and 1A.” Speed, agility, and hand-eye coordination can take an athlete a long way but a great all-around athlete possesses intangible qualities that don’t necessarily come naturally.
“Chase plays his best when the pressure is the highest,” Central tennis coach John Naisbitt said. “He hits out in tiebreakers and just doesn’t seem to feel the pressure. And he’s our captain because of his quiet intensity and his will to win.”