Stoltz considers adding another sport
Hinsdale South's Jerry Stoltz, who plays basketball and baseball for the Hornets, is considering playing football as he enters his senior year. | Jeff Krage~for Sun-Times Media
Updated: July 29, 2012 4:41PM
Hinsdale South’s football team will compete in the West Suburban Conference 7-on-7 tournament Thursday at Addison Trail, but Jerry Stoltz will not be there.
The starting guard for the Hornets’ basketball team and starting shortstop for the defending West Suburban Gold champion baseball team has commitments to fulfill in those sports.
The basketball team ends the Riverside-Brookfield summer league with a playoff game Thursday evening.
The conference 7-on-7, featuring 12 of the 14 schools in the West Suburban, will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday in Addison.
But Stoltz recently revealed that as his senior year approaches, the multi-sport athlete has had football on his mind lately.
“I am currently working at an (office) job in the morning and football practice is in the morning,” Stoltz said.
“I think I would like to try out when doubles starts in August.”
The last time Stoltz played football was as a freshman.
“I could do three sports, but it was tough seeing how it can be,” Stoltz said. “For my senior year, I would like to do it again one last time.”
After missing the past two seasons, Stoltz doesn’t imagine that he could be a future football star. As a freshman, he played defensive back, particularly as a safety. Stoltz is 5-foot-11, 155 pounds, He hasn’t had to look very far for inspiration, although his best friends have limited themselves to two sports instead of three.
Stoltz’s baseball teammate is D.J. Deolitsis, who is returning for his second consecutive season as starting quarterback for second-year coach Mike Barry.
Both Stoltz and Deolitsis were invited to represent the West Suburban Conference in the Stevenson Showcase for top baseball players earlier this month.
One of Stoltz’s other best friends is track and field sprinter Devontae Washington, who has talked to Stoltz about going out for football.
“I saw coach (Barry) about my senior year and to see if I can do it,” Stoltz said.
“It’s fun out there. It will probably take a little time to get used to it.”
With the end of the summer high school basketball approaching, Stoltz has not signed on with an AAU team and will focus on baseball for the rest of the summer.
The R-B summer league has allowed the Hornets to get used to new boys basketball coach Tanner Mitchell, who came over from Lemont before the summer.
Stoltz has been playing for the Darien Comets travel baseball team with Hornets teammates Michael Marrera and Matt Reschke.