Student athlete profile - Luke Jurack

Luke Jurack


What are you looking forward to in your senior baseball season?

A lot more people will be looking up to me now for guidance. It will definitely be a change of pace. It's pretty good to be in this role now and help shape the team and win some games.

How have you grown as a player?

I was more focused on myself and my recruiting process as a freshman. Now I put the team first and just try to help the team out in any way possible.

When do feel the greatest reward?

I definitely feel the most reward at the plate. There's nothing better than that feeling of hitting a home run.

What's your preferred position?

I've played all over the place, but I'm definitely looking to play shortstop this year.

How would your teammates describe you?

Most would say I'm a bit of a quiet guy at first. But after a while I definitely open up more and have a great time with the guys.

What's your goal for the season?

I'm looking to hit my first home run of my high school career. Just play loose and let everything go, swing as hard as I can and try to hit the ball as far as I can.

Any pre-game routines?

I stretch and use my Theragun for a while to get my legs loose. And I do three or four sprints to get ready.

How do you like to kick back?

I spend a lot of time lifting with my oldest brother. And I also hit in my cage with my dad as much as possible.

Future field of study?

Probably agricultural accounting.

Why does head coach Jason Ziemer like having Jurack on the team?

Luke has been a four-year starter in the program, which could not have been accomplished without the work and time put in that got him to the varsity level at such a young age. Luke hit .400 as a freshman and played a big part in that team's success. His ability to play multiple positions on defense, along with his speed, make him an extremely well-rounded player. With the program's success over the past three years, and Luke being a big part of that each year, he will go down as one of the winningest players in Hinsdale Central baseball history.

- profile by Ken Knutson, photo by Jim Slonoff