Suburban Life Athlete of the Week: Jimmy Janicki, Downers Grove North, baseball, senior

Trojans’ catcher homers twice in Lyons series to clinch West Suburban Silver title

Downers Grove North senior Jimmy Janicki

Name: Jimmy Janicki

School: Downers Grove North, senior

Sport: Baseball

Why he was selected: Janicki homered in the first and third game of the three-game series as Downers Grove North swept Lyons to clinch the West Suburban Silver title.

He was voted the Athlete of the Week in an online vote. Here is his Q&A with Sports Editor Joshua Welge.

How do you feel about the season the team has had so far? What did it mean to win conference?

Janicki: We feel really good. We are a close group of guys with senior leadership and young talent. We have a lot of potential.

What’s your thoughts going into the playoffs?

Janicki: Our thoughts are to do the basic things right like throw strikes and hit the ball.

Have you always been a catcher? What do you like about the position?

Janicki: I have been a catcher since I was a kid. I love the grittiness that you have to have to play the position. It takes hard work and dedication to play catcher.

Who is the toughest pitcher you’ve ever faced?

Janicki: Gotta go back to my sophomore days and say Ethan Patera from Downers Grove South.

You’ve had a lot of success in football, too. Did you ever play any sports you weren’t good at?

Janicki: I have always been pretty good at the sports that I have played. I just loved football and baseball the most and that’s why I stuck with them.

Do you have a favorite MLB team and/or player?

Janicki: Favorite team is, of course, the Cubs and my favorite player in the league is [Phillies catcher] JT Realmuto because of how hard he works and how it plays into the game.

Your team gets a big win. What restaurant do you go to celebrate and what are you ordering?

Janicki: Definitely gotta go with the DGN classic Los Burritos. I’d get their huge steak and cheese burrito.

Do you have a favorite TV show or movie?

Janicki: Favorite movie, I gotta go with “Smokey and the Bandit.”

Joshua  Welge

Joshua Welge

I am the Sports Editor for Kendall County Newspapers, the Kane County Chronicle and Suburban Life Media, covering primarily sports in Kendall, Kane, DuPage and western Cook counties. I've been covering high school sports for 24 years. I also assist with our news coverage.