Burr Ridge, Ill.
Lyons Township HS
Returns to the Hurricanes for the 2008 season after not playing in 2007 … Played in six games in 2006 … Has a solid frame and great strength … hard worker who backs up at first base … Hit .233 during fall practice producing 10 hits, eight RBI, a double and a home run … has power reminiscent of former Hurricane Brendan Katin and won the home run derby in the Texas Amateur Elite World Series prior to UM … UM Bookbuster for achieving a GPA greater than 3.0 in the fall semester of 2007.
Played for head coach George Ushela at Lyons Township and for Austin Rappe for the Chicago White Sox under-16 and 17 travel squads … led his club team in batting average, slugging percentage and home runs four straight years. Under 17 (2005): Led team to first-place finish in the National USSSA Tournament in Myrtle Beach, S.C. … hit .416 with a .685 slugging percentage. Under 16 (2004): Totaled 12 home runs and hit .585 for the season … batted .435 in the Texas Amateur Elite World Series to lead his team to first place. Under 15 (2003): Belted 22 home runs and hit .410 with a .795 slugging percentage. Under 14 (2002): Hit .385 with 10 home runs and a .782 slugging percentage.
Son of Gerard and Debra Gawenda.Has a younger brother, Zach, and a younger sister, HaleyMajoring in business.