Southwords chooses senior MVP athletes: Dave Butz
Dave Butz, who completed a four-year varsity career and established a multitude of scoring records, is Southword's choice for basketball's most valuable senior athlete. Basketball, however, was just one of three sports in which Big Dave made a name for himself; he was cited as All-American in football in a national magazine, and was state discus champ in his junior year in track. It can be safely assumed that Maine South will never have such an all-around athlete of Dave's stature for quite some time.
After playing on the JV level for the first part of the season, Dave began his varsity basketball in the second half of his freshman season and scored 10 points in limited action. In his sophomore year, however, he broke into the starting lineup in the season, and racked up a total of 191 points.
Since then, he has been the starting center for two years on teams that had a combined record of 42 wins and 8 losses. In each season, he was the team's leading scorer and rebounder, as well as the second highest scorer in the Central Suburban League. Dave's career scoring total came to 1,060 points.
Also a three-year letterman in football, Dave was an all-state selection the last two years. In track, in which he lettered his freshman year,he was the CSL shot put champ and runnerup in the discus in the recent conference meet.