Born and raised in Chicago Heights, DeButch attended Bloom High School, down the road from where he now works. DeButch recalled always loving the game, playing since he was 4 years old.

Playing at Bloom, DeButch recalled playing well enough to get a tryout out of high school with Kansas City. While he didn't get signed, DeButch did hit a home run, showing surprising power for his size.

DeButch had always been small. He finally topped out at 5 feet, 10 inches by college, at Bradley University in Peoria. Despite his size, though, DeButch attended Bradley on a full scholarship.

DeButch spent his first year as a pro in at short-season Spokane, having been drafted in the eighth round by the Padres.
DeButch and the rest of the Spokane team stayed in the Gonzaga dorms. One of his teammates that year was a young Sandy Alomar Jr."The hardest part is, you walk away from the game and you lose that identity as a baseball guy, a baseball player."

"But, you know what?" DeButch added, "I adapted. I started here and I enjoy what I do. I'm working with kids. I 


DeButch.

CHICAGO HEIGHTS PARK DISTRICT

ATHLETIC DIRECTOR

MIKE DeBUTCH

BASEBALL TROJAN OF THE MONTH

Wally Flagger '39

First Trojan to be

        drafted.

Alan Damraukas '90

All-State

ALL-STATERS

Joe Stith '83

All-State

Jeff Demith '81

All-State

Mike DeButch '80 


Nick Cladis '80

All-State

Bill Walker '76  All-State 

Tom Piazza '76 All-State

Robert Hussey '75  

Minor League

Dean Dudzinski '75 All-State

 Set records in:  Most appearances( 14),  107 strikes (Bill Tucker’s 1973 record), most strike0outs per game (11.4), most wins (9), and best win-loss percentage (9-0) for 1.0000 performance.  Set records in:  Most appearances( 14),  107 strikes (Bill Tucker’s 1973 record), most strike0outs per game (11.4), most wins (9), and best win-loss percentage (9-0) for 1.0000 performance.  Set records in:  Most appearances( 14),  107 strikes (Bill Tucker’s 1973 record), most strike0outs per game (11.4), most wins (9), and best win-loss percentage (9-0) for 1.0000 performance.  

I just received a note from Job Gunderson, on my left, that he was retiring from the Head Baseball Coaching position at Bloom Township High Schools in Chicago Heights, Illinois. Job has held this position since 1996 when I moved to Prairie State College to start its baseball program. Job lead the Blazing Trojans to 276 victories in 19 years along with a 20 win Conference Championship season this year. Congratulations to Job on his outstanding coaching career and retirement.

Mike Pohlman

Aaron Voldress '93

Bryan Dillard '79

drafted by LA Dodgers

Bryan Dillard '79

drafted by LA Dodgers

     ED BENESH  ' 92


signed by Tampa Bay Rays


1999 Grandstand Duluth-Superior Dukes #25 - Ed Benesh - Courtesy of COMC.com
1999 Grandstand Duluth-Superior Dukes #25 - Ed Benesh

Bill Tucker  '73,

drated by Chicago

               White Sox

P. J. Schranz, '79

drafted by Arizona

       Diamondbacks

Alan Bohlen '77  All-State

Records: 39 RBI's, batting avg. .466, 15 pitching appearances, 81.6 innings pitched, tied 2 records with 8 straight hits and striking out only 5 times in 118 times at bat.  

Robert Boren '77  All-State 

Records: 123 at bat, 46 runs scored, 56 base hits, 11 doubles 6 triples, 27 stolen bases, and twice broke the consecutive game hit streak with first a 14 game run and finished the season with a 15 game streak. 

Bill Tucker, Baseball Alum, drafted by Chicago White Sox...                          Ernie Turner, Coaching Staff                       Shari Demitrowicz, Softball Alum, Hall of Fame

          

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