Bassett's Market Player of the Week
Name: Mark Konieczny
School: Oak Harbor
Position: Running back
Height: 5' 7''
Weight: 180 lbs.
Overview: Last week, Konieczny ran 15 times for 243 yards and four touchdowns in leading the Oak Harbor Rockets to 63-6 victory over Sheffield Brookside in the opening game of the 2012 season.
Konieczny is hoping for big things this season. For one, he is hoping to lead Oak Harbor back to the playoffs for the first time since 2007 and has a shot at breaking the single-season and school records for rushing yards.
Konieczny, who rushed for 1394 yards last season, got off to a good start with his performance last Friday, moving him within 1229 yards of the career rushing record held by Roger Hamilton, a 1995 graduate of OHHS. The single-season rushing record is 1720 yards, held by '03 graduate J.D. Bergman, who had a stellar wrestling career at Ohio State University.
Konieczny was complimentary of the job the linemen did opening up holes for him in their victory over the Cardinals.
“That was exceptional (blocking),” Konieczny said. “They were blowing their defenders five yards back.”
Konieczny is one of four captains on the team and understands the importance of serving as a leader.
“We all work together to keep everybody in line,” Konieczny said of he and his fellow seniors. “I think the biggest thing is we lead by example.”
Besides being a stellar athlete, (he also earned first-team league honors in baseball last spring), Konieczny is also a fine student who maintains a 4.0 grade-point average. He says that he is considering Ohio State and Ohio University, as well as some other schools, and notes that he is thinking of majoring in aviation in college.
He has two sisters, Julia, 19, and Faith, 13. Julia currently attends OSU and Faith in an eighth-grader. His mother, Kathy, works as a teacher, and his father, John, works for the Jeep plant in Toledo and also manages the family restaurant, Kozy Korners, in Oak Harbor.
Needless to say, Konieczny is hopeful that the Rockets can do some special things this season.
“I'm really excited (about this season),” he said. “We've got a lot of hard-working guys and I think the (hard work) will pay off.”