36 | July 11, 2019 | the orland Park Prairie sports



10 Questions

with Leo Serdar

Leo Serdar is a seniorto-be

on the Sandburg

basketball team.

What is your college


I would love to play basketball

in college and be

a walk-on at some bigger

school. I want to stay with

basketball because I love


What are you most

proud of in sports?

In fifth grade, I was with

the Orland Park Magic

and we played against the

Tinley Park T-Bolts. They

were our biggest rival at

the time. We were down

two with like 10 seconds

left. This was before I

started shooting a lot of

threes. I shot and made a

three and we won by one.

Is there something

people don’t know

about you?

I love reading. It’s my

favorite pastime.

Do you have any

pump-up music before


I love the song ‘Don’t

Play No Game That I

Can’t Win’ by the Beastie

Boys. My dad [Mark] and

I would always listen to

that before going to games.

Is there a movie you

could watch over and

over again and not get

sick of it?

“The Dark Knight.” I

love Christian Bale and

Heath Ledger gave the

best performance of any

movie ever.

How about a TV show

you could binge watch


“Game of Thrones.” I

read the books. I’m a big

fan. But I did not like the

last season. I thought it

could have better, but I’m

not complaining.

What’s your favorite


Pizza. I could eat pizza

every day of the week.

If you had a chance

to have dinner with


anyone – dead or

alive – who would it

be with?

Leonardo da Vinci. Having

dinner with him would

be really cool. It would be

interesting and I would

learn a lot of stuff.

If they made a movie

about your life, who

should play you?

My favorite actor is Matt

Damon so I will say him.

What would the title

of the movie be?

“The Man, the Myth, the


Interview conducted by

Sports Editor Jeff Vorva


Sandburg guards

provide a little

Magic this summer

JEFF VORVA, Sports Editor

Sandburg’s Leo Serdar said that this is

the final year of the Windy City Magic

travel basketball team, and he and Eagle

teammate Atharva Atreya are trying to

make it a memorable summer.

The Magic morphed from the Orland

Park Magic in 2010 and two years later,

its 15U team won the Las Vegas Live National


Serdar and Atreya both had big weekends

for the 17U team at the Preps Hoops

Circuit Summer Challenge on Friday,

July 5 through Sunday, July 7 at various

locations in the Chicago area. The team

made it to the second round of the Silver

Division before bowing out, 81-79, to the

Wisconsin Starz Elite Silver Gauntlet.

Serdar and Atreya each had 20 points in

that game.

Smiles and laughter dominate pickleball clinic


Pickleball lessons were

held at Doogan Park in Orland

Park in June and aside

from players learning valuable

lessons of the unique

sport from Andy Ventress,

Bill Voigt and Odell

Atharva Atreya, shown before a game

during Sandburg’s season, had a big

weekend for the Windy City Magic at

the Summer Challenge. JEFF VORVA/22ND


Both seniors-to-be also received some

attention from scout Scott Burgess over

the weekend.

Burgess tweeted that Serdar “is a toughas-nails

guard who is a plus shooter from


He said Atreya is “so skilled on win

with plus length. Defends. High level

passer. Smooth. Sound 3-point shot.”

The Magic is in the NY2LA Sports

Next Level Invitational in Milwaukee

from Thursday, July 11, through Sunday,

July 14.

Branch. Competitions were

held with the first prizes being

jars of pickles.

Ventress said players

came from Orland Park,

Palos Heights, Indian

Head Park, Joliet, Homer

Glen, Chicago and Jackson

Township to participate.

One of the skills

winners was Fred Wagner

from Orland Park.

“Our number-one goal

for the clinics was to have

fun,” Ventress said. “All

the smiles and laughter indicated

we accomplished

our goals.”

A group of teen pickleball players pose during a recent clinic in Orland Park.


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