So often in sports the term "championship or bust" is thrown out. But as hard as it is to say, sometimes second place isn't all that bad.
A wide receiver for Montini Catholic, just outside of Chicago, Westerkamp has already been part of two state championship teams. Going backwards in his final season just doesn't seem right.
"Practices officially started up last week, so we are about a week in so far," said Westerkamp. "I think we are a little a head of schedule, in terms of the offense. I have been on varsity since I was a freshman and it seems this year, we have been learning a lot of things faster. We were lucky to have a lot of offensive guys back from last year."
One position not back on offense – quarterback. But Westerkamp says they have not missed a beat. Marian Catholic two-year starter John Rhode transferred to the area earlier this summer and immediately filled the void left by graduating senior Matt Westerkamp.
"He's learning the offense really fast," said the Nebraska verbal commitment. Their 7-on-7 summer record this summer would back up his quote. Montini Catholic finished the summer 18-1 and will look to be once again pass happy in 2011.
Westerkamp, who is currently 6-foot-1 and 195 pounds, is playing nearly ten pounds heavier compared to 2010. Something that should also help him on the defensive side of the ball, where he will get work at safety.
"It was something I worked for in the weight room," said the senior. "I wanted to put on about 10 pounds of muscle. I took the summer really seriously, just getting into shape and I feel ready to go.
"We are just counting the days until our first game. It's just 10 days away."