Senior Dillon Weiss does it all for the Panthers

Athlete of the WeekSenior centerfielder for the Panthers, Dillon Weiss, had an explosive bat over the weekend during the Rawlings Select Classic in Georgia.

After a slow offensive start, Weiss’s bat came to life during the holiday break allowing for a .308 average over the course of five games last week. The slugging for Weiss started in the Panthers’ first game in Georgia against Punxsutawney High School. Weiss, the son of Nick and Julie Weiss, picked up two hits on four at bats against Punxsutawney.

The two singles were Weiss’s for hits of the season and everything else was a cake-walk for the three year varsity Panther. During the remainder of the tournament, Weiss went 6 for 12 and scored six times in four games. Against South Dade, the Panthers only loss of the season, Weiss went four for four and scored three times.

Panther head coach Jason Portz was not surprised to see Weiss return to form over the weekend.

“Some frustration had set in a little bit for him but he had an outstanding week,” said Portz. “We were really happy to see Dillon bust out a little bit. We needed it offensively. Dillion is our table setter and is kind of the engine guy for us that brings the energy we have offensively.”

In the field, Weiss takes over the Panther’s outfield and is a driving force behind the defensive effort. Not only does Weiss defend on the baseball turf but, also on the football turf. In the fall Weiss played safety for the Panther football team.

“In my opinion, with what he has done in football and baseball, Dillon is the ultimate team guy all around. There is no question about it. He is a player that has made a lot of big sacrifices for a lot of programs at O’Fallon,” said Portz.

For Weiss, balancing a hectic year round sports schedule is made easier with the support of his family.

“My parents play a big role in keeping me motivated,” said Weiss. “They do a lot to support me and my mom’s cooking helps.”

The homemade meals have paid off for Weiss who will be attending Truman State next fall. At Truman Weiss plans to study business management while playing both football and baseball.