Vote for the HS Athlete of the Week [5/30]
Baseball – Mike Coss, Sr., RHP, Pompton Lakes
Coss was named the Most Valuable Player of the Passaic County Tournament for the second straight year as he led Pompton Lakes to back-to-back county titles by throwing a complete-game five-hitter, striking out six and walking one, in a 2-1 victory over Depaul. He also had a double, a walk and a hit-by-pitch in three at-bats. In a 4-2 win over Lakeland in the PCT semifinals, Coss belted a two-run homer.
Softball – Casey Schieda, Jr., SS, Monroe
Schieda was named Most Valuable Player of the Greater Middlesex Conference Tournament after going 6-for-14 with two RBI and also playing strong defense at shortstop to help lead Monroe to the championship. In a 3-2 win over East Brunswick in the championship game, Schieda hit a game-winning RBI single with the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Boys lacrosse – Joe Francisco, Sr., Attack, A.L. Johnson
The Rutgers recruit scored a game-high six goals, including the game-winner with 29 seconds left, as 10th-seeded A.L. Johnson stunned defending champion and top-seeded Rumson-Fair Haven, 10-9, to win its first NJSIAA South Jersey Group I title. Francisco also won 10 of 12 face-offs, including the one that led to his winning goal.
Boys golf – Mike Graboyes, Sr., Watchung Hills
Graboyes took home the prestigious NJSIAA Tournament of Champions title against a field of the top golfers in the state by carding a two-under-par 70 at Hopewell Valley Golf Club to win the individual championship by two strokes. His title came one year after his older brother, Luke, won the T of C in 2013.
Girls track – Faleesha Grove, Sr., Penns Grove
Grove finished her four-year varsity career unbeaten in the NJSIAA South Jersey Group I meet, as she claimed her fourth title in both the 200-meter and 400-meter races and anchored the 4×400 team to victory for the fourth time in four years. Her performance also helped Penns Grove roll to its second straight team title in the sectional meet.
Now it’s time for you to cast your vote for your favorite high school athlete below! Voting ends at NOON on Saturday May 31st.