Vote for the NJ1015 HS Athlete of the Week [6/6]
Baseball – Nick Droboniku, Jr., pitcher, Mainland
Droboniku threw eight scoreless innings of four-hit ball, striking out seven, to help 11th-seeded Mainland stun top-seeded Moorestown 2-0 in nine innings to win its first NJSIAA South Jersey Group IV title since 1999. Droboniku helped the .500 Mustangs (12-12) outduel Mainland ace Scott Zimmer, who was sensational in defeat with 21 strikeouts in nine innings.
Softball – Madison Levine, Sr., catcher, Indian Hills
Levine blasted a game-winning, two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh inning to send Indian Hills to a thrilling 5-4 win over three-time defending champion Immaculate Heart Academy in a match-up of teams that were a combined 61-0 in the Bergen County Tournament championship. The win snapped a 19-game BCT winning streak by IHA and gave Indian Hills its second BCT title in history and first since 2010.
Boys track – David Njoku, Sr., Cedar Grove
Njoku, who is headed to Miami on a football scholarship, set the NJSIAA Group I high jump record with a jump of seven feet, one inch to win the Group I title. His jump is the sixth-best in New Jersey history and the third-highest in the nation this spring.
Girls track – Josette Norris, Sr., Tenafly
The North Carolina recruit won the 1,600-meter race and the 3,200 at the NJSIAA Group III championships at Frank Jost Field in South Plainfield, which included running a Group III and Bergen County-record time of 10:25.57 in the 3,200. She won both races at the Group meet for the second straight year, and she did it after coming back from a torn plantar fascia suffered during cross country season.
Girls lacrosse – Nicole Donnelly, Sr., Lenape
Donnelly had a hat trick to help Lenape upset Ridge, 11-9, to capture the NJSIAA Group IV championship and advance to the Tournament of Champions. She also scored a team-high five goals in a hard-fought, 17-14 win over West Windsor North to win the South Jersey Group IV title.
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