Men's Athletes of the Week

 Mesa's Franka, Mt. San Jac's Mattson share men's award


MARCH 23, 2015 - San Diego Mesa swimmer Neil Franka and Mt. San Jacinto baseball player Kash Mattson are the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference's Men's Athletes of the Week for the week of March 16-22.

PCAC 2014-2015 MEN'S ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
Mar. 22 Neil Franka, San Diego Mesa
Kash Mattson, Mt. San Jacinto
Swimming
Baseball
Mar. 15 Tyler Russell, Palomar
Andrew Freiha, Grossmont
Baseball
Volleyball
Mar. 9 Kevin Ginkel, Southwestern Baseball
Mar. 2 Blake O'Donnell, Mt. San Jacinto
Kyle Peeler, San Diego City
Basketball
Baseball
Feb. 15 Deven Riley, Palomar
Jelani Carr, San Diego Miramar
Basketball
Basketball
Feb. 15 Tim Pace, Cuyamaca Basketball
Feb. 8 Dor Tut, San Diego Miramar
Robert Romero, Grossmont
Basketball
Basketball
Feb. 1 Daniel Macias, Southwestern Baseball
Jan. 25 Jeremy Franklin, Palomar
Shawn Lathan, Southwestern
Basketball
Basketball
Jan. 18 Stacey Lambert, San Diego City Basketball
Jan. 11 Ryan Schaefer, Palomar
Buddha Boyd, MiraCosta
Basketball
Basketball
Jan. 4 Novian Cherry, San Diego Mesa Basketball
Dec. 21 Caleb Singleton, San Diego City Basketball
Dec. 7 Alberto Garcia, Palomar Wrestling
Nov. 16 Chris Burton, San Diego City
Josue Ramirez, Southwestern
Basketball
Soccer
Nov. 9 Samuel Williams, Mt. San Jacinto
Enrique Maldonado, SD City
Basketball
Soccer
Nov. 2 Tareq Abulebbeh,  Mesa
Cameron Rath, Palomar
Football
Water Polo
Oct. 26 Erik Collin, Palomar Wrestling
Oct. 19 Toefua Amu, Palomar
Daniel Morales, San Diego City
Football
Soccer
Oct. 12 Omar Hernandez, Southwestern Soccer
Oct. 5 Alex Graves, Palomar Wrestling
Sept. 28 Argenis Ramos, MiraCosta
Johnny Williams, Mt. San Jacinto
Soccer
Football
Sept. 21 Malik Kimbrough, Southwestern
Eddie Guerra, MiraCosta
Football
Soccer
Sept. 14 Jesse Reiling, San Diego Mesa
Brian Avina, Imperial Valley
Water Polo
Soccer
Sept. 7 George Martinez, Southwestern Cross Country
Aug. 31 Jesus Ortiz, Cuyamaca Soccer

Franka, a freshman from University City High School, won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:44.82, the 100 free in 46.99 and the 200 individual medley in 1:57.49 and also anchored the winning 200 free relay team in a 151-136 victory over Palomar.

Franka is the 2015 Waterman Festival pentathlon champion and has dominated in all the season's big invitational meets.

Mattson, a sophomore catcher from Riverside Poly High, went 8-for-13 for the week (2-5 with an RBI in a 5-4 loss to Mesa, 3-for-4 with 3 RBIs in a 3-2 loss to Mesa and 3-for-5 and a single to lead off a two-run seventh inning comeback that beat Mesa 3-2).

Mattson is batting .404 as the Eagles have settled into third place in the conference so far behind PCAC first-place Palomar, the No. 2-ranked team in Southern California, and conference second-place Southwestern.

Honorable mention went to baseball players Brad Groesbeck (Grossmont), Keith Kozak (Southwestern) and Javier Vasquez (Imperial Valley).

Groesbeck, a freshman outfielder from Del Norte High who is batting .391 on the season and .529 in the PCAC, went 3-for-5 with 2 RBIs in a 10-9 loss to IVC, was 3-for-4 with 2 RBIs in a 5-1 win over the Arabs and was 1-for-3 with an RBI in a 7-4 victory over the Arabs. Groesbeck was 7-for-12 for the week.

Kozak, a sophomore right-handed pitcher from Temecula Valley High School and a transfer from Chaffey College, threw 8 innings of 1-hit shutout ball against San Diego City College in a game the Jaguars finally won 3-2 in 11 innings, completing a three-game series sweep.

Vasquez, a freshman catcher from Central High School in El Centro, went 2-for-5 with 4 RBIs and a bases-loaded triple that ignited a 6-run seventh inning in IVC's 10-9 win over Grossmont.

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