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.
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.