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By Jeremy Balan
SanFranPreps.com Player of the Week: Bobby Gray, senior attackman, St. Ignatius boys lacrosse
In the Jerry Langkammerer Invitational, hosted by St. Ignatius, no player stood out quite like Gray.
The Notre Dame-bound senior opened the tournament with three goals and three assists against Jesuit of Carmichael, then scored five goals and had two assists in the Wildcats’ win over Menlo.
As impressive as those numbers were, it was his performance in the Wildcats’ final game of the tournament against Brophy Prep of Phoenix, Ariz. that stood out to his coaches.
After scoring a goal in the first half, Gray remained in the locker room for an extended time after the break, but returned late in the half and tallied an assist to fellow senior standout Jack Bodine.
Unbeknown to the St. Ignatius coaching staff, Gray had returned to play with a broken finger.
“That type of selflessness and grit shows the type of player Bobby is,” said St. Ignatius assistant coach Scott Brittain. “[He is] a total workhorse for [us].”
Gray intends to be ready to play in the Wildcats’ next game against Southern California powerhouse Coronado on Saturday at UC Santa Barbara.
Honorable mention: Alex Kozakiewicz, senior catcher, Washington baseball
Kozakiewicz, who is batting .377 on the season, went 3-for-5 at the plate with three RBIs and a stolen base in the Eagles’ two-game series against Lincoln last week.
He has also managed a Washington pitching staff that has allowed just 13 runs in 10 Academic Athletic Association games and has thrown out 35 percent of potential base-stealers this season.
Honorable mention: Angele Goguely, senior forward, International girls soccer
Goguely shined in two International wins last week, scoring a pair of goals in each of the Jaguars’ victories over Drew and Bay Counties League Central rival Gateway.
Goguely’s 17 goals in 15 games puts her at second in the league, behind Leadership’s Sarai Silvestre, who leads the league with 20 goals in 11 games.