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Player of the Week
Clay Welch, Ponte Vedra (Fla.)
Welch had quite the week, amassing 18 points in four games in five days. The Mercer commit started the week against last year’s Colorado Final Four team, Mountain Vista (Highlands Ranch, Colo.), by scoring four goals and two assists in an 8-7 win. Welch helped the Sharks overcome a 7-4 deficit.
“We ran our offense and found gaps. They were so concentrated to stop me at times that it got my teammates open, so we capitalized on that,” Welch said. “They were slow to slide at times. That let me get my hands free and find the net.”
The senior followed that up with a two-goal game the next night against St. Augustine (Fla.). The Sharks won that game 16-5.
Ponte Vedra then played the defending South Carolina state champion Wando (S.C.) on March 24 and Welch scored two goals and had one assist. Playing again on Saturday, Welch scored seven goals in the Sharks final game of the week, a 20-8 win over Charlotte Catholic (Charlotte, N.C.).
“He [Coach Tom West] scheduled them back-to-back, so we get the feel of the long bus ride, playing at night, going to the hotel, waking up the next day, waiting a bit then playing mid-day because that’s how it was [in the playoffs] last year.”
Listen to my full interview with Welch on Thursday’s podcast, which will be available here.
Tyler Bradbury, Oak Park (Calif.)
The sophomore scored six goals, including three in the fourth quarter to give Oak Park a 13-11 win over Harvard-Westlake (Calif.) on March 21. Oak Park was down six goals at halftime, but mounted a second-half comeback, spurred by Bradbury. Read the
Jared Halverson, Jordan (Durham, N.C.)
Halverson went for 11 points on 10 goals and one assist for Jordan (Durham, N.C.) in a 14-13 win overtime win over Athens Drive (Raleigh, N.C.).
Gunner Kerig, Maurice J. McDonough (Md.)
Kerig put up an impressive stat line for McDonough on March 22. The Ferrum commit totaled 13 points on nine goals and four assists, won 20 faceoffs and scooped up 19 ground balls. The senior’s performance came in a 20-12 win over Lackey (Indian Head, Md.).
Logan Posner, St. Paul’s (Md.)
Posner scored two goals in the Wednesday game against Haverford School (Pa.), but it was his second that was the difference maker. Posner scored with 24 seconds left in overtime to give the Crusaders an 8-7 win.
Tommy Sopko, Conestoga (Pa.)
Sopko scored six points, including the game-winning goal in overtime, as Conestoga defeated Calvert Hall (Baltimore) 13-12 on Friday. Sopko scored four goals and had two assists in the victory.
Alex Trippi, Bullis (Md.)
Trippi had his hand in four points of the Bulldogs 7-3 win over Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.) on Friday. The UNC commit scored two goals and had two assist in Bullis’ first win over Gonzaga since 2010. Trippi had seven points against Calverton (Md.) on March 21, dishing out four assists and scoring three goals.
Jack Traynor, Malvern Prep (Pa.)
Traynor netted six points as he helped the Friars to a 13-7 win over Calvert Hall (Md.) on Tuesday. Traynor scored three goals and added three assists to lead the team. He followed that up with a three goal, one assist game against Garnet Valley (Pa.) on Saturday.
2017 Players of the Week
|Feb. 12||Marc Galindo||Immokalee||FL|
|Honorable Mention: Jed Dalton, South Fork (Fla.); Brennen Fountain, The First Academy (Fla.); Matthew Keeler, Ponte Vedra (Fla.); Jack Phipps, Bolles (Fla.)|
|Feb. 19||Reid Smith||Ponte Vedra||FL|
|Honorable Mention: Mikey Berkman, West Orange (Fla.); Jacob Hicks, Oak Hall (Fla.); Matthew Keeler, Ponte Vedra (Fla.); Zack Pacheco, Marist (Ga.); Trent Parker, South Fork (Fla.); Nicky Solomon, Centennial (Ga.)|
|Feb. 26||Oliver Alpert||St. Andrew's||FL|
|Honorable Mention: Brad Baker, Tampa Jesuit (Fla.); Joey Guglielmo, St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.); Matt Adams, St. Andrew's (Fla.); Chris Ryan, Monte Vista-Danville (Cailf.); Evan Vogel, Buchholz (Fla.); Payton St. Geme, St. Ignatius Prep (Calif.)|
|March 6||Alex Walker||Lambert||GA|
|Honorable Mention: Brad Baker, Tampa Jesuit (Fla.); Jack Goller, Marin Catholic (Calif.); Preston Lalicker, Apex (N.C.); Blake Lecky, Lake Norman (N.C.); Eric Overbay, Lambert (Ga.); Wyatt Peek, Mill Creek (Ga.); Peter Salit, Johns Creek (Ga.); Wyatt Schupler, Ponte Vedra (Fla.); Marty Shargel, Agoura (Calif.)|
|March 13||Kadin Kightlinger||Bishop O'Connell||VA|
|Honorable Mention: Matt Adams, St. Andrew's (Fla.); Jackson Lamb, Oak Hall (Fla.); Mason O'Hanlon, Loyola-Los Angeles (Calif.); Carson Sorrells, Allatoona (Ga.); Alderik van der Heyde, Torrey Pines (Calif.); Sean Voelkel, Chapel Hill (N.C.); Tim Vanderlinde, Creekside (Fla.)|
|March 20||Reed Babcock||Regis Jesuit||CO|
|Honorable Mention: Payton St. Geme, St. Ignatius Prep (Calif.); Tyler Hancock, Vail Mountain (Colo.); Jackson Harvey, Arapahoe (Colo.); Ian Krampf, St. Mary's (Md.); Jake Larkin, Green Hope (N.C.); Cory Lund, El Segundo (Calif.); Alex Rode, St. Paul's (Md.); Luke Shilling, Boys' Latin (Md.); Lex Voelker, Ardrey Kell (N.C.)|
|March 27||Clay Welch||Ponte Vedra||FL|
|Honorable Mention: Tyler Bradbury, Oak Park (Calif.); Jared Halverson, Jordan (Durham, N.C.); Gunner Kerig, Maurice J. McDonough (Md.); Logan Posner, St. Paul’s (Md.); Tommy Sopko, Conestoga (Pa.); Taylor Strough, Cold Spring Harbor (N.Y.); Alex Trippi, Bullis (Md.); Jack Traynor, Malvern Prep (Pa.)|
|April 3||Alex Trippi||Bullis||MD|
|Honorable Mention: Eric Cecere, Centennial (Ga.); Kevin Crowley, St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.); Jonathan Huber, St. Anthony's (N.Y.); Matt Rueter, Holy Ghost Prep (Pa.); Tom Sopko, Conestoga (Pa.); Evan Trizonis, Garnet Valley (Pa.)|
|April 10||TJ Malone||Haverford School||PA|
|Honorable Mention: Brett Baskin, La Salle College (Pa.); Mike Clibanoff, La Salle College (Pa.); Joey Epstein, Landon (Md.); Kevin Lindley, Darien (Conn.); Kyle Long, Springfield-Delco (Pa.); Jack Parr, McDonogh (Md.); Regan Quinn, Chaminade (N.Y.); Will Ramos, Nyack (N.Y.); Jackson Rieger, John Jay (N.Y.)|
|April 17||Trevor Patschorke||Severna Park||MD|
|Honorable Mention: Prescott King, Episcopal Dallas (Texas); Ian Laviano, Cold Spring Harbor (N.Y.); Dalton Lucas, Riverhead (N.Y.); Logan McGovern, Darien (Conn.); Asher Nolting, Cherry Creek (Colo.); Brennan O'Neil, St. Anthony's (N.Y.); Henry Savage, Cherry Creek (Colo.); Nicky Solomon, Centennial (Ga.); Kaleb Stroman, Legend (Colo.)|
|April 24||Bryn Evans||St. Ignatius Prep||CA|
|Honorable Mention: Aleric Fyock, St. Mary's (Md.); Michael Hubbard, Lake Mary (Fla.); Brendan Curry, Calvert Hall (Md.); David Madril, St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.); Carson Marano, Penn Charter (Pa.); Bryce Mumpower, Lake Mary (Fla.); Jack Ortolano, North Gwinnett (Ga.); Jack Phillips, Lake Highland Prep (Fla.); Keaton Roarick, Old Saybrook (Conn.)|
|May 1||Kevin Crowley||St. Thomas Aquinas||FL|
|Honorable Mention: Jacob Buttermore, Garnet Valley (Pa.); Joe Covino, Fair Lawn (N.J.); Jake Glatz, Boys' Latin (Md.); Cole Grant, Watertown IHS (N.Y.); Jacob Kelly, Calvert Hall (Md.); Logan Mitchell, Wando (S.C.); Jack Parr, McDonogh (Md.); Dom Pryor, Ward Melville (N.Y.); Jake Taylor, Regis Jesuit (Colo.); Sam Weis, Wando (S.C.)|
|May 8||Kevin Lindley||Darien||CT|
|Honorable Mention: JP Basile, Garden City (N.Y.); Ben DeBlauw, Southern (Md.); Peter Garno, Haverford School (Pa.); Austin Hudson, Gilman (Md.); Patrick Kavanagh, Chaminade (N.Y.); Logan Posner, St. Paul's (Md.); Owen Seebold, Highland Park (Texas); Donovan Welsh, Fayetteville-Manlius (N.Y.)|
|May 15||Justin Shockey||Landon||MD|
|Honorable Mention: Ryan Bannon, Hopkinton (Mass.); Hayden Frey, Lincoln-Sudbury (Mass.); Jacob Kelly, Calvert Hall (Md.); John Kiracofe, St. John’s (D.C.); Kyle Laforge, Tyngsborough (Mass.); Luke Millican, Dallas Jesuit (Texas); Evan Sibson, Absegami (N.J.)|
|May 22||Lance Tillman||Valor Christian||CO|
|Honorable Mention: Owen Caputo, Middle Creek (N.C.); Joey Cinque, Christ School (N.C.); Parker MacLean, La Costa Canyon (Calif.); Ryder Mora, Loyola-Los Angeles (Calif.); Nolan Moon, Lassiter (Ga.); Trevor Patschorke, Severna Park (Md.); Jordan Swoyer, Linganore (Md.); Joe Theuer, Loyola-Los Angeles (Calif.); Joe Wolf, Allentown Central Catholic (Pa.)|
|May 29||Logan McGovern||Darien||CT|
|Honorable Mention: JT Bugliosi, Calvert Hall (Md.); Brendan Curry, Calvert Hall (Md.); Ben DeBlauw, Southern (Md.); Greg Gatto, Ridgefield (Conn.); Nico Ipeker, Montgomery (N.J.); Jacob Kelly, Calvert Hall (Md.); Liam Powderly, McDonogh (Md.)|
|June 5||Ryan Brown||Central Bucks East||PA|
|Honorable Mention: Jamie Atkinson, Garden City (N.Y.); Harry Berg, Conestoga (Pa.); Brendan Harman, Avon Grove (Pa.); Eddie Munoz, Ward Melville (N.Y.); Tehoka Nanticoke, IMG Academy (Fla.); T Ridgeway, Georgetown Prep (Md.); Andrew Robbins, Ramapo (N.J.); Tom Schelling, Delbarton (N.J.); Taylor Strough, Cold Spring Harbor (N.Y.); Dylan Watson, Hill Academy (Canada)|
|June 12||Matt Grillo||Ward Melville||NY|
|Honorable Mention: Zach Augustine, Avon Grove (Pa.); Colin Crowley, Delbarton (N.J.); Cameron Gould, Brother Rice (Mich.); Frankie Labetti, Moorestown (N.J.); Kyle Long, Springfield-Delco (Pa.); Kevin Lindley, Darien (Conn.); Jackson Miller, Woodson (Va.); Ryan O’Connell, New Canaan (Conn.); Taylor Strough, Cold Spring Harbor (N.Y.); Jack Sutherland, Lincoln-Sudbury (Mass.)|