Sport: Soccer

Class: Senior

Age: 17

Accomplishment: Zakowski scored twice in the 3-0 win over Ramsey in the Bergen County tournament final, giving Glen Rock its first-ever county championship. For the tournament, he finished with  For the tournament, he finished with nine goals, including four game-winners. Later in the week, he had an assist in the 3-0 victory over Lenape Valley in the North 1, Group 2 state tournament quarterfinals.


“His drive and willingness to win is unmatched by anyone I’ve ever coached. He is very tenacious on the field. When we need him, he kind of takes the team on his back in big situations, and that’s why we’ve been so successful.” — Coach Casey Schick


Also nominated: Gabriel Costa of Cliffside Park, Nardi Lita of Park Ridge, and Nicholas Zielonka of Wallington for soccer; Piotr Partyla of Lyndhurst, Jaaron Hayek of Wayne Hills, Drew Dippolito of NV/Old Tappan, and Vincent Pinto of Park Ridge football; and Bobby Oehrlein of Indian Hills and Luis Peralta of Passaic for cross-country.