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THE WINNER: Brian Costa
School: The Pingry School (Martinsville, N.J.)
Position: Defensive midfielder
Weight: 143 pounds
Athletic achievement:He scored two goals and passed for two assists this past season, leading the Big Blue (17-2-4) to the Non-Public Class A state championship game. A two-time All-Somerset County First Team selection, Costa was the No. 123-rated recruit in the Class of 2013 by TopDrawerSoccer.com.
Academic excellence: Costa has maintained an A average.
Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally as part of a fundraising campaign to benefit leukemia research, as a peer mentor and with the Special Olympics.
“Brian Costa is the type of player that after the game you ask, ‘Who was that kid?’” said Rick Szeles, head coach of Bridgewater-Raritan (Bridgewater Township, N.J.). “He can play any field position and has great skills and field presence. He leads by example, demonstrates great sportsmanship and has a great work ethic.”
THE FUTURE: Costa will attend Princeton.