Name: Benjamin De La Cruz.
Sport/position: Volleyball/outside hitter.
Family: Parents, Donna and Simon Sr.; brother, Simon Jr., 20.
Academics: 2.8 GPA.
Last week: Named MVP of the Section V Class BB Tournament after he produced 19 kills in the final to help Brighton win its second sectional championship. The Barons (19-4) face Midlakes (18-5), Section V’s Class B champion, for a slot in the Division II state tournament Thursday at Webster Schroeder.
About me: Wears jersey No. 12. “Growing up in middle school and watching Etan Bennett, I had to wear it once I played for the varsity. I looked up to him so much.” … Six-foot, 155 pounds. … Also plays with Victor Volleyball Club. … “It takes a lot of everything to be really good at it. It’s a sport you can’t perfect, so constantly trying to get better is addicting.” … Plans to spend one year at Monroe Community College. “I’m undecided on what I want to do, so I’ll save as much money as I can and see what I like most.” … Part of Brighton’s Link Leader program, that helps guide freshman at the school. … Also has spent time with students with special needs.
Girls Athlete of the Week: Megan D’Angelo
Winning sectionals last night was an awesome feeling. Also winning all tournament team MVP was so gnarly. 🎉👍🇺🇸— Ben Delacruz (@swirl69_ben) November 11, 2015