May 14 - Justice’s Teddy Coateshas been named the Northern Virginia High School Player of the Week, sponsored by Northern Virginia Orthodontics.
Coates, a 6-foot-2, 180-pound senior right-handed pitcher and infielder, went 3-for-4 with two RBI and earned the decision after pitching 1.2 scoreless innings in relief as the Wolves improved to 14-6 with a 12-2 win over Wakefield in the National District quarterfinals on Friday.
The victory was the sixth of the season for Coates, who has led the team in appearances in each of the past two campaigns. Justice has clinched a Region 6C Tournament berth for the second year in a row under coach Randy Lightle.
Here are this week’s other three nominees:
Mitchell Breeding, Stonewall Jackson - A 6-foot, 185-pound right-handed pitcher and third baseman, Breeding allowed one run while scattering six hits in 6.1 innings and was 2-for-3 with a walk and a run as the Raiders beat Osbourn, 3-1, on Thursday in the Cedar Run District quarterfinals. The win clinched the program’s first regional appearance since 2015. Breeding entered the week 2-4 with a 3.90 ERA and 22 strikeouts in 33 innings.
Daniel Checkosky, Robinson - A 6-foot-1, 180-pound senior right-handed pitcher and infielder, Checkosky tossed an eight-inning shutout in a 1-0 win over W.T. Woodson in the Patriot District quarterfinals on Friday. He struck out 11 while allowing just two hits and one walk, and entered the week 4-1 with a 1.06 ERA, two saves and 50 strikeouts in 33 innings. He was a first-team all-district selection.
Joe DeBardi, Highland School - A 5-foot-11, 190-pound senior third baseman, DeBardi went 3-for-6 with two home runs and six RBI as the Hawks swept their two games last week. He entered this week’s VISAA Division II state tournament hitting .521 with 37 hits - 18 for extra bases - and had 28 RBI, 28 runs and 14 steals, and was recently named the Delaney Athletic Conference’s Player of the Year.
Sponsor: The Northern Virginia High School Player of the Week is sponsored by Northern Virginia Orthodontics. For more information, visit www.nvorthodontics.com.
Note: Player of the Week nominees come from area coaches.
Photos of, clockwise from left: Justice’s Teddy Coates, Highland School’s Joe DeBardi, Robinson’s Danny Checkosky and Stonewall Jackson’s Mitchell Breeding.