CLARK — On Thursday, Dec. 5, NJ.com closed a poll for the best high school football defensive player in the State of New Jersey this past season. Arthur L. Johnson senior linebacker Vin Banek was one of 38 nominees, and he finished in second place.
Banek received 27,756 votes, or 15.59 percent of the total. Ken Bradley of Jackson High School won, receiving 37,965 or 21.33 percent of the total.
Banek had a stellar career for the Crusaders, regularly pushing 20 tackles per game for Johnson High School. He finished his high school career with a school record 390 tackles. He is a three sport athlete and has been named captain of the football, basketball, and lacrosse teams for his senior season. He is a member of the Crusader Athletic Leadership Council in addition to being a standout student, with a GPA of 4.716.
Michael Mancino, head football coach at Arthur L. Johnson High School, said, “In my 20 years of coaching high school football, Vin Banek may be the toughest player I have ever coached. His work ethic and desire to be the best is what drives him and by the way he carries a 4.716 GPA. He is the epitome of what a student athlete should be.”
Gus Kalikas, supervisor of Athletics, Health, and Physical Education at Arthur L. Johnson High School, said, “Vin Banek is a throwback. He played with a passion that showed he truly loved and respected the game of football. Although he will continue his career playing college football, he will always be remembered as a true Crusader who played the game of football the right way. I look forward to following his career at the next level and seeing all of the many great things that he will accomplish.”
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