Five multisport performers are the finalists for The Inquirer's South Jersey Senior Male Athlete of the Year. This year's winner will be announced Sunday.
Here is a look at the finalists, listed alphabetically.
Phil Bhaya, Haddonfield. As a quarterback and defensive back, Bhaya helped Haddonfield earn a school-record 10 wins and advance to the South Jersey Group 2 final. He was an Inquirer first-team all-South Jersey defensive back after recording 55 tackles and making two interceptions. He also threw for 1,201 yards and 13 touchdowns and rushed for 710 yards and 14 touchdowns. In addition, he led South Jersey lacrosse scorers in goals with 64. He will attend Princeton and continue his football career.
Zach Greenwald, Paulsboro. A second-team Inquirer all-South Jersey linebacker, Greenwald recorded 113 tackles, one interception and three fumble recoveries and rushed for 458 yards (6.94 average) and eight touchdowns. Greenwald won the 215-pound state championship in wrestling, capping a 41-1 season and ending with a 140-19 career mark. He will attend Sacred Heart and play football.
Tejay Johnson, Egg Harbor Township. In the fall, Johnson was an Inquirer first-team all-South Jersey defensive back for a team that won the Cape Atlantic American Conference and advanced to the South Jersey Group 4 final. He recorded five interceptions and rushed for 973 yards and 10 touchdowns. During the winter, Johnson was a double-figure scorer in basketball. This spring, he captured South Jersey Group 4 championships in the 100 and 200 meters and was a member of his team's winning 1,600-meter relay. He will attend Rutgers on a football scholarship.
Tyler Powell, Cherokee. An Inquirer first-team all-South Jersey defensive back in football, Powell was a central figure on Cherokee's South Jersey Group 4 championship squad. He had 104 tackles, five interceptions, eight pass breakups and five forced fumbles. As a starting outfielder in baseball, he batted .387 with six home runs and 33 RBIs. Powell will attend Delaware as a preferred walk-on in baseball.
Jared Roberts, Woodbury. A three-sport performer (football, basketball and track), Roberts was a starting running back-defensive back for the South Jersey Group 1 champions, scoring eight touchdowns. He was an Inquirer second-team all-South Jersey guard for the South Jersey Group 1-champion basketball team. Roberts also helped Woodbury win the state Group 1 track title, placing second in the triple jump and high jump and third in the long jump. He will attend the Naval Academy and play basketball.