Following in the footsteps of his older brother, Malvern Prep senior catcher Mike Lubanski yesterday was named the Pennsylvania Gatorade baseball player of the year.

Chris Lubanski, a former standout at Kennedy-Kenrick, earned the honor in 2003. The 24-year-old is now an outfielder for the Omaha Royals, Kansas City's triple-A affiliate in the Pacific Coast League.

For the 22-6 Friars this season, Mike Lubanski batted .371 (33 for 89) with 30 runs, 29 RBIs, 3 home runs, 3 doubles and 2 triples. He had a .551 slugging percentage and .513 on-base percentage.

Lubanski, bound for Wake Forest, is the third Malvern Prep player to earn the award. Shortstop Josh McKinley (1998) and catcher Ben Davis (1995) were previous winners.