As we head toward the beginning of the high school year, we are headed toward many prime time athletic performances. From the gridiron, to the hardwood, to the pitch, to the ice, to the diamond, to the lacrosse field, Section II athletics is just weeks away.

But before we head back to the high school ranks all year long for our ESPN Radio 104.5 Athlete of the Week, we bring you a star on the youth circuit.

Nick Scattareggia helped lead the 12-year-old South Troy Dodgers to the Pee Wee Reese World Series in Puerto Rico. His game-winning walk-off hit in the semifinals helped the Dodgers win the North Atlantic Regional.

A week before the season started, Nick's mother died from cancer. You can see a full piece on his story from our friends at News 10 ABC.

It really is a remarkable story of strength and perseverance for this Capital Region athlete, and it's certainly worthy of our Athlete of the Week honor.

There's been a movement to get Nick's story on SportsCenter, so let's see what we can do Capital Region!

The Dodgers advanced to the semifinals of the World Series.