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1. Alex Simon



Published: Mon, January 28, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



1. Alex Simon

Cardinal Mooney

The Cardinal Mooney High boys soccer team came within a whisper of defeating Gates Mills Hawken last November in a regional semifinal game. Hawken, the defending state champion, had a quick 2-0 lead, but the Cardinals' never-give-in attitude led them back to a 2-2 tie, before Hawken rallied for a one-goal win. The defeat could not cast a shadow on a strong program led by coach Lenny Krispinsky and guided on field by our player of the year, junior midfielder Alex Simon. His worth to the team was summed up succinctly by Coach Krispinsky following one game last fall: "Alex is our go-to guy. The guy that everything goes through."

X Grade: Junior.

X Positive influence: "My Dad coached me for many years. He always supported me and tried to help me succeed."

X Memory from the season: "My favorite memory is the trip our team took to Dayton for the Ohio Cup. The memory is not so much the soccer, but we had a lot of fun and that's something I won't forget."

X Future plans: "My immediate plan is to prepare for next season. I hope to continue playing in college."

2. Kenny "Kiki" Willis

Cardinal Mooney

X Grade: Freshman.

X Positive influence: "My father has been an inspiration because he pushes me, in every which way, to strive to be the best. And if it weren't for him doing that, I would not be in this situation today."

X Memory from the season: "The best memory I had was winning the district championship in my freshmen year. It was very exciting and it felt good to be in that situation."

X Future plans: "My plans for the future are just to stay myself and maintain a good GPA. But most of all, I hope to be a professional soccer player."

3. Sam Michael Camens

Austintown Fitch

X Grade: Junior.

X Positive influence: "My mother because she has always been there telling me not to be lazy and go practice. She is a true role model for a hardworker, and I would not be where I am today without being disciplined."

X Memory from the season: "Being a part of Coach Rigo Castillo's 100th win. He is truly a great coach and friend. That win meant a lot to the team."

X Future plans: "I plan on playing Division I soccer in college, and eventually become a family physician, opening my own practice."

4. Brian Rabel

Ursuline

X Grade: Senior.

X Positive influence: "Scott Smaltz because he strives to do the best he can at everyday life. His being around is a motivation enough for me."

X Memory from the season: "Breaking the all-time assist record for Ursuline."

X Future plans: "I will be attending John Carroll University and go into accounting."

5. Dan Frank

Ursuline

X Grade: Senior.

X Positive influence: "I can't say any single person has been an influence. I'd have to say all my coaches over the years have pushed me to be the best that I can."

X Memory from the season: "Just having fun with the team and enjoying the team unity."

X Future plans: "Attending the University of Akron to major in mechanical engineering."

6. Jamie Hay

Boardman

X Grade: Senior.

X Positive influence: "My father because he has helped me stick with the sport."

X Memory from the season: "Senior Night, playing in front of hundreds of people. My whole family got to see me play."

X Future plans: "I plan on attending Bethany College where I plan to further my soccer career. My major is undecided."

7. Matt Tringhese

Hubbard

X Grade: Senior.

X Positive influence: "My sister Diana. She has always been there to push me. She never lets me give up, ever. Plus since she is older and plays soccer also, she has helped me get through tough situations that she has already been through."

X Memory from the season: "Going 14-0-2, the first undefeated season for Hubbard High School boys soccer."

X Future plans: "To earn a college degree in math. I also plan to play on the soccer team for that college."

8. Justin Daly

Hubbard

X Grade: Junior.

X Positive influence: "Neil Fowler. He coached my MVP team and was one of my best club coaches. I pretty much learned everything I know from him. He was a good coach and a good friend."

X Memory from the season: "This year, I set the record for most goals in a game and season. In one game, I scored nine goals and in the season I scored 35, breaking the school record which was 32 goals."

X Future plans: "I plan on continuing to play soccer and hope to play Division I in college."

9. Joshua Upshire

Badger

X Grade: Senior.

X Memory from the season: "Breaking the school record for shutouts in a season and saves for a career, scoring my first goal on senior day, having my best goals against average in a season (.831) and getting named third-team all-state."

10. Shawn Bean

Warren Kennedy

X Grade: Senior.

X Positive influence: "My Dad because he has played soccer throughout his life and he can guide me on what to expect through my high school career and for college."

X Memory from the season: "I really don't have a single game or moment in the season. What I think is the greatest memory is our team, which didn't start off good buy came together as a team and was really playing good soccer at the end of the season."

X Future plans: "I am not for sure on what college I am going to attend. I'm looking at many Division II schools to play soccer and maybe go into education."

11. Matthew Pietro

Canfield

X Grade: Sophomore.

X Positive influence: "My father, John Pietro, teaches me the right attitude to play the game. He helps me prepare myself mentally."

X Memory from the season: "Winning the district final. It was the first time in about a decade that Canfield has done it."

X Future plans: "I plan to win the MAC championship two more years and eventually get to the Regional final. I plan to play soccer in college, though I am not sure which one I want to go to yet."

12. Eric Faith

Niles McKinley

X Grade: Senior.

X Positive influence: "Bob Pavone. He got me started on playing soccer when I was 5 and taught me like I was his own kid. He got me into his club soccer and stuck with me my whole soccer career."

X Memory from the season: "This year, we made it to the district final for the first time in school history. It was a great experience playing in a district final against players I've played with my whole life."

X Future plans: "I plan to attend a four-year college or university and major in civil engineering."




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