The Essex High School boys soccer team honored Brad Nadeau at last week’s home tournament, the start of a season-long dedication to the former teammate.
Nadeau, a two-sport standout in soccer and track and field, died unexpectedly in the spring due to an undisclosed heart condition. Members of Nadeau’s track and field relay team ran a 4-by-100 memoriam at an April home meet and officials at the Burlington Invitational held a moment of silence.
Last week, Essex unveiled an engraved granite bench that will sit next to the soccer field. Teammates will also wear black arm bands throughout the season, and Nadeau’s No. 22 is etched in the training gear and warm-ups.
“Hopefully we’ll represent the unity and team concept of what Brad represented to us over the years,” Essex coach Scott Mosher said.
Montpelier boys have big goals
With a bevy of players returning from a Division II semifinal squad, coach Jason Miles says Montpelier has “lofty goals” for the 2012 season.
“We decided as a group that we have the potential to have a special year,” Miles said. “The kids are responding after putting the time in the offseason.”
The results show on the pitch. The Solons are 2-0 after a pair of victories under the lights — one at U-32 and the other at home against Northfield.
T.J. Dellipriscoli — the latest from this standout athletic family — leads the Solons with two goals, working well with Caleb Basa up top.
Monday’s 4-1 win over Northfield was an example of the team’s resolve. The Solons rallied after a 1-0 deficit, taking the lead on Dellipriscoli’s goal just before the break.
“They are holding each other accountable — the communication has gotten better,” Miles said. “They hold each other to a higher standard.”
Miles also got the better of Northfield coach Paul Clayton. Miles and Clayton have teamed up on a few coaching staffs, including the Marauder boys soccer program for five years recently.
All title games on turf?
The soccer committee hopes to have the four divisional title games on artificial turf fields in November.
Burlington High School has served as the site for the Division I doubleheader since 2008 while South Burlington, the other high school with a turf field in Chittenden County, played host to the D-II title games last year.
The Vermont Principals’ Association is looking for schools to host, associate director Bob Johnson said in an email. If accommodations can’t be met for turf sites, title games will still be played on grass fields.
The soccer championships are slated for Nov. 3.