NEPSAC Soccer Coaches and Athletes Helping Kick World's Culture Barriers
By BOB YORK
Chris Kaimmer has always loved the game of soccer. As a player, however, it never loved him back.
“I wasn’t very good at it … I played it as though I had two left feet,” quipped Kaimmer, who, despite his unrequited love, still found a way to wrap his life around the sport he feels so passionate about. The former Noble and Greenough School soccer coach accomplished that by creating Woza Soccer, a summer service program that affords high school and college soccer players the opportunity to travel the world and use their sport to build bridges and link cultures.
Former Berkshire School standout Zeiko Lewis Selected in the First Round of the MLS SuperDraft by the New York Red Bulls
Zeiko Lewis was the 17th overall pick and the first for the Red Bulls. Lewis is the second player from Berkshire School in the past two years to be drafted into the MLS, joining his former teammate Jack Harrison who now plays for New York City FC.
During his time at Berkshire School, Lewis was a three-sport varsity athlete (soccer, basketball, and track), and in his senior year was elected to be the Head Prefect and won the Male Athlete of the Year and Headmaster's Prize at graduation. On the soccer field, he led Berkshire to an undefeated season and it's first New England Class A Championship, and along the way he shattered the all-time scoring record, notching 33 goals in 21 games. He was the runner-up for the Massachusetts Gatorade Player of the Year and earned two separate All-American honors.
Andrew Wheeler-Omiunu, Roxbury Latin '13 Drafted to MLS
Andrew Wheeler-Omiunu, Roxbury Latin Class of 2013, a four-year starter and two-time captain at Harvard, was recently selected in the MLS soccer draft.
South Kent Boys' Soccer: 2017 Top Drawer Soccer National & NEPSAC Boy’s Soccer Class B Champions
South Kent soccer wrapped up unprecedented, undisputed back-to-back Top Drawer Soccer National Championships with a 2-0 victory in the New England Final. The Cardinals beat Brooks School in the NEPSAC Class B Championship to close out a remarkable season with an 18-1 record.
The final match was played on a soaked pitch at Deerfield Academy with the temperature below 40 degrees. The weather and playing surface helped a Brooks squad that was athletic, physical, and skillful but both teams met the challenge of the difficult conditions to produce and exciting end-to-end spectacle.
Hebron Academy Boys' Soccer Wins First New England Title
By: Lumberjack Athletics
Hebron's boys' soccer team ended their season on Sunday afternoon in dramatic fashion to finish off an undefeated campaign while they claimed their first-ever New England Championship. In the NEPSAC Class C Final, Hebron beat The Masters School (NY) 1-0 when Michael Tahiru '18 scored with nine minutes on the clock to give the Lumberjacks the title.
BERKSHIRE SCHOOL DEFEATS WORCESTER ACADEMY 5-1 TO WIN FOURTH NEPSAC CLASS A CHAMPIONSHIP
Deerfield, Mass. (November 20, 2016) –For the fourth time in five years, the boys’ soccer program at Berkshire School has brought the Stewart Cup back home to Sheffield.
On Sunday, the second-seeded Bears finished their season by defeating top-seeded Worcester Academy 5-1 in the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC) Class A championship game at Deerfield Academy.
Luca Levee of Milton Academy Named Gatorade Massachusetts Player of the Year
CHICAGO (February 11, 2016) — In its 31st year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with USA TODAY High School Sports, today announced Luca Levee of Milton Academy as its 2015-16 Gatorade Massachusetts Boys Soccer Player of the Year. Levee is the first Gatorade Massachusetts Boys Soccer Player of the Year to be chosen from Milton Academy.
The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field, distinguishes Levee as Massachusetts’s best high school boys soccer player. Now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Boys Soccer Player of the Year award to be announced in May, Levee joins an elite alumni association of past state award-winners in 12 sports, including Abby Wambach (1997-98, Our Lady of Mercy, N.Y.), Derek Jeter (1991-92, Kalamazoo HS, Mich.), Candace Parker (2001-02, Naperville Central HS, Ill.), Alexi Lalas (1987-88, Cranbrook HS, Mich.), Heather O’Reilly (2001-02, East Brunswick HS, N.J.) and Mark Sanchez (2004-05, Mission Viejo HS, Calif.).
The 6-foot, 165-pound senior midfielder led the Mustangs to a 22-0 record and the New England Prep School Athletic Council Class A championship this past season. Levee scored 13 goals and passed for nine assists and was the MVP of the NEPSAC Class A title match. A member of the Jamaican Under-20 Men’s National Team, he was a First Team AllIndependent School League honoree and helped Milton complete the first perfect soccer campaign in the 67-year history of the ISL.
Levee has maintained a B average in the classroom. A member of the Milton Academy Investment Club, he has volunteered locally as a student ambassador and as an academy tour guide.
“Luca Levee was the heart and soul of a fantastic Milton Academy team,” said Jesse Sarzana, head coach of Buckingham, Browne & Nichols School. “He worked extremely hard box to box, saw the entire field at all times and made punishing runs into the box without fear.”
Levee has signed a National Letter of Intent to play soccer on an athletic scholarship at the University of Maryland beginning this fall.
The Gatorade Player of the Year program annually recognizes one winner in the District of Columbia and each of the 50 states that sanction high school football, girls volleyball, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer, baseball, softball, and boys and girls track & field, and awards one National Player of the Year in each sport. The selection process is administered by the Gatorade high school sports leadership team in partnership with USA TODAY High School Sports, which work with top sport-specific experts and a media advisory board of accomplished, veteran prep sports journalists to determine the state winners in each sport.
Levee joins recent Gatorade Massachusetts Boys Soccer Players of the Year Jack Harrison (2014-15 & 2013-14, Berkshire School), Mac Steeves (2012-13, Needham High School), Oliver White (2011–12, Noble & Greenough School), Cole DeNormandie (2010–11, Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School), Leon Brown, (2009-10, The Roxbury Latin School), Charlie Rugg (2008–09, The Rivers School), Jan Trnka-Amrhein (2007-08, Noble and Greenough School), and Ben Slingerland (2006-07, St. John's Prep School) among the state’s list of former award winners. To keep up to date on the latest happenings, become a fan of Gatorade Player of the Year on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. For more on the Gatorade Player of the Year program, including nomination information, a complete list of past winners and the announcement of the Gatorade National Player of the Year, visit www.gatorade.com/poy. ..More Information
South Kent Coach Owen Finberg Reflects on NSCAA Coach of the Year Award
Coach Owen Finberg just earned the NSCAA 2015 National Coach of the Year Award in the High School Boys Private/Parochial Category. The competition for this honor spanned every private school in the USA. It was awarded by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America; the largest coaching association in the world. Finberg captured the prestigious award by once again leading the Prep Soccer team at South Kent School to the TopDrawerSoccer National Title after an undefeated season. Not only did they defeat a collection of talented teams to make it to the final but the Cardinals, with the guidance of Finberg, beat Lawrence Academy in the final match. Lawrence and South Kent have met in the finals 3 years running and with the win this year the boys broke the tie and now own a 2-1 record in championship games against what seems to be their annual rivals. To read more about the details of their outstanding season, see our recap of their year here.
BERKSHIRE SCHOOL’S JACK HARRISON ‘HUMBLED’ AS NO. 1 PICK IN 2016 MLS SUPERDRAFT
Sheffield, Mass. (January 16, 2016) – Former Berkshire School (Sheffield, Mass.) boys soccer captain Jack Harrison ’15 said he was ‘humbled’ after being chosen as the first overall pick of the 2016 MLS SuperDraft.
Harrison, who led Berkshire to three straight NEPSAC Class A championships and was named Gatorade National Boys Soccer Player of the Year as a senior, was selected by the Chicago Fire as the draft’s top pick on Jan. 14 before being traded to New York City FC.
2015 South Kent Soccer Secures Top Drawer Soccer National Title with NEPSAC Championship!
November 17, 2015
The 2015-2016 South Kent Prep Soccer team had a regular season to remember. The boys remained undefeated to achieve an untarnished record of 19-0, securing South Kent's 10th Western New England Regular Season Champion title. Though they faced many teams that were ranked well and stacked with skilled players, the chemistry of the South Kent team has stayed strong and allowed very few mistakes on the pitch. Even when a rare defensive error occurred, Detre Bell and Richard Glemawu stood strong, as shown by their unbelievable collection of 12 shutouts throughout the season. With the combination of skilled scorers, strong defense and a pair of top notch goalkeepers, the prep soccer team had everything they needed to win the NEPSAC Class B Championship, and they did just that. With the win, not only did Coach Owen Finberg get his milestone 200th win, but the South Kent team was awarded the National Title by Top Drawer Soccer.