By Lila Cohen
For the beach collector
A few weeks ago, at the end of a very successful season, the VHS boys university soccer team won the league.
Coupled with winning the league, the success of their season manifested itself in winning eight out of nine games, nominating multiple players as the best in the league, and naming six players to Nisqually first and second teams.
To nobody’s surprise, senior captain Jakob Heuschert was voted the most valuable player in the Nisqually League. Senior Chris Fontina was also extremely successful in his category and was named Defensive Player of the Year, as was his teammate Junior Evan Kepler, who was voted Goalkeeper of the Year.
Next to Heuschert, Fontina and Kepler on the price list was their trainer Scott Nicolino – as trainer of the year.
Vashon players also made up a sizable portion of the First Team All-Nisqually, with senior Zach Van Dusen, second Nick Zuckerman, and junior Levi Stahl all making the list.
Junior Bellamy Cox narrowly missed reaching the first team, but represented Vashon on the second team All-Nisqually alongside teammates Junior Jaimie Pereyda and Eythan Hyllested.
These awards are given based on a voting system among the coaches in the league. The coaches send a list of the players they want to nominate and give reasons for both qualitative and quantitative arguments.
Each coach then lines up the 15 best players to form the first team from the many submissions and chooses the coach of the year and the team with the best athleticism. Coaches cannot vote for themselves or their players. And the player with the most votes overall is called the MVP.
Heuschert received this honor this year.
Nicolino expressed his pride in all of the players selected for the honor and found that it reflected the entire team’s commitment to success.
“It’s also testament to the amazing talent and dedication this incredible group of players has shown for VHS throughout the season,” said Nicolino.