All-Berkshire boys soccer
BENNI MCCOMISH, MOUNT GREYLOCK AND MIKE PEPLOWSKI, ST. JOSEPH
Your MVPs couldn't have come from more disparate teams. Take Mike Peplowski for example.
The St. Joe senior forward helped lead his team to a first Western Massachusetts tournament win since 2012. Two months before the season started, the Crusaders weren't even certain they'd have a team.
But St. Joe did and made the tournament. Peplowski led the way with a Berkshire County-best 24 goals and 17 assists, coming off a junior season where he was a first-team pick with 10 goals. He had a pair of hat tricks. Peplowski had a goal and four assists in a 5-0 win over McCann Tech in the Division IV tournament. That earned him the South MVP.
The North MVP made his second consecutive All-Berkshire coaches team with another quality campaign. McComish, a senior midfielder, was a four-year starter for head coach Blair Dils.
As it was written a year ago, McComish "continued Mount Greylock's run of quality central midfielder." He scored 2 goals but assisted on 7 for the Mounties.
In a league with several good goalkeepers, Tibbetts stepped to the fore this year. The sophomore had big shoes to fill with the graduation of Trevor Hathaway. He made 101 saves and had four shutouts for a Lenox team that made it to the Western Massachusetts Division IV final, maybe a year ahead of schedule.
Schneider, a three-sport athlete who will play baseball at Assumption College, helped anchor the backline for the Warriors. He also helped his team with 2 goals and an assist.
JUNIOR, MONUMENT MOUNTAIN
The Spartans played an exceptionally tough schedule, qualified for the Division III tournament and knocked off No. 2 seed Hampshire Regional before losing in the semifinals. Garivaltis scored a goal in the Spartans' tourney-clinching win over Hoosac Valley, and played solid defense all year.
The Millionaires had a ton of young players up front, but the back was a group of veterans. Novitsky helped steady things in front of an inexperienced goalkeeper.
Another veteran back for Lenox, Hedges was a tough and physical presence for the Millionaires.
Two years as a starter, two years on the first team. The PHS junior scored 10 goals for the second consecutive season. He also had 8 assists out of the central midfield for the Generals.
SENIOR, MONUMENT MOUNTAIN
A second-team selection last year, Graves helped the Spartans with 7 goals and 2 assists. He helped the Spartans get to the semifinals.
Coach Dave Pugh had a lot of youth in the midfield and along the front, and Heim definitely stood out among the younger Lenox players. The sophomore midfielder had 7 goals and 7 assists.
Higuera is a two-time, first-team selection. He had 10 goals for Pittsfield and 7 assists, giving him 20 goals in two seasons on the coaches first team.
SOPHOMORE, MOUNT GREYLOCK
Dils made a huge splash in his sophomore season for the Mounties. Dils scored a team-high 15 goals and added four assists for Greylock. The Mounties were not fortunate in the postseason after earning a No. 3 seed.
The two Lenox sophomores on the first team combined for 27 goals in the season. Abdalla had 20 goals and 2 assists, scoring twice in the Millionaires' 2-1 win over Westfield Voc-Tech. Abdalla's game-winning goal came in overtime.
All-Berkshire Second team
Goalkeeper — Cal Filson, Mount Greylock
Fullbacks — Jon Boland, Drury; Colin Rousseau, Hoosac Valley; Dom DeFelice, Monument Mountain; Chris Garrity, St. Joseph.
Midfield — Nick Tomich, Mount Greylock; Mike Holmes, Pittsfield; Jamie Rosiello, Pittsfield; Steve Crouch, Hoosac Valley; Ryan Abel, Taconic; Naka O'Connor, Mount Greylock.
Forwards — Dan Litchfield, Mount Everett; Logan Rumbolt, Drury; Luis Rodriguez, Taconic; Nic Baruch, Lenox.
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