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Zucco is MVP

The Ludlow boys’ soccer team has another accomplishment to add to their successful 2011 season.

Senior goalkeeper Nick Zucco has been named Pioneer Valley’s Most Valuable Player in Boys’ Division 1 soccer.

Zucco, whose goal-tending helped take the Lions to their second consecutive State Championship, received the George E. Russel award at the Pioneer Valley Soccer Officials Association Banquet, Dec. 2.

Zucco is the second consecutive Ludlow player to take home the award, which is named after the former Ludlow High principal. Chris Pereira won the award following his senior season last year.

Despite his list of accomplishments, Zucco was still surprised by the award.

“I wasn’t expecting to win it,” said Zucco. “There were a lot of other players that could have.”

Though the award is a tremendous honor reserved for the area’s elite, Zucco still prides himself on his team’s play and success.

Zucco says that “[Winning the MVP award] goes nicely with the State Championship,” which he still feels is his greatest accomplishment.

Zucco’s award-winning play has garnered the attention of surrounding colleges. He plans to either join Pereira at Southen New Hampshire University, or attend Worcester State.

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Steve Talbot
Steve Talbot, Sports Editor
Steve Talbot is a man of many hats. During the rare moments when he’s not doing something related to pro wrestling, Steve can be found plastering Facebook with humorous quips. Or, just things that he finds funny. Thanks to the magic of the internet, Steve became an ordained minister in the summer of 2009. Seriously. Aside from his wide array of extracurricular activities (including Student Council and the Ludlow High School Morning Radio show), Steve is most proud of his straightedge lifestyle. He holds the distinct honor of being Western Massachusetts’ worst shot-putter, but found his Track & Field niche in the 100m sprint. After failed attempts to master piano, trumpet, guitar, recorder, and the iPod bongo app, Steve learned he could sing, and has been doing it since. In the short term, Steve hopes to major in Communications, focusing on either broadcasting or screenwriting.

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