Fall Season MVPs: Fadule and Mwape shine bright

The fall season has now come to a close, and there are several bright spots to look back upon. From goalkeepers to running backs, the level of play in the region is astounding. However, there were only a select few that really stood out, and here they are:

Football

MVP: John Fadule, Choate 15′

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Fadule led his team to a New England Championship this season, and he did so with flying colors. His stats speak for themselves. He was a threat both through the air and on the ground. John racked up 1850 total yards passing and 22 TDs. John also accrued 541 yards rushing and 12 TDs.

Not only did he have a great season statistically, but he was also a remarkable leader as well. Choate’s perfect 10-0 record alongside their New England Championship shows that leadership must have been strong, and as a PG quarterback, the team must have looked up to John. He is able to make a play out of nothing and that’s what makes him this season’s MVP.

Honorable Mention: Elijah Ibitokun-Hanks, Avon Old Farms 15′

Hanks’ season was outstanding as well. He had a whopping 1553 yards rushing on 240 carries, which averages out to about 6.5 yards per carry, and on the ground he accumulated 23 TDs.

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All the while, his O-Line was constantly changing. The longest the personnel on Avon’s O-Line ever stayed the same was for two weeks in a row. Other than those two weeks, the line was constantly getting bitten by the injury bug. Hanks persevered through this adversity, though and had an absolute remarkable season statistically. He was definitely the best running back in New England this year.
It was difficult to choose between these two players, and it really came down to Choate’s success this year with Fadule at the helm. Statistically these players performed at the same high level, but the difference was that Fadule was the Commander in Chief of one of the most prolific offenses in New England, and definitely the best team in New England all-around, and he led with grace.

Soccer

2014 was a year of surprises in WNEPSSA prep soccer. Teams, players, and coaches stepped up all across New England making for one of the most intriguing seasons in years. We had surprises like Loomis’ domination, Hotchkiss’ disappointing season, and NMH’s cinderella run at a title as the No. 8 seed cut short. But there were a couple players in particular that made this fall so special on the soccer pitch.

MVP: Mutaya Mwape, Berkshire ‘16

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Credit: John Crouch/J Alexander Imaging

One thing that came as no surprise this season was the restoration of Berkshire’s domination in the soccer universe. But you can’t be a great team without great players and in particular goal scorers.

Only a junior, Mwape was a major key to the whole season for the Bears, punching in 5 game-winning goals, 2 of which came in their playoff run finishing off NMH and Milton. Finishing the season with 13 goals and 8 assists, his combination of intense speed and a stellar feel for the ball, stretched defenses and challenged opposing keepers all year.

His commendable list of accolades is perhaps his most impressive achievement. A member of the Top Drawer All-American watch list, he is currently ranked as the No. 4 player in the United States for the class of 2016. He was a NEPSAC junior all-star and a member of the 2014 WNEPSSA select team. Mwape was also recently invited to join the Zambia U17 national team. He has offers prestigious Division 1 programs like Duke, Georgetown, North Carolina, Wake Forest, UCLA, Notre Dame, and Boston College.

Mwape had such talented characters around him as talented seniors Jack Harrison and Justin Donawa. But most importantly, he’s involved in a program of such high prestige, lead by 2014 All-American coach Jon Moodey. “Mutaya is the kind of player that can change the game in the blink of an eye,” says Moodey.

Mwape capitalized on his junior season and has received plenty of recognition for it. But one thing is on everyone’s mind, including Mwape I’m sure. We still have another year to watch him grow and blossom as a soccer player. So the question is, what will Mutaya Mwape do next?

Honorable Mention: Ben Nicholas, Northfield Mount Herman 15’

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Credit: John Crouch / J Alexander Imaging

The talented Center Back from Massachusetts proved to be an elite defender and one of the top players in New England this year, anchoring one of the best defenses in New England. The Hoggers achieved shutouts in ten of their twenty games in 2014, and their barricade in the back was headed by the senior captain

Nicholas scored 3 goals and assisted on 6 more this season. His booming foot is an impressive attribute about Nicholas, but his skill and finesse are the most impressive about the big-bodied center back.

Nicholas was a key contributor to NMH’s run at the title this year as the Hoggers only surrendered 4 goals in the tournament facing offensive powerhouses like Loomis Chaffee and Berkshire.