The Salem News
---- — Cody Wlasuk enjoyed going to his brother Sean’s Framingham State football games so much that he’s decided to join the team next year.
The Rams had a great season, winning the MASCAC championship with a perfect 8-0 record and going to the NCAA Division 3 tournament for the second straight year.
Framingham finished 9-2 overall, lost a heartbreaker to Ithaca, 40-34, in the opening round after giving up the winning touchdown with just over three minutes remaining in the game. Senior running back Melikke Van Alstyne from Salem led the team with 20 TDs while the elder Wlasuk was fourth in scoring with 34 points on PATs.
Sean Wlasuk was 34-for-40 on extra point attempts and handled 36 kickoffs for 1,842 yards, with a 51.2 average in his sophomore year. The former Peabody High standout hopes to be called upon for field goals next season.
“We had a very good year, and I think the team bonded more closely than ever,” said Sean, who is majoring in criminology with intentions to go into law enforcement at either the state or local level. His father Scott, who used to coach the Tanners’ football team, is a member of the Peabody police department. “Our senior class was tremendous; that was the heart of the team. We’re going to miss those guys, but it makes everybody else work even harder to continue what they started.
“I’m very excited Cody is coming to play for us. I believe my brother will love the school, and it’s a good opportunity for him to be part of a winning program. I brought him into the locker room to introduce him to some of the players this season. I really like the aspect of so many local kids being on the team; we share a lot of stories from high school rivalries.”
Sean decided not to continue to play lacrosse in college because the Rams only have a club team. He has been invited to attend a kicking camp in Georgia the last two summers and while he is unsure about accepting the offer, he plans to work with a coach in order to develop a stronger leg so he can win the field goal kicking job.
Wlasuk plans to play lacrosse for Peabody High this spring, and says he is willing to play on either offense or defense for the football team at Framingham; basically, anywhere he can help the team and get on the field.
“I really like the campus at Framingham and the whole atmosphere,” said the Salem News football all-star. “Sean’s team was a really tight knit group. I don’t know if the coaches intend to use me on offense in the backfield or on defense at linebacker or safety. I just want to help the team keep winning.”
The younger Wlasuk also looked at Curry, Fitchburg State and Stonehill, but Framingham was always No. 1 on his list.
“Having Cody come out for lacrosse has been a treat because he has such a great work ethic and is so competitive,” said Tanner lacrosse coach Tony O’Donnell. “He brings that intensity every day even as he learns the game. We’re expecting big things from him this season.”
The U16 and U15 Aztec girls’ soccer teams had a great time at the Disney Soccer Showcase, which is considered to be the top youth soccer tournament in the country. Both teams advanced to the championship game, held at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports Complex Jan. 3.
Doc Simpson’s U16 girls lost to Colorado’s Pride SC Predators 98, 2-0, in the White Division finals. Previously, Aztec had defeated the Wisconsin Rush, 3-1, and Florida’s IRSA 97 Premier, 2-0, while tying North Carolina’s Jacksonville Area SA Coastal Surge, 2-2, in group matches.
There are several local girls on the roster including defensemen Katherine Kowalski (Danvers High), Andrea Scarfo (Boxford/Brooks School), Katrina Silva (Peabody High), and Isabella Scarpone (Topsfield/Masconomet). Lily Bailey and Patricia Pollock (Danvers/Governors Academy), Virginia Charman (Wenham /Brooks), and Kerri Zerfoss (Peabody/Pingree) are midfielders, while Charlotte Esty (Ipswich/Pingree) and Cassandra Chin (Ipswich/Phillips Andover) are forwards.
Coach Ebbie Kodiat’s U15’s lost to Vienna YS Thunder from Virginia, 5-0, in the Premier Black Division championship game. Aztec had defeated FC Dallas Youth 99 Premier, 1-0, and Minnesota Thunder Academy, 2-0, while the only loss in group matches was to Charlotte United FC 98 Gold.
Local players include Emma Beane (Hamilton-Wenham), Megan Ryan (Marblehead High), Emily Smith (Danvers/Bishop Fenwick),Nicole White (Danvers), Meg McCarthy (Marblehead), Nicole Scarfo (Boxford/Pingree), Morgan Mscisz (Danvers), Alexandra McNinch (Beverly/Pingree), and Deyana Marsh (Danvers/Phillips Andover).
Jean DePlacido is a part-time writer and columnist for The Salem News. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow her on Twitter @JeanDePlacidoSN.