Stoneham Patch Whiz Kid of the Week
- Scott Carucci, 18
- graduate; attending Bridgton Academy in the fall
- Accomplishment: Carucci played in the Agganis All-Star Game representing Stoneham High School this summer. He was captain of the football team in the fall, and graduated in the spring. He qualified for the state meets in both indoor and outdoor track. He will attend Bridgton Academy in Maine in the fall.
Key to Awesomeness: Carucci played every position on the defensive line for the Spartans last fall, as well as right guard while the team was on offense. During the Agganis game, Carucci played right offensive tackle and long snapper.
“To play in the 2012 Agganis All-Star Game was a huge honor and an amazing experience to play with the best kids in the state,” Carucci said. “Hearing my name being announced in front of hundreds of people was inspiring and I was awe-struck at how far I had come in just three years of playing football. It was a great game and winning 26-25 made it that much more enjoyable, especially with 20 of my closest friends and family in the stands.”
Carucci admitted that he was blessed to become captain of the Stoneham High football team because he wanted to lead his team in breaking the losing streak.
“It was my greatest accomplishment (last) year,” Carucci said. “Leading by example and never giving up was key in breaking that 32 game losing streak. The bonds that were created between tri-captains Anthony Aidonidis, Paul Delorfano and myself were very special and will never be forgotten. Coach (Dave) Pignone was a great mentor and coach inspiring everyone on the team to push themselves to succeed and to never give up.”
Carucci is also a track athlete and he attributed his success to both his coaches, Xavier and Jonathan Garcia.
“Their rigorous training day in and day out and their constant strive for excellence pushed me to succeed beyond my limits,” Carucci said. “They turned the entire track program around, going from winless to winning all but one meet which pushed me to do better individually.”
Carucci set the goal for himself to qualify this year because last year he fell just short of his goal.
“This year to qualify for states was a relief so instead of worrying about qualifying, I could concentrate on the meets,” Carucci said.
Carucci had superstitions before each football game and each track meet, hoping to keep the luck on the Spartans's side.
“I always dressed the same way for each football game and listened to the same playlist on my iPod before each football game,” Carucci said. “During track, I had the same blue shorts and blue undershirt for each meet.”
Carucci will be attending Bridgton Academy in Maine in the fall, where he will be playing football and training to play football at the college level.