Raiders’ soccer kicks off at Windsor Locks High School

By Kathryn Elliott - ReminderNews
Windsor Locks - posted Wed., Sep. 14, 2011
Windsor Locks player Jacob Averill drives downfield in a pre-season match-up with Windsor. Photos by Kathryn Elliott.
Windsor Locks player Jacob Averill drives downfield in a pre-season match-up with Windsor. Photos by Kathryn Elliott.

On Sept. 9, the Windsor Locks High School boys’ soccer team took the field against Windsor High School in a closely-fought preseason scrimmage. Led by seniors Jacob Averill, Tyler DeMarco, Jake Levesque, Max Prebit and Taylor Starbird, the WLHS Raiders came out on top, 3-2.

“The team feels they can finish the regular season within the top five teams in the conference and have a good run in the state tournament,” said 13-year veteran coach Frank Giannuzzi. “We take one game at a time and get sound contributions from every player on the varsity roster for that specific game or occasion.”

Comprised of a total of 38 players, the Raiders’ roster contains seasoned players across all four classes. “We have many returning players with ample varsity level experience, but we are still a fairly young team, with only five seniors,” the coach said.

Alongside Giannuzzi, assistant coaches Dan Copes, David Wrabel and Erik Giannuzzi help lead the team both on and off the field. “Overall, we've done well with academic eligibility,” Giannuzzi said. “The coaching staff at WLHS promotes academics as the highest player priority.”

Coming off a 6-10-1 season in 2010, Giannuzzi was hard-pressed to single out specific players as anticipated 2011 standouts. “Tyler DeMarco and Jake Levesque are the team captains this year,” he said. “They were chosen by their teammates to lead the team.”

“All our conference opponents are typically competitive,” the coach said about the upcoming season. “My best guess is our toughest games will come from Granby, Avon, Somers and Suffield. All have multiple returning All-Conference players’ and typically field three teams [varsity, JV and freshman] or have a larger player pool.”

Supported by the WLHS athletic department and devoted Raiders fans, Giannuzzi is looking forward to the new season. “We generally have a good showing of fans and parents to support the boys during our games,” he said.

A full Raiders boys’ soccer schedule can be found online at

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