DuBOIS — It’s usually acknowledged what you get out of 1 scenario is about by what you set into it.
DuBois senior Nick Graeca resides proof of that, because of the keenness and arduous work he has put into soccer has already rewarded him at a youthful age with choices he as rapidly as may solely dream about. He furthermore is acutely aware about soccer, together with being an excellent scholar, will afford him far more choices lastly.
And, it’s been fairly the journey up to now for Graeca, who began collaborating in soccer when he was 5 years earlier. It’s practically all he’s carried out sports-wise since then, competing inside the least ranges from his youth days by highschool, the place he was a four-year starter for the Beavers.
“I revenue from the ambiance, the stress, the group and the sense of accomplishment in sports activities actions actions actions actions,” acknowledged Graeca. “I must compete and draw again myself.
“My favourite sport is soccer attributable to it has given me primarily most positively primarily in all probability probably the most completely completely totally different in my life to journey, meet new of us and compete on the suitable stage potential.”
And, Graeca did most of that earlier to he was a sophomore in highschool, as he travelled overseas numerous occasions with the U.S. Area I Olympic Enchancment Program (ODP) soccer workforce at numerous fully completely completely completely totally different age teams.
“My favourite accomplishment (in sports activities actions actions actions actions) could be having the chance to play abroad on numerous events,” acknowledged Greaca. “The kind of play in Europe matches my recreation, and I carried out very successfully and made lasting mates and recollections. Between all of those journeys, my favourite half was being named captain of the workforce to characterize the US in Italy.”
Nearer to accommodate, Graeca was a standout for the Beavers for 4 years creating and scoring targets as an attacking midfielder. He helped lead DuBois to a pair of District 9 Class 3A titles — book-ending his occupation with these championships.
Each of these titles purchased right correct proper right here on the expense of Bradford. The Beavers beat the Owls Zero-Zero (Four-Three in a penalty shootout), for the title his freshman yr.
No shootout was wished this earlier fall as Graeca and his teammates, — who posted a 5-Eight widespread season doc — hammered an undefeated Bradford squad 5-Zero all through the finals. The Owls entered the title matchup sporting a 14-Zero doc whereas collaborating in all through the Intermediate Unit 9 Bubble created on account of COVID-19.
Graeca scored the worthwhile goal all through the shootout as a freshman to present DuBois that championship victory and had a pair of targets this fall as a senior.
After years of collaborating in merely soccer, Graeca added to his athletic resume this fall and have flip correct proper right into a two-sport athlete by becoming a member of the DuBois soccer workforce as a kicker.
He excelled in that new enterprise, making 19 of 20 further elements and making each of his self-discipline goal makes an attempt (23 & 34 yards). His 28 kicking elements ranked him fourth all through the home.
“It wasn’t as arduous as I assumed it could be,” acknowledged Graeca of along with soccer as a second sport all through the autumn. “Each my soccer coach, Matt Erickson, and soccer coach, T.J. Wingard, have been very understanding if I missed one apply for but yet one more primarily based completely completely on my schedule.
“As for becoming a member of the soccer workforce, I would say it was nothing in need of fantastic. The ambiance was fully completely completely completely totally different from soccer, and all individuals was very accepting as shortly as I joined the workforce. I used to be capable of make numerous new mates, and this actually helped as I attempted to navigate the COVID pandemic.”
As for the pandemic, Graeca acknowledged collaborating in by it modified his views some.
“With the pliability to play restricted sports activities actions actions actions actions all through the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic has modified my outlook on collaborating in sports activities actions actions actions actions,” he acknowledged. “Regardless of not with the flexibleness to play as usually, I’ve discovered to know the chance to even have the probability to play, attributable to some people sometimes will not be as lucky.
Exterior of sports activities actions actions actions actions, Graeca is a member of the Nationwide Honor Society at DuBois and takes his lecturers very severely.
“As a student-athlete, I’m most proud of my Four.Three GPA,” acknowledged Graeca. “Some day, my soccer occupation will finish and I’m ready for the following step with a safe tutorial basis.”
The son of Dr. Steven and Jennifer Graeca, the Beaver senior is one among 5 Graeca siblings to be concerned in sports activities actions actions actions actions.
Older sister Meghan — a 2018 DuBois Central Catholic graduate — competed in soccer, cross nation and observe and self-discipline, whereas twin brother Alex performs tennis at DuBois. He furthermore has two youthful sisters — Emily, a freshman at DuBois who performs soccer and Lauren (12 years earlier) who participates in soccer and gymnastics.
Household is essential to Graeca, who pointed to his mother and father as his place fashions.
“They’ve been capable of elevate me to who I’m in the interim,” he acknowledged. “They worth arduous work, taking private accountability and holding your self accountable — which could be all elements I reside by day in and day journey. They’ve set excessive requirements for me, which have allowed me to know my targets and be top-of-the-line model of myself.”
After commencement, Graeca plans to proceed his soccer occupation on the collegiate stage whereas getting a top quality teaching all through the course of.
“I’m presently weighing numerous presents (D1, D2 and D3) and on the lookout for top-of-the-line full match for me athletically and academically,” acknowledged Graeca. “From there, I hope to play professionally and presumably take my soccer recreation to the perfect stage.
“If soccer wouldn’t work out, I plan to attend medical faculty and put collectively to remodel a accurately being care provider.”