St. Demetrios High School Varsity Soccer Team Wins Championship

The St. Demetrios High School Varsity Soccer Team defeated the Heschell High School Soccer team with a score of 7-3 to win the prestigious PSAA (Private School Athletic Association) championship. The championship game was played at Con Edison Field in Astoria on November 2 and was attended by numerous school officials, teachers, and parents including School Supervising Principal Anastasios Koularmanis. The team had finished in second place the previous two years.
This championship is quite significant to the St. Demetrios School and the community because the team’s participation in the PSAA is recent; it has been only three years since the team was initially organized by Coach Konstantinos Kontos, one of the School’s physical education instructors under Athletic Director Peter Stasinos’ supervision.
{41640}Both men considered the talent of the young men who were interested in the sport and actively worked with them in forming a fine team. The decision to create a soccer team was fostered by willing students and faculty alike.
For the past two years the St. Demetrios team played diligently and enthusiastically, earning second place in the PSAA.
With constant practice, determination, and spirit, the players under the successful coaching of Kostas Soukeras not only won the championship this year but were also recognized as the regular season champions, earning a total of 21 points. Their only loss this season was to Heschell, 3-0, in a physically exhausting game in mid-September.
In his first year as coach, Soukeras admits their first game of the season “very disappointing for everybody from the players to the administration, but we pulled it together which is really a testament to our dedication.” The team responded well to adversity and finished the season by avenging their only loss.
Most Valuable Player (MVP) honors went to team captain George Orsaris. Kyriakos Papanikolaou, Nick Psarras, and Timothy Murphy won All-Conference awards. The team’s co-captain, Michael Morcos, deserves recognition for his four goals in the team’s championship game.
Although the PSAA tournament’s winner typically advances to state competitions, St. Demetrios is not yet eligible because of league requirements. The team is taking steps, however, to ensure their participation in the state championships next year, should they repeat as the PSAA winners.
The St. Demetrios Administration and community also wish to commend and congratulate the rest of the team for their outstanding commitment to the sport and the school: Kostas Akoumianakis, Kostas Pashalis, Markos Rombolakis, George Vardaros, Tony Diakonikolas, Nick Andreopoulos, Elias Tsirogiannis, Alex Prokopiou, Demetris Neophytou, Yiannis Kormas, Demetris Katechis, and Michael Trovato.
The St. Demetrios school system has provided exceptional education to Greek-American students and children of the Eastern Orthodox faith for 55 years.
It is the only Greek-American educational institution in the United States consisting of grades preschool through 12. Currently, there are 700 students enrolled.