In introducing you to Micheal Cruz, the talented outfielder at The MacDuffie School in Massachusetts, it is best to use his words when docmenting his journey from a young man in Puerto Rico to a college athlete at American International College this upcoming fall.
“The greatest challenge I have overcome was leaving my family/friends behind in Puerto Rico when I was 12 years old after my parent’s separation. I had to start a new life in the United States and also learn a new language. Throughout this journey, we also faced homelessness. We were moving from shelter to shelter and sometimes stayed in relative’s house. I had to switch schools multiple times and I also had to take a year off from baseball. After a couple years in the United States, I learned English and started excelling in my academics and on the baseball diamond. With hard work and dedication, I earned full scholarships to attend prep schools and eventually earned a scholarship to play at the Division 2 level,” Cruz shared.
“A person that inspires me is my mother Idaira Capeles,” Cruz continued, “I’ve seen this woman encounter so many hardships in life such as dealing with her disability (fibromyalgia) and homelessness. Throughout all these struggles, my mother has never given up on me or my little brother. She has taught me to always stay solid through any adversity and to always dream big. She is the main reason why I strive everyday to play at the next level.”
The courageous and determined athlete also gives immense credit to the selflessness and guidance of head baseball coach Neil Domer-Shank.
A crowd gathered in the library Friday afternoon as The MacDuffie School ushered two students onto their next adventure with an NCAA college signing. Seniors Ala Legowski and Mia Levesque were all smiles for photos during the signing of their National Letters of Intent surrounded by family in front of The MacDuffie School banner in proud tradition.
Following brief words by Head of School Steve Griffin and soccer coach and Athletic Director Meirion George, during which they described the two student-athletes outstanding physical achievements in soccer, as well as expressed thanks to parents, teammates, and the MacDuffie community for their tireless support, the signing began.
Legowski, a senior from South Hadley, MA committed to Northeastern will she will join their Division I soccer program. Levesque, a senior from Monson, MA, also a star soccer player, committed to AIC’s Division I team. Both ladies will join their respective programs this fall.
The MacDuffie eSports teams finished their regular season last night, with Alpha reclaiming its first-place standing while the Delta team moved to fourth place. Finals will begin in the new year, a best of three format among the top 32 teams in Massachusetts between Jan 8 through 31. The final and championship games will be streamed and available for viewing on Twitch. MacDuffie is expected to be among the top finishers.
Senior Ala Legowski took part in the High School All-American soccer game last weekend in Orlando, Fla. This Mustang is making MacDuffie proud!
Congratulations to the Boys Varsity Soccer team who were awarded the McDonald Cup for earning the 2nd place for Class C Schools in the Western New England Soccer League 2018. The results are calculated for all games against other Western New England teams throughout the season. Captains accepted their trophy during Monday’s assembly. Well done, team!