Hickok Racks Up Another Award

Hickok at it again, saving the ball and preventing the other team from getting a goal.

contributed by James Hickok '13

Hickok at it again, saving the ball and preventing the other team from getting a goal.

Molly Barreca, Sports Editor

When it came to describing James Hickok ‘13 as a four-year goalkeeper for Staples varsity soccer, coach Dan Woog had some choice words.

“Hard-working, committed, passionate, and talented.”

Hickok’s coach is evidently not the only one to think highly of his talent. At the Staples Boys Soccer banquet on Sunday, Dec. 2, Hickok joined a group of 11 elite Staples soccer alumni when he was named an NSCAA All-New England player.

“I’m still surprised when I see my name alongside [the past Staples winners],” said Hickok, “I hope I’ve influenced other players to put the work in so they can accomplish similar things.”

As a two-year varsity captain and a four-year varsity player, Hickok has racked up an impressive number of accolades. In his junior year alone, he was named to the All-FCIAC First Team, Norwalk Hour All-Area First Team, CT Post All-Star First Team, CSCA All-State First Team, and the MSG Varsity First Team All-Connecticut.

Hickok has made a name for himself throughout the state as a force to be reckoned with, having 12 shutouts in 21 games his senior season. Shortly after winning his first award, he was recognized on a national level.

The goalkeeper was named as a High School Soccer Scholar All-American just days after receiving the All-New England Player award. His second recognition was even more special, as he is the first Staples soccer player to ever receive the prestigious honor.

“The award combines very strong academics with great talent,” said Woog. “You have to be a high level player—and an excellent student—to win it.”

On and off the field, Hickok has made an impact on the Staples community. Although he has received many awards over his four years playing soccer, one of his favorite honors is not one that is published in the papers.

Hickok was given the honor of wearing number fifteen, the number of former Staples’ soccer player Preston Hirten ’07, who passed away in 2009 during a college soccer practice.

“Wearing Preston’s number is something I am proud to have been a part of,” said Hickok, “I’m lucky to have passed on his legacy for two years.”

Although his days on Loeffler Field have ended, Hickok will continue to make great strides next year as he goes on to play collegiate level soccer. He may be far from home, but his accomplishments at Staples will not soon be forgotten, said Woog.

“He stands tall among the best keepers and captains ever to attend Staples.”