Remembering Leo & Sam
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On Monday, June 20th, 2016 God embraced in his arms the beautiful lives of Leo Vagias and Sam Cali. While we mourn the loss of these amazing young men, we also keep their memory alive and know that they are with us every day.
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Back when days were easy at St.Pius X recess was one of my favorite times of the day. Kickball was always boys vs girls and of course the girls always won. However on this day it looked like the boys were winning so I decided to go grab the ball out of Sam's hands and when I reached for it he pulled away and I ended up elbowing him in the mouth causing him to have to go to the hospital and get stitches on his upper lip. Despite having a huge crush on him I was so embarrassed that I injured a boy twice my size. Sam being Sam laughed it off so that I wouldn't feel bad and for the next 2 weeks I made him cookies and had his teacher give him notes saying how sorry I was. Rest in peace Sam and Leo <3
I will always remember the first time that Don Bosco went down to Florida to play against St. Thomas Aquinas our sophomore year of high school. I was sitting next to Matty on the plane, and Leo was sitting directly behind us. During the entirety of the flight, Leo was kicking Matt's chair and purposefully making him angry. He loved nothing more than getting under Matt's skin and took great enjoyment from it. When we finally got down to Florida, it just so turned out that Matt and Leo would be rooming together for the 3 nights that we were there. Before Leo got to the room, Matt and I decided that we would get Leo back, and as a result, hid his mattress in the shower. He came back in the room, and realized that his mattress was gone. Without asking a single question, he then walked down to the front desk and informed the hotel clerks that his room came without a bed. I could still remember the expression on the face of the clerk at the front desk to this day. It's this memory along with many others that just make me shake my head and smile.
I had the honor of working with Leo in perfecting his craft as a Place Kicker throughout his highschool and college career. Leo was an absolute pleasure to work with-truly a coaches dream. When it came to talent and natural ability, Leo was second to none. In my many years of training highschool and college level kickers, Leo was, by far, the most talented and the one who showed most promise. Aside from his natural ability, his work ethic, attention to detail, and desire to be the absolute best was unparalleled. Getting that phone call from Leo that he was accepting a scholarship to play at the University of Rhode Island was one of the proudest moments of my life. The excitedment in his voice, coupled with an undertone of eagerness to prove the doubters wrong, is something I will never forget. All the hard work up to that point had paid off. But as anyone who knew Leo would expect, he was already looking at the next level and planning his path to get there. Leo was an exceptional individual both on and off the field- A humble, hard working, respectful, young man who saw the good in everything. It was truly an honor to have known Leo, and his legacy will live on forever. Though we all miss him dearly, we can never question God's plan, for his plan is far better than ANY we can ever imagine! Until we meet again bud: "Rest easy, and Hit em straight!" Love you bro.