Hundreds of students participate in high school athletics around the state each year. Many play multiple sports, and some even go on to play at the collegiate level after their high school days are over.
However, few have had the kind of unique experiences that recent Dover graduate Nick Spadafino has on the athletic fields during his tenure as a Senator. Spadafino played three sports at Dover, Baseball, Basketball and Football. Most recently, Spadafino helped the Senators baseball team to within a few innings of the state championship game while earning first-team all-state honors for his play in the infield and on the mound.
Spadafino is proud of his all-state honor, especially that he was able to earn it during his senior season playing with the Senators.
“It felt good, I was honored to play all four years,” said Spadafino. “My last game was in the state semifinals, even though we came up short it’s a great memory. We had a great coaching staff and I had great teammates and we never would have made it that far without all of their hard work.”
Along with helping the Senators to the semifinals in baseball, Spadafino also helped lead the Senators’ football team to within a game of the state championship with superb play under center.
After three years with the team, Spadafino finally got his chance to play quarterback for Dover in his senior season. And while he missed some time with injury, he was able to help the Senators to an 8-2 record.
“It was great, unfortunately I got injured and missed a few games but overall it was great,” said Spadafino. “I was able to play QB alongside guys I played with in middle school in my final year of high school, it was a great experience.”
A new Dover High School will open in the fall, meaning this past season would be the last time the old Dover athletic facilities would see competitive play. Spadafino had the honor to play the last football and baseball games at Dover, something he was able to share with his father Joey Spadafino who also played baseball and football for the Senators winning a state football championship back in 1977 before going on to play at Eastern Kentucky University.
“My Dad played baseball and football for Dover so it was definitely something we talked about,” said Spadafino. “Luckily we were able to win both of the last games there, for football it was a great win against a very good St. Mark’s team, and for baseball we won the conference in the last season there which I think was a great thing for our program and the school.”
While Spadafino will be headed to University of Delaware in the fall where he’ll be a member of the baseball team there in the spring, he can look back with pride on his days with the Senators especially his days on the gridiron and on the diamond.
“Those two teams were great, I generally cared about everyone on those teams,” said Spadafino. “Everyone had each other’s back, and I would do anything for any of them. Every time I stepped on the field I played my heart out for my teammates and had a great time.”