With the high school soccer post season just around the corner the Fairmont Senior boys team has its eye on the state tournament.
The Polar Bears have several talented players including one they call "Fletch", this week's MVB MVP.
"Well I've been playing since I was probably five years old and just been working hard trying to do everything my coaches say so that I can just be the best player I can be for the team just so that we can do the best we can in the season," said senior Fletcher DeVaul, this week's MVB Most Valuable Player.
DeVaul has played four years of varsity soccer at Fairmont Senior. This season, "Fletch" has been the one that opposing teams need to stop. He has 12 goals and seven assists, all while playing midfield.
"He's kind of been our main guy in the midfield this year; he's been the anchor for our team this year in the midfield. Being a senior, he's one of our captains; he's been a pretty good leader for us this year," said Fairmont Senior Boys Soccer Coach Jim DeNardi. "We've depended a lot on him and he's done well, played well. He led the team on the field and off the field. He's one of those kinds of kids. He's been with us for four years and he's been a good player for us all four years and a good leader. Works well with the kids and helps the younger kids out. So he's been a big part of our team this year."
The Polar Bears are 12-4-3, ranked fifth in the combined Class "AA-A" and ranked 14th overall in all boys soccer teams in the state.
West Side has a legitimate chance at a trip to Beckley for the state tournament, especially when Fletch has a good game.
"He possesses pretty well with the ball in the middle of the field. He helps control the midfield and that's what you've got to do in soccer. If you've got somebody that can control the midfield, you can kind of control the game. With Fletch in there, he does that," said Coach DeNardi. "He's got pretty good touch on the ball so he can keep the ball at his feet pretty well and he's got a good shot too. He can shoot from distance and score for us. So that helps a lot too. He's probably got one of our best scores from distance. So there are a couple of different things that he can do to help us out."
"Fletch" was an All-State and Big 10 All-Conference selection as a junior. He'll likely repeat that as a senior.
"My freshman and sophomore years I probably played a little bit slower and as I got older I picked up the pace," said DeVaul. "Probably just working harder in general because I feel like if I work hard then everyone else will work harder just like me."
DeVaul is injured right now and will sit and rest until sectionals, but he plans on coming back out at full speed.
"Just trying to do everything that I can, like, just be myself for the players just to show them that if you work hard and everything then you'll succeed," said DeVaul. "Basically that's what I've been trying to do."