The state championship was elusive for Glenn Melia, one of the more talented soccer players to ever go through St. John’s High in Shrewsbury before graduating in 1984.
“He was definitely a really, really good player,” said Mike Elster, who was co-captain of the Pioneers the year after Melia left. “But I tease him; he never got what I got.”
St. John’s won its first state title in 1985.
His son, Ethan, 16, is carving out his own path on the pitch at archrival Shrewsbury High. And last week, the younger Melia helped power the Central boys’ soccer team, under the direction of Elster, to the gold medal of the Bay State Summer Games. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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