Belle Vernon soccer standout Apodiakos commits to Duquesne

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Thursday, November 22, 2018 | 3:42 PM


Markello Apodiakos had a lot to be thankful for Thursday.

The soccer standout from Belle Vernon flew under the radar of Division I college coaches, despite a decorated high school career and constantly being the go-to player who was marked by opponents.

The situation flustered the senior and baffled his coaches. But he finally had a breakthrough late in the season when interest grew and offers came.

The all-state and All-WPIAL forward decided Duquesne was the place he wanted to spend the next four years, and he announced on Thanksgiving Day that he has committed to the Dukes.

Apodiakos is the Leopards’ career leader in goals (89) and points (212). He had 27 goals and 12 assists this season to help lead Belle Vernon (12-6-1) to the WPIAL Class AAA playoffs.

He also holds program records for goals in a game (five) and season (37), and points in a game (11) and season (83).

— Bill Beckner Jr.

Bill Beckner is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Bill at bbeckner@tribweb.com or via Twitter @BillBeckner.

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