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Class act / An outstanding young Western New Yorker

Paul Loweecey loves soccer.

"It's my life," said the 15-year-old Sweet Home High School sophomore, adding that "life just isn't anything without sports."

Paul is on his school's junior varsity soccer team and has played varsity for some competitions. He also was named most improved player on his junior varsity team. And when he's not playing soccer for the school, he coaches youth soccer in Amherst and referees.

"I like soccer because it's a game that doesn't stop," said Paul, who plays center midfield and wide midfield. "You're always moving. . . . Soccer is a simple and beautiful game. It takes endurance and skill."

The teen, who lives in Amherst, is an "A" student, "though sometimes it gets hard," he admitted.

He also plays tenor saxophone for the wind ensemble in school and baritone sax for the jazz band.

But soccer is his first love. "I'd like to play pro," Paul said, "but I might not be that good. So I figure I can become a really good coach and coach professionally."

Know a young outstanding Western New Yorker? Tell us about your nomination, including date of birth and address, for possible publication in Class act. Sorry, photos cannot be returned. E-mail, or write to: Louise Continelli, The Buffalo News, P.O. Box 100, Buffalo, N.Y. 14240.

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