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He led his team to the top

In every game, Maminski gave his best for the champion Crusaders.

Low maintenance. High performance.

That summed up Wayne Maminski's senior season as a Father Judge soccer standout.

Maminski was, by a large margin, the most talented player on the field, right through the Crusaders' run to the Catholic League championship.

Yet, unlike some big-time prospects, Maminski required the least amount of pampering and attention from his coach.

"He's a very humble guy," Judge coach John Dunlop said. "Wayne just takes things in stride. He's just one of the guys."

On the soccer field, Maminski is recognized as


guy. As in the guy who created turmoil for opposing teams. The senior striker was a big-play weapon waiting to be unleashed.

For his unmatched play game after game, Maminski is The Inquirer's Southeastern Pennsylvania boys' soccer player of the year.

The Lafayette College recruit finished the season with 29 goals and 14 assists. Both are Father Judge single-single records.

He also holds the Crusaders' career marks for goals scored (60) and assists (36).

"It still hasn't hit me," Maminski said of his record-setting season. "It will take one or two years to sink in."

His final day in a Judge uniform also has yet to sink in.

Maminski had a goal and an assist to lead Judge to a 2-1 overtime league championship victory over Archbishop Ryan, his neighborhood school.

"It was like a dream," Maminski said of the Crusaders' first league title in 31 seasons. "I remember being in the eighth grade and watching Ryan win one and thinking about what that would be like."

Now, he knows.

The three-time all-Catholic selection also knows what it feels like to be recognized as the area's best soccer player.

"But if you look at him, you would think that he's just a regular guy," Dunlop said. "He hasn't let things go to his head."