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A Beautiful Day - By Mike Lynch
mike_lynch.jpgShawsheen Valley Regional Technical School draws students from numerous cities and towns.  The curriculum trains their students for a number of different vocations. Shawsheen competes in a number of sports but none brought the school as much attention and glory as their recent Super Bowl win and the event that followed.

To understand and appreciate how this task was so difficult, you have to know the Ram's weekly routine. Every week the student athletes alternate between going to class and working in their chosen vocation. For example - one week everybody gets up at 6:00 a.m. and is working with a plumber, electrician, welder or a roofer. The hard work continues until 3:00 p.m. and then it's back to Shawsheen for two and a half hours of football practice.

To say these kids are dedicated is an understatement.

"I've got kids who were fishing wire through a house in Lowell for 8 hours and then they show up and give me 100% in practice every day," says coach Al Costabile. "I couldn't be any prouder."

"Family" was the theme of this team since the start of training camp. By Thanksgiving they had won their league title and were on their way to the Division 4 Super Bowl. One minor problem, the day of the super bowl was also the day Coach Costabile's daughter was getting married. Talk about pressure. 

At ten o'clock in the morning of Saturday, December 4th, Shawsheen took the field against Blue Hills. Shawsheen had never won a Super Bowl, their only Super Bowl appearance was in 1978 and it ended in a loss. The Rams broke open a 6-6 tie with two fourth-quarter touchdowns to win the school's first ever Super Bowl.

Coach Costabile got an ice bucket shower on the field. His players danced and celebrated and each member embraced the trophy, but the best was still to come for the coach.  He went home, showered again, put on his tuxedo and played father of the bride.

"What a day..to win a Super Bowl with a great bunch of guys and coaches and to walk one of the loves of my life down the aisle to marry a great guy - it was a win, win situation for me," gushed Coach Al. "It started out a beautiful day and it ended up a beautiful day. I don't know what else I could ask for!"
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