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Springfield-Delco (@sprlax) grad, volunteer assistant Nick Baratelle loses fight with cancer

Thursday, 12th July 2018

Categories Boy's/Men's, Posted 7/12/18
Staff Report

The lacrosse world is mourning the loss of Springfield-Delco grad and volunteer assistant coach Nick “Nacho” Baratelle, 22, who lost his battle with cancer Wednesday night.

Nick “Nacho” Baratelle,

Mr. Baratelle, a 2014 graduate of Springfield who played one year of college lacrosse (goalie) at Wheeling Jesuit University, suffered from a rare brain cancer called Disseminating oligodendroglioma-like leptomeningeal tumor of childhood (DOLTC). The cancer was diagnosed in April of 2015 and for the past three years he fought the disease – for a period being in remission – before it returned in January this year.

Mr. Baratelle volunteered as an assistant with the Springfield-Delco JV the past 3 years. The Cougars won PIAA championships in 2016 and 2017 while he was an assistant.

“Honestly, I never saw him not smiling,” said Springfield-Delco coach Tom Lemieux, who coached Mr. Baratelle in his four years with the program. “He was the most positive role model.

“He never talked about the negative side of what he was going through. He was always positive and loved being around the kids. He was smiling until the last day he was awake.”

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, July 17th at 5pm and Wed 9-11 with service to follow at O’Leary Funeral Home in Springfield.

There will be a candlelight vigil this Monday, July 16th. It will take place from 8-9 pm at the Springfield High School Stadium. All past, present and future Springfield LAX players and all members of the Springfield community are invited to attend. Friends and family and those who knew Nick are also invited. Those who have a “Nacho Strong” shirt are encouraged to wear it.



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