It’s safe to say that the adage “big players make big plays” was created with Dominek Borden in mind.
Because that’s exactly what recent GNB Voc-Tech and future football star Franklin Pierce did on the South Coast courts during his career.
Borden’s sweet scoring touch has made him the South Coast Conference’s most scored player for the past four years — literally scored, sometimes by one, often by two defensemen.
And despite all the attention thrown at him in midfield, he more often than not found the mark in the back of the net, leaving his teammates celebrating and his opponents baffled. It also left him as our clear pick as the 2020-21 Standard-Times Boys’ Football Player of the Year.
“I came into last season more confident in my abilities as a player and as a leader for a very talented group of guys,” Borden said. “I think being versatile in multiple positions has allowed me to be available in different situations, not just as a winger.”
That versatility certainly helped GNB Voc-Tech freshman head coach Henry Almeida craft his offense ahead of the start of the season.
“Dom has provided so much to our team that you just can’t coach,” said Almeida, the former UMass Dartmouth mentor. “His touch around the net, knowing where the ball is, knowing where his teammates are and knowing where the defenders are – it’s instinct. He scored a lot of goals, but he created a lot more chances. That’s what defines him as a playmaker.
“Dom’s leadership has been so vital in helping us develop our day-to-day chemistry and work ethic. Not only did he have everyone’s respect, but he returned it to his teammates in return. I couldn’t be happier with how his season has gone, and he definitely has big things ahead of him.
Borden’s legacy of success was cemented on Fall 2 this spring when he beat the Bears with 32 points and led GNB Voc-Tech to a 7-2-3 mark that included a berth in the game. championship of the SCC tournament against Dighton-Rehoboth. A season that began with a seven-game unbeaten streak continued with great success for Borden, who had 13 goals and six assists.
With all of these lenses, you might think it would be hard for Borden to choose one that stood out. It wasn’t difficult at all — in fact, it was golden — a rocket fired from an unlikely angle early in overtime that gave the Bears a 1-0 win at Old Rochester in the CSC semis. and allowed his senior campaign to continue.
“It was such a competitive game that a lot of people didn’t see us win,” Borden said of the dramatic end events against the Bulldogs. “It was so rewarding to cement our place in the final.”
Adding that victory to other memories, such as winning both the pro tournament and the SCC crown in the same season, capped Borden’s storybook career along Ashley Boulevard. . He is now ready to take his game to the next level at Franklin Pierce, who is a member of the nationally renowned Northeast-10 Conference. Having a former college coach by his side over the past year has made this transition much smoother.
“Coach Almeida focused on so many things that we had never really covered before,” Borden said. “He was truly a next level coach, and I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to learn from him.”
“As much as Dom was able to learn from me, I took as much knowledge and experience from him,” Almeida noted. “You don’t often get the chance to coach someone so special on and off the field, and that’s how I feel about Dom. He’s up for the challenges of the college game and I know that he will have the same level of success.
With the bear now becoming a raven, Borden is no doubt ready to take flight as the first chapter of his college journey begins.
ALL ABOUT DOMINEK BORDEN
WHY BORDEN WAS SELECTED: As the region’s leading scorer, Borden saved his best for last as GNB Voc-Tech posted a 7-2-3 mark and advanced to the SCC Tournament title game.
KEY STATS: A four-time South Coast Conference star, Borden had 13 goals and six assists for 32 points to power a high-octane Bears offense in the spring.
MVP MOMENT: “The play he did just to put the ball in the net against Old Rochester in the SCC tournament is one of the best I’ve ever seen,” said GNB Voc-Tech head coach Henry Almeida . “I still don’t know how he did it, but that moment really defined his season and defined how he excelled throughout his career.”
ALMEIDA: “When I look back on last season, I will always remember how Dom made everyone around him better. That’s the biggest compliment you can get as an athlete. No matter the stats, no matter the accolades – if someone just says you’ve made your teammates better, that’s the highest praise imaginable.
WHAT THE FUTURE RESERVES: Borden put his talents to the field at Franklin Pierce University Division II, where he would major in health sciences and complete the school’s physical therapy program.