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March 22, 2013

Saluting our area's Unsung Heroes

Saluting the overachievers, the quiet leaders and the often overlooked athletes in local high school sports.

Coaches or ADs should send nominations to Unsung Heroes writer Michael Muldoon at mmuldoon@eagletribune.com.

ROSIE RODRIGUEZ

Methuen Basketball

The Movement

“Rosie has improved immensely over the past year. She works extremely hard on the court and in the classroom,” said Rangers coach Karen McLaughlin.

Rodriguez proudly notes she made high honors for the first time last semester and hiked her class rank to 36th in a class of 451. Not too bad for someone who didn’t speak English until age 8.

Her career highlight was making the state tourney this winter and winning the tourney opener.

She’s been accepted to UMass Dartmouth, Colby-Sawyer, Anna Maria and Worcester State and hopes to play college basketball. Rodriguez is active with the group TMF: The Movement.

This spring she’ll be a co-captain in softball. She’s also a cashier at Stop and Shop.

GARRETT UPSON

North Andover Basketball

Right On

“Garrett did everything right for two years,” said North Andover coach Mike McVeigh. “Ask the starters and they will tell you nobody works harder than Garrett. Talk to him for three minutes and you’ll feel good about high school sports.”

The powerful 5-10, 177-pound guard was touched when Knight stars Derek Collins and Chris Bardwell offered to sit so he could start on Senior Night.

Upson, who is also a sprinter on the spring track team, works at Olympia Sports in Seabrook and was featured in the company magazine.

He was accepted to LaSell in Newton, Anna Maria, Endicott and Westfield St. In his free time he enjoys lifting weights and kayaking and boating with his father (Paul) and younger brother (6th-grader Christopher).

NICOLE FABER

Central Catholic Gymnastics

No. 2 Tries Harder

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